Looking Forward: Power Dressing for Fall 2012
Posted by on August 29, 2012 | 3:33 pm EST

Power dressing, a concept hinged on looking sharp and professional, was another trend that set the fall catwalks on fire. Almost every fashion house had one—at the very least—look that offered a bit of corporate allusion. A few decades ago, power dressing among women was greatly anchored on two wardrobe elements—shoulder pads and panty hoses. Thankfully however, fashion caught on and rid us of silhouettes that though yield a look of supreme corporate power, were decidedly unflattering.

As power dressing-inspired looks graced the runways of New York, Milan, London and Paris, designers showed that working women will have anything but a boring time outclassing the opposite sex. Emporio Armani was one label that truly embraced the trend’s return, with a solid collection seemingly made for fashionable young professionals. The label highlighted the changing concept behind this trend, as they reinvented the pantsuit look by using capri pants. Nevertheless, tailored pieces reigned supreme amid the varying fits and silhouettes.

Although suits will remain a perpetual power dressing essential, designers’ great attention to the power of a simple blouse-and-pencil-skirt look was bannered to 21st century perfection. For Reem Acra, it was all about adding glamour to this basic with sequins and glittery embellishments, while Rodarte breathed life to this basic with texture and patterns. Blouses and blazers were more adventurous, arriving with bold contrast lapels or fashioned from opulent velvet and on-trend leather. Amid the glorious parade of modern-day edginess, some designers chose to bring back a bit of old-school corporate elegance, which include Oscar de la Renta. With a touch of vintage inspiration, the designer brought even more variety to power dressing.

The incoming fall season’s arsenal of power dressing essentials may still carry black, the founding color of the corporate world, but amid its ubiquity, color greatly surpasses it. Although anything bright, cheery and inviting is often a power dressing no-no, Preen took the lead in showcasing the corporate appropriateness of cobalt blue or orange. Some designers truly tested the boundaries of this dressing classic as they presented a range of heavily printed separates. As if it wasn’t bold enough, head-to-toe printed suits also made several glorious appearances on the runway.

While they say that clothes that exude authority can only do so much for a woman who doesn’t have the knack to pull it off, fall’s wonderful emphasis on confident garments can perhaps be enough. Click through the slideshow above to see some of our favorite looks from the fall 2012 season that captured power dressing with laser-sharp trendiness.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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