While Resort 2021 was business unusual – Chanel pivoted to a lookbook video format with a Capri-evocative studio set, Dior staged its digital show in a small Italian town with locals as the audience, and Gucci unveiled the behind-the-scenes process for the lookbook shoot starring its team of designers via a 12-hour livestream – the collections sought familiar favourites as the world adapts to a new normal. Jacquie Ang spots four subverted classics that take you through this pandemic and beyond in better times.
There’s a rainbow-worthy abundance of colours to brighten up your social gatherings, but one colour stands out. Is it a manifestation of designers’ wish to see people glowing in the pink of health? But the pretty hue is also a strong influence in punk – an empowering message in the battle against Covid-19.
Volume was big in Autumn/Winter 2020, and this stealthy trick to disguise extra pounds is something we’re not ready to let go of yet. The exaggerated proportions create interesting shapes that are striking for Zoom meetings, or make dressing up for trips outside extra special.
If we need extra polish for a presentation or just to get into the work zone, this season serves up suits in a myriad of styles. Look smart with tailored pants, or channel dandy- chic with striking colours or preppy plaid.
In a time that is still filled with uncertainty, the protective and comforting qualities of knits are something we can all cosy up to. Handcrafted knits are a step up from sweats, and there is a newfound appreciation of their artisanal value.
(Main and featured image: Julien Martinez Leclerc for Chanel)