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Minimalist mama

In the summer of 2016, fashion designer Patty Ang turned 24 years old. She also shot to international fame when actress Andi Eigenmann landed on Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list sporting Patty’s pristine white jumpsuit with a flowing, floor-length cape at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

At her atelier in Makati, Patty sits behind her desk, recalling the career milestone with equal parts giddiness and bewilderment; suddenly, she was receiving calls from prospective clients abroad, inquiring if she could make clothes for them.

Changing the subject, she asks if her simple white top, which she designed herself, will do for her photo shoot. A white top is this designer’s trademark look. “People who know me well know I’m a jeans-and-white-shirt kind of gal,” she says. “That’s what I wear almost every day!”

Her simplicity in style is also apparent in her beauty regimen. Patty—who has smooth, poreless skin—says, “I make sure to wash and clean my face well every time before heading to bed. Just lotion, moisturizer and sunblock every day do really well for your skin!” Her very basic skincare system is not without reason: “I honestly don’t use many beauty products, as I had a scare before. When I was younger, I got the worst breakout after using some beauty products.”

Patty hopes to impart her philosophy of minimalism one day to her daughter, Alexa. “Simplicity. I will always and forever stick to the classics and basics. They never get old. Simplicity is beauty.” For now, this doesn’t seem to be a problem, since her daughter is still very young and appears to look up to mom. “Oh, she is very easy. She likes doing what I want,” observes Patty. “It’s so easy bonding with her during dinner, sports and shopping.”

Still, Patty encourages Alexa to assert her uniqueness whenever she can. “At this stage, I let her be,” she says. “I want her to discover things on her own. I want her to find what her true passion is. I don’t expect our passions to be the same. I would be happy if they were! But if they’re not, I just want her to find out what hers is. I think being passionate about what you’re doing is very important.”

Aside from designing clothes that make it to best-dressed lists, Patty is passionate about traveling. Of her penchant to pack up and go, “I make sure after working hard, I reward myself!” she says. Her favorite destination is Europe. Like her polished designs, the continent evokes timeless beauty. Swears Patty, “I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.”

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The classic shirtwaist is this year's summer-to-fall frock

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A great dress has pockets. But when it also boasts a button-down bodice, a belted waist, and a collar - Peter Pan or Chelsea - it gets elevated to pure, off-the-rack confection.

The trendlet

The shirtwaist dress, and all its menswear-inspired extras, is both cubicle and cocktail chic this summer, whether paired with flats, pumps, or white-soled sneaks.

Where does it come from?

Shirtwaist dresses go back to the post-Civil War era, when working women began wearing simple, cotton button-down blouses modeled after men's dress shirts.

By the 1890s, women began pairing the blouses, or shirtwaists, with matching skirts and referred to the still-corseted ensemble as a dress, said Clare Sauro, curator of Drexel University's Robert and Penny Fox historic costume collection.

Throughout the turn of the 20th century, the shirtwaist was the suffragette uniform. Also, because the blouse and matching skirt combo were popular on tennis courts and golf courses, the shirtwaist was considered among the first "athleisure" looks.

Chanel's shorter hemlines and drop waists sent the shirtwaist style to the back of the boudoir until the 1940s, when Christian Dior's romantic New Look featured the modern-day shirtdress silhouette: short sleeves, belted waist, collar, and mid-calf hemline.

In the 1950s, that same dress featured reams of crinoline under the skirts and came in a variety of prints and colors - think Lucille Ball - from polkadots to plaid.

Since then, the shirtwaist dress has been a fast-fashion go-to because it's both practical and flattering on many body types. In the 1960s, the belt disappeared, assuming a trapeze silhouette. In the 1970s, it was a slimmer fit, with a belted sheath and fashioned from softer rayon fabrics; the 1980s brought shoulder pads. These days, thanks to Thom Browne (and H&M), the shirtwaist dress is an oversize, belted or non-belted, crisp, pin-striped boyfriend shirt.

Whatever form shirtwaist dresses take, you can trust it will be a style that's quintessentially American.

Who is wearing it?

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway. Any woman with a business meeting in the morning and dinner plans in the evening.

Would Elizabeth wear one?

I subconsciously buy at least two a year. But just this summer, I've already bought three: chambray, cotton pin-striped, and khaki. Watch out, fall.

Should you wear one?

I can't think of a reason you wouldn't. No dress looks better with ballet flats.Read more at:mermaid formal dresses

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More women role models needed

In a world where power dynamics call for strong, capable leadership, the workplace is where the first nuances of building character and leadership traits are nurtured. Tomorrow’s generation needs to know and relate to people that can inspire them to outstanding success.

We all need role models. Business leaders, particularly successful business women, need to connect with the young women leaders of tomorrow.

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 20 000 women who marched on the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest against the pass laws and demand equal rights, it is heartening that our country is a beacon of hope for women’s rights the world over.

In most fields, from big corporations listed on the JSE down to Parliament, local municipalities and boards, women have become a force to be reckoned with.

However, there is much work to be done. We still have some distance to go before women are impartially afforded the opportunities which would maximise their potential. But it is so exciting that women’s talent is in such abundance that it cannot be ignored.

Power, strength

The question is, what do women do when they are at the top? What should women do with the power of the throne? And here’s a proposition worth thinking about: women do not want to be respected for their throne, but for their power, for their strength.

There is a big difference between the power and a throne. Our power is that our country needs our contribution of building the economy, and to address the broken communities.

Power enables women to say: “I am in charge, I am accountable.”

The throne is the unity a woman has when she has the power. So the more women come together, the stronger they become, the greater respect they command and the more we all achieve as a society.

That is why women who have achieved success at high profile tech firms can easily become the ideal role models for the young women of today so that they become an even bigger force to be reckoned with.

How can women leaders propel more women to the power of the throne? For many years I have been fascinated by how natural it is for young athletes to view successful older athletes as role models.

The 21st century young women and young women executives are bombarded with media and information - movie stars, singers, models and celebrities top the list. It is a form of hero worship.

My question is simple: Where have all the business role models gone? Why don’t young women corporate executives seek out role models in the industry? I’m not sure I have an answer. But what I do know is that there are two key benefits to role model power.

Finding a positive role model can inspire the development of young women corporate executives. As senior women business executives, regarding charting a path as a model can inspire and set good examples to those around you.

My advice to young women is to find a role model who is an advisor, who is consistently in a growth mode.

The power of role models is fascinating. Women who have role models pattern themselves after this person. They model their dress, work ethic, goal focus, mannerisms, professional designations, services, interpersonal communication skills, and more. As they endeavour to model their professional hero, a metamorphosis occurs. They turn into role models themselves.

Indeed, today’s women executives come equipped and empowered with skills. They need dependable role models more than ever, because they have limitless opportunities and they need to be able to sift through to get to a career that not only inspires them, but also drives them to achieve outstanding results.

There are many reasons why positive women role models are needed in our times. We have more women passing out of higher educational institutions than men. More women join the labour force.

Indeed, women, who are successful in business, are also empowered to be leaders in their communities and countries.

Gender-specific issues

I know that women must also grapple with gender-specific issues that come into conflict with career options. Marriage, motherhood, reliable child care and domestic chores are issues that face every woman who has considered a serious career.

The World Bank has said that about 1 billion women are unable to achieve their full economic potential due to barriers such as unequal access to opportunities and credit, a lack of sufficient education and training, and a lack of help from communities and governments in entering the workforce and the economy.

However, equipped to multi-task, women still find balancing it all a hard act to follow. Unless driven by a passion and a commitment to a goal, most will settle for less glamorous yet dependable jobs that will allow them to stick to regular hours.

Some even give up on a career altogether - a few others consider returning to work once the children are grown and their domestic chores lessened.

Despite these challenges, many women have achieved a level of success that surpasses such boundaries. We have solid role models girls and women can be inspired by.

For anyone running a business it would be wise to think about growing female power and how it might contribute to future business success.

Women want a fair slice of the main economy of our country and want to be accorded the necessary respect in the community There is no need to be afraid of women’s strength, the power of the throne, but rather to respect it.

Women numbers are significant enough for women to hold hands together and exercise their power. We must utilise the power of unity to motivate others and celebrate, rather than be prophets of doom.

The key part of the solution is unleashing the economic power of women and for some to become role models. Today there are many converging studies - from the World Bank to the World Economic Forum, from think tanks, universities and corporations - that show that investing in women is a powerful yield investment.

Smart thing

Investing in women, and particularly women entrepreneurs, is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises drive economic growth and create jobs.

Other think tanks have concluded that women’s participation in the workforce and in income generation boosts economic growth and has an impact on society as a whole; equal access for women to land and other agricultural inputs increases agricultural productivity by 20 percent or 30 percent and reduces the number of people suffering from hunger; companies with three or more women among their directors or top managers have 53 percent more output than companies with no women.

Nothing is considered more relevant than discussion, and above all, action to promote women as drivers of inclusive growth within their countries.

Empowering women is one of the most effective and positive forces for reshaping the globe.

Therefore, young women executives will benefit tremendously from being exposed to smart, articulate, independent and stable women who have achieved success.

Let powerful women empower others. Let powerful women encourage others to express themselves openly.Read more at:evening gowns | cocktail dresses australia

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