• Diya Varma

Fall 2021- What’s trending?

Summer hasn’t ended yet, but the fashion world has already begun spinning its narrative for the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Designers toiled under unique conditions, in isolation, catering to an audience whose lives had been irrevocably altered- and eventually exhibited their collections digitally or in remote settings. Inventiveness has reigned supreme. For Fall 2021, the designs reflected the times by bracing the Roaring ‘20s, finding stability in LBDs, and keeping comfort at the forefront of enhanced cashmere.


1. The future looks bright: Sequins

The style is glittering but covered up (these aren't party dresses; they're a mood statement)—consider long pants, high necks, coats, and voluminous dresses. Dries Van Noten, Paco Rabanne, Valentino, Loewe, and others eschewed simplicity in favour of something bold and exuberant.


2. Off-colour

Saturated colours have entered the chat. The colour scheme is off-kilter, somewhat distorted, and unexpected—much like life. Jil Sander's mustard meets lemon and Patou's rust and lavender—complementary and secondary colour wheel colours all jumbled up and topsy-turvy. All the more reason to double-take.


3. Après ski

Cropped or cardi, in traditional colours or vibrant pinks and reds, these warm knits are eye-catching. It's statement sweater dressing for the ski-in/ski-out lifestyle. Perhaps it's a tribute to the inherent character of socially isolated hills, or perhaps it's an embracing of a maximum exodus to the country. Next season, according to Chanel, Balenciaga, and Miu Miu, is all about that warm ski sweater existence.


4. The ‘20s

Those who believe that a new Roaring '20s era is on the horizon will be well-dressed for the occasion. Flapper dresses are abundant in Khaite and Kwaidan Editions' traditionally crafted silks and lace. Kim Jones' new Fendi and Gabriela Hearst's new Chloé both feature more contemporary versions.


5. Cut short

Wrap-around strings on exposed midriffs were seen this summer in bikinis, crop tops, and midi skirts. The style is taking a simpler turn for autumn, with glimpses of flesh peeking out between coordinating shirts and midi or maxi skirts. You may go big and reveal a lot of your midsection, like Lorde did in her Solar Power music video, or keep it discreet with a sliver that's only apparent when you're moving.


6. Bright, bold statements

The future is bright, daring, and ready to grab people's attention. Fashion designers are here to spread the word. Many designers, like Thebe Magugu, Simone Rocha, and Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, showcased collections with crazy, fantastic patterns. Magugu, for example, evoked mysticism in a sleek suit pattern; Ghesquière brought the Louvre's masterpieces to life; while Rocha opted for Baroque with beautiful florals.


The goal for the autumn season is to break free from drab and muted tones and inject some brightness into attire.

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