On the catwalks, staged physically or digitally, the Spring Summer 2021 collections were centred around the essentials, offering solutions to the current world situation. This gave rise to a more “human” version of fashion, less extravagant, anchored in the desire to help the planet whilst continuing to dream. First on our list? Clothes with 1990s influences including low-rise jeans, as well as nautical details, which echo our dreams of escape. Other trends include a breath of 1970s air, and anew college wardrobe.
For summer 2021, long dresses are on-trend, available in maxi and three-quarter length versions. Worn alone or layered with summer jackets this season sees a truly American influence. For example, a wardrobe essential, the timeless denim jacket is gaining in popularity, while the bomber jacket adds a sportswear chic allure to a look. Furthermore, back to the nineties: it’s the era of low-rise jeans and baggy pants, which are making their comeback.
The waist-down is shifting towards a retro vibe, with 1970s detailing – think patchwork and paisley. Lastly, tops, the starting point of a look or sometimes best layered at the end, can sometimes be overshadowed by more daring pieces. It’s sometimes better to adopt good basic pieces, such as a white t-shirt, floral print or a striped shirt to perfect the Parisienne allure.
A seasonal example? Brands such as GANT are taking inspiration from the angular, geometric shapes found in Brutalist architecture and the boldly colored coastal-inspired garments from the brand’s archive. The result? A collection that reinvents the iconic preppy look from the 1980s and 1990s for today’s streets and showcases a retro preppy heritage, think bucket hats, striped sports-inspired cardigans, checked-trenches in bold primary hues and painterly pleated skirts in bright yellow, bold red, crisp white and jet black.