In a recent article published in Vogue Australia and titled ‘What Powerful Women Really Wear’ Clements talks about her visit to the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award lunch, a prestigious event that drew businesswomen who have truly excelled in what they do.
The event boasted attendees from the Governer to well-known fashion designers, to leading businesswoman. When it came to personal image for women at the event, here’s one thought that Clements voiced out:
As I looked around the room and noticed that everyone was so excited to be there, talking to like-minded women, I thought, how does high fashion really fit into the equation of everyday life?
Observing how all of these leading women portrayed their personal image she noticed some interesting key common factors:
I had been watching the ready-to-wear shows from Milan and Paris on my iPad on the way in the taxi, and one fashion (male) commentator said after the Pucci show: “Oh I loved it, it was so sexy, the models looked like they had been clawed by a tiger.”
Well, the attendees of the Veuve Clicquot lunch guests looked pretty terrific, but none of us had consciously gone for that “I’ve just been mauled by a jungle cat” look. Probably not really required at a board meeting.
The simple truth is this: Most businesswomen, leading women executives and those working in a corporate environment want to look ‘elegant, classy, appropriate, intelligent and at ease.’
Kristie explains that when it comes to personal image for women subtlety goes a long way.
There is the debate about who women dress for – for men, for other women, or for themselves. I’ve never given a thought to what men might think is sexy. I suppose because if a pair of thigh-high RoboCop boots and a leather miniskirt is going to do the trick, he’s probably not a man I particularly want to attract.
I’ve always thought that it’s sexier to hint at things, give a glimpse of stocking, or a camisole or whatever, but keep things hidden, to be revealed later. It’s a philosophy held by Miuccia Prada, which is why I love Prada. She makes cardigans sexy. It’s how Valentino showed black leather this season, as a knee-length skirt and a cape, with a white silk chiffon shirt. Gorgeous. Subtle.
It’s why women in the fashion world are being drawn to Celine, because designer Phoebe Philo is a working mother and it resonates in the clothes. They are beautiful but practical. Like the women at lunch.
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