Frankly, last season’s collections were cautiously optimistic. The designers are stuck in a cool color palette of basic silhouettes and serene powder blues, greens and soft corals. The result was like a cool app in the form of clothing: a comforting sartorial message of hope in a (very) turbulent year.
And for the fall / winter 2021 season, that expectation is constant, including classic, muted gray (as chic suits in vitamin) and icy pale pink (as Erdem’s beige dress). But the most striking difference around this is the fragmentary, vague joy, which is reflected in the bright yellow, burning red, and fuchsia-colors so terribly bold and feminine, they can be seen as almost the opposite of the sweat we have been living for the past year. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.
Yet, we are still not out of the jungle. In an exercise of restraint, designers including Fendi’s Kim Jones, Gabriela Hearst and Colina Strada have chosen to root their collections firmly through real monochromatic looks that literally remind us of the soil: the rich brownish brown that is earthy Beer “brown) and reddish-brown which made Adobe look similar to clay. The fine balance between practical color and vibrant brightness can best be summed up by Lettris Eismann, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, when the colors of 2021 were chosen: Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warm and optimistic, it’s a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. “
Read / See Top Colors for Winter 2021.