Time flies by so fast, we are almost halfway to the year 2021 and another trend is on it’s way, or shall I say, it’s here! Designers have been living in a bubble, playing to an audience whose lives have been permanently changed—and eventually exhibiting their collections virtually or in very intimate spaces. Despite this, creativity reigns supreme. For fall-winter 2021, the collections embraced the latest outdoor après-ski lifestyle, prepared for a new-wave Roaring ’20s, found stability in LBDs, and held warmth at the forefront in elevated knitwear. In my top three fashion posts, you’ll find out what’s in store for next season.
Roaring 20’s: A New Age
This is time traveling girl, we go back a century early for this trends. In 1920, after surviving the destruction of WWI, a deadly pandemic, and economic crisis, America started to let loose. The global disasters that occurred right before the start of the new decade had irreversible consequences for civilization, entertainment, and fashion. As what many predicted, the second Roaring 20’s is likely gonna happen, I mean it’s here okay, after post COVID-19. It is coincidentally surprising of what’s happening back in the 1920’s that makes relevance in today’s crisis, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still battling to prevent from getting the virus, restrictions has been followed and vaccines are distributed all over the world.
A little history about this trend, this is the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age that are well recognized, with the “Flapper look” being the most prominent style. Young progressive women with a modern sense of dress were dubbed “Flappers.” Hemlines grew, and mini dresses embellished with beads, sequins, and glitter and made of luxury fabrics like chiffon or satin became common. Silhouettes with lowered waists made it easy to skip about and party the night away. Decorative headbands, jewelled hair combs, headdresses, and cloche hats added a splash of colour. However, underneath the decade’s opulence lay a trend toward dress simplicity that had not traditionally been seen in women’s wear.
This is how you’re going to execute and achieve the 20’s look with a modern twist; You’ll be well dressed for the moment if you’re drawn to the possibility of a new Roaring ’20s on the horizon. Flapper dresses abound in Khaite and Kwaidan Editions’ classically executed silks and lace. Kim Jones’ new Fendi and Gabriela Hearst’s new Chloé provide more contemporary interpretations. These nightie-inspired dresses are made for the nightlife, whether layered under long coats at Miu Miu and Paco Rabanne or with a grunge-tinged ’90s take at Coach.
Knit or Nothing
This is not about sweaters or cardigans, I am talking about high fashion, I mean knitwear has elevated the standards of fashion. Moreover, knitwear had come and go every fall-winter season but designers are creating a new way, an innovation to topple the fashion pyramid. It’s not about breaking the rules but to address that knitwear can be high fashion and that has to be recognize.
Cher moment: “If I could turn back Time”… Knitwear has been around for quite some time. We are in desperate need of it during the winter months. It will go in and out of style on a regular basis. It does, however, try to transform retro trends or bring back fashions that have been relegated to the pages of history. Knitting is one of the oldest methods of clothing production(13th-14th Century). The name appears to be derived from the old English verb to knot (cnyttan) as well as the Dutch equivalent (knutten). Knitting by hand has evolved from a necessity to an art passion. Knitting’s industrialization has caused it to become embroiled in the history of fashion itself. Knitting has survived and thrived because of its beauty. All that’s needed are a few needles and some wool, as well as the ability to teach others.
Bundle Up for Fall-Winter 2021
Harpers Bazaar is giving us a great example on how we can make knitwear fashionable, and to mix up another trend called the “Après-Ski“, a colorful-patterned knitwear mixed with eccentric touch.
If the year 2020 taught us something, it’s that when given the option, people will always prefer warmth. Allow them to never have to button a button again by dressing them in luxurious knitwear tops, maxi dresses, and two-piece sets. In the deft hands of Gabriela Hearst, Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler, cosy does not have to mean unpolished, as they sell cashmeres and wools in body-aware silhouettes that are endlessly flattering and suited for an evening in or out.
On the other hand, fair Isle knits that beg for a weekend in Aspen or Gstaad can keep your après-ski in place. Cropped or cardi, in traditional or vivid pinks and reds, these warm knits are eye-catching. It’s all about the statement jumper when it comes to enjoying the ski-in/ski-out lifestyle. Perhaps it’s a reference to the inherent essence of socially distant slopes, or a celebration of the country’s maximum exodus. Which way you look at it, next season is all about the warm ski sweater life, according to Miu Miu, Chanel, Balenciaga, and Junya Watanabe.
Puffier than Life
One can never get cold with outerwear especially with the Puffer Jacket. As for comfort and style, it is essential to have these for Winter. Customers have continued to choose warmth over elegance after months of incarceration. Outerwear designers in Milan, on the other hand, are throwing a touch of glitz here and there and going for the maximalist look in the name of upping the fashion threshold. If there’s going to be a lot of snow next winter, you’ll want to change your puffer jacket to a more puffy runway-approved silhouette. You’ll be wishing you had purchased one of these oversized pieces years ago, whether you choose a short or long puffer coat length.
Puffers have been around since the 1930s, when Eddie Bauer almost died of exposure after his wool jacket froze in the rain while fishing. Bauer designed a waist-length quilted puffer coat with a knitted collar to avoid knocking on death’s door a second time. The ankle-length coat we know and love today was created by designer Norma Kamali in the early 1970s. Kamali got the idea during a time of pain, much like Bauer. In the middle of August, Kamali went on a post-divorce camping trip with a friend in Upstate New York. When Kamali got out of her tent in the middle of the night for a bathroom break, the weather was already turning chilly, so she tied her sleeping bag around her shoulders before sprinting for the forest. “As I step into the bush, I say to myself, ‘Oh my God, this is such a fantastic coat.’ So I went back home, took my sleeping bag, and cut a coat out of it, not wasting a single part of it,” Kamali told the Museum at FIT. That was the pattern she used for her Sleeping Bag Coat, which she introduced in 1973 and continues to market today.
Better get Ready for Winter 2021
Before we undergo for another short days and long nights for winter, can just enjoy the spring and summer, let the vitamin D soak through our pores, enjoy the outdoor activities unless it’s cautionary social distance. We go back to the topic: The puffer coat is gaining popularity. These aren’t the classic black puffers you’ve been wearing, but rather bright, brash colours like deep purple at Marni or red leopard at Dolce & Gabbana. You’ll have your pick of high-fashion down pieces designed to make an entrance—neutral super-long versions at Rick Owens or a Victoriana gown at Thom Browne—and keep extra warm all season. Here is an photo idea you want to get inspirations for the Fall-Winter 2021
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