Squaring Up with Fashion's Biggest Players

 Balenciaga, photo from Vogue Runway

Balenciaga, photo from Vogue Runway

 Jil Sander, photo from Vogue Runway

Jil Sander, photo from Vogue Runway

Céline, photo from Vogue Runway

When the erogenous zone migrated from the midriff to the shoulders, designers went at liberty to cut out holes and lop off shoulders entirely by re-introducing the cold shoulder/off shoulder silhouette from the 60s. But gone are the days when showing bare shoulders were fashionable, instead designers have done a 180 in favour of more shoulder - and the bigger the better.

New proportions inspired by mens tailoring have found their way to the top spot this season. A mixture of the 80's trend and influence from global political unrest, shoulders were given the maximum treatment. Square and broad, the power suit was seen making a collective statement down the runways of Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang and even the ever effeminate Céline. The message was clear: power to all.

Continuing on this power trip, jackets were either nipped at the waist or let loose to exaggerate the boxy frame created by these jutting shoulders.  Calvin Klein opted for the harder to wear classic double-breasted piece whilst its more contemporary counterpart such as Jil Sander opted for jackets in the versatile single-breasted jacket. Whichever one you choose, let the shoulders do the talking and pair it with a simple button down or a soft silk cami.

Versatile in both fabrication and styles, come fall, switch out your lightweight cotton suit jacket for a full suit set in heavier wool. 

 

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