The latest runway seasons, editorials and street style fashion have seen a renewal of our obsession for power dressing. Featured in Prince of Wales check, herringbone, or houndstooth wool, the trend adopts a more relaxed approach to power dressing. Undoubtedly influenced by the excess and menswear inspired trends of the 1980’s, (see Giorgio Armani’s 1980s suiting), the trend can most significantly be taken note from Spring 2016 runway shows including, Celine, Michael Kors and Balenciaga.
Reminiscent of military and maritime uniforms featuring menswear checks, the new womenswear trend highlights an emphasis on the oversized, and occasionally genderless, structure, and proportion. Balenciaga’s Fall 2016 RTW Collection most notably highlights these key characteristics with accentuated shoulders and an emphasis on the exaggeration of the hips and waist. Although inspired by masculine influences and nostalgic mannish trends, the trend adopts a retro-futuristic approach, adapting the chequered wool for the modern woman, evoking newness, and the strong female form.
A trend built around creating an outfit inspired by retro, but in a futurist approach for the modern women, the luxury lies in how one adopts the trend to their own style and wardrobe. Whether adopting the traditional blazer, straight leg trousers or matching power suit, incorporating exaggerated proportions and playing with different pattern, sizes and mixing neutral colours elevate the trend from the predictable, corporate connotations to undoubtedly chic..
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