With viral trends evolving from social channels, conversations around rethinking the traditional runway circuit alongside big names such as Gucci and Saint Laurent opting out, Spring 2021 was shrouded with uncertainty. Yet, the melting pot of trends at the recent shows reinforced the importance of the catwalk now more than ever.
This season, many designers showed behind closed doors or experimented with digital innovations – something savvy retailers will invest in (like Balmain’s neon color palette, spoiler.)
Traditionally during runway season, buyers and designers spend countless hours poring over collections to identify the most successful trends to adapt to their assortments. With much international travel still halted, buying trips are paused while working-from-home makes visiting stores to comp shop and compare prices more challenging.
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On the other side of the coin, a joyous and uplifting message was communicated through blown-out silhouettes and fun clashing prints. Voluminous shapes continued to dominate catwalks with texture and drama built up through puffy tulles and feathers, while plissé and chunky knits added volume to sleeves. For accessories, making a bold statement over Zoom meetings is set to continue with chunky chain-link necklaces and jeweled drop earrings showcased. Nautical prints were a standout thanks to Versace’s underwater show with neon starfishes and shell motifs conjuring up a sense of escapism.
Check out how the Spring 2021 color palettes boiled down:
The primary palette shows every instance of color on the Spring 2021 runways, while the secondary palette shows the key color stories within.
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Luxury designers are also doubling down on loungewear for Spring 2021. Co-ords and sweatsuit sets emerged as a must-have for new season buys in soft-touch fabrics, while short knitted rompers provide a more trend-led offer. These items are where a more muted color palette comes to play with neutral, pink and pastel shades in focus
Expanding on this trend, homewear was equally important for an elevated spin on loungewear. This serves as another avenue to promote the house dress alongside silk pajama sets that can double as day or nightwear.
Comfort continues to play a core role in footwear trends too with consumers at home. This was reflected on the runway through sliders, classic white sneakers and sports-inspired sandals. Fluffy slippers were also of note at Balenciaga and through Molly Goddard’s collaboration with Ugg.
At Balmain, Olivier Rousteing made sure his show wasn’t without the usual A-list suspects in attendance by partnering with LG to create a digital FROW experience. VIPs such as J.Lo, Megan Thee Stallion and, of course, Anna Wintour appeared on individual TV screens as they dialed in digitally.
With sustainability a top priority for the industry, digital showings are looked upon favorably. However, if this is the new normal, how can designers stand out from the crowd? Coinciding with fashion week, Rihanna’s latest Savage x Fenty fashion show is being coined as the best practice playbook. Bringing the drama and experience, the show that aired on Amazon Prime on Oct 2nd generated just as much buzz as any luxury designer presenting in Spring 2021, if not more. Featuring live music acts and casting a line up of LGBTQ+ models alongside celebrities and dancers spanning all body shapes and sizes, Savage x Fenty was more than a runway. It was an event that set a new precedent for the future of fashion shows.
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