Designers Usher in a New Era of Women’s Suits

Celine Resort 2011

While the fashion world has been bombarded with a flirty 1950s and 60s silhouette (think of Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana), it seems that an altogether sleeker style has shimmied its way up the fashion popularity ladder. Say hello to the suit. While minimalism was certainly making a comeback through Phoebe Philo‘s Celine, Calvin Klein, and Alexander Wang, the suit hasn’t been as popular since its powerful reign in the 80s.

Celine Resort 2011 SuitAlexander Wang Resort 2011 SuitCeline Resort 2011 (left) and Alexander Wang 2011 (right)

Today’s suits are better tailored to a woman’s silhouette than their predecessors. Cropped pants, jacket sleeves, nipped-in jacket waists, and higher armholes make the suit a piece of clothing that works just as beautifully in the workplace as it does at a cocktail party, evening dinner, or red carpet event. A suit can be broken into pants and a floaty blouse; the blazer thrown on over a dress. And worn together, it’s a look to be reckoned with. 

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2011 SuitStella McCartnery Resort 2011 Suit

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2011 (left) and Stella McCartney Resort 2011 (right)

A myriad of designers have sent spectacular versions down the runway: Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Celine, Givenchy and Phillip Lim, to name a few. All of these designers are delivering suits which are designed to show off a woman’s assets and embrace femininity, rather than the 80s version of masculine power-dressing. With a love for androgyny born from Coco Chanel‘s wide-leg pants and sailors’ breton tops, and Yves Saint Laurent‘s Le Smoking, women have returned to the suit, and this time we have a new twist on tailoring to take us into a new trouser era.