Forget “Who are you wearing?” This season, fashion is asking, “What do you stand for?”
In her 2018 Oscars speech, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress Frances McDormand made a bid to the film industry, calling on female nominees to stand in solidarity for gender equality and inclusion. “Look around, everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” McDormand said. "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider."
On the heels of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the fashion industry has weighed in heavily, prompting celebrities to wear black (or blush or a white rose) in a hands-clasped plea to higher ups to take action. From the all-black ensembles of the entire Big Little Lies cast at the Golden Globes to Gigi Hadid sporting Missoni’s pussy hat, one thing is clear: style speaks and the world is listening.
Certainly, fashion as a platform for socio-political progress is no new phenomenon. The Black Panthers dressed in codified style in the 1960s and '70s; Dior’s 2018 fall/winter collection featured a "we should all be feminists" tee (with a $915 price tag to boot...but that’s a whole other story); and white bandanas, a symbol of inclusion, were common threads in the 2017 Fashion Week shows of Tommy Hilfiger, Thakoon, Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim and Diane von Furstenberg.
Regardless of political climate, more and more women are dressing for power without losing their sensuality and femininity. And designers are addressing the move with their collections. Here, we round up this season’s headliners – all luxury consignment items available in our store now – that pay homage to the social power of dress.
The Pussy Bow Blouse
The pussy bow blouse has long been a favorite of fierce female greats like Coco Chanel, former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and past CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman. Credited as the answer to the men’s necktie in the workplace, the pussy bow has made a comeback since Yves Saint Laurent debuted his iconic 1966 Le Smoking Suit. Today, the pussy bow blouse (pictured below and available for sale now) is arguably the most talked about piece of clothing.
It’s been said that politicians use color psychology to win your votes. Dark blue says intelligence while light blue suggests approachability. Whether there’s merit to this (pseudo?) science or not, perhaps the colors we choose to wear can impact how we interact with the world. On the coattails of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the color black is having a socio-political fashion moment. Linked to authority and high performance, a black foundation piece (like Suite Adore’s Moschino Cuffed Black Pants, pictured below) will keep you looking like a #bossbabe whether you’re in the boardroom or on the town.
An unexpected newcomer to the fashion set, Time’s Up member Mira Sorvino walked the 2018 Oscars red carpet in an ethereal Romona Keveža princess-style gown. The color of the dress, blush, was later touted as the unofficial statement color of the night. Sidelining red-carpet pageantry, Sorvino’s gown was all at once simple, feminine and sexy, a subtle backdrop for her powerful plea for gender equality. Get the look with our Self-Portrait Lace Azaelea Dress, pictured below.
Coco Chanel famously said, “Fashion is always of the time in which you live.” The utilitarian, clean and perfectly tailored leather trench is just that. Styles like our Chanel Lesage Embroidered Black Long Leather Coat (pictured below), have asserted themselves as fashion favorites season after season. Recalling the assertive look of the Black Panther Party, this classic never fails to create dramatic impact.
Heels have become so ubiquitous among power dressers that they’re nearly cliché. But the embellished ankle boot...well, there’s no denying the polished power of this bedecked take on a classic. This year, it’s one of Spring’s hottest boot trends. Our Dries Van Noten Pearl Embellished boots (below) are sophisticated and sizzling hot whether they’re styled with simple jeans or paired with a sexy skirt. And that peekaboo pearl atop a purple metallic snake-embossed leather heel? Swoon. Get ‘em while they’re haute.