Autumn/Winter 2011 has been well and truly seduced by androgyny with traditional masculine tailoring providing the inspiration behind this season’s collections from a number of design houses including Stella McCartney, Nicole Farhi, Michael Kors and Balmain to name just a few.
Sharp lines, boxy shoulders and clean lapels have been acquired from classic menswear creations to materialise the powerful yet alluring nature of the modern matriarch. Statuesque figures stomped down the runways, a distinct look of unwavering confidence and determination in their expression.
Silhouettes are less sculpted and much more chiseled. At first glance, from the neck down, you will accept the masculine qualities as given but then become bemused and eventually seduced by the high-rise, cinched waists and dipping necklines. Tightly tailored lines enhance the feminine physique while boyish lapels and chunky button fastenings knock the edge off femininity.
Tulisa Contostavlos, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz are amongst the ever-increasing entourage of famous faces who are well in touch with their masculine side this season. Whilst remaining undeniably sultry and feminine, these women have toyed with power dressing by interweaving masculine features into classic female fashion.
So, if you’ve been eyeing up your boyfriend’s wardrobe but not sure you have the balls to pull off the more dramatic, exaggerated tailoring that is dominating the runways this season, then look to these celebs for more wearable style inspiration.
A simple yet sophisticated method of toughening up a soft, feminine design is to add a boyfriend blazer to your ensemble. Natalie Imbruglia and Kate Winslet have accomplished the aesthetic flawlessly.
Alternatively go full throttle and clad yourself, from head to toe, in menswear. But if you prefer a more conservative take, with just a nod to androgyny trend, then accessories such as the blazer are your best friend. Emulate the masculine rigidity by teaming your LBD with a tailored overcoat and some snappy brogues.
To create a more dressy look, perfect for Autumn/Winter 2011 eveningwear, invest in an LBD adorned with a retro-inspired Peter Pan Collar and add a subtle touch of masculinity by completing the look with an adorable dicky bow.
The extensive wardrobe of Planet Fashion is bridging the gap between his and hers this season with more unisex collections, so stick with Team LBD and you’ll be well on your way to arousing the tomboy in you.