I'm a Binkley fan. I read her fashion column in the WSJ whenever I can and I'm usually both informed and impressed. She can write about fashion without sounding vapid or snobbish, not easy. In her article The Leaner, Meaner Power Suit she give a great little crash course on the history of the power suit for women and peppers the article with some good statistics as well. Apparently some 3.9 billion women's suit will be purchased this year, their market share up 27%.
Ahead of the trend, Carlisle / per se has been doing some great suiting for the last several seasons that is "powerful" and provocative, for a woman who is, well... a woman. Clients are usually scared of being matchy, matchy, so I've been breaking suits up, but lately I'm feeling like this is less of an issue. Executive women are actually gravitating towards the whole suit. Finally!