Suited to the Task: Evan Rachel Wood

All eyes–and iPhones–were locked on Evan Rachel Wood at the Golden Globes this past January, when she chose to wear a custom Altuzarra tux instead of a gown. “I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women know they aren’t a requirement,” she said, adding later, “I promised myself I would wear a suit to every awards show this year.”

  • Evan Rachel Wood in “Suit Yourself” by Wendy Kaur in Elle Canada April 2017

Other sharp suits for inspiration:

Above: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Barbara Bui, Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Dondup, Pre-fall 2016

Above: Marni, Pre-fall 2016

Above: Ports 1961, Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Stella McCartney, Pre-fall 2016

Paris Rainbow: Spring 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Spring 2016 collections from Paris–based female designers!

RED

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Above: Leonard Spring 2016

ORANGE

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Above: Stella McCartney Spring 2016

YELLOW

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Above: Vanessa Bruno Spring 2016

GREEN

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Above: Sharon Wauchob Spring 2016

BLUE

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Above: Hermès Spring 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Spring 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Paul & Joe Spring 2016

Let’s Pause and Appreciate All the Times Bhumika Arora Appeared on the Spring 2016 Catwalks

As we did for Lineisy Montero, let’s appreciate some of the times we saw model Bhumika Arora on the Spring 2016 runways.

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Above: Bhumika Arora wearing a luxurious dress on the Etro Spring 2016 runway.

Fashion month diversity is rare on the catwalks, period. While we do see Black and Asian models occasionally on the runways, we hardly ever see models of South Asian, Middle Eastern, First Nations, Native American descent by comparison.

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Above: Bhumika Arora on the Alberta Ferretti catwalk wearing awesome lingerie-inspired clothing

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Above: Even though you’re wearing sunglasses, we know that’s you on the Stella McCartney catwalk, Bhumika Arora!

This is why Bhumika Arora’s presence on the runways during the Spring 2016 shows is such a big deal–we hardly see women who look like her in high fashion ever. So thank-you, Bhumika Arora, for being around, and three cheers to the designers who cast her to be part of their shows.

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Above: Bhumika Arora looking amazing in white during the Carolina Herrera show

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Above: Bhumika Arora making us want to wear flowers in our hair, as she is here in the Diane von Furstenberg show

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Above: Cool, blue Bhumika Arora on the Ohne Titel catwalk

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Above: Bhumika Arora proving that a dark red lipstick is what you need to wear with a very tropical outfit as seen on the Anna Sui runway

Let’s Pause and Appreciate All the Times Lineisy Montero Appeared on the Spring 2016 Catwalks

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Above: Lineisy Montero wearing an awesome striped ballgown in the Sonia Rykiel Spring 2016 runway.

….simply because Lineisy Montero is an amazing model, and because we need more models of colour, and we are inspired by this simple, consciousness-raising instagram account. Fashion x feminism bonus–all of these shows are from design houses run by women!

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Above: Lineisy Montero wearing an otherwordly dress during the Vionnet Spring 2016 show

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Above: Lineisy Montero strutting her stuff down the Versace Spring 2016 catwalk. Did you know that this Versace show was inspired by International Women’s Day?

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Above: Lineisy Montero wearing minimal/no makeup on the Stella McCartney Spring 2016 runway

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Above: Lineisy Montero looking like a boss on the Sacai Spring 2016 catwalk

Also–this is not quite all the times Lineisy Montero walked the Spring 2016 shows. She was in the Isabel Marant show as well, but you know how it goes with Isabel Marant. She was also in the Chloé show, but that line has been kind of a bummer lately as well.

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Above: Lineisy Montero walking the Prada Spring 2016 show. Miuccia Prada is a feminist.

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Above: Lineisy Montero sporting awesome red lipstick during the Céline Spring 2016 show.

LineisyMontero_AlexanderMcQueen_Spring2016Above: Lineisy Montero wearing a polished punk look on the Alexander McQueen Spring 2016 runway.

Bibliostyle: Nellie Bly’s “Around The World In Seventy-Two Days”

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Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2015

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Above: Stella McCartney Spring 2015

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Above: Victoria Beckham Spring 2015

I have never met a man or woman yet who was not aroused by that answer into doing their very best.

If we want good work from others or wish to accomplish anything ourselves, it will never do to harbor a doubt as to the result of an enterprise.

So, when I went to Ghormley’s, I said to him: “I want a dress by this evening.”

“Very well,” he answered as unconcernedly as if it were an everyday thing for a young woman to order a gown on a few hours’ notice.

“I want a dress that will stand constant wear for three months,” I added, and then left the responsibility rest on him.

Bringing out several different materials he threw them in artistic folds over a small table, studying the effect in a pier glass before which he stood.

He did not become nervous or hurried. All the time that he was trying the different effects of the materials, he kept up a lively and half humorous conversation. In a few moments he had selected a plain blue broadcloth and a quiet plaid camel’s-hair as the most durable and suitable combination for a traveling gown.

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Above: Alessandra Rich Spring 2015

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Above: Sacai Spring 2015

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Above: Orla Kiely Spring 2015

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Above: Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons Spring 2015

Before I left, probably one o’clock, I had my first fitting. When I returned at five o’clock for a second fitting, the dress was finished. I considered this promptness and speed a good omen and quite in keeping with teh project.

After leaving Ghormley’s I went to a shop and ordered an ulster. Then going to another dressmaker’s, I ordered a lighter dress to carry with me to be worn in the land where I would find summer.

I bought one hand-bag with the determination to confine my baggage to its limit […]

Packing that bag was the most difficult undertaking of my life; there was so much to go into such little space.

I got everything in at last except the extra dress. Then the question resolved itself into this: I must either add a parcel to my baggage or go around the world in and with one dress. I always hated parcels so I sacrificed the dress, but I brought out last summer’s silk bodice and after considerable squeezing managed to crush it into the handbag.

– from Around The World In Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly

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