As the SS21 season draws to a (mainly digital) close, it’s interesting to reflect on how designers have channeled diversity, sustainability, and innovation in their collections. Following the eclectic variety of demure looks seen during New York and Milan fashion weeks, it’s also refreshing to see that Paris has declared modesty a necessity – not a flash-in-the-pan ‘trend.’
For example, Coperni attested to this by integrating technological innovations into their antibacterial, moisturizing, and UV protective jersey material, beautifully sculpted into a hijab. Dior’s reinterpretation of their eponymous Bar jacket also didn’t go unnoticed, with looser fitted silhouettes, intricate design, and a shape created for comfort and elegance. This has also trickled off the runway and can be seen from brands such as Leem, which have taken fashion-forward styling, inspired by the trends of the season, and ushered in a collection of fashion-first modest wear pieces with global appeal. For example, the SS21 silhouettes mark the intersection of conservative fit and modern flair, elevating the fashion quotient to an all-inclusive clientele base, whether they choose to conceal for culture or as a personal preference of style.
As modest wear continues to infiltrate the mainstream and the demand for fashion-forward, covered styles remains high, the need for innovation via authentic artistry is a must. And as seen at Paris Fashion Week and now regionally it seems designers are more than ready to step up to the challenge. Get inspired!