As Fashion Week around the world is coming to an end, we are looking back and reflecting at how this season’s digital Fashion Week differed from the seasons before, particularly because of Covid-19. Although we may have missed out on seeing what people were wearing on the streets and attending live runway shows, this season still captivated us with digital lookbooks, socially distanced runway shows, and even a puppet fashion show from Moschino. Ahead lies my favorite Fashion Week looks from this season ranked.
8. LaQuan Smith S/S 21
Based in New York City, LaQuan Smith served us a new collection inspired by retrofuturism with vibrant colors and predominantly satins and leathers. This look screams chic and power, containing bright tones of red and orange with a deep v-neck and stacked pants.
7. Halpern S/S 21
Halpern, founded by New York native but London-based designer Micheal Halpern, delivered joyous and optimistic outfits modeled by frontline workers – paying tribute to them and all they have done for us during these unprecedented times. Halpern says his photoshoot and film were all about having fun – “I didn’t want to do a fantasy and ignore what’s happening in the world. Fashion should prop people up and give people a break, especially when they’ve been having such a terrible time.” Halpern’s message and inspiration behind this new collection certainly translates well in these looks. From the clashing prints and patterns to the dramatic neck details, these pieces embody joy, optimism and are all about having a good time.
6. Fashion East S/S 21
Maximilian Davis is a Trinidadian – British designer and newcomer of Fashion East. He describes his design aesthetic as “West Indian elegance and sex appeal.” This look and Maximilian’s overall collection was inspired by the “party that comes after the parade” – referring to Trinidad’s Carnival. The detailing of the cutout top clasping onto the humid skin represents just that, with the outfit personifying “extroverted sexiness..subtly tempered by a more regal reading of glam.”
5. Moschino S/S 21
Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino, brought us something whimsical and fun this season with a puppet fashion show. Why? Because everybody loves puppets! Scott says “The best thing I could do for everyone who’s stressed about the election, the pandemic, social unrest, and the future was to give the gift of fantasy and take us away from all of it for a few minutes; let us enjoy this little fashion world of ours.” Moschino’s collection is concentrated on elegance, fine craftsmanship, and subtle yet bold looks.This knee length tiffany blue dress with ruffles running down the middle displays elegance and has a simplistic but daring taste to it.
4. Per Götesson S/S 21
Götesson’s latest collection is a tribute to his grandmother who passed earlier this year – someone who had a major impact on his life, titled “For Lillie.” He credits her for his eye for detail, hard work ethic, and his craft. The look above is intricate, yet simple. The pants are wide legged with different zipper placements while the top is a lovely baby blue color with floral details and a deep v-neck featuring a lace up.
3. Fendi S/S 21
As Venturini is the last family member working at Fendi, this collection was all about family – the theme also refers to some personal reflection Venturini has done while in lockdown, as well as her diving into the meaning of fashion. Keeping the theme of family in mind, many aspects of crafts and traditions are incorporated into this collection, such as quilting used to “represent family heirlooms.” Notes read “From the inside looking out, and the outside looking in, shadows and reflections are cast across the collection.” This is incorporated into the collection with prints, patterns, and bold colors underneath sheer layers. Represented in a beautiful manner, a bold yellow-orange high neck bodysuit with gloves attached is layered underneath a baby blue sheer detailed dress.
2. Christian Cowan S/S 21
Christian Cowan collaborated with Lil Nas X to deliver a collection spotlighting activists and models from the LGBTQ+community such as Jason Dardo (above), mononymously known as Violet Chachki, a drag queen and model, as well as Amanda Lepore, a former Club Kid, and Jari Jones, an American filmmaker, LGBTQ+ activist, actress, and model. Inspired by the rebellious youth – specifically the British punk movement of the 70’s, this collection fused the likes of glamour and punk. The looks embody the glamour and punk looks Christian Cowan and Lil Nas X were striving for, from the punk and bold hair to the intricate outfits.
1. Versace S/S 21
Coming in at number one, Versace offered vibrant colors, a mix of prints and patterns, and an under-the-sea inspiration this season. Some looks featured starfish, shells, and tops encrusted with crystals. The three looks above are very beautiful, bold, and vibrant. Long dresses and skirts coupled with dramatic and fine ruffles, dewy skin, and damp hair offer a real under-the-sea look and feel.