Designers are breaking boundaries by reconstructing the traditional business suit to fit individual style and personality. Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham and Verdad are a noticeable few giving business formal a new definition.
The Prabal Gurung collection inevitably made a statement transforming classic oversized sweaters, blazers and dresses using unconventional textures, statement prints and bold fabrics. Rather than displaying these pieces in his finale, the models walked the runway in political slogan tees reading "I am an immigrant" and "Revolution has no borders". Gurung also used his platform to break boundaries in the fashion industry by inviting size 4 models to walk in his show.
Designer of Altuzarra, Joseph Altuzarra, conveyed the inspiration for his Fall/Winter collection drew from the brand's "complex" clients. Fighting traditional trends while keeping a sense of modernity, the collection features color-blocking looks, military lace-up boots, velvet pantsuits and colonial-inspired overcoats.
The 2017 Fall/Winter Victoria Beckham collection is the epitome of the new pantsuit. "I've never really worn a blazer with a skirt" said designer Victoria Beckham when explaining her creative process. The collection featured oversized blazers paired with collared sheer dress shirts, long chiffon skirts and slouchy boots for a "relaxed" take on business formal.
When designing his Fall/Winter collection, designer Louis Verdad believed "The vision for fashion is more relaxed". The Verdad day-time collection of oversized pants, sweaters and overcoats followed a palette of navy, sunflower yellow, and neutral hues.