Fall-Winter 2021 Fashion Week has ended in New York – let's have a look at the brightest collections and the most catchy looks, as well as predict what we will wear next fall. Mend your sails while the weather is fine, as the saying goes!
American designer Phillip Lim has dedicated a new collection to an acute social issue. Before launching the lookbook, Lim drew attention to the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States. "Will you stand with me to stop Asian hate?" the designer turned to the fans.
Despite the serious agenda, the designer's new collection turned out to be quite calm, laconic, and practical. There are classic coats and pantsuits made in 1970s style, bib-collar sweaters, dresses in sequins and asymmetry, white lace pantsuit, and sporty monochrome looks. Nevertheless, among versatile solutions, there was a place for experimentation. The designer showed blouses with cutouts that mimic the negative-space effect. The leggings that Lim suggests to wear in combination with a sweater dress are made in the same style.
Working on her new phantasmagoric collection, Anna Sui took inspiration from a British psychedelic film Wonderwall. The designer took the plot of the film as a basis: Professor Collins drills holes in the wall of his apartment to look onto the beautiful Penny, and as a result, he manages to discover a completely new reality. "It reminds me of life right now," Sui explained. "We are alone at home now, but we know we'll be on the other side soon."
Anna Sui's looks are imbued with 1960s fashion nostalgia: vibrant hues, psychedelic prints, and recognizable radical modernist cuts and silhouettes. Animalistic motifs have become a key element of the new collection: there is a place for a leopard, a giraffe, and even a cow print. The main and the most important accessory was a protective mask, which the designer adorned with catchy patterns.
Due to the pandemic and related restrictions, Prabal Gurung presented a new collection in a lookbook format. In his interview, the designer noted that despite the popularity of practical clothes - knitted suits, joggers, and oversized sweatshirts - he does not plan to abandon the brand's traditional symbols and will continue celebrating glamor.
As a result, there are very bright and effective looks consisting of dresses with multi-layered flounces, blouses with puffy sleeves, extra-flared trousers, jackets with feathers, high leather gloves, brooches in the form of voluminous flowers, and bandeau tops.
Jason Wu held his fashion show without the presence of spectators, but everyone could watch it live. The runway for the models was an empty store on Broadway, which Wu turned into Mr. Wu's General Store and styled in 1950s spirit. Immediately after the show all vegetables and fruits displayed in the improvised windows were donated to charities that help those in need.
The new collection includes laconic rove coats, wide-leg trousers, oversized down jackets with accented waist, leather trench coats, dresses with colorful prints, cardigans, knitted vests, sweaters, and suits perfect for monochrome looks.
According to Victoria Beckham, this time she was inspired not by British, but by American street style stars. The designer also noted that while working on her new collection she tried to move away from the brand's traditional elements and experiment more.
As a result, the brand has presented items that can easily find a place in a basic wardrobe, but at the same time, they will stand out due to bright color accents, colorful prints, and impeccable cuts. The fall-winter 2021 collection includes dresses in lightweight fabric with floral patterns, wide-leg high-waisted pants, military-style buttoned jackets, pleated skirts, sweaters, classic coats, shiny boots, and denim. Beckham focuses on impeccable fit and timeless silhouettes that will never go out of style - through this approach, the designer hopes to strengthen the brand's economic position, which has been greatly shaken by the pandemic.
New York Fashion Week concluded with a show of the Proenza Schouler fall-winter 2021 collection, presented by the brand's creative directors Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez in a lookbook format. Its main star was the US Vice President Kamala Harris' stepdaughter Ella Emhoff. She signed a contract with the IMG modeling agency right after her look with a Miu Miu plaid coat and reticule bag was recognized as one of the most stylish at Joe Biden's inauguration.
The new collection of the fashion house includes monochrome pantsuits, skirts with slits, coats with fur collars, leather trench coats, classic coats, jackets, blouses, capes, and sweaters, made in a restrained natural palette with rare accents on yellow, light green and orange colors.
The designers also noted that from this year they plan to devote much more effort and time to developing the brand online. After the fashion show, they announced the launch of a new website where you can pre-order your favorite items and leave your feedback about them - on their basis, designers will choose strategies for the further development of the brand.