While we’re still not sure how we feel about men in tights, couture designers like John Galliano, Comme des Garçons, and Etro are putting men in skirts and sending them down the runway. And we’re not talking tribal Scottish kilts here either — a woman could easily wear these duds for dudes. The designer taste makers claim the look of a skirt for men has been catching on all over Europe this past season and now they have been showing off the menswear trend during the Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Week in New York.
So far, this style has been seen on the high profile designer Marc Jacobs. On Monday, he reigned in a “purple pain” colored one to go to a party with his muse, Victoria Beckham, and also wore a black kilt to collect applause at his own fabulous runway show. But are the average men of America ready to feel the fashion wind cause a draft in their underoos? More practically, are men equipped to handle a Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch style moment over some subway grates? While women have already conquered the slack and the tuxedo, we’ve been holding a monopoly on the skirt. It truly seems like the last bastion of sexism in fashion. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, are we really ready to share the skirt? You tell us! [New York Magazine]