In anticipation of the upcoming New York Fashion Week, Style.com is predicting what all the fashion folk will be chattering about at shows and parties. Author Maya Singer posits that people will be talking about the overload of prints, Marc Jacobs‘ extremely
ugly large and furry hats, and lesbian chic. Apparently, one’s sexual orientation and corresponding style is now a trend, especially in the fashion scene.
Lesbians! They’re everywhere. This summer, the New York fashion scene was buzzing with gossip about a couple of high-profile ladies who ditched their marriages and started dating women; across the pond, meanwhile, BritishVogue ran a whole article on that phenomenon, while society rag Tatler chimed in with a feature on London’s seven “loveliest lesbians.” (Only seven?) Just last week, Models.com posted photos on its homepage of the nuptials of model Harmony Boucher and her bride, Nicole.
What will this high-vis lady love mean for fashion? Socially, perhaps it means that in an industry stuffed with attractive young women, a few more of them may start dating each other. (Seriously: Trying to catch a straight man in fashion is like trying to catch a rainbow.) More importantly, it will have ramifications for style. “I think when you see girls running around in Air Jordans and baseball caps, then yeah, something’s moved,” says Mel Ottenberg, the fashion editor of Purple and a stylist for Rihanna. “I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of that look as ‘lesbian,’ necessarily, but I can say that in the past year, Rih’s wearing combat boots in situations where before, nothing but four-inch-heel stiletto booties would do.”
Well, this is just silly — being lesbian is not a trend, and “lesbian chic” is just not a thing. There’s no specific lesbian aesthetic, just like how there’s no gay style. We know lots of straight and lesbian women who wear stilettos, combat boots, and sneakers. And we want a cool pair of combat boots now.