Skirts for Men Trend Hits Runways in Paris and Milan
In an unstable economic climate where retail stores are faltering and restructuring their entire business models (or closing entirely), it seems an unlikely time for designers to attempt to introduce skirts into the wardrobes of men. But that's just what we've seen on the runways of Milan and Paris, both of which just had their men's fashion weeks wrap recently.
At the trend-setting men’s wear shows this week in Paris and Milan, skirt-like skorts for men have popped up on some runways.
Yohji Yamamoto’s version was so long, flowing and full that his culottes definitely straddled the skirt/pants line, while Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen showed more tailored styles in which the culottes silhouette was more defined.
Similar looks have been percolating in fashion circles recently — Mr. Yamamoto unveiled skirts for men at his September runway show for the Y-3 label for Adidas. And, Marc Jacobs has been appearing at high-profile events and parties wearing skirts or skorts since early fall.
Despite the multitude of designers who sent men's skirts down the runways, retailers don't seem to be buying it just quite yet. The fashion director for Neiman Marcus admitted they didn't buy any men's skirts to stock for spring, citing that it would be an especially hard sell in the middle of a recession.