At the premiere of his father’s latest movie, Gemini Man, Jaden Smith showed up in an ensemble from Nicholas Ghesquiere’s Louis Vuitton womenswear. LV has become a go-to label for the young artist ever since he fronted a campaign in 2016.
There are numerous reasons why this fit works for Smith. First, the slim cut is perfect for his frame and the split hem serves to highlight his bold footwear (also from Louis Vuitton) and neon socks. Secondly, the single-breasted blazer conveys a school-boy vibe, which is owed to the tasteful LV logo emblazoned where a crest would usually sit on the breast pocket. It’s not unlike some of the fits seen in Ezra Koenig’s Netflix anime series, Neo-Yokio, where Smith voices the main character.
While this isn’t an example of genderless fashion (it’s literally a women’s suit), the term did become a buzzword this year. Along with sustainability, “genderless” was something many brands wanted to be associated with – though they didn’t really know how to execute it. Some postured that the future of fashion is not necessarily about genderless labels, but genderless consumers, with weight given to the theory by Smith’s choice of red carpet attire above.
Some retailers, such as London store MACHINE-A, took the novel approach of merchandising their men’s and women’s collections together. As founder Stavros Karelis told us, “In the beginning, there were more reservations. But as time passed, it made very little sense for the clothes to be separated. The customer right now is much braver. They’re feeling more secure with themselves and the society that they’re living in.”
What Smith’s suiting choice reveals is that forgoing gender binary norms can as simple as wearing what looks good on you, regardless of which section of the store it’s hanging in. The rapper-slash-activist has rounded off the outfit with a pink diamond-encrusted grill, a gold chain, and a brightly colored neckerchief.