It’s been approximately twenty four years since Vogue declared the era of power dressing over…but based on trends seen in fashion over the last couple of seasons, the “Power Suit” is starting to make a return. The strong jackets that became iconic in the 80s with tailored pants or skirts is slowly being reinvented and updated to appeal to the young and middle aged women of today. The women’s power suit has taken many forms over the years and was formally characterized by masculine lines, oversized shoulder pads and boxy silhouettes, however fast forward to present day, this suit has become more sophisticated, sleek and sexy!
I’ve always had an affinity to this particular style of dressing because it reminds me of my Mother’s “Boss Lady” attire during her magazine editorial days. She always that the most beautiful suits, most of the time custom from popular Little Italy boutique “Gente” that was uber popular in the 80s and closed down a decade later. Mum always exuded strength in her office attire and from a very young age I knew that it provided her with a sense of power. Ironically when it comes to Canadian designers, nobody does a power suit like Caitlin Power. Over the last several years, I have watched the designer grow and each season she never fails to blow me away with her creative use of leather and architectural details, “tailoring is important within the brand. I focus on sophisticated, classic silhouettes, but make them youthful with edgy details. I use leather in unexpected places and focus on the female form, making style lines accentuate a women’s curves. My woman commands attention and dresses sharp to receive it!” – says the Calgarian born designer.
My obsession with both Caitlin and her label reached an all time high after watching her Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Power’s fierce collection left show goers breathless at David Pecault Square as models traipsed down the runway in chic short and skirt suits, beautifully structured leather dresses and sharp tailored outerwear. This white skirt suit was a standout from the collection in my opinion and makes me think of Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. The colour blocked blazer with plunging neckline and chic pencil skirt can be worn from work to evening events, with the former most likely paired with a cami (unless you work in the fashion industry).