Power dressing for fall

It isn’t just Hollywood that is feeling the effects of the #MeToo movement; the global phenomenon is dominating conversations from homes to boardrooms. Black was the colour of choice at the 2018 Golden Globes, a marker of solemnity in what is usually a parade of beautiful sartorial choices.

Rochas (L), Fendi (R)

Taking their cue from current affairs, numerous designers discussed the idea of ‘protection’ : explored almost literally with Hazmat suits and boots from Calvin Klein. Others, like Balenciaga, Givenchy and Prada upped the ante with multiple layers - coats upon coats upon fleece. Increasingly, F/W2018 runways embraced a language of visual protest with structure, leather and tweed poised as veritable armour. Our top picks below:

Some designers took the empowerment brief literally by channeling superheroes, capes and all. Back on trend and with an elegant update, capes featured across Loewe, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. Sport a sharp and structured look as seen at Saint Laurent, or go cosy with Isabel Marant's blanket-like iterations.

Georgio Armani (L), Christopher Kane (R)

The 80s continued to dominate trends with suits sporting exaggerated shoulder pads and boxy cutouts. Quintessential to power dressing, the suit made an appearance on Christopher Kane’s runway in a silvery metallic finish. Chanel and The Row reimagined the classic garment in tweed, giving it a makeover for 2018.

Chanel (L), The Row (R)

The sleeper hit of the season was certainly tweed, a fabric long associated with heritage and royalty. Tweed shapeshifted dramatically from one runway to the next with hyper-elegant renditions at Altuzarra and Chanel, to supersized coats at Miu Miu, Prada and Marc Jacobs. No longer for the professor at Ox-bridge or a fusty peer, tweed is definitely hot property!

Layers and more layers were the rule of the day in ensembles that sometimes had models walking under upto seven layers of fleece via jackets, coats and parkas! While the trend is a natural for fall, it also builds on the idea of protection in these political times. From Prada to Versace and Dries Van Noten - layers are in and how!

Loewe (L), Givenchy (R)

Move over accessories, the leather dress is the new favourite in town. And there are a plethora of choices to suit the most discerning shopper. You can go short and sassy with this piece from Miu Miu or let it caress your ankles in this number by Loewe. Alexander McQueen gave us colour blocking, while Givenchy updated the shirt dress.

Plot your power move - fall is around the corner!

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