The 2021 spring summer runway presented an interesting mix of key trends. While the world is collectively experiencing a pandemic together, fashion is showing us how it literally doesn’t sleep. In fact, it is a welcome respite from the state of the world, and the ss2021 fashion trends demonstrate this. Fashion is thriving even when we’re all stuck indoors. We’re loving what we’re seeing – from reimagining netting, to spring dresses and tailored fits. Here’s a look at our top picks.
1.Netting It All
The concept of netting exploded this season from net dresses, tops, bags and skirts. Balenciaga developed this technique by adding elements of sustainability by creating a net dress entirely from basketball hoop netting. Burberry took it a step further through bedazzling their nets with crystals and stones. Simone Rocha elevated the trend by adding pearls and beads. This season the trend of adding a net skirt or dress will be ubiquitous. What makes this trend so appealing is how easily the consumer can replicate it and how well it can transform their daily outfits. The addition of hardware and crystals will be what will distinguish each look from another. Adorned netting on jackets, bags, tights, and dresses will be a stand out key in spring’s trends. We might even see an increase of net shopping bags made from delicate yet durable textiles such as nylon.
This season felt like a chance to play around and lighten things up. Beads, buttons, rivets and stones, were all used to decorate looks. In contrast to past seasons that showed pieces completely encrusted with crystals, this season was about using adornment as a way of decorating looks rather than making the whole look. The key will be to use specially cut or designed accessories such as pearl glass buttons placed on a few pieces in the Chanel show, or mixing and matching beads to decorate a specific part of a clothing as shown by Gabriela Hearst. This is a trend geared towards the consumer looking for special pieces to add to her wardrobe, as a way to upgrade simple outfits.
The staple floral dresses of spring and summer have been given a new look. Bold floral prints filled the runways showing an array of soft and strong shades of colour from dandelion yellow to vermilion red. Valentino showed a collection of maxi dresses with striking floral patterns which will probably set the direction for spring dresses. There was a clear contrast of bold and soft florals to meet each consumer’s needs. Movement in fabric was key with attention to detail. There were variations of floral patterns from the American brand Rodarte which focused on belted and buttoned dresses, to Chinese designer Yuhan Wang who showed a collection of romantic dresses made from light and delicate fabrics.
The resurgence of metallics is here again. The trend has been elevated through the mixing of metallic fabric with plain or contrasting fabric such as cotton. This trend was most prevalent at Isabel Marant who gave her designs a cool look by turning everyday pieces into special items by making them out of colourful and bold metallics. At Burberry they introduced the metallics through beading which also turned normal pieces into stand-out looks. Paco Rabanne added more of a shimmery metallic look to their pieces showing the versatility of the textile by presenting it in gathered dresses with knots and twists. Metallic fabrics are a good addition to any collection because they can help transform the mundane into something special.
5.Tailored To Fit
Every season we look forward to seeing how women’s suits, jackets and tailoring will be interpreted. This is one part of a woman’s wardrobe that is continuously updated. Workwear has gone through several transformations over the years and for this season it has come back to comfort. For Spring/Summer 2021 it was all about simplicity and ease. The detailing was in the cut. Sportmax showed a variety of looks based on tailoring emphasising the current desire to wear pieces that look and feel effortless. The universal goal was to present comfortable, non-restrictive work outfits that can be easily worn from a corporate brunch to a meeting. Elements of menswear could be seen through the choice of fabric such as the pin stripe textile at Michael Kors and at the Dutch brand Baum Und Pferdgarten. Tailoring has taken on a new meaning for this season.
See? A pandemic won’t get fashion down, and if these ss2021 trends are anything to go by, nothing will. With most of the world still indoors, these exciting spring summer trends present an interesting look at fashion as art and escapism. We love to see it!