Victoria Beckham Brings Back The Power Suit At NYFW

Clothes to infiltrate the gentleman's club in

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'I've always been about empowering women and never was there a time when that was more relevant,' Victoria Beckham said backstage at her AW17 show, while models walked around in her bold shouldered double-breasted jackets and chiffon skirts.

Beckham has always had a cult following for her work wear. Her clothes are like catnip for women of a certain professional level.

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But this season, her suiting took on a whole new meaning.

Her press notes described 'a sense of emancipation' running through her feminine take on men's wear tailoring and 'gentleman's club colours.'

And it echoed the general feeling in the air this week as one women's wear designer after another (both male and female) makes an argument for mobilizing against the gentleman's club of politicians engineering executive orders against our reproductive rights.

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'We have to be really optimistic right now. We have to be positive,' Beckham said, as her husband David and sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and daughter Harper waited outside.

So she asked herself: 'What can I do to make my customer feel that optimism and strength?'

The answer: Work wear that takes elements of the Nineties power suit (the shoulder pads, the double breast, the boxy shape, the wide trouser, the heritage fabrics) and pushes it forward with a more relaxed, fluid silhouette, layered over flowing silk chiffon for contrast.

Interestingly, Beckham is not the first designer this week to modernize the old way of power dressing.

2016 may have been the year of Hillary Clinton's pant suit, but the former presidential candidate's failed run for office has inspired a whole new demographic of women to smash the glass ceiling in their own work lives.

And they'll need the wardrobe to do it in.

Power suit nation?

By the looks of the New York shows, one is definitely afoot.

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