Lesbians identifying as butch or butch lovers filled Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland for ButchLYFE: All Stud Fashion show, celebrating butch fashion and lifestyles.
As the third “What is Butch Campaign” running, the event was created to commend “genderbending.”
As an ever-increasing market, butch fashion remains mostly untapped, aside from these few designers who came together to open minds and redefine the meaning of butch.
Benita Cortez and her partner, attendees of the event and friends of one of the models, told 429Magazine they saw it as “sweet, but hard.”
“The mission of this event is to showcase fashion and lifestyles of dominant Lesbians and Trans-Masculine persons,” said the host of the evening, Aima the Dreamer.
“The focus of this show is to elevate the consciousness and open the minds towards powerful dominant lesbians and trans-masculine persons geared up in the androgyny of men’s wear.”
Brought together by The FLY Society and fiveTEN Oakland Events, the show aimed to end stereotypes, judgments and biased classifications mainstream society has imposed on the dominant lesbian lifestyle.
“The ‘What is Butch?’ campaign is focused on educating, liberating, and redirecting the minds of those caught in misconceptions of the unknown,” it stated on the events webpage.
“These women and trans-masculine persons struggle everyday to fight oppressions; suicide, unemployment, discrimination, homelessness, internal warfare, depression, and unhappiness.
“We as a community need to stand together and make another movement on equality and justice because it is the RIGHT thing to do!”
The event brought together a plethora of designers including Haute Butch, St. Harridan, Show and Tell Concept Shop, Distinguished Cravat, Cover Your Assets, Tomboy Fresh, Lady Lovers, Love All My Fans, JFE Creative, and Original Tomboy.
Starting off the show, St. Harridan flaunted minimalistic, sleek, and classy suit looks combining new school prep with tees with ties and blazers with rolled up sleeves.
Next, Show and Tell Boutique and Concept Shop, an Oakland-based sustainable and socially responsible line owned by two self-identifying queers, featured urban wear with calculated layering of sweatshirts, scarves, and checkered button downs with khakis. Fitted with detailed accents like a bow tie and breast pocket hanky, the line offered casual cool for the day-to-day.
Lady Lovers was next, presenting a most memorable tagline of, “Wifey Over Bitches” in large font fronting tees with a cupid on the back. Rocking black baseball caps adorned with “Lady Love,” sweaters, polos, khakis and tanks with jersey numbers, the line combined university prep with street chic.
Cover Your Assets exhibited a line of skivvies with colorful and geometric designs.
Distinguished Cravat boasted an array of handsome bowties adorned with chains and studs. With a trendy, yet snarky touch, the line added a quirky, stylish touch.
JFE Creative displayed a particularly intriguing line with the concept of “when art and fashion collide.” Each model came down with a mask, which was ripped off at the end of the runway. Complex head chains, skull face scarves and striking graphics made for wearable edgy street art.
Finishing off the show, Haute Butch showcased clean, tailored looks. tight shorts with white tees, scarves, extended collars, and neon golfing socks paired with matching suspenders created upscale prep with street swagger.
Afterwards there was a final roundup of all the models, which was somehow both touching and “bad ass.”
God Des and She, who performed at the event, told 429Magazine that the night was “awesome, diverse, and beautiful,” and the fact that the designers had their voices heard and were able to “get their sexy on” was “super dope.”
The duo commended how the entrepreneurs collaborating creatively.
“It was incredible to see everyone come together.”