Was crossing the road, actually, when a random thought hit me. In school, learning French (okay, not learning it: I've had a few cute French boyfriends since then, back in NY days, and was kicking myself I didn't try harder), I remember being told 'everything is either masculine, or feminine'.
When I get dressed, even to throw something on to run out for a coffee, there's always this instinctive genderisation thing going on in my head: I'll put on le leather jacket, la pink watch, le brogues, hmm.. needs perhaps a la la blouse.. for me it's no different than cooking: each dish has its own unique ratio of spicy to bland, salty to sweet, crispy to soft. Endless possibilities.
My personal theory of why everyone went mental for Christopher Bailey's Aviator jacket last season wasn't the jacket: it was pairing it over those gorgeous dresses. Which is what we've been seeing on the street from Day One.
Have you noticed that when we say 'androgynous' in fashion we really mean totally le male?
Of course, men have been dressing all girly periodically in history: la dandy, par example, or the whole New Romantics thing in the 80s.. and let's not forget cross dressers.
I don't think I've dressed totally feminine in my life: I always lean towards the lean, the spare, the simple, the male. With a few female twists. Take Stephanie, of Style Odyssey, for example ('maximum impact'): she can pull off le masculine because, in reality, she's so feminine. And those red lips! Ooh la la!