This season has been characterized by the new age of technology and times of change – we are now watching more digital shows than ever before. Whilst met with some frustration; there are a few positives that come out of it, namely, the changing of the fashion industry into a more relatable scene.
Referred to as “Digi-physical fashion week” and in direct response to the pandemic we currently face, there has been a shift within the industry. In previous seasons, fashion houses have paid homage to tradition and heritage. This season, we have seen a shift towards more wearable garments that are both thoughtful and realistic.
Here we take a deeper dive into Spring/Summer, which includes trends such as deep and meaningful texture and hand-worked pieces, sweatsuits, wide trousers, statement shoulders, and big colors. Off we go, into a season like no other.
Easy-to-wear with comfort and zoom calls in mind, the runways have been flooded with loose-fitting, dramatic power pants inspired by the 80s. Awe-inspiring is the freedom that this silhouette holds. Whether you’re in for a busy day of working from home or lounging in the bedroom, the power pant is sure to make you feel elegant and edgy. Paired with most basics, you can probably find it in your closet already – we love this trend and hope it is here to stay.
As seen on Louis Vuitton, The Row, Stella McCartney, Chloé, and Fendi.
Image: Fendi, Louis Vuitton, The Row.
The Ultra-Wide Trouser
The SS21 men’s runway saw plenty of power pants too. Taking a similar approach to the women’s trend, the pant has been tailored to include comfort and versatility across all genders.
Pleats, draping, fluidity are all words that come to mind when looking at the remarkable digital runways. High-cut, retro, sporty, and tracksuit-style were also seen throughout the fashion houses, with each house adding a unique touch of their own to this powerful trend.
As seen on the runways of: Gucci, Casablanca, Dolce & Gabbana, MSGM, Moschino and Hermès.
Image: Casablanca, Dolce & Gabanna, MSGM, Ermenegildo Zegna, Rick Owens, Moschino, Hermès, Lanvin.
Call it the new normal! You can understand why this season draws upon the current way in which the world is working from home. Slouchy, comfortable, playful, edgy, and challenging the norm - the runway showed off these fuller silhouettes. It made them elegant and classy, with some houses opting to take on the sweatsuit in its’ most loved form and some houses challenging this “new uniform.”
As seen on Givenchy, Balenciaga, Undercover, Collina Strada, Max Mara, and Rodarte.
Image: Givenchy, Balenciaga, Rodarte.
The Oversized Suit
1980s inspired, oversized, double-breasted suits flooded the runways this season. There is a definite shift towards a fuller silhouette that is worn unbuttoned and formal or used as casual, comfortable, everyday separates. We love this trend as it gives lockdown meets office vibes.
As seen on Casablanca, Dolce & Gabbana, Wooyoungmi, Etro, and Lanvin, to name a few.
Image: Dolce & Gabanna, Wooyoungmi, Etro, Lanvin, E Tautz, Ermenegildo Zegna.
Bright color, busy prints, and slightly eccentric, this trend will surely have heads turning in your direction. This SS21, you can step out of your comfort zone and embrace the bold. Color is in! Simple silhouettes are transformed into fantastic, whimsical clothing that is expressive and, quite simply, beautiful. Goodbye, lockdown blues. This trend is going to take over.
As seen on the runways and look-books of Molly Goddard, Marni, Miu Miu, Valentino, and Christian Dior.
Image: Dris Van Noten, Colina Strada, Miu Miu.
We cannot get enough color this season, bold and in your face; this men’s trend is not for the faint of heart. Characterized by neon pops of color, with pastel tones added in, we love that this look was on the runway in silhouettes of all shapes and forms.
As seen on the runways of Fendi, Tom Ford, Versace, Paul Smith, and Burberry.
Image: Fendi, Tom Ford, Versace, Versace, Paul Smith, Burberry.
The Not-So Cold and Very Bold Shoulder
Think shoulders, but bigger and better. We are seeing a strong theme throughout this season of power. Dramatic versions of the statement shoulder were seen in Balmain, and Balenciaga shows, whilst other houses opted for a subdued silhouette.
As seen on the runways of Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Rick Owens, and Maison Margiela.
Image: Maison Margiela, Balmain, Richard Malone.
The Digital Floral
Florals? For Spring? Surprise! The age-old trend has been re-imagined in a digitized floral print. With a masculine edge as opposed to a soft, feminine floral. Flora adorns all shapes' silhouettes to bring a more abstract feel to the garments seen on the runway. We love this look like a statement suit with full florals or muted down as one statement floral piece to complete your look.
As seen on Fendi, Etro, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Giorgio Armani.
Image: Etro, Tom Ford, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Paul Smith.
These 8 trends of SS21 really are a true reflection of our world as we currently see it. Florals, color, comfort, and statement pieces are transformed into ethereal runways – we cannot wait to see the everyday interpretation of these trends on streets worldwide!
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