During the last week of June, the Menswear Spring/Summer 15/16 Collections were on show in Paris; from safari themes at Balmain  to oversized suits and fringing at Lanvin and reversible embroidered souvenir jackets at Louis Vuitton.

And while the boys were setting the scene for the new season on the runway, there was more than a fair share of fierce competition showing up street-side as the girls put out their own adrogynous boyish vibes; Did they steal the show? That’s for you to decide, but there is little to no question that the girls were once again caught stealing their style.

From the oversized utility style pants, jackets and “man-style” suiting to braces and brogues, the silhouette was relaxed and the word on the street was clear; Androgynous dressing it would seem is here to stay; more than a passing trend, this style continues to transcend through the seasons and has gone way beyond being “borrowed from the boys” to the girls simply and outrightly “owning it!”.

Infused with a masculine aesthetic, for yet another season, street style continues to push the boundaries closer together probing us to ask the question…. just where is fashion’s gender divide?

The much anticipated womenswear Spring/Summer collections are just a few months away and while the new season predictions have forecast explosions of colour, more of the bohemian free spirit and hints of a return to the 90’s rave culture, will these elements be incorporated into the  design as a way of enhancing the dominant androgynous theme we are seeing on the street, or will Summer bring with it a new wave of silhouettes and a return to a more distinct way of dressing with definitive feminine details?

I don’t think we can call it ‘man-style’ anymore; Its a style we share with the boys. The question is, who is wearing it better?
Jenni Sellan

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