Look The Business this Autumn
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With Summer drawing to a close, say goodbye to those lovely long al fresco meals and light summery frocks. Keep September blues at bay and start the Autumn off on the right fashion note with the new collections and designers in store at Le Bon Marché. The trend is all Working Girl for Fall 2017, and we have the smart business attire to make you look every inch the boss. A feminine interpretation of menswear tailoring, this style blurs gender boundaries with its sophisticated, offbeat designs.
AUG 30, 2017
Ready for business
Liberated, elegant, and a virtuoso of multitasking, the businesswoman is an inspiration for our times with her androgynous silhouette. She unashamedly blurs gender boundaries, appropriating the sharp tailoring of menswear and playing artfully with the classic masculine aesthetics of tartans, tweeds, houndstooth, and Prince of Wales checks. Even better, she breathes new life into this traditional garb with her modern style, where an overbooked diary is no impediment to elegance.
Straight-cut shirts are given a feminine twist with embroidered, gathered, or ruffled details. Tuxedo pants are widened and cropped to give show the ankles, while suits are oversized and open, suggesting a delicate laced bodysuit underneath. Prettily perforated brogues complete the look. Patterns and woollens are mixed and layered, and a man’s jacket can be casually slipped on over a sweatshirt or a silk slip in autumnal shades...
- D’estrëe, Rabbit felt fedora, €640; 2. Tom Wood, Silver and black spinel signet ring, €450; 3. PB 0110, Leather bag, €799; 4. OAMC, Poplin shirt, €550; 5. AMI, Coat, €890; 6. RACIL, Wool suit trousers, €475; 7. L/uniform, Leather and canvas bag, €420; 8. G.H.Bass & Co., Leather moccasins, €650
Among the brands, COLIAC is the one that best embodies this trend. Designer Martina Grasselli interweaves different influences in her radical pieces, where a basic unisex vibe is reinvented with deconstructed cuts, anarchic stitching and other more underground-inspired detailing. OFFINICE GÉNÉRALE began by revolutionising menswear and have now turned their sights and skills to womenswear. The result is the ideal working girl’s wardrobe, minimal and androgynous, where perfect cut and fine materials are enhanced by ethical manufacturing in the very best of English fabrics. For leather goods, fresh new brand DANSE LENTE launches its first collection for Fall 2017. Their ultra-modern, easy and architectural bags are made in traditional Italian tanneries and leather-working factories.
- Blanche Abel, Rabbit felt hat, €325; 2. Tom Wood, Silver and green marble signet ring, €330; 3. Manu Atelier, Leather and suede bag, €450; 4. G.H.Bass & Co., Patent leather moccasin mules, €185; 5. Maison Père, Virgin wool coat, €640; 6. Alexandra Golovanoff, Cashmere sweater, €459; 7. AMI, Shirt, €190; Sézane, Wool mix trousers, €110
Patterns and woollens are mixed and layered, and a man’s jacket can be casually slipped on over a sweatshirt or a silk slip in autumnal shades...
Our three top picks to look The Business
Coliac, Leather perforated brogues
Officine Générale, "W375" Velvet jacket
Danse Lente, Mini Lorna Palissandro bag