Stories have emerged recently about two high schools (one in Maryland, one in Texas) attempting to go gender-neutral when it comes to the homecoming court.
In menswear, it seems, the hottest trend is womenswear. While designers like Public School have been flirting with androgyny for years — dropping pants crotches into quasi-skirts and T-shirt hems into demi-tunics, all with an insouciant tongue extended at the Mad Men look — some of the newest acclaimed designers have gone full-out ambisexual. One of them is 29-year-old Rio Joe Uribe, the creative force behind Gypsy Sport, which made a splash during the last New York Fashion Week Men’s in July, and again on Tuesday night during the women’s collections. He’s been nominated for the prestigious CFDA /Vogue Fashion Fund Award for menswear, alongside Thaddeus O’Neil (one of his brethren in gender-blurred designs), and David Hart.
Photo: Target Buzz Bissinger was on NPR’s Fresh Air last week in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his most famous work: Friday Night Lights. More recently, he’s written for Vanity Fair of his sexual leather fetish, and also to introduce the world to Caitlyn Jenner. While discussing both, he mentioned to Terry Gross that he hates how stores separate their departments based on gender. Why can’t men and women shop leather pants off the same rack? As interest in and curiosity around gender fluidity reaches fever pitch, one might expect a store like Barneys or Opening Ceremony to say hell ya! We’re going to organize the store by color, not male vs. female.
At the recent 69th Annual Tony Awards, the composers Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron became the first female writing team in history to win a Tony for musical score. The duo took home the award for their contribution to Fun Home, the musical based on a 2006 coming-of-age memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel. In their acceptance speech, Tesori clarified the meaning behind “Ring of Keys,” an anthem about a young girl coming to terms with being gay performed by the 11-year-old Tony-nominee Sydney Lucas that evening on the telecast.