The Saint Laurent boy is a girl

Saskia de Brauw suits up in Hedi Slimane's SS13 menswear campaign – and gets everyone talking

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Saskia de Brauw for Saint Laurent menswear SS13 Photography Hedi Slimane

Confusion is next. Hedi Slimane has lensed Saskia de Brauw for his SS13 Saint Laurent menswear campaign, which is sure to open the doors to a new style androgyny. A pendant to the brilliantly witchy patchouli-fumed SS13 womenswear catwalk, with no hairdressing and no make-up de Brauw cuts a dashing figure that's alluring whatever your sex or sexuality, as the campaign dismantles the strand of obvious masculinity that has pervaded fashion over the past couple of years, hijacked by men (and media) who strive to justify their interest in clothes is as 'manly' as football. No longer. The message here is that gender and sexuality, just as Slimane's vision, is entirely intellectual and hedonistic. With the same clothes, shoes and accessories available for men and women, the designer is giving his female clients the keys to expression – be the epitome of the Saint Laurent Parisienne or the lead singer in the band, it's up to you. Whatever the case, boys get sublime clothes. Fashion is a discipline dealing in identity and expression that should anchor to the spirit of our time – this, the end of the literal, is a very welcome thing.

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