The Fall/Winter 2021 fashion shows had designers trying to envision what a new normal could look like post-pandemic, while still navigating out of the pandemic. It is unclear what the future will look like and how the crisis-related measures will continue to impact our lives. The collections might not hold a magic answer, but have proposed an extensive variety of possibilities.
Overall, the need for uncompromising comfort combined with an irrepressible desire to dress-up again dominated this season of reset. Overall, there have been four main consumer sentiments dominating the macro themes of new design. The main and most impactful trend depicts a wakened sense of joyful optimism that is trading loungewear for party attire. Linked to that, is a new female gaze. Not only the desire for sensuality, touch and seduction drive this trend.
Women are moving out of the pandemic with a new understanding of confidence. This also pans out in the third main theme: striving for a serene and harmonious future. Mainly translated into sleek and sharp looks that prepare us for returning office life and commute. It combines timeless luxury with nods to an empowered genderless, through mannish components reworked with charm. Lastly, the healing powers of nature and community and the prospect of travel, continue to drive designs that induce nomadic and circular concepts.