POWER SUIT'S FOR WOMEN
Power suits for women ,sounds like a strange mantra from the 1980's. Hence I think of Melanie Griffith in her "Working Girl " role with shoulder pads for days Therefore once considered the female version of the men's suit. the so called power suit has a women's only verison .
However the power is different too, this is the power of life not just work. A huge outfit for this fall is the female power suits we are seeing on the runways. As a matter of fact the power suits I'm talking about have power on the red carpet.Furthermore they also have power on the street , and power in the work place. These suits aren't new ,women have enjoyed wearing them for decades. Maybe this time around they have more power.
POWER SUIT'S OF THE PAST
Women are wearing power suits today like a second skin . But this was not always true. Big fashion icon's of the past fought hard not just to wear suits, but to win power. Since dressing can give you certain freedoms and power , many women of the past fought to wear not suits and pants. The great actress Sarah Bernhardt scandalized Paris by wearing a customized trouser suit in the 1870's. Coco Chanel wore suits with long straight skirts in 1914.Furthermore in the 1930's women like Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich popularized wearing suits both on screen and off. In 1937 Amelia Earhart set off around the world in a tailored suit , necktie and loafers presenting an androgynous look.
POWER SUITS MOVE FORWARD
The 1950's saw women wearing pants in casual wear and not so much in suits . Therefore the next big movement was St. Laurent in 1966 when he created the women's tuxedo . The 1970's saw the huge movement of women into the workforce and with it they wore suits. Since women wanted to be taken seriously in business it was as though they emulated men's dressing . Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin were your Annie Hall's. Carefree women who fought society's gender ideals by wearing men's clothes in a flippant plain way.
The New Yorker observed, "The Annie Hall clothes are a show of confidence." In a time during which women weren't allowed into restaurants wearing trousers. A Manhattan restaurant La Côte Basque, refused to let New York socialite Nan Kempner in wearing her Evening Pant Suit . It was a bold move to don some slacks. It was also the 1970's.
POWER SUITS BECOME MODERN
By the 1980's power dressing hit high speed . While in America Dynasty put linebacker shoulder pads on the map , a certain designer in Milan changed women's wear forever. Giorgio Armani managed to completely revolutionize women's fashion. First he figured out ways to cut a masculine suit for a women's unmasculine form. Therefore for the first time the woman's tailored suit with trousers or skirt were given a much needed hit of seriousness.
Since the 1980's we have seen the power suit made feminine by the great Donna Karen and completely retired in the 2000's. Therefore today most anything goes in the office the hard uniform dressing has passed away .However this fall we see a big move back to the power suit.
POWER SUITS FALL 2017
Hot off the fall 2017 runway the power suit trend is quickly emerging this season. In a time of political unrest designers are strongly vocalizing their support for female power through design. Taking a cue from Melanie Griffith’s character in “Working Girl” the power suit is feminine and fun.Gucci shows us romantic red ruffled siuts, while Altuzarra’s take on the power suit comes in bold stripes with fur-lined collars. Have fun, be bold, wear the lastest power suits by Victoria Beckham , and no frill power suits by Stella McCartney perhaps inspired by Hilary Rodham Clinton.
Stella McCartney-Leading the way when it comes to eco-friendly, ethical fashion without overlooking style, British designer Stella McCartney presents traditional silhouettes with a contemporary flair. This 'Cass' coat is a sophisticated offering from the label's AW17 collection, boasting an equestrian-inspired aesthetic
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Maison Margiela's Italian-made fancy check blazer has been constructed from soft cotton and wool. Designed with notched lapels and a front button fastening, this long sleeve Maison Margiela blazer is finished with two front flap pockets, a rear central vent and a full lining
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Having been trained at Saville Row, Stella McCartney's expert and fuss-free tailoring is part of her brand's DNA and shows through her recently-launched menswear collection. A standout piece from the designer's AW17 collection, this bold 'Ingrid' blazer has been crafted from a hot pink wool-cotton blend. The piece features a notched collar, a front button fastening, a chest pocket, front flap pockets, long sleeves and a rear central vent.
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POWER SUITS IN CONCLUSION
Since today is the last day of August darlings it is time to plan your fall/winter wardrobe. While you may be able to purchase suits at other retailers , this is where you want to invest. In fact investment shopping often works in your favor .Since you can purchase high quality designer garments and often after several years of wear can resell these items on consignment sites. Therefore quality is always the answer. Enjoy my selections and shop early as many of these items will sell out.
Ciao for now Jandrew