A WOMAN'S WORLD
Strength is every woman’s fashion mainstay. We take a look at the runways of Fall / Winter 2018 and the highlights that celebrate femininity at its best
Strength is every woman's fashion mainstay. We take a look at the latest fashion highlights that celebrate femininity at its best.
For many seasons, a focus on androgynous tailoring has been a symbol of power for women; ultimately making them feel like ‘one of the boys’. But why do women have to dress like men to feel powerful? The FW18 fashion trends have highlighted that there is strength in femininity—the power of women in their own right, and it could not be any timelier.
Fashion has come to the forefront as a key instrument of expression and continues to be used as a means of creating conversations, and to give its wearer inner and outer strength. Designers celebrate the strength, grace and resilience of women in their collection, as well as the strength in femininity itself. It was also a powerful and timely reminder on how female strength is defined over time, how femininity is expressed as well as what it looks like. Across the runways, the shapes, cuts and silhouettes focused on the female form. Brands like Alexander McQueen
(Sarah Burton’s tailored black tuxedo unfurled at the back to reveal a vibrant display of red, echoing a butterfly unfurling its wings was the apple of our eye) Valentino, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Dior continue to represent both the fragility and beauty of womanhood.
While there were not much of feminist slogan tees this season, the palette was undeniably girly with shades of pink and purple popping up at different shows across the globe. At Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Max Mara, millennial pinks were replaced with a grown up, bolder fuchsia. Tom Ford’s ‘pussy power’ bag was the highlight of his collection at New York Fashion Week, giving the opening a powerful, feminine energy. Skin-tight animal print dresses as well as skirts and trousers were unapologetic in their focus on the female form, while luxurious, oversized pieces were cinched in and belted.
Prabal Gurung showcased a strong collection that celebrated the strength, grace and resilience of women in a collection filled with vibrant shades of purples, reds and blues, inspired in part by the matriachal Mosuo tribe of China.