Refresher Course: What Is A Manzie

At the risk of being redundant to those of you who have been following my Manzie Reports for quite some time, I wanted to take this moment to review, remind, and introduce to the new readers, “What is a Manzie?” (pronounced man – zee) and why are we reporting on it?

After reviewing the recent European Men’s shows, the overarching trend was something that I hadn’t seen in quite some time, actually ever. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until I came up with the term Manzie, therefore declaring Spring ’10, the “Season of the Manzie”. To clarify, a Manzie is not a Dandy, nor is he a Pansy, hence the revised spelling. A Pansy doesn’t necessarily need to dress effeminately in order to be called a Pansy by a bunch of blokes. They just need to have a sisssing “S” in their speech, run with their arms flailing or become cheerleaders. A Dandy, on the other hand, (like my friend Patrick MacDonald) is someone who combines and maintains a look that embraces high-fashion and avant garde, which transcends the current styling trend of “quirky man”, featuring the “quirky man-hat” (click here). In essence, a Manzie can be a straight man trying too hard to be stylish or a “straight-acting gay guy” (the horrendous reverse closet syndrome) that thinks by acting butch, it will compensate for the bad “quirky man-hat” and other Manzie fashion choices. Comprende? Here to better define this term are images that will clarify things.

Here we have a perfect storm. Quirky Man Hat and Uber Manzie 3-piece set. What not to do

Here we have a perfect storm. Quirky Man Hat and Uber-Manzie 3-piece set by Issey Miyake. Clearly what not to do. Guy or otherwise.

Here Marni was compelled to show what that special Manzie will wear next spring. Can we say together...I Mean...What?!?

Here Marni was compelled to show what that special Manzie will wear next spring. Can we say together...I Mean...What?!?

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This Manzie ensemble by Jean Paul Gaultier speaks volumes as to why a bustier, denim or otherwise, makes any man a Manzie.

This Manzie ensemble by Jean Paul Gaultier speaks volumes as to why a bustier, denim or otherwise, makes any man a Manzie.

What about this Balenciaga maxi-skort or whatever it is. Butch? I think not.

What about this Balenciaga maxi-skort or whatever it is. Butch? I think not.

Here Z Zegna feaures the what to wear for the heinous androgynous Manzie in your life.

Here Z Zegna features what the heinous androgynous Manzie in your life can wear.

Even celebrities (?) like Tony Ward prove that the quirky man-hat is not a good idea.

Even celebrities (?) like Tony Ward prove that the quirky man-hat is not a good idea.

Click here to see the previous Manzie Reports and Quirky Man Hat Stories.

http://imeanwhat.com/blog/the-manzie-report-i-love-paris-spring-10
http://imeanwhat.com/blog/yestheres-more-manzie-report
http://imeanwhat.com/blog/rounding-out-the-milan-manzie-spring-10-shows
http://imeanwhat.com/blog/milan-mens-showswhat-the-man-zie-will-be-wearing-next-spring
http://imeanwhat.com/blog/the-quirky-man-hat-has-to-go

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8 Responses to “Refresher Course: What Is A Manzie”

  1. Ericka says:

    "a perfect storm"! i will have you know, i just choked on my drink. totally needed that laugh.

  2. foolio_iglesias says:

    Thanks again (honest)Abe…

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  4. […] safe collections sprinkled in with those few designers that love… and are committed to… Manzies. Naturally, the free spirits of Paris saw more mandals, more drama and sadly, more quirky man-hats. […]

  5. […] safe collections sprinkled in with those few designers that love… and are committed to… Manzies. Naturally, the free spirits of Paris saw more mandals, more drama and sadly, more quirky man-hats. […]

  6. […] sexy, safe collections sprinkled in with those few designers that love… and are committed to… Manzies. Naturally, the free spirits of Paris saw more mandals, more drama and sadly, more quirky man-hats. […]

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