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

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - News - By Azza Arif

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.

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