Testosterone, Muscles & Fashion.

21 Aug

Testosteron Fashion

Hyper masculinity in the urbane fashion scene is dead! Duckie Brown stomped it out, Givenchy kick it out and A$AP Rocky took it someplace else.

The 90’s was an eclectic time period for fashion, menswear in general. The “retroactive” era was a bit like the 2010’s of today with its borrowing and reinvention of aesthetics from past time period. However, the 90’s made its own trail during its fashion journey with trends such as, grunge, Timberland boots, color=blocking, preppy chic and of course the ultra-successful hip hop oversize label dripped ghetto fabulous urban wear. Not forgetting that with this hyper masculine look the number one accessory besides a beeper were muscles.

Yes, it’s always comes back to body fat.

In blend with my pleasure of fitness and fashion I am an avid music enthusiast. So much so knowing the words to just about every song no matter what station you turn it to. I have different playlists curated for my moods, work habits and daily fitness routines. As well all know music is a huge ingredient in fashion.

Music is a huge influence in what is considered taste in fashion from the runway music, to the musician donning the garments on red carpets and videos, to how an entire musical culture can create buying power jump starting and solidifying a designer’s career. No other time period in fashion was more successful at this than the 90’s. Designers created entire collections around hip-hop artists but that isn’t what this post is about.

During this time of fashion the male identity/gender played an important part in what was fashion of the 90’s. The men became more self-conscious about their bodies, more uptight about their masculinity and more worried about their street image.

Though the 90’s hip-hop fashion scene had many great moments, time has superseded the gaudy enveloping hardcore era. During the 90’s hardcore gangster rap became all the rage. Making their claim in the fashion and music industry men perceived masculinity and defined it by how big the pants were, how many chains they were wearing, how crisps they sneakers were and how many basketball short they could fit under a pair of pants.

Gangster rap style of dress impacted everything from street wear to basketball and even men suiting became oversize and gaudy. As hip-hop music has evolved so has the fashion to a more fitted cleaner image and guys are bending the lines of what is “masculine” in fashion. Fellas today are taken more interests than ever in how they look from the closet to gym.

With musicians such as Kanye West’s ripped skinny denim, Kid Cudi’s cropped top and every rapper new love for extended tees and high-end courtiers pulling from the gay scene and female racks, masculinity is turning very androgynous.

However, it rappers of yesterday as well as fans who are lost in the 90’s who aren’t secure to partake or understand the ever changing fashion image and they contribute the introduction of skinny jeans as the downfall to hip-hop.

While hip-hop is still prevalent and loud I think men who built their careers on being tough and male listeners who modeled their life after these rambunctious images aren’t comfortably accepting the new style of courtier.

What many anti-slim fitted fashion wearers fail to realize that oversize clothing much like gangster rap was a trend that emulated that era. Today’s fashion is more explorative, avant garde and blurs the line of what is masculine. With designers like, Hood by Air, Nasir Mazhar Rick Owen, Jeremy Scott, Astrid Andersen and Y-3 they are all toying with what is manly in fashion. Even though many of these designers are borrowing heavily from rowdy 90’s aesthetics you can’t deny the homo undertones and femininity intermixed silhouette.

Another thing to remember about the baggy time period… it was a passing fad. Let’s not forget about the skin tight leisure suits of the 70’s, flamboyant colors/bondage attire worn by rap artists in the 80’s and the crop top jerseys don by athletes in the 90’s. Also, basketball shorts didn’t get long till the 90’s. When I read or watch interviews of dudes from the 90’s condemning today’s popular artist for their style of dress and the lack of “manliness” it’s no wonder why they careers are over. Fashion is about reinventing yourself, pushing boundaries and being innovative just like any other art form, music included. Therefore it’s no surprise that these people careers are of the past.

When you can’t keep up with what’s current you become the past, it’s that simple. You have to be open to change. Fashion and music is the time capsule of the times. If you go through every fashion period you can see how men style of dress was explicit to the moment, social structure even political climate. Currently we are in a more open minded accepting time and fashion is displaying that.

Masculinity isn’t defined completely in garments.

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