If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that luxury fashion doesn’t just need to make us look good and feel comfortable but, rather, needs to be adaptable. Changing circumstances have led people to consider their wardrobes and assess which items are versatile enough to keep. These staple pieces are often erring towards casual, but what comfort-inspired pieces can we retain in our repertoire while still reflecting luxury?
If casual is the prevailing trend for 2021, we can expect to see far more focus on our feet. This means depending on trainers that are durable and resilient, while still retaining that fashionable edge. So, expect fewer pristine whites and box-fresh collabs, and more high-quality craftsmanship.
For example, the Italian footwear company Golden Goose has a range of vintage-inspired trainers for Spring/Summer 2021. For a simple fit, the Golden Goose Old School shoes are a throwback to the early 2000s, boasting a Velcro fastening, leopard print motif, and diamante embellishment. Inspired by high-tops, the Golden Goose Slide Double Quarters take the current demand for chunky soles and infuse it with a style reminiscent of the noughties.
To augment the variety of the line, the Golden Goose Superstar metallic leather low-top trainers use cowhide, ovine leather, and rubber to create a comfortable, yet stylish, shoe. It has already been well-documented that metallic effects are in for Spring/Summer 2021. Furthermore, Moschino have a range of chunkier trainers, while Versace offer a black patterned pair that wouldn’t have been out of place on the running track a decade ago. There has been a clear push across the board for a casual, sporty shoe that brandishes a luxury label.
They may have been optimal for 2020, but, in 2021, sweatshirts are still featured in many clothing collections. These newer trends visualise the idea that fashion doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to be trendy, and cosy, trendy sportswear doesn’t have to be worn solely for exercise. This explains why there are so many stylish sweatshirts that are designed for anything but physical activity. The style of many Spring/Summer 2021 pieces is suited to those who may want to stroll down the high street, and make an impromptu stop at a cocktail bar or restaurant.
For example, Moschino’s statement pastel pink sweatshirt features their statement cartoon bear underneath the brand’s name, epitomising the blend between casual and chic. The Ermanno Scervino embroidered floral piece makes use of a lace effect to show how the simple workout staple can be given a touch of class.
As Kenzo and Chiara Ferragni show with the vibrant motifs adorning their sweatshirts, the way to stand out in casualwear is to make a statement with imagery and pattern. Simpler designs have also been introduced from the likes of Balmain and REDValentino, who each offer block-colour shirts crafted for maximum comfort, for a more understated image.
Many will be rejoicing that the fashion revolution has moved back to a place of lounge and casualwear. Pieces from Givenchy, Max Mara, and Tibi, for example, have proven that comfort can still be luxurious. A pair of trainers and a sweatshirt no longer screams ‘stay at home’, but ushers in a new era of style.
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