Blurred Lines

A shared aesthetic breaks down the barriers of traditional dressing. These are clothes made to be enjoyed by anybody and everybody

The button-up shirt is a faithful wardrobe staple, its countless guises easily bridging gender barriers. This vintage Karen Millen shirt from Tango, $120, buttoned to the top, makes a prim and proper statement. Penny wears it with a Prada skirt, $1670, and Gregory faux fur stole $249. Source Mondial distressed vintage persian rug $8349.

A patchwork of neutral tones collide giving new meaning to tonal dressing. Vinnie wears a Rembrandt shirt, $229, and trousers $229. Olivier Mourgue 1965 Djinn chair, $1950, from Mr Bigglesworthy.

Pant suits for all. This season’s favourites include Zambesi’s blue jacket, $1445, and matching trousers, $495, worn by Vinnie with a Rembrandt jersey, $199, and Adidas Originals trainers $140. Penny wears a Kate Sylvester blazer, $645, and pants, $385, with a Harman Grubisa skivvy, $280, vintage shoes, $120, from Tango, and The New Zealand Sock Company socks $20. Source Mondial hand loomed silk and wool rug $1995. Eames for Herman Miller 50s chair, $800, from Mr Bigglesworthy.

Vinnie and Penny both wear Kate Sylvester’s paisley print shirt, $345, with a sense of ease and confidence. Vinnie teams it with a Prada nylon jacket $1890. Vintage chair, $180, from The Vitrine.

“Gender is a context and context is often gendered,” Miuccia Prada explained of her Fall 2015 menswear collection. The designer often sends female models down the runway with male models, but this season’s message of a shared aesthetic was stronger than ever with a collection that analysed traditional notions of male/female representation through dress. Vinnie wears a Prada nylon jacket, $1890, shirt, $660, tie, $260, trousers, $900, and shoes, $1120, with a Stolen Girlfriends Club leather belt $149. Penny wears a Prada jacket, $2230, shirt, $3010, and skirt, $1610, with Jeannot brogues, $490, from Scarpa, and The New Zealand Sock Company socks $20. Source Mondial distressed vintage persian rug $8349.

A key piece that can be shared, a double breasted camel coloured coat is a statement piece that will never date. Penny wears this vintage wool coat, $350, from Tango, with a Rembrandt sweater $169. Vinnie wears a Rembrandt overcoat, $549, and trousers, $229, with a Gregory faux fur muff $249.

A grand coat in a graphic houndstooth check is a surefire way to make heads turn. Vintage Austin Brown 80’s wool and leather jacket, $350, from Tango. Gregory roll neck knit $199. Eames for Herman Miller 50s chair, $800, from Mr Bigglesworthy. Source Mondial hand loomed silk & wool rug from $1995.

Photographer: James K Lowe. Fashion Editor: Dan Ahwa. Hair: Benjamin James at Ryder Salon. Makeup: Rae Sacha for M.A.C Cosmetics. Models: Penny Pickard from Red 11 and Vinnie P from 62 Models. Stylist’s Assistant: Anna Lee. Photographer’s Assistants: Caitlin Mckone and Jarrad Mapp.

STOCKLISTS: Adidas, Crane Brothers, Harman Grubisa, Kate Sylvester, Mr Bigglesworthy, Prada, Rembrandt, Scarpa, Source Mondial, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Tango, The New Zealand Sock Company, The Third Eye, The Vitrine, Zambesi.

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