MThe OET style “Power Dressing” is back, and with it the so-called Power Set. But this time the phenomenon is broader and more precise.
History is full of well-dressed women who used clothing as a means of communication.
– Princess Diana, Jackie O, Michelle Obama, Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Fashion history is full of these things, says KK fashion editor Edda Elise Eynarsdóttir.
– Perhaps it was the girl leader culture that breathed new life into this trend. It is linked in many ways to modern feminism.
Luxury brands like Giorgio Armani, Prada and Saint Laurent are now making such a big hit with both pencil skirts and wide-shouldered trousers and jackets that you might think someone has turned the clock back to the 1980s.
“It looked like a scene out of the 1980s TV series Dynasty or the 1988 movie Working Girl,” the Wall Street Journal wrote of the outfit that dominated the global runway.
When Justice Minister Emily Inger-Mell met in Parliament on Tuesday to explain herself about the NSM scandal, she was wearing a white suit.
– A fairly classic option.
– but still perfectly appropriate for the occasion. The suit is symbolic in many ways, considering the history of the power set. But the color is also interesting, says Einarsdóttir.
It is a fiery substance, and the color white is associated with light, innocence and purity. This is perhaps entirely coincidental, but it is nevertheless interesting precisely in light of the context in which it is used.
KK has been informed that the jacket is reused from Italian brand MSGM. Pants are from Zara and shoes are from Vince Camuto.
Einarsdottir describes Meehl's clothing style as follows:
– They are usually very elegant. Classic, in a way, but fresh and modern. It's also clear that she's aware of her own style choices. After all, among other things, she sews her own dresses and chooses Norwegian design several times.
Making a strike at reuse also sends an important and valid signal, she says.
The fashion editor believes Meehl impressed with her clothing choices, especially on the red carpet.
– This is of course something a little different and in a different context, but there is no doubt that clothes have power here too. What people in power choose to wear is rarely a coincidence.
Fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is credited in modern times with popularizing the concept of power dressing for women. When she launched her signature two-piece jacket and skirt set in 1925, it was a fashion revolution. Yes, and “Smoking” by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, then.
Today, we like to say that the suit is a part of the basic wardrobe, and it has become very popular.
However, it still has a lot of symbolic power.
When it comes to the classic suit, Einarsdottir believes that it will always be part of many Norwegian women's wardrobes, and that power suits in general and the power set in particular, have now seen a boom.
Einarsdóttir also believes the subdued luxury trend could explain the power dressing now.
– The quiet luxury trend rode the trend image like a gallop, and will continue to do so this year. This is where the power of bandaging stands strong.
– But in some kind of modern version. Maybe it's not about creating some kind of authority. And more about wearing clothes that make you feel good. In this sense, both the dressing of power and the power group have changed. This doesn't necessarily mean a very specific aesthetic with a suit and huge shoulder pads.
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