Pantsuits for women have come a long way from being just practical wear to ride horses. You’d think the power suit’s allegorical associations of being “masculine” would have died down in the ensuing half-century, but the pantsuit was a focus – and ongoing joke – in Hillary Clinton’s political career, framing her as a “sensible” presidential candidate, but also undermining her femininity. Is it a twist of fate – or just liberating – that, in 2019, the brightly-coloured pantsuits that were once an object of derision associated with the former first lady are now a bona fide runway trend? This season, a rainbow of suits dominated, bringing a sunny dose of fun to an outfit once considered drab and stuffy, and its use is now evolving into a wardrobe staple even for the weekend. Which fashion collection shone the brightest at Paris Couture Week? Emporio Armani’s fire-engine red rendition – a waist-length, double-breasted jacket with loose, matching shorts – might even look a little risqué for the office, but it is perfectly on point for a night on the town with heels, or for Sunday brunch with tennis shoes. From Dior to Chanel: the best of Paris Fashion Week spring/summer 2020 For a more classic take on the suit, we loved Chanel’s prim-and-proper tweed number, hailing from Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for the brand. Covered from neck to knee, this was a Jackie O-appropriate choice, though there were a few others that were more boundary-pushing, notably in turquoise check with an upper half more inspired by motorcycle jackets than office blazers. While bright suits were already on the agenda last season, it was the luxe fabrications that made them truly stand out for autumn. As a counterpoint to Chanel’s puritanical tweed, Ferragamo gave us leather; stand-outs included the coordinated combo of a midi pencil skirt slit to there with a bomber-style jacket in maroon. Why Chanel and other big brands love this Malaysian fashion influencer At Givenchy, a classic emerald pantsuit with exaggerated curving shoulders was styled with a contrasting belt. At Louis Vuitton, a true-blue jacket-and-trousers set read aviator rather than executive, with its white piped edges, large patch pockets with flaps and zip detailing, and the house monogram as lining. STYLE Edit: How Coco Chanel was influenced by imperial Russia At Alexander McQueen, one of the best renditions of the season was an indigo sleeveless pantsuit with satin lapels and draped detailing at the cinched waist. At Versace, a soft-peach jacket was teamed with lime-green trousers, cornflower blue polo neck and a sharp orange harness bra. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .