Monday, 19 October 2009
The Male Supermodel
The male supermodel has crash landed into the fashion industry and its here to stay. For years the supermodel has been associated with women and men have been pushed away from the spotlight. But with the growth of the menswear industry and men’s fashion magazine, it was only a matter of time until they arrived. They are the epitome of masculinity, they ooze sexuality that women are easily leech on and which men are envious of. Designers Domenico and Stefano (Dolce and Gabbana) have noticed the influence these men wield on fashion and they have given them a platform to shine, models such as David Gandy, Tyson Ballou and Noah Mills all were nurtured at the D&G stable. You’ve probably seen them flaunting their super chillesed physique in the new D&G Anthology perfume ad near super-goddesses such as Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. But these guys are a breed of the old world masculinity ideal. There’s another batch of models that provide an alternative 21 century ideal of the male physique, it’s childlike, slim and lean. They have a flexibility ranging from conceptual, indie to grunge looks. These guys are AJ Abualrub, Ash Stymest and Josh Beech. However, these guys are the oranges among apples, male models don’t garner the same earning power as they female counterparts, they live lifestyles similar to those near the breadline, but these guys are gaining similar recognition and money as female models. But it will be time before Topman collaborates with David Gandy for a collection.