JPP Androgyny.

March 14, 2009
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I don’t think many can deny the distinct femininity hidden (and in some cases, overtly present) in many of the menswear collections for SS09. What with relaxed silhouettes, bright hues of yellow and playful prints like polka-dots, menswear is growing increasingly androgynous for a spate of designers. Leading this movement on the street, however, is the multi-talented, accomplished, and feroche-in-heels Jean Paul Paula.

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Unlike a method of blatant cross-dressing JPP fuses the masculine and feminine by maybe pairing a structured blackest-of-black blazer and jeans with killer heels and a stunning waist-cincher. André J (keeping in mind the ridiculosity of goatee and poker-straight hair), this is not and I’m loving it all the more because of it. Is this nu-androgyny to be commended?

Images from Glamcanyon via Jeaniuss and Altamira

  • Tuesdai Noelle March 15, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I like the content of your blog, I find it; quirky interesting, surprising, extremely intriguing and artsy….your write-ups are very descriptive and well-written.

  • richard kilroy March 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    i just think it’s a grace jones fan going through the motions, same haircut, same margiela shades, same use of mens’s tailoring with a feminine angle. Is his name really jean-paul? and not just named after jean paul goude?

  • Cillian March 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Tuesdai: Much thanks for the warm compliment.Richard: That’s a fair point but his other looks seem to demonstrate a versatility within the mixing of masculine and feminine i.e. not just Grace Jones get-ups. And re: the name, I really don’t know but your suggestion might serve as reasoning for the Grace Jones imitation ha!/Male Mode.

  • kingchic March 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    JPP is an interesting character. He’s in the same category as Marc Jacobs SUPERfan Bryanboy. I find his “style” or costumes rather, to be a desperate plea/cry for attention. I guess it’s working, so kudos to him.[K]

  • Kat Walks March 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

    the secon image is actually from glamcanyon. bitch.

  • SOS! March 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    love his personal style!xx-LJ from SOS!

  • Ian Brown March 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    While I certainly respect what this guy is doing style wise, Andre J…he’s an absolute pleasure. If you meet him you’ll be converted. He’s not trying to be edgy or futuristic a la Blade Runner. He’s just being himself.

  • blogee March 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I just cannot get over how well he wears heels. It’s not at all like he is a man waering womens shoes, he just does it so perfectly. Definitely to be comended.Cat

  • Annmarie March 22, 2009 at 1:13 am

    i saw him at paris fashion week. love him!

  • Hosiery Advocate June 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Hi.I think that I commented here before. If I have, then please ignore this comment.I am trying to advocate hosiery & shorts as part of the mainstream men's wardrobe. I thought that you all might be interested in seeing some of my photos of me wearing hosiery & shorts, and/or writing a blog entry about MySpace accountmy Flickr account– Sincerely, and with thanks,Eugene T.S. Wonga.k.a. Hosiery Advocate

  • Anonymous August 16, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I don't have anything against JPP or his style, but the part "JPP fuses the masculine and feminine by maybe pairing a structured blackest-of-black blazer and jeans with killer heels and a stunning waist-cincher" irritates me. Why androgyny and not cross-dressing, when every piece of clothing on JPP is womens? In the last picture he looks like Rihanna. And what about the pose? He does not look masculine at all…

  • Cillian August 16, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Anon: In a sense, you could call this cross-dressing, but since JPP combines masculine lines (strong shoulders) with the more feminine flourishes (the unadulterated glam – shoes, waist-cinchers etc) I think it's more than a simple case of transvestism./