Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons' debut collection gave us some statement clutch coats (revamped from the 1920s to 2020) among a range of uniforms with influences from both their previous experience. Prada's Spring 1996 "Ugly Chic" prints made a reappearance, and Simons' Calvin Klein and Jil Sander tenure brought us cut-work turtlenecks and lots of layers.
Simon Porte Jacquemus' S/S 2021 collection was held near Us (pronounced 'oose') outside the French capital and all guests were ferried to the wheat field to view the makeshift runway. The atmosphere was said to feel like a summer wedding, however we found it very difficult to take our eyes off what looks like a dark linen suit - we'll take five, thanks. Jacquemus' collection, aptly named 'L'Amour' was inspired by love - his love for travelling, a declaration of love for his team, romantic poetry with a hint of nostalgia. The recurring theme of the white dress was a heavy nod to weddings - a very common celebration of love. Since we love a good summer white edit, you won't see us complaining!
A visual representation of Riccardo Tisci's "love story" between a mermaid and a shark - Burberry's S/S 2021 collection reflected the building loneliness and desire for freedom we've all experienced during this unending lockdown. Peplum silhouettes, reflective leather outerwear added a shell-like quality to Tisci's under-the-sea aesthetic, making blue the new beige for the British fashion house this season.
Inspired by the Renaissance era, Ian Griffith's latest collection for Max Mara pays tribute to traditional Italian fashion and the idea of 'la bella figura'.
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What drew us in most about this show was the abundance of texture we saw! We're starting with one of our favourites from their collection - an oversized white shirt worn under a cream coat with safety-pin detailing all over one shoulder, draping over the front of the coat. #StatementSummerCoat, yes or yes?
Silvia Venturini Fendi's last womenswear collection as creative director for the brand, like others, was created during the lockdown and stripped the concept of the runway away from models, opulent presentations and focused on the simplicity of the material, design and celebrated being together again. Her last collection also paid homage to Karl Lagerfeld's time at the brand as the diverse cast walked down the runway in lace and linen, the latter of which was one of his favoured fabrics.
Like many of her contemporaries, Alberta Ferretti embraced practical, everyday wear for her S/S 2021 collection, elevated by muslin dresses, pastel denim, lace and lingerie-inspired bustiers and bralettes. Available in several neutral shades, we could see all pieces being mixed and matched and styled to go from desk to dusk. One of our favourite pieces from the S/S 2021 collections, Ferretti's denim jumpsuit is something we're totally imagining ourselves walking down the street next summer in. It's simple, it's chic and ever so versatile to style.
Theory's design team aligned with most of our wavelengths this year and based their S/S 2021 collection around comfort and versatility, with an emphasis on being #ZoomReady.
We saved the best for last! Like all her other collections, VB doesn't necessarily always conform to trend, instead highlighting exquisite tailoring, diverse silhouettes and the occasional print - and we're so on board with that. Another presentation forced to be dialled back because of Ms. Rona - she shot the collection with 4 models and 20 looks rather than the usual 40 plus outfits and preceded the presentation with a short film at the Victoria Miro Gallery in East London.