THE SHOW MUST GO ON
MEN'S FOLIO Malaysia|March 2021
The Spring/Summer 2021 fashion month braved a new world of digital enterprises. Despite being an atypical season, designers didn’t disappoint by bringing us a series of standout trends which celebrate the prevailing power of creativity and innovation as an antidote to difficult times. From tonal dressing to the Bermuda shorts, here’s our round-up of 10 major trends of Spring/Summer 2021.
Nawaf Rahman

ART SOCIETY

We’ll spare you the galore of florals this season and instead, turn your attention to abstract pattern for your print fix. Artsy prints ruled the runways – bringing both major colour and pattern to all the top collections. Serving as a distraction and joy when we need them most during these troubled times, the prints were channelled in the form of suiting at BOSS and Alexander McQueen. JW Anderson opted for a more fun and juxtaposing wallpaper prints in the form of dresses and coats, while Berluti delivered a volcanic-inspired pattern through a partnership with ceramic artist Brian Rochefort.

MINIMAL MONO CHROME

Last Spring found us in a sea of pastel colours, an indication that the hues actually work for spring. Expanding on that idea for S/S ’21 is minimal and light tonal dressing that offers softer takes on the silhouette that is perfect for cutting through the chaos of the world. This trend is best worn in elegantly cut suiting, as was so elegantly demonstrated at Italian tailoring powerhouse like Salvatore Ferragamo as well as Micheal Kors and Bottega Veneta. Other brilliant proposals came from minimalist brands like Jil Sander, Lemaire and Officine Generale which blended sensuous silhouettes with effortless sophistication –perfectly capturing the minimal way men want to dress today.

TEAM PLAYER

Utility workwear seems to be running at an all-time high and are showing no signs of abating. It has been trending for a while now, with the heavily pocketed jackets and cargo pants reaching fever pitch at S/S ’20 runways. But this season, the trends fall somewhere between chic safari and modern military channeling in the form of jumpsuits, field jackets, vests and shop coats. N. Hoolywood and Juun. J coolly propose the classic field jackets, while at Celine, Hedi Slimane presented the camouflage print vest for his TikTok boys. But the overall message is clear: make yourself (and outfit) useful.

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