Strong, professional women took the lead in the Paris Fall/Winter 2015 collections, a theme echoed in every fashion city. The Women Means Business trend, exemplified by modern tailored suits, tunic and pant pairings and a new cut for dresses which was first shown at Donna Karan, is a trend that has legs.
While much attention has been rightfully centered on the season’s concentration on ‘60s and ’70 looks, including those both more folkloric and feminine, it’s the ‘80s and ‘90s strong woman looks that got our attention, figuring strongly in almost every collection, a look we think whose time has come.
From matching pant suits to tuxedo looks, the mistress of your own domain trend, featuring easy enveloping mid-calf length dresses with handkerchief hems and bias cuts at Stella McCartney, myriad tunic and pant looks at Giambattista Valli and Valentino, new trouser and pant styles – elongated and flared, cropped and full or tapered – paired with high necked blouses, turtlenecks and cowls look modern and of the moment. All were covered by statement making coats and toppers, often oversized, or in masculine/feminine styles or elongated finely tailored shapes. Graphic checks and stripes, textured tweeds, flannels, and patchwork intarsia knits colored in black and white, worn solo or alone, in winter white, gray, burgundy, red and teal colored the collections.
Tall sky high boots in polished leather or suede grounded both longer and shorter hemlines, while skinny belts, oversized clutches and body bags balanced the new proportions of a woman in charge, a trend taking the lead for Fall/Winter 2015.
Pair your power look with a statement cuff or ring to polish off the style.