Longer days, shorter nights, flowers blooming all over… It is clear: Spring has sprung. On top of a rampant growth in the sales of antihistamines, Spring brings a few unavoidable changes to our wardrobes. While we can slowly start storing our bulky winter coats in the back of the closet, it is too soon for shorts and flip flops. Besides, for most of us, the past few months have been spent at home, where little care is given to how trendy we look. But, with public places slowly opening up and the sun inviting us out, it’s hard to resist swapping the coziness of our couches for the vibrancy of the streets. So, we now face the same old dilemma we most certainly did not miss: What should we wear to look fashionable this season?
To help you out, after carefully analyzing the runways of some of the most Iconic houses of fashion for this spring, I summed up the most remarkable trends you really cannot miss.
The largest trend of this year, present in most runway looks, was an item that not long ago was certainly not a day-to-day item for most of us, yet it has very quickly become an unmissable accessory: The face mask. Black was the preferred color of most designers: It goes well with any outfit, it does not stain and most importantly, it matches every skin complexion. But do not let that limit you: Face Masks are a new and still widely unexplored piece of clothing, and as your face is the part of your body that gets the most attention, they provide you with a fantastic opportunity to show your creativity and personality.
Female trends this year are marked by Pastel Tones, yellow bags, blue accessories, and oversized shoulder pads. Headscarves made a comeback and knee-high boots will be a common sight too (particularly popular in white). If you are going shopping soon, camel and yellow are definitely tones to consider. One of my favorite trends this Spring, are Folk-Inspired coats! In fashion, modernity and tradition walk hand in hand and this trend represents that perfectly.
For Men, tailoring this spring is particularly relaxed: pants will be worn baggy, with a lot of pockets (the more the better – time to get those cargo pants out) and coats will be worn baggy too. Leather made its presence felt on the runway this year, so do not forget to give it a try: boots, pants, jackets… You name it. If you feel like wearing shorts, give Bermuda shorts a go, they are very trendy this spring. In terms of patterns, this year the choices are unquestionable: Floral patterns (my all-time favorite), vertical stripes (perfect to cover up those extra pounds we gained during lockdown) and most importantly, a lot of WHITE – 2021’s favorite shade for men.
These are some of my tips, but don’t forget, fashion is an amazing instrument to express our individuality - Have fun and always be yourself.
The unstoppable transformative power of Bvlgari’s Serpenti and the unlimited imagination of London-based Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou collide in a new chapter of the famed “Serpenti Through the Eyes of” saga.
As the latest designer enlisted by the Roman Jeweller to freely reinterpret its icon Serpenti Forever, Mary Katrantzou, recognized as the “queen of prints” for her exuberant and maximalist creations, infuses her poetic and jubilant style into the mesmerising sign, rebirthing the serpent with newfound vitality and optimism.
Crafting joy through couture craftsmanship, vibrant nuances and playful jewellery-inspired touches, the fashion designer introduces three new styles – the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Top Handle bag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis Minaudière - completed by a selection of silk scarves.
‘‘I wanted to first think about what Serpenti meant to me, through my own eyes. Serpenti to me is a symbol of femininity, transformation and rebirth, its symbolic nature dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek mythology. The Serpenti sheds its skin to allow for further growth and this idea of metamorphosis became the inspiration for our collaboration. Everyone experiences their own journey of growth and we all go through some type of metamorphosis through life. It is the reason Serpenti holds so much meaning.’’- Mary Katrantzou.
The collection is unveiled through the campaign lensed by French fashion photographer Hugo Comte and modelled by Russian philanthropist and beauty icon Natalia Vodianova, wearing Haute Couture jumpsuits specially created by Mary Katrantzou for the occasion.
‘‘Once we decided that the theme of the collection will be Metamorphosis, I felt the campaign also needs to be centred around a woman who embodies the notions of femininity, evolution and rebirth. I immediately knew Natalia had to be the face. We both felt it would be wonderful to also partner with her charity, the Naked Heart Foundation to support their cause and communicate with our collaboration about the power of design to be meaningful. Her grace, generosity of spirit and compassion embodied all the values BVLGARI and I stand for. She is a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist and to me that’s the face of strength.’’- Mary Katrantzou.
At a time when Paul Poiret dominated the world of women’s fashion, Gabrielle Chanel went to Deauville in 1912, then to Biarritz and Paris, and revolutionised the world of Haute Couture, adorning the bodies of her contemporaries with what amounted to a fashion manifesto.
The first part of the exhibition is chronological; it recounts her early beginnings with a few emblematic pieces, including the famous 1916 marinière, the sailor blouse, in jersey. You are invited to trace the development of Chanel’s chic style: from the little black dresses and sporty models of the Roaring Twenties to the sophisticated dresses of the 1930s. One room is devoted entirely to N° 5, created in 1921 and quintessentially the spirit of “Coco Chanel”.
Ten photo portraits of Gabrielle Chanel accompany the ten chapters of the exhibition and show the extent to which the couturière herself was the embodiment of her brand. Then came the war and the fashion house was closed; the only things still sold in Paris, at 31 rue Cambon, were perfume and accessories. Then the arrival of Christian Dior and the New Look – the corseted style that she so objected to; Gabrielle Chanel reacted by returning to couture in 1954 and, against the trend, reaffirmed her fashion manifesto.
The second part of the exhibition is themed and you are invited to decipher her dress codes: the braided tweed suit, two-tone pumps, the 2.55 quilted bag, black and beige naturally, but also red, white and gold... and, of course, the costume and the fine jewellery that were intrinsic to the Chanel look.
Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, chose Wuhan as the first stop for its “SEE LV” global traveling exhibition. The event will lay out some of the fashion house’s greatest innovations in design and technology over the course of its remarkable 160-year history.
Prior to 2020, few people outside of China were familiar with Wuhan. This year, Wuhan’s role as the first epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic granted the city unprecedented fame and it has since then become one of the most popular touristic spots for Chinese tourists.
Chinese tourists carrying several shopping bags from luxury brands have over the years become a common sight in the main shopping districts of Europe. This year, travel restrictions resulted in major losses for big companies like Louis Vuitton. Part of the company’s strategy has been to shift attention to the Chinese market. China, with a population of over 1.4 billion and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is the world’s biggest luxury goods consumer – a cake every major retailer wants a piece of.
Choosing Wuhan in lieu of a more cosmopolitan city such as Shanghai or Beijing, is both a sign of confidence as well as a move towards Louis Vuitton’s strategy to decentralize sales and create a closer relationship with Chinese customers. The exhibition will run between the 31st of October and the 6th of December at the Wuhan International Plaza and the admission is free to the public.