By: Jordan Ross
It’s that glorious time of year when the most recognized brands present their collections for the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons. From New York to London, London to Milan, and eventually Milan to Paris, September is fundamentally one of the most significant times in the fashion industry. This fast-paced month has the ability to either make it or break it for designers of all rankings and styles. With what’s yet to come from the four major fashion landmarks still unraveling from designer to designer, let’s reflect on some of the most admired fashion shows from last September where the clothing did the speaking for itself.
Ms. Silvia Venturini Fendi presented a collection last year that resembled domestic living and time spent with her family during quarantine periods in 2020. Much of the collection takes on a new form of traditional bed linens and embroidery, with additional details being inspired from her Italian roots. Ms.Fendi even sought out this idea beyond the clothing, involving a diverse range of models to represent family. Collectively, this show provided a feeling of ‘serenity’, from the tranquil color palette throughout each hand-made garment to the backstory of it all.
This popular runway collection was the major debut of several new trends from Valentino. The famous rock studs we all know so well suddenly enlarged, brighter tones making an appearance throughout all the accessories and RTW, and of course the evident floral powerhouse that took over this show. For this line, well-known Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli decided that tackling on his definition of ‘diversity’ would confidently play a role into his Spring/Summer 21′ collection. As he’s done before, Piccioli set his heart out on a colorful show with the power of his clothing and belief in inclusion.
Shockingly one of the most remarkable collections that transpired from Dior. Orchestrating the obvious common Autumn tones for Spring/Summer wear, with floral details and embellishments. While also incorporating the collection with plenty of draping and flowing articles that graced the runway, especially the infamous Dior dresses. These same graceful styles were even practiced with overlaying items such as jackets, kimonos, cover-ups, and more throughout this show. This collection profoundly fulfilled Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s holy grail, representing ‘a unique expression of ancestral savoir-faire’.
Familiar to neutral tones, Max Mara routinely renditions the color beige every season. Proving to be efficacious. And regardless of the season, Max Mara clinches onto their signature – coats. This collection once again drew attention to elements of modesty, and class. Ian Griffiths, also known as the Creativer Director of Max Mara, aimed for this collection to favor the ‘bella figura’ – “beautiful figure”. Griffiths proposition hankers to make wearers feel as though they are ranked just as beautiful as the clothing he designs.
Authentically unique with the creative direction from young designer Oliver Rousteing, Balmain continues to reshape RTW. This Spring/Summer collection soared Balmain to new heights. This runway took on neon hues, intense shoulder details, sequins, new geometric designs, denim on denim, and lastly, the popularized Balmain blazers taking on a newfangled elegance. Rousteing envisioned this show as the reawakening of the history of Balmain, exceeding expectations for all.
Collection after collection, Designer Nicky Zimmermann creates fairy-tale like garbs. During this runway show, Zimmermann’s proclivity resurfaced once again with elegant floral patterns, and a convincing springy appearance. However though, for this collection specifically, it was a dedication to her newfound love for her hometown’s area in Sydney, Australia. Converting this natural, naturistic habitat into a line of exquisite finery.