Ok, so I have a major girl crush. Esther Quek, the fashion director of menswear magazine The Rake, is by far my favorite fashion influencer. She’s probably one of the coolest chicks out there on the fashion scene and I love that she dresses like one of the boys with such confidence and assurance. Her color combinations and layers are like magic and I love the edge that she adds to each of the classic looks with her haircut and jewelry. She’s just a total badass and to say I’m obsessed with her just doesn’t cut it.
The menswear trend has been growing slowly over the past four years and is finally starting to hit really strong on the runways as well as in fashion editorials. Esther has been dressing like this for a long time and I believe she has had a serious influence on the whole androgynous trend that is spreading like wildfire.
Androgynous dressing ins’t a new idea. Women dressing as men started back in the late 1800′s in the Victorian era and has continued on through the decades with influences from societal changes, Hollywood and fashion.
1900-1920′s: Actresses like Louise Brooks and designer Coco Chanel had a major influence on women’s interest in wearing menswear in public.
1940′s: WW11 rationing regulations encouraged women to re-purpose men’s suits to fit their bodies and were also worn with the rise of women in the workforce.
1950′s: Motion picture stars Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Katherine Hepburn wore suits and tuxedos on film and off encouraging the trend.
1960′s: Mod fashion trends in combination with YSL’s release of “Le Smoking” propelled tailored looks into the edge of the fashion circles.
1980′s: The rise of “the working girl” and women in suits were highly influenced by Giorgio Armani in the power dressing movement of this decade.
1990′s: The Minimalist movement and specifically Jil Sander’s perspective continued to keep suiting on the runways.
And now today, we have Esther and the many designers such as Lanvin, Armani, Gucci and The Row that showed this Dandy Femme look on the runways for Fall 2014.
Check her out below in some of my favorite of her sartorial expressions.