Suzy Menkes, the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, has crafted yet another elegant article, this time, power dressing for women - exhanging pantsuits...

Suzy Menkes, the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, has crafted yet another elegant article, this time, power dressing for women – exhanging pantsuits for dresses.

In explaining her ideas, Menkes says: ‘A dress as a stand-alone garment should be substantial enough to give gravitas to the wearer without being uncomfortable or demanding. The most effective style of the season is the pleated shirt dress, and significantly the best come from female designers who understand the concept and are not trying to create sexy, celebrity looks.' It seems a woman can be a woman again, however powerful her positon in the boardroom.

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