Can a woman be strong and sweet at the same time? According to Emilia Wickstead, yes, she can! Although she’s not one to play with pouf silhouettes like her contemporaries, Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard, and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Wickstead isn’t afraid to go the saccharine route in translating feminine power. For her Pre-Fall 2019 Collection, which was inspired by Fleur Cowles, the legendary editor of Flair magazine, she offered an array of dainty and delicate looks which were still confident and powerful. They were strong in the silhouettes—mostly of the streamlined variety— which exemplified Wickstead’s steady hand in tailoring. Pantsuits, jumpsuits, and enigmatic shifts made for exceptional daywear pieces, but still had an undeniable elegant touch to make them versatile enough for evening. And speaking of evening, this is where the delicacy stepped in. Floaty and billowy dresses in chiffon and silk, often pastel-hued, were refined proposals for a sophisticated wardrobe. Although there was a tinge of innocence to them, one can’t deny the sexual appeal of such clothes neither. Such is the subversive quality of Emilia Wickstead’s style—one that continues to fascinate and charm women of all ages.
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