Adding a touch of decadence and drama to everyday life, the dresses for FW21 are definitely setting us up for upcoming party-seasons. With new performing silhouettes, like the mini-style or full volumes, a sense of everyday drama is added to the assortment. The revenge hems of the silhouettes have historically shown to introduce brighter and more positive periods, which goes hand in hand with the radical optimism that has been sparked during this period of change. While a focus on fluid slimline and column styles can also be interpreted in more seductive and body-revealing manners, those silhouettes also offer a range of possibilities to be adopted to new elevated comfort pieces, that add a sense of sophistication to the traditional knit-dress assortments.
Beside the new core silhouettes, several distinct must-have styles have passed down the runway. A total of 201 transparent dresses was featured on the runways, a design that is embracing the desire to seduce while keeping an airy second-skin comfort. Their slimline silhouettes and daring materials also capture a new sense of body positivity and sexiness. Similar sentiments are embraced by a wide array of sexy dresses that play with cut-outs and slits, they have grown by +70% compared to the past season, while the catsuit as a more bold and edgy piece has increased by +155%, entering the market at a skyrocketing pace.
For the more sophisticated styles, knit dresses with comfortable properties and simple aesthetics were represented in 201 shows, making them one of the core trends. Fully-fashioned knits, soft ribs or subtle textures are the most trending features to capture the trend. Talking sophistication, draped styles with creative pattern-making increased by +54% this season and seem to propose the perfect transitional style. The versatile properties make them an easy to style piece from day to night and home to offices.
Lastly, there was a sense for nostalgia whipping over the runways: new prim and pastoral styles have taken over. Mainly in black and white, they propose a historic update to the little black dress, design details include ruffled for lace collars and cuffs, preppy bows and contrasting button detailing.
Take a look at all the trends and their visibility on the shows. Let’s get inspired now to select your new trend pieces: