If there’s one apparent shift in fashion, as evidenced during the recent menswear shows, it is the ever-growing consciousness (and embrace) of gender-non-comformity. More and more, designers like Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, and Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga are opting into combined runways to showcase their men’s and women’s collections together, making it possible for pieces to move fluidly across genders. At Vetements this season, gender appeared to play no role in who wore lace and heels and who didn’t.
With that growing consciousness comes the inevitable breakdown of gendered garments and accessories. Womenswear staples like heels, skirts (thank you, Kanye), makeup, blouses, and jewelry have all come a long way in breaking their gendered bubbles and crossing over into menswear. But what about the handbag?
On Thursday, at Kim Jones’s last show for Louis Vuitton, men wore small handbags over their shoulders that look a lot like the house’s Petite Malle crossbody for women. Prada boasted its black nylon and leather bags and Fendi showed a small monogrammed fur purse. Dries Van Noten had a snake-skinned crossbody on the runway. A masked model (long nails protruding from his face) at Palm Angels also carried a purse. Leaders of fashion’s brightest, biggest and global brands have clearly weighed in.
The handbag for men is here, and let’s please stop calling it a murse.