A lot of people in the fashion business are talking about the "feminization" of menswear, which simply means that sportswear has returned to a state of gender confusion. Now that women can wear men's blazers and T-shirts, it stands to reason that men can wear stirrup pants and bodysuits with snaps in the crotch.
Or will they?
At the recent menswear shows in New York, Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein _ all known for their women's clothes _ got down to essentials. Klein, who knows something about the underwear business, sent out skivvies with a faintly Long-johns look. The audience for this brawny display twittered, then got used to the idea. At Kors and Karan, the novelty was bodyshirts _ otherwise conventional underpants attached to otherwise conventional cotton shirts.
The bottom line, of course, is sales. Klein's new "bodytanks" will cost less than $40, making them seem like an affordable designer accessory.
It remains to be seen, though, how many men will plunk down $180 for a bodyshirt by Kors or Karan. Never mind all those snaps.