Nancy Pelosi (above)
Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, is optimistic. “If women are embracing colour, it suggests that they are confident they can be taken seriously without wearing black,” she says. “If people aren’t choosing clothes primarily to appear smaller, I think that’s really politically important. It says: “I’m here and I’m not ashamed: It’s very non-apologetic.” I wondered if colour is perceived as childish? Colour sends messages. In the 90s, colour analysis meant finding out if you were “cool autumn” or a “warm spring” in order to buy a jumper that would make you look vibrant. Now, colour chat is more about politics, identity and mood. Bright colours are increasingly used for protest, from pink pussy hats to calls to wear red for International Women’s Day, or green for Grenfell or orange for gun safety. WGSN’s colour director, Jane Boddy, believes we are all increasingly aware of “how colour connects us, as human beings, and how we use it as a tool to define us.” The Queen, for one, dresses brightly to ensure visibility.
Here's a shoot I styled earlier this year with some gorgeous suits -