Welcome to the strangest spring/summer season ever. Where models wore masks on the catwalk and the audience dialled in via Zoom. But, from the apocalyptic settings at fashion
month last September emerged artistry so fabulous it promises to lift your mood from even the darkest depths of quarantine, or help you wallow in style.
From feathers that spark joy, to monochrome so sleek you’ll feel chic no matter the state of your home office, here is your socially distanced FROW seat to the hottest fashion trends of SS21.
FASHION TRENDS 2021 REPORT
Seen at: Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli, Olivie Theyskens, Balenciaga, Noi Kei Ninomiya, Loewe, Paco Rabanne and Marine Serre.
You’re entitled to be both decadent and sulky after a long 2020, climbing into XL Miss Havisham-style frocks or a gothic slip dress. So go on, bring drama to your daywear with a wardrobe blackout.
The Look: Think Halloween come early, with distressed hems, daring cutouts and sexy fabrics (you are a hot goth, after all).
Seen at: Balmain, Chanel, Chloé, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Prada and Giambattista Valli.
The 2021 fashion trend you’ll want to chew on this spring? Hubba-Bubba pink.
If you’re in the mood for romance, try soft sheer dresses. Or, dial down the girliness with something that simply goes ‘pop’. From Valentino’s crisp shirts to Chanel’s paperbag-waist chinos, this lip-smacking shade boosts the most simple of shapes – and moods.
The Look: If it’s pink, pick it up. Be it a ballgown or bikini, bright, bubblegum pink is the way to go.
Seen at: Balmain, Burberry, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne and Sacai.
Fittingly, as the temperature climbs, so too does the number of statement silvery styles this season.
The category is mercury rising, with textures in the form of sequins and oversized metallic paillettes, as well as ‘touch me’ ruffles and lurex that shines even brighter when the sun’s out.
Let there be light.
The Look: It’s time to pull out all the lurex, glitter and metallics you didn’t get a chance to don on New Year’s Eve.
Seen at: Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chloé and Celine.
The slogan shirt has been usurped by slogan everything. From baseball caps at Celine to socks at Gucci, it’s time to pledge allegiance.
Chanel kept the club spirit alive with neon sign-style logos, while graffiti graphics ruled the runway at Louis Vuitton. Say it louder, bolder and brasher.
The Look: Don’t stop at one logo, and clash if you need to – we’re talking head-to-toe branding.
Seen at: Dolce and Gabbana, Gabriela Hearst, Prada, Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli and Balenciaga.
Whether textural and layered, like Prada’s circle cut-out knits, or classic colour-blocking at Louis Vuitton, there’s a monochromatic style trick for everyone. Just choose which one.
The Look: Make like Simone Rocha and layer white shirts under black mini dresses for the immediate look.
Seen at: Laura Biagiotti, Tod’s, Molly Goddard, Hermes, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Versace.
Clash rainbow brights to stand out, bringing classic suiting and romantic ruffles into 2021 by mixing punch-packing pop colours with graphic greens.
High impact and optimistic.
The Look: Get your colour fix by clashing each and every one on the colour wheel.
Seen at: Blumarine, Fendi, Ferragamo, Isabel Marant, Giambattista Valli, Miu Miu and Valentino.
Subvert the saccharine: pastels are a perennial spring favourite, but this year’s styles balance delicate with daring. Frothy ruffles and sheer tulle add romance to short lengths and make longer styles more risqué.
When everyone else is in loungewear, sherbet lemon chiffon is a radical statement.
The Look: Playing with fabric textures will help elevate your pastel look from 1990s bridesmaid to oh-so-now.
Seen at: Dolce and Gabbana, Ashish, Halpern, Molly Goddard, Tom Ford, Nina Ricci and Valentino.
2020 was a b*tch, but 2021 looks brighter thanks to shiny, happy styles that max out on colour and volume. Bigger and bolder is better, as clashing prints mix with expansive tulle: surely the brilliance of Molly Goddard makes everything seem sunnier?
‘Tis the season to pile it all on.
The Look: Act like a kid in sweet shop with your own wardrobe: feathers at breakfast? Sure!