Tailoring Relaxed | Full Bloom | White Romantic | Statement Stripes
Head to McArthurGlen this season where designers have emerged from collective lockdown with a renewed sense of positivity for Spring/Summer 21, merging the timeless with the modern and all bound together with a stampede of colours and patterns.
The tailoring train built up a head of steam in 2020 and even though so many of us were working from home, the momentum is staying on track. In fact, this season’s tailoring is exquisite, especially with the inclusion of the season’s must-have item - the bralette. Worn with statement-colour suiting at Drome, Jason Wu, and Alberta Ferretti, it’s a powerfulcombo that redefines business chic. Trend hawks should train their eyes on the oversize co- ord suits at Maje and Reiss and look out for matching Bermuda shorts too, for a directional play on the classic two-piece. If co-ord feels too uniform, opt for bold tailored trousers and a separate blazer to break things up. Then dress the look down with a contrast bralette or crop top and strappy sandals.
Nature is a wonderful muse and so it’s not surprising that designers often tap into it for inspiration. Florals are once again huge this season (quite literally oversize at Valentino), but it’s the interior space that provided the petals, rather than the garden. From Rodarte and Elie Saab to Carolina Herrera and Issay Miyake, florals took on a figurative, painterly style that emphasised colour and volume. We’re big fans of the interior-inspired prints at Sandro and Ted Baker, and love how floral motifs have been applied to voluminous maxi dresses at French Connection and co-ord suits at Guess. Clash with brightly coloured strappy footwear and you’ve got a look that will keep on flowering right through the season.
The saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” could be applied to this season’s most timeless of trends, which sees the ancient Grecian Goddess reimagined for 2021. Romantic to the core and sexy to boot, the lacy white summer dress is back with a bang. Inspiration ran amok at Alberta Ferretti, Burberry and Elie Saab, where dresses we’re cut high on the thigh in sheer layers or delicate lace, and often with big puffy sleeves for an eye-catching silhouette. It’s a vintage look with ‘60s collar details, but you can equally opt for a white layer mini skirt and coordinated white blouse to give yourself more wardrobe options. Head-to-toe white is the statement look, so coordinate your sunglasses, wedge sandals, bag and jewellery options for maximum impact.
And by stripes we mean STRIPES! Put your delicate pinstripes and your Breton tops away because this season’s geometric patterns are loud and proud. From Dolce & Gabbana to Louis Vuitton, the SS21 runways were awash with straight lines, wavy lines, vertical and horizontal - it doesn’t really matter so long as they are visible from space! Head-to-toe stripes at Tommy Hilfiger give you optimum firepower when it comes to maxi dresses and co-ord suits. As a rule of thumb, the bolder the stripe the better, and the same goes with clashing them too. Fluid silhouettes in maxi dresses by French Connection or full-length skirts by Abercombie will give you the most bang for your buck!