Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Smart + Sleek: Menswear for Women

Kirsten Dunst looked amazing at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards, sporting a menswear-inspired Patrik Ervell tuxedo and a sleek bun.  I'm not a big fan of the earrings, but I'm in love with Ervell's design.

Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn were forerunners of this masculine look that favors function over fashion without sacrificing sophistication and style.  Hepburn was quoted as saying of her look,"I like to move fast, and wearing heels was tough, and low heels with a skirt is unattractive.  So pants took over." 

WWD noted in a February 1, 1933 issue regarding the rise of the women in menswear trend:
While Women’s Wear Daily has been reporting the acceptance of trousers in cinema circles and while the consumer press has been discussing the controversial subject ‘Will women wear trousers?’ at least two progressive manufacturers…alert to the ever-shifting whims of fashion, have been quietly at work designing tailored cloths to meet this demand. Especially noteworthy is the fact that [Zuckerman & Kraus] has dared to make tuxedos for evening. (Source)
What do you think of the menswear-for-women look?

The icons: Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy

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