My crotch hurts!
Are we heading towards the year of crotch in fashion? Justin Bieber’s photoshopped crotch made news. The crotch was exposed at Rick Owens menswear show. Now Hedi Slimane decided to asphyxiate the crotch. Ouch, that hurts! Hedi Slimane’s trousers from Saint Laurent AW2015 Menswear collection that seem to be cut from womenswear patterns unkindly deny space for models’ manhood assets. Hedi Slimane has significantly revolutionised menswear in last decade. He did it by aggressively imposing his vision of fitting men in the tightest possible clothes. For AW2015, it only got tighter.
Ever since his appointment at Saint Laurent, Slimane has meteorically increased the brand’s revenue. But he did it by almost eliminating the relevance of Yves Saint Laurent’s elegance. Saint Laurent is now about younger, commercial, rock and roll grunge aesthetics. The Saint Laurent AW2015 collection does move away from rock glam towards a more understated style. But what stays is Californian bad boys vibe, rock and roll aura, music and mayhem and youth fetish. Slimane’s super skinny models can pass off as stoned teenagers head-banging at a rock concert. The statement could extend to Gucci and several other menswear shows this season. May be these trousers aren’t meant to be worn as such in real life but what degree of physical discomfort should count as cruelty towards the models on runway? What’s your views?