Revival of The Power Suit as Told by London Fashion Week
In the wake of London Fashion Week, the ’80s power suit has been artfully resurrected. We’re not arguing that the power suit ever really died, but more than a few designers revived the iconic look on the runway earlier this month, building on the masculine fit and exaggerated shoulder. The reinvigoration of the androgynous power suit design, which decades ago enabled women to assert themselves as authorities in the workforce, now continues to push the fashion world forward toward inclusivity and gender fluidity. Peep the designers who captured the art of power dressing at London Fashion Week below.
Emporio ArmaniMr. Giorgio Armani—the OG creator of the power suit in the 1980s—was front and center at London Fashion Week with his Emporio Armani collection. The show was a dreamy blend of candy-colored suits, floor-length skirts, and baby doll dresses. Armani scaled back the oversized shoulder he pioneered for a present-day power suit.
Erdem Erdem’s generationally ambiguous look incorporates all that is holy in a women’s suit. A structured shoulder and cinched waste cater to the ’80s power-dressing trope but Erdem takes it a step further for a vintage feel that spans the decades.
JosephLouise Trotter, creative director of British-based label Joseph, ideated a collection inspired by work uniforms. The series includes everything from tailored business suits to chambermaid-inspired dresses. Trotter’s fascination with menswear fueled the androgynous aesthetic.
ChalayanChalayan’s Avant-garde spin on the power suit is rooted in simplicity and minimalism, with emphasis on the structured fit. His collection in its entirety is an exhibition that speaks to cultural identity.
Eudon Choi Eudon Choi’s background in menswear is evident in his ability to create a collection that spans both ends of the spectrum of femininity and masculinity. His sleek pantsuit design is reminiscent of Bianca Jagger circa 1980.
Images via Vogue
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