DALLAS, Aug 13, 2009 / FW/ — Move over Michelle Obama; Hillary Clinton is the real muse of New York designers as they designed multiple variations of the suit for the Fall 2009 season.
Originally introduced by Coco Chanel in the early 1900s, replacing the corset with comfort and casual elegance, the suit became a woman’s wardrobe basic as an after-effect of the 1960s women’s liberation movement.
And thanks to Yves Saint Laurent who redesigned the tuxedo so that women can wear them, the fairer sex started enjoying the subtleties of wearing different kinds of suits ranging from the power dress suits to the pant suit.
The suit is nothing but classic this season; it is infused with color, mystical fabric, and mix matched pieces.
Tracy Reese showcased a golden suit that is sleek and sci-fi inspired. Matthew Williamson, Carolina Herrera, Christin Siriano, and Calvin Klein integrated the full metallic suit onto the runways as well.
Erin Fetherston produced a beautifully tailored red power suit, while y3 downplayed the typical formal suit into something relaxed and unrestrained.
Richard Chai paired the boyfriend blazer with a fitted pant to mix in some androgyny with something classic.
Phillip Lim and Cynthia Steffe embraced the cropped pant in their interpretation of the modern suit.
This classic piece seems to be a foundation to incorporate trends. Details change season to season but the original concept will never dissipate. So, how will you choose to suit up?
[MARI DAVIS and LAUREN SCRUGGS]
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week