If there is a key takeaway from the Fall 2021 runways in Milan, it is that life after lockdown can be something however boring. Designers recommend we should always spend money on retro clubwear and party-ready metallics. In the meantime, these against flashy going-out garments can decide up a neutral-colored get-up or a sensible poncho come September — as these, too, emerged as main developments for the season.
Functional and fun, puffers for Fall 2021 are anything but basic. Marni showed several unique shapes of the insulated jacket — think puffer capes — while MSGM went for bold colors and Robert Cavalli played with puffy animal prints.
Plan on covering everything up this fall except your shoulders: Designers in Milan dared to bare the all-important joint with several off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder garments. Turns out a hint of décolletage is a sure-fire way to subvert traditional formalwear.
Call it the “Bottega Effect” or just chalk it up to a stringy-trim coincidence, but Daniel Lee’s fringe-hem frenzy has made its way onto coats and dresses at Fendi, No. 21 and Beatrice B, to name a few.
The lack of parties and red carpets has definitely whet our sartorial appetite for glitz and glamour. Luckily, the Italians — who excel at fulfilling both our clothing and food cravings — are leading the shiny charge with futuristic metallic suits, gilded skirts and chainmail gowns.
Neutral Tonal Dressing
Calming, nature-inspired colors took over the runways in Milan. The earthy, go-with-everything hues were skillfully mixed-and-matched for a welcome lesson on neutral tonal dressing.
Electric slime green is officially out and a more natural shade of olive is in. This rich tone was a popular choice for luxe suede and plush fur outerwear. It also cropped up on buttery leather separates, as well as knits.
A carryover from last fall, ponchos are still having a moment. The protective topper appeared in Salvatore Ferragamo’s cold-weather lineup as a clear biodegradable PVC outer garment, and in Missoni’s as a patterned knit.
Remember clubs? We don’t really either, but designers in Milan are helping to jog our memory by referencing retro going-out clothes for Fall 2021. Italian labels turned up and turned back the time with shimmery ruched halter dresses paired with ’70s-style shaggy fur coats.
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