As New York fashion week comes to an end, the most popular trend we’ve seen so far has been the most empowering one yet. Jonathan Simkhai and Prabal Gurung sent down T-shirts emblazoned with a statement quote like “Feminist AF” and “The Future is Female,” while Rebecca Minkoff and Mara Hoffman invited special guests, including singer MILCK and the co-chairs of the Women’s March, to perform at their shows. For a more subtle take, designers have taken the pantsuit, the sartorial symbol of today’s feminist movement, and added a feminine twist with a splash of pink.
For their debut collection as the new creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia crafted a tailored silk suit complete with a metallic cummerbund. Paired with strappy sandals and a simple white top, the complete look called for a fancy night out on the town. For a more casual take, 3.1 Phillip Lim sent down an oversized, bubblegum-pink ensemble with a paper bag waist (a boyish look favored by trendsetter Sienna Miller). Adam Lippes created an similar wide version made out of silk velvet, while Adam Selman added a touch of edge to his design with a long metallic belt and a graphic tee.
Whether or not you’re a pantsuit aficionado (as Hillary Clinton describes herself), there’s never been a better time to wear this power ensemble, especially in a color like the ever-trending millennial pink—the bubblegum shade also recalls the hot pink pussy hats made popular at the Women’s March last month. Considering our current socio-political climate, opting for a pink pantsuit proves that power dressing (for any occasion) is more alive than ever before. Plus, these runway creations provide the perfect outfit inspiration for the next rounds of protest—after all, you can never be too prepared.
More from New York fashion week:
- Fashion Week’s Most Showstopping Feminist Moments
- Ashley Graham Just Became the First Plus-Sized Model in History to Walk at Michael Kors
- Christian Siriano’s Show Featured Models of Every Size, Shape, and Color
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