Working wardrobe: occupational therapy for sartorially minded executives
This season’s catwalks set a new workplace agenda as stalwart staples of the real-world working wardrobe were spiced up to inspire those soldiering on in the city. At Chanel, the classic tweed skirt suit was relaxed into a more louche wide-legged trouser and flared-sleeve jacket, courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld’s high-flying Terminal 2C collection.
At Prada, the trench coat was reworked with patent leather and suede strips and accompanied by pointed kitten heels in a Belle de Jour-ish ode to 1960s futurism. That winter winner, the turtleneck, has also been remixed for the warmer months, edited down to a choker and neckpiece at Dior, and then teamed back with somewhat subversive horizontal pinstripes.
On the footwear front, the backless loafer’s recent revival continued at Louis Vuitton and Gucci, where Alessandro Michele also rewrote the business shirt with a silken 1970s sensibility. All of which should impel a cool workday transition… until the time comes to turn on that out-of-office autoresponder.
As originally featured in the July 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (*208)