If recent menswear collections are any indicator of what’s to come, the clear divide between “womenswear” and “menswear” will likely become a thing of the past. But even J.W. Anderson—known for his androgynous approach to designing for both genders—still feeds the gender binary by offering his customers menswear and womenswear collections.
There have been few brave moves in this genderless direction, leave Nicola Formichetti, who recently partnered with Opening Ceremony to offer Nicopanda’s new line of genderless garb. Even so, the unisex market seems to be up for grabs, waiting for the right designer to push this movement into mainstream fashion.
Cue New York designer Travis Weaver, who’s approaching fashion through one sole lens by creating a breakthrough collection of American-made unisex clothing under the name, “One DNA.” His aesthetic is fairly straightforward, playing with approachable silhouettes and versatile colors to offer a capsule wardrobe that can be worn front-to-back, regardless of gender.
One DNA’s AW ’15 collection pulls inspiration from Weaver’s recent travels to Iceland, especially the eerie Black Sand Beaches of Vik. “Iceland felt very isolating to me, which I loved,” Weaver said. “For the collection, I wanted to incorporate the elements of nature I witnessed, which helped develop the collection’s colors and textures: Blues, whites, blacks and greens. The blue lagoon is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been, which translated to blue velvet in the collection.”
Other fabrics this season include heavy wools, cotton twills, neoprene and stretch cotton. Casual trousers, neoprene turtlenecks, fox-collared coats, and a-line ponchos make smart appearances throughout, playing up Weaver’s vision for a highly wearable, 365-day wardrobe.
Through One DNA, Weaver said he hopes to completely wash away all social titles: Race, age and gender. Being someone that’s proudly worn womenswear throughout his life, he said this move was an effortless pursuit—something that felt like a natural, obvious direction to take his debut brand. In order to accommodate the physical needs of both genders, Weaver developed a formula of loose tops and slim pants with subtle, drop crotches to pervade the collection. “One DNA is for all,” he said.
Check out photos from One DNA’s AW ’15 lookbook above, which was photographed entirely by Scott Brasher.