HODDIE + SWEATPANTS
Gabrielle Chanel changed the game in the 1910s by giving women the gift of trousers. For many, this is considered the birth of androgynous fashion.
While Chanel refused to call herself a feminist, as TIME reported, she defended the idea that a person should express themselves as they feel, not how their gender supposedly tells them to feel. If that meant acting in heavy clothes in favor of men's fabrics and styles, then so be it.
Chanel said: "I gave women a sense of freedom. I gave them back their bodies: because you don't have to present your body in a curved way to look feminine. Chanel embodied the independent roles women wanted to enter by giving them the option of trousers and masculine silhouettes. Coco Chanel impersonated a new female role that is still alive today
Her designs were a symbol of the independent woman she was."
As an homage to the iconic, inspirational and revolutionary Designer I wanted to include pants into my first Collection. The Design inspired by the straight, masculine lines worn by Coco Chanel.
Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich also had independence and the need to shake conventional gender norms in 1930.
These ladies shook Hollywood with their androgynous tendencies and their modern attitudes towards the notion of womanhood in society. From Hepburn, who walked around on set in her silk underwear until her seized trousers were returned to her, until Dietrich kissed a woman on screen while wearing a bow tie and hat, in her role as cabaret artist Mademoiselle Amy Jolly in Josef von Sternberg's Morocco (1930).
These women did not want to be dictated by their gender how they should behave. And they casually expressed this through a middle finger in the form of trousers.
Hepburn told Calvin Klein: "Every time I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say:
'Try it. Try a skirt,'
and then emphasized how ridiculous the idea of forcing someone into a style based solely on tired gender norms is.
According to Vogue, she wasn't just flirting with the idea of menswear. Instead, she embraced it completely.
Katharine was famous for her flippant postures and the particularly beautiful combination of classic men's fashion with feminine accessories.
That's why my first collection should definitely include trousers as a tribute. With 2 deep pockets at the front to guarantee practicality.