Is the oversized suit the new LBD?

Is the oversized suit the new LBD?

Power play

Text: Andrea Sim

We dissect the rousing return of the '80s power garment at fashion week fall 2017

It's no secret that the quirks of the '80s are back with a vengeance. We saw the decade's rakish logo-led sports gear resuscitated by Gucci, the puffer vests revived by Vetements x Canada Goose, and Balenciaga's stirrup trousers dominating last season's fashion week circuit. Now, the word on the street is that it's more than just a seasonal fling; retail analytics firm, Edited has it down to a science that the '80s has an iron clad grip on 2017.

So then, what from the heydays of LL Cool J is slated to air next on fashion primetime? We think it's the infamous power jacket and slouchy trousers that the tribe of showgoers paraded at fall 2017's fashion weeks. Just like how YSL's Le Smoking in 1966 put Audrey Hepburn's LBD moment outside Tiffany's on the backburner, the wunderkinds behind Balenciaga, Vetements and Mulberry have trendsetters ditching their frocks for oversized, boyish tailoring.

Just as the decade is far from a one trick pony, the modern rise of voluminous suiting too, sees multiple breeds. 

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Case in point: Saturated jewel tones, a return to ye old corduroy and working class chic courtesy of Demna Gvasalia. We're talking that Balenciaga suit and editors the likes of Giovanna Battaglia and Leaf Greener embracing the decade's unapologetic kitsch by bold colour-clashing.

Sounds like a stretch for the everyday woman to be pounding pavement without the presence of street style photographers? Adopt the silhouette in an effortless and timeless solid — nonetheless an ace in hand when it comes shaping the season's biggest trend to suit your needs. Pun intended.

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Take that, little black dress.

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