First we saw Angelina Jolie at the BAFTAs in a luxurious black tuxedo. Then we saw Cate Blanchett wearing a women’s trouser suit on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue. Now Madonna has adopted the tailored look, putting on an androgynous three piece suit for a magazine shoot (also L’Uomo Vogue). I’ve written a lot recently about the “new” women’s tailoring trend making waves in the fashion world (read all about it double-breasted waistcoat, a tweed three piece suit and a herringbone shirt. Interesting combinations, indeed.
Softening an androgynous look with feminine colors is evidently not something that interests Madonna. If she’s going to wear a tailored suit, she might as well go all out. The fabrics and colors she’s wearing are not only rough and thickly woven, they have a strong association with the British countryside, something she’s apparently been quite familiar with since her relationship with Guy Ritchie. But there’s also an urban feel to the finished look. In my opinion, it builds on the women’s tailoring trend because, while we’ve seen women like Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett wearing highly sleek tuxedos, we’ve not seen anything as rough or as masculine as this. If you’re inspired by Madonna’s homage to the three piece suit, click on “Get the Look” and begin the process of creating your own bespoke three piece suit.