Photographs by Thomas Lohr; Styled by Catherine Newell-Hanson
Hillary Clinton might not be president, but even without the reigning queen of pantsuits in office, suits are still showing up everywhere this fall thanks to everyone from Gigi Hadid to Jennifer Lawrence. Of course, in many cases, these aren't stuffy ensembles you might be expecting: Earlier this month, during New York Fashion Week, Bella Hadid, for one, stepped out in a glittery gold Max Mara three-piece complete with a bra for a shirt, only to step out a week later, this time in Milan, in a matching leopard-print blazer and trousers. She then followed up on both of those ensembles with a simpler black version—this time sans shirt, but plus Matrix sunglasses.
The latter look was in fact quite similar to a black suit that Cara Delevingne wore on the red carpet this summer—a week in which she also wore a wildly weather inappropriate blue velvet suit, and Isabelle Huppert and Aymeline Valade followed suit (sorry) in pastel pink and shimmery gold ensembles of their own.
All that happened around the time Shayne Oliver was reimagining his hotly anticipated version of Helmut Lang, which debuted during New York Fashion Week. While there plenty of suits on hand amidst the bondage-like ensembles and clear briefcases, one in particular stood out: an extremely layered white version which differentiated itself from another all-white suit just two looks before it with a pair of white heels and a newspaper-turned-shopping bag, which the model used to shield his eyes.
Oliver, in fact, had politics on the mind when he was making up his mind about how to re-invent the house. And while he ultimately decided on creating an antidote to what he'd interpreted as the recent hollow politicization of fashion, for some, Clinton has made those types of all-white ensembles bear an unavoidable political significance. Around this time last year, she wore an ivory asymmetrical pantsuit to dominate Donald Trump in the third and final presidential debate, a version of which she defiantly reprised on Trump's inauguration day.
Clinton may be famously divisive, but her look of choice seems to be one thing everyone can agree on: It resurfaced this month thanks not just to the sensually minded Oliver, but to a little girl who hadn't even yet hit double digits, and yet still managed to pull together her own white suit to meet Clinton at a book signing earlier a few days ago, not unlike the one Evan Rachel Wood wore on the red carpet just last week.
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