A Rundown Of Some Of The Top Trends We’ve Spotted From Paris and Milan Menswear 2021 Collections
We watched Virgil Abloh, creative director of Louis Vuitton, portray a variety of messages in a gripping collection. With yellow surprisingly taking stage as the colour of the season.
Paris and Milan Menswear 2021
The Show Must Go On
If you thought digital fashion weeks would be temporary to the season of SS21, you were wrong. The pandemic has caused fashion to scrap the typical shows that consisted of high-profile invites, organised backstage chaos and worldwide traveling between the four fashion capitals. The pandemic has highlighted to fashion designers that the political and societal changes must impact their designs and brand values. After a year of fluctuating lockdowns, fashion has embraced a natural and chill-out style so it poses the question of how these designers can predict what we will be donning in autumn.
The New Fashion Week
As we settle into a new fashion season, we’ve highlighted some noteworthy trends across the Fall 2021 Menswear season. Fashion creatives are taking the reins with what was once a very traditional setup. In London, the British Fashion Council has decided to just have three genderless fashion weeks this year. The Menswear collections in Milan and Paris were held across the backend of January. Fashion week has made the switch from extravagant catwalk shows to allowing houses complete freedom with the environment, allowing greater scope for their expression.
In Paris, Moschino’s vibe embodied 1940’s Hollywood arts. Streetwear meets suiting, where tailored garments had been decorated with post-impressionist brushstrokes and pops of colour. With the absence of a usual catwalk, Moschino took the privilege to match their message through not only the clothes but the setting of the shoot.
Moschino embraced a mid-20th century arts theme with a theatre backdrop, where models posed on stage. Lace-up boots, berets, and top hats were key features across the colourful collection.
At the Louis Vuitton show, Virgil Abloh embraced a theory of “Tourist vs. Purist” whilst exploring the male archetypes and recent social movements. The collection displayed multiple messages; travel, the various roles of a typical male and supported the Black Lives Matter movement. Abloh tells Vogue,
“A tourist is someone who’s eager to learn, who wants to see the Eiffel Tower when they come to Paris. The purist is the person who knows everything about everything.”
Abloh portrayed a sense of hope to soon travel again through his designs and concept of embracing various cultures. A variety of nationalities were represented through New York chic suiting, Scottish tartan, cowboy boots, and African draping, making us yearn for a new adventure. We loved the interesting twist of accessories, which included travel cups and newspapers as a prop to demonstrate optimism for normal office life to return by the fall.
Activism And Diversity
The Black Lives Matter movement was also magnified within the collection. Abloh believes fashion can be a contributor to the change. The theme of the collection is based around James Baldwin’s 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village’, demonstrating his experiences of being a Black American artist amongst Switzerland’s white culture. As well as seeing a refreshing mix of ethnicity on the catwalk, Louis Vuitton also invited Kai Isaiah Jamel to walk as the first transgender man on their catwalk. As one of the most influential industries, fashion is no longer just about beautiful clothes but activism and diversity.
This Seasons Colour
Yellow was the colour of the season, popping up a lot amongst the shows. Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Prada, Hermes, and OAMC were just a few to opt for yellow moments across their Fall 2021 collection. As yellow has always had connotations of spring, at CrozNest we are surprised nevertheless excited to watch the colour trickle into fashion later this year.
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Words by Izzy Fletcher