In her book The New Garconne, dedicated to today’s grown-up tomboy, with doffs of the trilby to Katharine Hepburn, Joan Didion, Tilda Swinton and Stella Tennant, Navaz Batliwalla describes the wo/man duality as an harmonious yin-yang of masculine and feminine influences; the highbrow complemented by the humble. There’s a sense of soothing serenity in this pairing, like the sartorial marriage that couples a mannish silhouette with a languid silk blouse.
That’s the allure of the modern epicene, with an added tinge of sensuality and a “do whatever, wear whatever” approach.
How to map the conflict? When all becomes rigid or categorical (masculine | feminine); when there’s no longer any borrowing or blending or dissolving, catalysing a sartorial divide or a rift rather than a mutual coexistence. Like a spiralling marriage, or an unravelling thread, separation can seem imminent.
There’s a soft sensuality that should not be dismissed. Complement the oversized blazer with tapered ankle-length trousers to reveal a slip of skin.
That’s the allure of the modern epicene, with an added tinge of sensuality and a do-whatever-wear-whatever approach.
photography SHINI PARK
art direction CAMILO GONZALEZ
styling MARIAN NACHMIA
hair & makeup KATE TIGHE
production CUBE COLLECTIVE
project management ANNA HOLMFELD
writer ZANA WILBERFORCE
edited SOPHIE DENING
lighting assistant KANE MARTINDALE
assist HANNA YI
layout CAMILO GONZALEZ
retouch ALE JIMENEZ