The past year has wreaked havoc on fashion, retail and supply chains forcing many designers to quit official international fashion week calendars and instead showcase their collections through other creative ways ranging from digital or intimate presentations to virtual experiences.
This sent out a sure shot message of hope and optimism to the masses, regardless of the gloominess surrounding the world.
Burberry cut down on its usual number of looks to present only half of the regular, whilst Vivienne Westwood went ahead and declared that going forward, she would only make one collection per year.
From Crayola-coloured dresses to delicate summery florals and party metallics, the Spring/Summer 2021 collections introduced to us an array of exciting fashion trends to look forward to. Overall, the quest for meaning and joy surfaced as guiding themes for the upcoming season, along with a collective yearning for rebirth.
With a renewed focus on the planet, fashion brands and designers started taking measures towards sustainable and ethical fashion more seriously, churning out collections that involve upscaling and recycling unused materials and deadstock in order to create more thoughtful collections with fewer styles. Patchwork print patterns and reworked existing stock were spotted on many a runway presentation.
In a first-of-its-kind season, where runway shows were live-streamed minus overpacked halls of audiences or via look books, there emerged a tangible sense of reaffirming the joy of creating fashion – happiness and joy are in the air as designers take a spray can full of joyful colours and prints and paint the town in all colours of hope.
Read onto discover all these trends and more, as Apparel Resources unearths the top print and colour trends for the Spring/Summer 2021 season, as observed during the recently concluded international fashion weeks of London, Milan, New York and Paris.
HEAD TO TOE PRINTS
Going all out is the motto this season as designers and high-fashion brands alike unleash an overdose of prints for the upcoming season. Spring is synonymous with colours, fun and playfulness and this is exactly what is rampant across collections – be it Versace’s take on sea life, Marine Serre’s monogrammed take on things, and Kenzo and Isabel Marant’s floral escape.
What makes things interesting are how the creators of fashion have gone ahead and paired print on print co-ord sets together this season to add that style statement.
THE GREEN SIGNAL
Tapping on the shift towards sustainability taking the fashion industry by storm currently, designers have turned their heads towards the colour green and introduced it as a key trend for the season.
Known for its soothing, calming and serene properties, the hue is also associated with nature and all things organic – a major lifestyle trend across the globe.
Ranging from mint green, to lime to emerald green to sage to olive green, this hue has been spotted on numerous Spring/Summer 2021 runway presentations – a trend one should keep in mind while planning their upcoming assortments.
PATCH ME PERFECT
One thing that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has taught us for sure is how we are all in this together – regardless of religion, caste, creed, ethnicity, financial status or gender! Like a perfectly imperfect mosaic of people.
Channelling the same, designers and fashion brands have brought together different materials, prints and patterns, etc., to create beautiful new wholes.
Upcycling dead stock to ensure sustainable practices, in order to create ethical fashion pieces will ensure that the concept of sustainable fashion doesn’t get reduced to only a buzzword.
Although the Devil-in-Chief Miranda Priestly’s character in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ would certainly mock this adage, we can’t help but highlight this key trend, forever a part of the fashion calendars and cyclical in its own right.
What’s different this season, you ask?
– Delicate, romantic and whimsical soft florals make up the Spring/Summer 2021 season.
Channelling all vibes ranging from garden party to bohemian to quirky, florals have been spotted at almost all fashion presentations, sitting atop light, sorbet colour palettes.
HAPPY GO LUCKY
An outburst of vibrant, joyful, playful and quirky designs in colours such as hot pinks, bright oranges, lime greens, egg yolk yellows, and cobalt blues reigned supreme at the Spring/Summer 2021 runways.
Highlighted by quirky details such as fringes, polka dots, tie and dye prints, and fun florals, these pieces inject a much needed sense of hopeful, joyful moments as per today’s world climate.
SLIVERS OF SILVER
It’s time to glam it up a notch or two!
Designers and high-fashion brands are adamant in unison, to inject an adequate dose of party chill in the air, especially seeing how 2020 turned out to be! Moving on from last year’s obsession with gold, fashion is looking towards and majorly promoting metallic silver as a key colour trend for Spring/ Summer 2021.
From metallic sheen dresses at Balenciaga and Isabel Marant, to silver-thread knitted fishnet variations at Burberry and Acne Studios, to embellished styles at Elisabetta Franchi, and monogrammed sparkles at Balmain, this tone has been spotted at numerous runway presentations for the coming season.
According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Offering a range of shades illustrative of nature, colours for Spring/Summer 2021 underscore our desire for flexible colour that works year-round. Infused with a genuine authenticity that continues to be increasingly important, colours for Spring/Summer 2021 combine a level of comfort and relaxation with sparks of energy that encourage and uplift our moods.