Chinese designer Xander Zhou got the world talking after his show Monday at London Fashion Week, which featured “pregnant” male models strutting their prosthetic bellies down the runway in Zhou’s Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co. clothing line.
The male models whose looks ranged from fresh-faced to creeper, clutched their covered baby bumps and could also be seen flaunting them in belly baring looks and shirts bearing phrases like “New World Baby.”
But pregnant male models weren’t the only otherworldly visions Zhou had gracing his runway—he also included 6-armed men, demonic eyes, and an interesting dental headgear and visor combo that barely raised an eyebrow in comparison.
High fashion's latest trend? Male models wearing fake pregnant stomachs pic.twitter.com/sjljyDeM4q
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 13, 2018
Zhou went all in on the theatrics on his Instagram, stating,
At Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co., we’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy.
While the reviews were mixed, the show did what it was no doubt intended to—get attention for the designer:
— DontCare Jr (@girl_inthemood) June 13, 2018
— As the White House turns! (@fromthemtoyou) June 13, 2018
I love fashion and modeling but this is a no for me. pic.twitter.com/kgHguCE1jh
— Prince_Trin (@Intense_XEnergy) June 13, 2018
— (@ppletini) June 13, 2018
Most ignored the designer’s vision of pregnant men in favor of one that matched their own physiques:
Also known as… beer belly. Now I can finally fit in.
— Richard Beaulieu (@BoiledEgg74) June 13, 2018
*pot-bellied – ftfy;
Finally, fashion for us with dad bods!
— chhota hulk (@ahauntedvagina) June 13, 2018
Beer gut is in fashion now!!!!…….. ladies pic.twitter.com/AY8HEmmVWW
— itzJassBajwa (@itzjusbajwa) June 13, 2018
Yayyyy. the beer belly I’m soooo trendy
— Tony Marsden (@TonyMarsden9) June 13, 2018
This is men's beer belly fashion disguised as political statement.
— Rob Moyer (@RobMoyerTO) June 13, 2018
The collection DID have it’s fans…
LOL. Awesome. Love seeing creativity like this. So weird but fun.
— Ruth Foster Care or Whatever (@RuthieKetchup) June 13, 2018
Fashion is meant to look outside the box and play with ideas. 🙂
— Daenara (@LaFaeryDragon) June 13, 2018
I'm all for it…let men carry the babies. Lets see how that works out.
— Jane (@Jane76509598) June 13, 2018
And a few pragmatic reminders…
Let's see how cute they think this is when they have to go through labor.
— wellwhatnow (@wellwhatnow) June 13, 2018
Yep, that's what we meant by going against gender norms. Not empowered women, no – pregnant men is what we asked for.
— Kate with a Y (@pinkkatydid) June 13, 2018
I get the concept of non-binary, and I get genderless skirts and dresses and whatnot, but men can't get pregnant, so it's kind of a non-starter, isn't it? I mean, what's next? Tampons for men? At some point it becomes a bad joke of itself, or worse, disrespectful. Is it me?
— Kenny Herbert (@KennyHerbert2K) June 13, 2018
I am a futurist, I however don't see this happening as the guy envisions. @HerPretty_ASH what do you think
— Just Eddie✌ (@nderitueddie) June 13, 2018
A few other looks shown by Zhou:
A model walks the runway at the Xander Zhou show during London fashion week men’s at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Photo: Tim Whitby pic.twitter.com/ANqbgaby1N
— ÓDúláinne……..〽 (@ODulainne) June 12, 2018
One of these days in London the week of man's fashion on which mass-media have allocated works of the Chinese designer Xander Zhou has come to the end. His models took to the stage in clothing related to the style of cyberpunk, for which he sees the future. pic.twitter.com/VYyM4fl6zr
— rajiv (@rajbindas86) June 15, 2018