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Strong shoulders, cinched waists and other winks to the Eighties add up to a commanding new way to dress for success. Here, a high-fashion interpretation of power dressing, followed by the return of the briefcase, one of the season’s most prominent accessories. Finally, a look back at how it all began, as seen through the eyes of WWD’s archival lenses.

look 1:

Carmen March’s wool and elastane jacket and Casely-Hayford camel moleskin with wool jacquard skirt. Giuseppe Zanotti boots (worn throughout); Wolford tights (worn throughout); Isabel Marant earrings (worn throughout); Eddie Borgo earring as brooch and rings (worn throughout).

look 2:

Left: Trussardi’s wool cropped blazer over Thom Browne’s pique vest and tie worn with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s wool and viscose pants. Right: Mugler’s virgin wool and cashmere sweater under Isabel Marant’s wool jacket and Aquilano.Rimondi’s virgin wool and silk skirt. Manolo Blahnik boots (worn throughout); Alexandre Vauthier belt (worn throughout); Eddie Borgo bag; Elizabeth Kennedy earring (worn throughout).

look 3:

Erika Cavallini’s cotton trenchcoat, Ji Oh’s cotton button-down and Eudon Choi’s lamb napa leather skirt. Thom Browne bag; Zana Bayne belt; Lizzie Fortunato earring worn as brooch.

look 4:

Michael Kors Collection’s leather coat over Tibi’s cotton shirt. Manolo Blahnik boots; Proenza Schouler earrings.

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