When viewing the spring summer 2021 collections you need to first acknowledge the context in which these looks were created – designers around the world were all working during lockdown, many away from their studios and usual resources, divided from their teams and facing huge logistical challenges.
According to ‘Who What Wear’, an international fashion company known for its content site WhoWhatWear.com, the work of designers was presented to the world largely via livestreams, videos and fashion shows with limited audiences. The focus really was back on the craftsmanship and message of the clothes. But what clothes do you create when you just don’t know what people will be dressing for in 2021?
How we get dressed can have a huge impact on how we feel, while also reflecting wider shifts in mood, and so it’s not surprising given the current climate that for this season designers examined its purpose and what we really need from fashion. There were two approaches here—some created fabulous, infectious clothes to put the joy back into getting dressed, and others brought classic pieces that act as an extension of this year’s comfortable uniform.
Many designers anticipate that in 2021 people will want to have more fun with outfits and project a sunny outlook, whether that’s via a rainbow print or wearing the most fabulous dress imaginable. London Fashion Week designer Halpern is a perfect example of this sentiment, as he created infectious images with frontline workers wearing some of the happiest clothes you could imagine. “Fashion should prop people up and give people a break, especially when they’ve been having such a terrible time,” he said to Vogue.
While it’s been a quiet year for the fashion world, this season has unveiled seriously bold and stylish designs. Large and in-charge blazers, bold blue bags, and sleek face masks dominated Fashion Weeks over the last few weeks. This year, some of the most influential decades have played a huge role in this season’s looks. Consider some of these projections from
Oversized shoulderpad boyfriend jackets
Create a long line silhouette and play with shapes with an 80s-inspired oversized boyfriend blazer. With the help of shoulder pads, this outerwear cinches in your waist and elongates your legs. Rock this look with a pair of straight-leg trousers or leather shorts for an ultra-modern style – colours that suit this trend are powder blue, charcoal, and neutrals.
Black face masks
When it comes to protecting yourself, you may as well do it beautifully. These sleek black face masks match almost any outfit you wear, and they offer great coverage for your nose and mouth. Opt for a silky fabric for easier breathing or choose something with embellishments if you’re feeling fancy. The beauty behind this face-covering is the limitless styling opportunities that come along with it.
Taking inspiration from the 50s and the 60s, this sleek fashion trend is coming back in a big way. Head scarves protect your hair and add a finishing touch to your outfit without overdoing it. Choose from a silky design with floral motifs or intricate patterns, or keep it simple with bold colours and block letters. When styling this accessory, you can wrap the fabric under your chin in a loose knot, or have it hanging off the back of your head.
Sorbet pastel tones
Another trend that has continued to dominate this year has been pastel tones. These sorbet-inspired colours are the perfect option for summer and they suit a wide variety of skin tones. Choose from a boiler suit in cool mint green or an oversized trench coat in soft lavender – better yet, try them both simultaneously. Suits and separates in the soft and buttery hues elevate your overall aesthetic and will remain one of the chicest styles for seasons to come.
This season, yellow bags have taken over the runways and the streets. This trend is easy to replicate and it is timeless – choose a small clutch to spice up an outfit or find a mustard tote for your daily needs. There are so many shades to choose from that suit your taste, and they look incredible when paired with other vibrant hues or a monochromatic ensemble.
White knee-high boots
Swing it back to the ’60s with this classic gogo dancers inspired item of footwear – white knee-high boots. Taking its inspiration from the Youth Revolution in the mid-century, this Nancy Sinatra-approved look is a chic way to elevate your outfit. Wear it with a patterned mini dress or skirt, a roll-neck, or a funky pair of leggings.