Looking at the current trends, “New Masculinity” is a hot topic right now and the one that deserves attention. In the past couple of seasons, designers like Gucci try to redefine the understanding of men’s fashion. We see more of gender breaking boundaries in both men’s and women’s fashion worlds. By bringing this trend up in their looks, Måneskin made a statement, thus won the hearts of Eurovision viewers and fans around the world.
However, as expected, love and hate surround the new trend of “Modern Masculinity.” When many see nothing wrong with it and admire the breakage of the gender barriers, others are quick to judge. Conservative people will say it is unacceptable for a man to look less “masculine.” But what is masculinity in the 21st century? Since when are we being dictated to how and what we wear? Individualism and self-expression are above all. Fashion in today’s world is a tool for expressing yourself and being unique. There should be no judgment because fashion should be gender blind.
Damiano himself explained that he considers fashion “as a means of self-expression and giving more power to performances.” Therefore, the transparent jumpsuits that Etro prepared for the festival in Sanremo were intended primarily to emphasize the central message of the winning song “Zitti e buoni”: “Sono fuori di testa ma diverso da loro (I’m out of my mind but different from them).”