In the wake of the Time’s Up movement, which targets discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace and officially began its reign on the red carpet of the 2018 Golden Globes on Jan. 7, the power suit is perhaps more relevant than ever before. But unlike standard power suiting’s harsh, masculine edges, this new crop of pant-with-jacket sets happens to be showing a softer side.
From Janelle Monáe’s floral embroidered Dolce & Gabbana number to Kesha’s tailored western Nudie suit complete with embellished floral accents, the looks on the Grammys red carpet are proof that these aren’t your standard Hillary Clinton uniforms. Take, for example, Eve’s dazzling Naeem Khan blazer-and-trouser look (worn sans shirt) that channeled David Bowie in his gender-bending days or Cyndi Lauper’s playful Moschino number printed with images of loved up cupids — both feminine twists on an androgynous staple.
“I think women can be feminine and strong at the same time, and that’s OK,” says artist Ava Max, who bought a Gucci-printed suit to wear for the occasion. “I feel powerful and strong in a suit — like my personality.”