After what seemed like forever, fashion put its best (digital) foot forward (or at least, most of what can be mustered during these tumultuous times), to present its haute couture, resortwear and cruise, and menswear collections.
Via an array of showcases that range from digital presentations, to short films, to virtual lookbooks – designers and high fashion brands revealed their Resort 2021 offerings that shed the extravagance for reality.
The larger than life frolicking yet progressive vibe associated with Resort and holiday collections was somewhat amiss – giving way to safer bets that would prove to be more sellable during this period.
Though the collections being showcased currently don’t go on floor up until November, they concern brands that have a global reach, which presents a major challenge for the industry since different countries are going through very different situations and are in different positions.
As is with all things dismal, the silver lining in this regard is the opportunity that excessive time in hand as well as pared-back resources have presented designers with. This period has given designers and brands the time to embrace their own creativity, rethink design, and make use of what is in front of them rather than adding to a world of immoderations.
Fashion has always mimicked a voice of the times and the same is now truer than ever before. Most collections proved that designers and high fashion labels are very cognizant of the world’s current lifestyle change. Thus, elaborate gowns made lesser appearances, and comfy, lounge-worthy, airy pieces dominated the scene. Coordinates and separates opened up a world of options for consumers looking at spending their money wisely.
Keeping the home-bound audience in mind, quirky prints took away from the gloom of the mundane – and minimal aesthetics (a new for resortwear) tried to mute out the chaos.
There were also some eveningwear collections, for all those hoping to find reasons for dressing up and going out sometime in the near future.
Apparel Resources highlights the key trends in prints, silhouettes, details, and accessories from the Resort and Cruise 2021 collections.
In order to beat the doom and gloom brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic, designers and high fashion labels alike resorted towards prints and patterns as a means for escape.
Ranging from summertime florals, to animal prints to bohemian inspired paisleys and tribal motifs, to tropical influences to dizzying optical prints, a slew of inspiration was up for grabs at the Resort 2021 collections.
Standout looks included top to bottom coordinated sets, head-to-toe prints and also a mash-up of two and more prints rolled into one single ensemble.
Accentuating the feminine hourglass form, designers and brands looked at highlighting the waist by incorporating the use of belted details.
Be it in the form of big, wide belts sporting gigantic buckles (as seen at Christian Dior and Valentino), or chain belts (à la Gucci and Ermanno Scervino), or soft tie around version in fabric or plush leather (à la Jil Sander) – belts emerged as the key accessory this season.
A special mention to Balenciaga and Emilio Pucci who mixed form and function together to highlight the fanny packs – a convenient upgrade and alternate to the traditional belt, perfect for the tech-savvy yet fuss-free consumer of today.
Tapping on what can be termed as one of the most successful (read safest) trends of the past few seasons, the Resort presentations featured countless instances of the flared silhouette.
Spotted across hemlines of denim jeans, palazzos, jumpsuits, trousers and culottes to skirts and dresses (in the form of tiered ruffles and frills) – extending all the way up to highlight the sleeves – flares have emerged as a key takeaway from the Resort 2021 collections.
According to DBMIF (an AI image recognition and data analytics platform), flared leg bottoms comprised of 54 per cent of The Great, 44 per cent of Lauren Manoogian, 29 per cent of Nili Lotan, and 25 per cent of MM6 Maison Margiela’s looks.
What’s resortwear minus a dose of playfulness? Designers play peek-a-boo with cut-out detailing that shows just about a tad bit of skin.
Subtle yet teasing, these cut-outs emerge in the form of slits, splices, torn out effects and holes across collections.
We definitely loved Off-White’s interesting take on the trend where they juxtaposed two garments layered one on top of the other – the topmost layer hinting at what’s there underneath via the cut-outs featured over the shoulders.
The fashion industry is known to be a little extravagant with its resortwear and cruise collections, but given the current circumstances that have plagued the world, the storyline is quite different.
Fashion has been regarded to have direct impact on the real world and vice versa. And the notion could not be truer than what it is this season.
Seeking a break from the chaos and confusion that surround us in light of the current global pandemic, fashion brands and labels approached a cleaner and more minimal aesthetic for Resort 2021.
Contained, cleaner and more refined silhouettes emerged in muted, solid and neutral colourways that focused more on cuts and structure rather than extravagance.
As per DBMIF, neutral, earthy tones made up 68 per cent of Lauren Manoogian, 35 per cent of Apiece Apart, 35 per cent of Gabriela Hearst, 33 per cent of Petar Petrov, 33 per cent of Sportmax, and 20 per cent of Hervé Léger’s looks.
A certain whiff of romanticism is in the air as designers and high fashion labels alike play around with voluminous sleeves and larger-than life silhouettes.
Go big or go home is definitely the memo received by the fashion industry for Resort and Cruise 2021.
Targeting the arm area, designers experimented with billowing sleeves and standout shoulders by presenting leg-o-mutton and flouncy sleeves for the former, and statement shoulder/one shoulder detailing for the latter.