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She may not have won the election, but remarkably, Hillary Clinton, pilloried for her appearance her entire public life, has become a fashion trendsetter.
The 2016 presidential candidate could very well be the inspiration for New York Fashion Week’s most pervasive fall 2017 trend, the pantsuit, seen on nearly every runway so far, including Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham and Gabriela Hearst.
While the style has been a red carpet favorite of Emma Watson, Blake Lively and Evan Rachel Wood (the Westworld actress has made the look her new unofficial uniform), brands as disparate as Aussie babe fave Zimmermann, French club wear go-to Zadig & Voltaire and dresser-of-Indian-royalty Naeem Khan have also offered up pantsuit options for every occasion.
At Zimmermann, Sydney-based sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann peppered their pretty collection with a range of pantsuits: a black-and-cream pinstripe silk option with cuffed wide-leg trousers and extra-long sleeves (the latest thoroughly impractical style flourish); another wide-leg style in a gray twill with tattered, unfinished hems; and a fitted, prep-school chic offering in red-and-navy rep stripes layered over matching flared pants.
Though they varied considerably from one to the next, the suit styles managed to feel consistent with the boho-meets-prep school aesthetic that defined the collection.
Zadig & Voltaire
At Zadig & Voltaire, the silhouettes were decidedly grungier and more rock ‘n’ roll. The French brand helmed by Cecilia Bonstrom definitely had its eye on the younger consumer, as evidenced by the mob of teenage bloggers, vloggers and Instagram stars perched in the front row, as well as cool kid catwalkers Bella and Anwar Hadid — who also happen to be the faces of the brand’s 20th anniversary campaign. Presley Gerber, Hailey Baldwin and Dilone were also spotted on the runway.
This was not your mother’s — or your grandmother’s — pantsuit. When styled with sheer shirts in pop colors and knit beanies, all traces of business attire vanished. A slouchy fit, coupled with a tapered ankle pant, lent a rebellious rich kid vibe.
Naeem Khan, king of embellished, over-the-top evening gowns, changed it up on Tuesday by opening his show with a hearty serving of sexy, beaded and embroidered pantsuits ideal for any red carpet. (The catwalk, conveniently enough, was an actual red carpet — making it easy to envision the ensembles on a Hollywood step-and-repeat.)
Layered over black sheer lace bralettes and styled with ropes upon ropes of near-gaudy pearls, these pantsuits were made for a night out.
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