Enter: Marimacho, a Brooklyn-based indie company created to fill this niche. With masculine silhouettes designed specifically for people who are left out of current menswear options, Marimacho is both subversive in mission and classic in product — after all, what's more classic and traditional than a well-tailored suit?
Marimacho's spring '14 collection, aptly titled Deep See, continues to carry out this mission. Inspired by a vision of the future in which gender variations are infinite, the runway show was a dazzling foray into an aesthetic made possible by simply removing preconceived notions of femininity and masculinity. The fluidly gendered models were united visually with a uniformly strong brow — as makeup artist Karlo Karlo for Emani Vegan Cosmetics said, "A strong brow is the one feature that our culture values equally on both men and women."
The unisex clothes ranged from super-chic masculine swimwear to gorgeous shorts suits and a handful of sporty mesh pieces. We loved the asymmetrical colorblocking and the ocean-inspired color scheme, with sea foam, dark green, coral, and off-white. Think The Capitol from The Hunger Games set in Water World.
In the front row across from us giving nods of approval was none other than Orange Is The New Black star Lea DeLaria (Big Boo). We were already stoked about the collection, but the positive endorsement from this self-defined butch celeb seals the deal. Spring is about to look mighty dapper, indeed.