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March 15, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas

Prabal Gurung Spring 2011

Jamie Nelson, as the closing for an article for Nylon, quoted Pierre Bergé: “A Saint Laurent woman is untouchable because she frightens men, which is great because we always feel the center of the world!”

A Saint Laurent woman is untouchable because she frightens men…Though we all live in a world where women are becoming a  respectable presence, in many societies, females still have to struggle to prove their abilities.

Feminism is an idea that has many definitions, but in general, it promotes the esteem of females. Alongside the world of fashion, the two may seem inconsistent, but they both celebrate women. Now especially, both worlds are fusing together to encourage the worth of feminine empowerment.

Individuals use clothes as a way to express themselves- they convey their culture, their likes and dislikes, the concept of who they are as people. If you look at designs on the runways- from Chris Benz, Prabal Gurung, and Jenni Kayne to fashion house greats such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Gucci and Chanel- they all are making clothes that give women a presence and allows them to exert their personality through their sartorial choices.

Over at The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine is proudly showing off creative (almost to the point of obscure) outfits crafted from beautiful pieces and covering up-and-coming trends. The title of her blog conveys her fashion philosophy: she wears clothes that express who she is and what she loves, but are not necessarily aesthetically pleasing to males.

She is not trying to intentionally displease the eyes of men; she, like many other women, knows that the way she physically expresses herself is autonomous and disregards what other’s think. She is saying, “This is how I am, this is how I dress. It’s crazy as hell, but I’m doing what I want.”

Strong shoulders, bright colors, body-hugging silhouettes, daring cut-outs, and attention-grabbing prints are all prominent in contemporary designs, but they are also declarations, communicating that the women that wear and emulate these designs want to be more than just seen and heard. They want to be taken seriously and are forces to be reckoned with. These women are beautiful, strong, and capable, and  if just their clothes are saying this, imagine what females can really do.

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