The pre-fall collections (a precursor to the autumn/winter ready-to-wear shows) are the unsung heroes of the fashion calendar. Bold statement, I know, but hear me out. Pre-fall drops typically dominate mainline ready-to-wear and provide strong—sometimes experimental—hints as to the fashion mood to come. So, what are we obsessing over for 2021?1. Fancy leg work
Let’s hear it for the most economical fashion trend of 2021. Offbeat tights, styled with pretty much anything you already own (think: patchworked midi dresses and belted, oversized knits) are Instagram’s rising star accessory. For pre-fall, the look has gone luxe, with everything from full-saturation, sky-blue hues (Gucci) to a reworking of the footless 1980s fishnet (Dior) and eye-popping graphics (Versace). The time has come to ditch the ultra-curated monochrome grid—fashion’s continuing love affair with outré hosiery is social media’s new style currency, while challenging us all to think up innovative ways to elevate the clothes we already own.
© Theo Sion. Courtesy of Versace2. The fresh lineup
It could, potentially, be totally reductive of me to say that the striped cotton co-ords spotted in the pre-fall collections at Ganni, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Partow are an ode to pyjamas. The thing is, though, for those of us who have ventured to the supermarket in our PJs on numerous occasions over the past year, these easygoing, breezier-than-a-spring-day cotton looks that just happen to come in very pyjama-y stripes are the ‘yes, actually I did get dressed today’ solution we’ve all been waiting for. Just add: fleece socks and slides.
© Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim
© Courtesy of Carolina Herrera3. Power blush
You’d think that we’d be sick of talking about pink, but the one-time saccharine shade shows no sign of lessening its grip in 2021. Balmain, Gucci, Dior and Collina Strada are all about embracing the allure of Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope-esque suiting in shades fit for a John Hughes heroine, and we’re very much with them on this one.
© Gus Van Sant. Courtesy of Gucci4. Talking-point collars
Our plan to whizz through this trend report without mentioning the word ‘Zoom’ terminates here. Fatigued as we all are with notions of dressing from the waist up, the box-fresh iterations of the pie-crust and ‘puritan’ necklines (Batsheva), together with the reappearance of the 1970s winged collar (Jil Sander), are here to add some re-energising theatricality to your 9am check-in. It’s time to turn the camera back on.5. Craft finish
While we’re on the subject of Batsheva and those highly appealing cabincore looks, let’s dive deeper into the craft finishes that we are craving now. The pre-fall recap? Etro will make you want to wear an appliqué waistcoat with oversized suit trousers, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi have the edge when it comes to all things patchworked and Proenza Schouler make a strong case for the part-crochet halter gown—a silhouette they style with a knitted slip-on (technical name: a clog thingamajig) that will singlehandedly reinvent the concept of comfy. Now, to track down an available cabin…
© Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
© Courtesy of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi6. The winning sports short
If you’re one of the many who have been predicting/wishing for the demise of the cycling short trend that reemerged circa autumn 2018 (with the backing of Chanel), we’ve got good news. The boxy nylon short (shop Prada or Ganni) and the leisurely sweat short are set to take on the mantle of the bodycon biker for summer 2021. Jumpstart the new mood now with ribbed-knit tights and hiking boots.Also read:
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