After months of staying indoors and donning PJs day in and day out may have had a negative toll on our styling skills, but recent fashion collections by leading fashion houses are reminding us that the future is full of lively, energetic dressing with a splash of bright colours.
“With the world opening up, the new collections come with a fresh and colourful perspective. I see brilliant variations of bright rebellious colours, from orange to yellow and green, to be in the trend,” says Ruchi Sally, the managing director of Melissa India.
The SS’21 collections from venerated fashion houses like Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton have put maximalism on the table again, with iridescent orange bags to electric red socks and even green platform boots becoming a common sight. With optimism for the future, this generous dose of pop colours is an anti-thesis to the paired down pandemic aesthetic of last year.
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“Psychologically, my mind is only working around colours at the moment. I don’t know if it’s the effect of the pandemic but colours are really exciting me now. Even Indian designers like Bodice who majorly did solids before are also going out of their comfort zone and playing a lot with colours,” says Jahnvi Bansal, stylist and creative director. “If you’re going monotone or neutral with your outfit, using a pop colour accessory is the easiest way to introduce colour to your wardrobe more. And for people who love to experiment, colour blocking is really exciting, even with accessories.”
Here are some brands that reminded us pop colours are very much in this year:
Versace’s SS’21 collection was futuristic, optimistic, and high octane—all three qualities that were reflected in the zingy, electric colours. The sea-centric detailing of the outfits amid a set that emulated the ruins of Atlantis was accompanied by neon blue bucket hands, orange stilettos, green micro bags and neon red socks.
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ first collection together was a distillation of their individual design signatures that the world has poured over for so long. In the SS’21 collection was a delicate balance of paired down essentials with a dash of excess. The many accessories that punctuated the collection in bold solids served as a reminder of a new era for Prada.
If you see a certain chameleon green bucket or monogrammed baguette bag as every fashion influencer’s arm candy this season, blame it on Louis Vuitton’s gender fluid SS ’21 collection. What's more, sporty derbies in mustard, blue and teal styled with pantsuits, exaggerated dresses and oversized coats.
Nina Ricci’s SS’21 collection was all about fluidity and architectural tailoring that is signature to the brand. The comfort-centric approach to each piece was in line with the expectations of the contemporary times, and so were the pop colours. All whites with a pop of an iridescent yellow scarf, electric blue hats, and leaf green shoes were surprises that were packed carefully in every ensemble, adding radicality to the collection.
Maximal and joyful, a school-girl-like energy reverberated through Molly Goddard’s SS’21 collection. It featured bellowing ruffle skirts, checkerboard neon sweaters, and tutu dresses styled with platform shoes in pop colours.