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Designers are betting on men’s skirts as emerging fashion trend: ‘Very liberating’

Muri Assuncao, New York Daily News on

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Bro, that skirt is so chic!

Skirts are emerging as a new trend in menswear fashion, as designers reflect the new realities of a year under COVID-19 rules in their new collections.

According to The Guardian’s deputy fashion editor Priya Elan, the surprising new trend reflects how pandemic life has “unshackled men from their dress codes.”

Designers such as Stefan Cooke, Ludovic de Saint Sernin and Burberry have all included skirts or dresses in their upcoming fall/winter collections.

According to Women Wear’s Daily, Cooke’s Men’s Fall 2021 collection imagines a “world of men’s wear with discipline, intensity and commitment in dressing up to the nines.”

Cooke and his partner, Jake Burt, went through different phases when dealing with the new COVID-19 reality — which was reflected in their designs. While their spring collection reflected the easiness of work-from-home days, the label is now looking beyond the pandemic, and focusing on the silhouette for the fall.

 

One example, described by Vogue as an “English tweed varsity jacket–slash–minidress” took many hours of fitting and arguments to be completed, Cooke told reporters in a Zoom call.

The celebrated London-based menswear fashion designer had a bold prediction: Capes are the new T-shirts for the fall, and short skirts are in.

“Men in skirts is kind of a weird topic, but I think what’s good about these looks is that they feel really legitimately masculine, it doesn’t feel like you’ve taken a womenswear look and put it on a man which I think is quite nice. I also think they’re just really severe; we’ve tried this season to make super hard-hitting,” he said.

Ludovic de Saint Sernin, a Brussels-born designer who designs “for guys and girls, with many pieces designed without one gender in mind,” agreed.

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