It began with the greats, Coco Channel, Katharine Hepburn, even Frida broke the mold defying all by donning men’s wear in a time when women were still regulated to skirts and dresses. One could not say the same today, where it’s sometimes hard to get a woman out of her comfortable jeans and into a skirt. I am delighted to announce that even many years later this edgy, masculine, yet extremely sexy apparel is still breaking down doors for the modern woman. Yves Saint Laurent recognized this fabulous trend in his 1970’s collection in a time when the fashion world may not have been able to handle it. YSL’S famous Le Smoking Suit was actually banned from restaurants at one point! But now independent women everywhere are more than ready to embrace this empowering look and the pantsuit is once again making its debut on the fall fashion runway with a sleek and modern look that I for one am absolutely loving!
Yves Saint Laurent may have led the charge for the cause that is the woman’s pantsuit but it is designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab, Christian Siriano and Delpozo that have really followed suit (pun intended) and ran with it. Not only ran with it but put an elegantly feminine spin on it that pays homage to the womanly powerhouse of the 21st century.
Dolce & Gabbana brought to us the flawlessly cut and tailored women’s pantsuit with metal embellishments for a more edgy, not-to-be-questioned, look while Gucci left us dazzled with a tuxedo jacket and matching pant covered in sequins. Christian Siriano ties together the pantsuit along with the fall’s trendy use of metallic using a striped fabric of deep gold, purple and black that’s sure to gain full attention in the boardroom, as well as the bedroom. And last but certainly not least, Delpozo rocked the runway in playful, youthful colors and artistic shapes. So many ways to don a pantsuit, so little space in my closet! I can’t wait to see where this pantsuit revolution takes us!
*Witten by Jennifer Brown