Despite the challenges of sweeping coronavirus restrictions, the fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, London and New York still went ahead. While some designers are now going digital first (including Burberry, Missoni and Marni), others are staying true to the physical approach (Chanel, Hermès and Valentino). We witnessed how fashion shows were opened up to the public at large, but also how closed events became all the more exclusive.
Trends for Spring-Summer 2021
The differences between the collections have never before been so pronounced. Some designers went with modest chic – in line with the current trends – while others opted for exuberant designs, reflecting their hope of brighter things to come. We compared the collections and noted the most striking trends.
Comfort wear details
Seen at: Fendi, Dior, HUGO BOSS, Chanel
The collections of designers including HUGO BOSS, Dior and Fendi offer undeniable proof that fashion adjusts to the spirit of the age. The brands brought us joggers with drawstring waists, alongside classic silhouettes with a sporty twist. The ever-traditional Chanel also incorporated comfortable elements into their collection; the sweatpants were loose-fitting, slouchy and looked – above all – comfy.
Seen at: Burberry, Simone Rocha, ETRO, SPORTMAX, Chanel, NINA RICCI
Layering sounds like an autumn trend, but brands including SPORTMAX offered proof to the contrary. Transparent layers of thin material are perfect on the hottest of days. And they also reveal another trend: visible bras.
Seen at: SPORTMAX, Max Mara, Fendi, Chanel, NINA RICCI
Now that most of the country is working from home, close-fitting suits are the last thing people are after. And designers appear to have caught on; the baggy suit is just as dressy, but a lot more comfortable.
Seen at: Emilio Pucci, SUNNEI, N°21, Dries van Noten, Arthur Arbesser
This season, it’s truly all about prints. At SunneiSUNNEI, we saw different shaped and sized check combined into a single look. Dries van Noten also pulled out all the stops with multiple signature prints combined into one item.
Seen at: SUNNEI, SPORTMAX, TOD'S
While Jacquemus and Chanel are priding themselves on keeping things diminutive, plenty of collections presented bags that were bigger than big. From cross-body to shoulder bag and totes, we saw them all.
Seen at: Koché, Emilio Pucci, Moschino, Molly Goddard, Valentino, LOEWE
With ruches taking centre stage, the collections of brands including Molly Goddard and LOEWE bring instant life to every wardrobe. Combined with bright colours, these are precisely the items that fashion designers are using to point towards a happier future.
Seen at: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Fendi, MM6 Maison Margiela
No collection was complete without a pair of long gloves. Normally trending in the autumn/winter collection, they have now flourished into a dignified accessory and a symbol of protection during a pandemic.
Written by Emma Vloeimans