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Clare Waight Keller, famed for that wed­ding dress, seemed ea­ger to throw off the man­tle of be­ing the Duchess of Sus­sex’s go-to wardrober for ap­pro­pri­ate fem­i­nin­ity. At Givenchy, mod­els marched out at high speed, ex­ud­ing en­ergy and ur­gency, clutch­ing their bags to their chests as if late for work. ‘It was about fem­i­nine strength. The idea of play­ing with a man’s wardrobe that folded into some­thing sen­sual,’ she said back­stage; it was two days af­ter Hedi Sli­mane’s Ce­line. What of the fe­male gaze – lean, sharp tai­lor­ing seen through her eyes? ‘Hav­ing op­tions is my ob­ses­sion, from graphic suits to easy jer­sey dresses. You just pull them over your head and go.’ For an­other take on em­pow­ered fem­i­nin­ity, see Sarah Bur­ton at Alexan­der Mc­queen, maker of the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s wed­ding dress. How ro­man­tic and jaw­drop­pingly beau­ti­ful were her women in soft leather rose­painted ar­mour? Red car­pets should be over­run with del­i­cate Mc­queen gowns and board­rooms over­pow­ered with scalpel- sharp black suits.

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