Replay presents a unique collection that sets out to gradually reduce and eventually do away with the boundaries between men’s and women’s fashion.
It was back in 1919 when the Florentine artist Thayant created the overalls, the first truly unisex garment in history. The word “unisex” was officially introduced in the 60s, i.e. the “Space Age”, a period in which designers such as Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne and Andre Courreges renewed femininity by adding new features to it as well as a masculine imprint with an extremely sensual aftertaste. Giorgio Armani is unquestionably a forerunner of this gender-fluid trend. Indeed, as early as in the 70s he came up with fashion concepts that broke down the boundaries between genders, proposing new solutions that were portrayed in particular through looks and weights of fabrics that tend to reinforce this idea of pulling down boundaries between genders.
The part of the Replay sartorial collection dedicated to the genderless theme consists of 22 pieces, all featuring relaxed fits, loose sleeves and very natural colour palettes. More specifically, the collection is divided into 2 blue and khaki trench coats with a lining that can be detached through an inner nylon rip stop and 1 dark blue stretch trench coat, 4 black, dark blue, mid blue denim jackets. The collection also features a dark blue work jacket, a coach jacket and a bomber jacket, the latter fitted with medium-weight padding. Overdyed indigo blue and grey sweatshirts are both hooded and crew-neck, with zip or pouch pockets.
Completing the look are plush trousers in the same colours. T-shirts come in natural white, blue and grey melange, as well as in linen/cotton and rinse denim. The chino jogger stretch garment dyed for him and for her fully reflects the future of gender fluidity. This fluidity of the boundaries between men’s and women’s fashion is becoming more and more pervasive, from street and sportswear to haute couture. Indeed, it is more than a fashion trend as it has now grown into a real movement based on freedom of expression.