Men’s week isn’t just for the boys anymore. As menswear and womenswear increasingly overlap across major fashion houses, separate fashion weeks have begun to collapse into each other; in Milan last week, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Giorgio Armani all showed men’s and women’s collections on the same runway. In the front row, too, Italy’s chicest It boys and girls alike are making Italy’s fashion capital their own runway. Take model Anna Cleveland, for example, who, in addition to walking Jeremy Scott’s latest Moschino show, turned out to support DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten in an iridescent tuxedo with a collared shirt and silver platforms by the Canadian design duo. Then, over in Paris, where men’s week kicks off this week, actress-turned-model Lily-Rose Depp appeared at the César Revelations 2017 dinner to pick up another accolade for her role in La Danseuse — also in menswear-inspired suiting, this time by Chanel, paired with red and pink color-blocked pumps.
Both looks combine the sleek monochrome elegance of a suit with a classically feminine edge. On Depp, this means a sharply tailored blazer and wide tie — very retro — with bright heels for a pop of color. Suiting is a serious look, and a hint of pink is playful and on-trend. For Cleveland, low-slung, pleated pants and a severe center part come together with sparkle — both in her sequined jacket and silver platform peep-toe heels — and a plunging neckline. They’re adhering to a black-tie dress code, but they’re also here for the party.
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This is no Le Smoking; while Saint Laurent (and its revival under Hedi Slimane) brought the women’s tux back into the spotlight, Depp and Cleveland are making it their own with irreverent touches in their choice of footwear, sheer shirting, and playful riffs on suits like Depp’s slightly undone tie and Cleveland’s slightly undone button-down shirt. Anna Cleveland and Lily-Rose Depp are here, in the midst of men’s week, to show you anything the boys can do, the girls can do better.
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