The best bits from menswear SS21, as selected by The Face
The digital SS21 menswear shows are an ode to the resilience of an industry known for making beautiful stuff. Here’s a running list of our favourite looks, enjoyed from home.
Corr Paris, fashion week was exhausting wasn’t it? Wrong! It was done through the screen, watched from the comfort of the sofa (read: the new front row), wearing our best looks (read: pyjamas) and sipping champagne… sorry, a cuppa.
Now that’s not to say we didn’t miss the Fashion Rat Race – free popcorn, complimentary booze, seeing proper talent in the flesh – but when the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Qasimi, JW Anderson and Dior (and plenty more) make fashion week through the screen look so effortless and inviting, the distant memory of chasing Ubers, acidic hangovers and fighting over a FROW seat doesn’t seem so missable.
Here are some of the best bits, as selected by Team Face.
Hoor Al Qasimi’s debut collection with Qasimi takes us on a journey, educating us along the way. This oversized shirt is chic and clean and doubles up as a jacket.
Kiko Kostadinov has been adept at straddling the worlds of streetwear and luxury, with his extremely popular Asics collaborations. While accessories often dominate sales, Kostadinov offers a bit of whimsy with this ruffled shoulder bag that is a perfect carry-all for summer. Trey Taylor
Tough to pick a favourite look from Kim Jones’ immaculate collection – a collaboration with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo – but this delicate pink and lemon knit with nautical striped roll neck, paint-splattered pants, ice-creamy cummerbund, sports sandals and socks is extraordinary and wearable à la fois.
Creative Director Glenn Martens said one of the joys of lockdown was discovering new talents in his team, including their skill in developing prints. This wild clash of animal pints across suit, shirt and belt is a whole new direction for the brand and it’s purrrrfect.
As if the loudly-coloured impressionistic sailing scene on this thick-knit jumper wasn’t enough, it also comes in a cropped, sexy, slouchy fit.
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Even though it’s made in miniature, it’s easy to see how good WVB’s first look (tonal navy trousers with a boxy, mirror-pocketed jacket) will be when it’s ready for us humans.
Head-to-toe black is in full raunch mode with GmbH’s signature twin zip leather trousers and shirt made from the linings of their jackets. Their new slip-on, crossed-leather backless shoes are set to be a hit, but when will we start truly seeing ties on fashion-lovers?
Now we’ve realised how fragile life is, why don’t we all start wearing enormous pink harem pants and floral tops to the shops?
This looks beyond comfortable and somehow conjures up hyper-chic grandmas – in a good way. Class.
It was at Art Basel, Miami in December that Dior’s artistic director Kim Jones discovered Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo. One of his paintings, “Green Beret”, looked uncannily similar to an archive ivy-covered Dior dress from 1950. Jones married his inspiration with the vintage pattern and created this very fancy ivy motif that appears throughout the collection.
Love an extended T‑shirt – it’s perfect for summer. The future is bright.
A pure, modern, fresh twist on classic Prada. Industrial tech for 2021.
The West London wizards’ trippy, poppy print shirt and matching bucket hat paired with an upcycled organic cotton shirt is perfect for holidaying in the 2021 sun.