THE FEMALE GAZE
Inner Strength, Translated
Photography by Ted Belton
There is a seismic shift in the way the modern woman wants to appear in the world. Her version of strength comes from within and is translated into powerful shapes that allow her to keep her secrets to herself, and to measure what she wants the outside world to know. Her emblems are those that have always translated into power – deft tailoring, strong lines, and noble fabrics – and these have become the vocabulary describing what is modern. The gaze she hopes to attract is her own, affirming her command of the world she inhabits.
The modern-day woman is in control of her image. Dressing for the grand entrances and events of the evening, She takes cues from him – seen in a strong shoulder and sharp tailoring – but is translated for her in Haider Ackermann’s perfect tuxedo dress.
Céline perfects the pea coat, in black. The proportions are slightly more generous while keeping a crisp, no-nonsense squared shoulder. This modern take on the everyday staple makes getting dressed seamless.
Strength is back. Stella McCartney’s louche jumpsuit is edged in metal. Speak further of power dressing by pairing it with her masculine, notched-collar coat.
Balenciaga modernizes the power suit, keeping some of the essential elements – a padded shoulder, masculine fabric and sharp tailoring – but adds a slim pant to keep it sexy, as well as strong.
“It’s impossible to tell how these proportions settle on a body. That’s a matter between a woman, a changing room, and her own reflection, presumably the only place of judgment Philo counts as real.”
– Sarah Mower
Céline takes a typically feminine motif like a floral print and gives it neon highlighter treatment. She takes what would be simply pretty to a keener, darker edge. The result is womanly and ultimately modern.