Two powerhouse womenswear designers are considering a move to the ever hotter menswear market. Both Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham may be dressing you and your beau soon.
During a talk at Parsons New School for Design Monday, Victoria Beckham shared her career experiences and future goals with interviewer Simon Collins, Parsons' Dean of Fashion, and the more than 800 students in attendance. She also expressed real interest in a future expansion into menswear, reports Fashionista.
“I’d love to do menswear at some point, absolutely. I get very inspired by menswear — [my spring 2014 collection] was very inspired by men’s tailoring, and there’s the boy-meets-girl fashion message throughout the whole collection.”
The statement was a far cry from her 2010 interview with The Cut where she declared she wasn't interested in designing for men because, “men look better with their clothes off.”
Burch’s plans seem to be a lot more concrete. WWD reports that she recently recruited Coach senior vice president/creative director of men’s design Jeffrey Uhl. Uhl is said to be responsible for the $700 million growth of Coach’s menswear division, so his expertise would be invaluable to a designer launching a men's division. WWD suggests Burch could launch a menswear line as soon as next year.
In no way are these two the first women to design for men, but they would be two of the most high profile female designers working in the men’s industry. Their visibility and the sheer size of their companies could place them at the forefront of the growing menswear market.
Burch is a recently minted billionaire with a $3.5 billion empire rivaling design houses like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.
Thanks to her years as a Spice Girl and her marriage to soccer-star-turned-best-underwear-model ever David Beckham, Victoria Beckham was an internationally known name before she premiered her first line. Since then, she has risen to become one of the world’s most successful designers.
But what would a Tory Burch or Victoria Beckham men’s line look like?
Tory Burch’s structured jackets, pleated leather, and metal details could be transformed into patterned leather blazers and bomber jackets with gold hardware.
Victoria Beckham’s wide lapel jackets and clean lines scream power suit. I’d love to see her take on the classic tuxedo.
We can only wait to see if either will actually take the plunge, but Beckham did mentioned to the Parsons crowd that she has a male model in mind just in case.
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