In the run up to the recent US Election, voters were showing their support of candidate Hilary Clinton on social media by using the hashtag #pantsuitnation. Clinton is famous for her adoption of the trouser suit (or pant suit in the US), wearing a series of them on the campaign trail.
Through Clinton, the pantsuit has become an icon of female strength and the symbol of a worldwide movement for the advancement of women. The online group Pantsuit Nation started as a private Facebook page of 50 friends who came together to share their support of Hillary Clinton. Originally founded on the idea of wearing pantsuits to the polls on November 8th, the online group quickly became a movement of nearly 3 million and is continuing to spread Clinton’s message after her defeat by Donald Trump.
The pant suit has featured strongly throughout the Resort 17 and S/S 17 collections, representing a new wave of empowered dressing and feeding into the growing 80’s trend.
Céline recently released the images for their Resort 17 collection, featuring variations of the trouser suit with a contemporary take on 80’s power dressing.
Elsewhere, the trouser suit is updated with ruched detailing, an oversized and relaxed fit and off-beat layering.
80’s references are strong at Balenciaga with exaggerated shoulders, also reflecting the trend for deconstructed styling and experimental cuts.
For a contemporary twist, suits are styled with extra wide leg trousers, sleeveless jackets, and in crushed satin fabrications.
Trouser suits also featured heavily on the street outside the S/S 17 shows.
USP: The pant suit is being adopted as a political symbol, representing female strength and empowerment through dress.