NYFW: Collina Strada and Tibi say no to gender stereotypes for A/W 2016
By Sara Radin

Both designers ditched traditional gender boundaries to present clothes that were inspired by both menswear and womenswear and could be rocked by anyone. WGSN’s Sara Radin reports

Feb 14, 2016
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The fashion industry as a whole, likes to defy rules and regulations, to be freedom of expression at its most creative. So it’s no surprise then that this season, fashion is doing away with gender at New York Fashion Week.

Starting things off were Yeezy and Rihanna for Puma sending oversized basics and activewear that could be worn by either sexes, down the runway. And now, two designers: Collina Strada and Tibi have taken the creative idea even further with specific gender neutral collections.

Hillary Taymour, Founder and Creative Director of Collina Strada, presented her Fall Winter 2016 Womenswear presentation at The Standard High Line on Saturday Feb 13th. Taymour’s aesthetic has always geared towards androgynous, but this time she showed a “genderless show of the future.” With a muted, neutral colour focus, and minimal silhouettes.

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The presentation saw male models rocking dresses and female models in masculine tougher materials, with the purpose of breaking boundaries and making the unexpected, the norm.

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While over at Tibi, designer Amy Smilovic sent male models down the runway for the first time. Male models with long flowing hair rocked emerald green sweaters that were also seen on the female models, again proving that fashion shouldn’t be restrictive.

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To be clear Tibi is still a womenswear line, with no immediate plans to offer menswear, but this collection proved that while women might be their key consumer, the clothes are flexible enough that male friends will feel more than comfortable borrowing from their closets.

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The show notes at Tibi put it beautifully by saying the collection was about being liberated from traditional boundaries, with clothes that come with  “a sense of independence and strength” .

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