We definitely needed the freshness from the newest fashion collections in the late months of last year. There is always something very special about the new season’s fashion, and the Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear Season unveiled all that I knew I needed.
From my favourite designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, to the timeless Chanel, Dolce & Gabana and Saint Laurent, these were just a number of the world’s best designers whose Spring 2021 RTW collections mesmerised me. Read on to see my Top Killer Fashion Looks from this season – and I do hope you’ll become inspired!
Elie Saab Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
If there’s ever a designer who helps me look forward to the new season it’s Elie Saab. His Spring 2021 campaign was light, beautiful and full of class and texture – and there was an air of prairie theme. There is monochrome, subtle pastels, pops of vivid colour and then bangs of colour blocks. From shirt dresses, jumpsuits and two- or three-piece ensembles to eveningwear and gowns, this collection has it all. J’adore tout! My favourite features were the wispy feather details, the delicate lace trims and mesh, as well as the printed and embellished tulle full skirts. Of course the Lebanese’s signatures were evident in the floral appliqué and sequin embellishments, and I especially love all the gold hardware detailing and jewellery styling.
Saint Laurent Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Androngeny punk and feminine sass in the 1960s? Saint Laurent had that down to a tee for their latest collection, which boasted a lot of black and a handful of colourful hues. The fashion show is one of the most memorable, as the models walked a runway across the top of a sand dune in the desert. Kudos to each and every one of them! On one hand, the collection gave us clean comfortable tailoring with monogrammed cycling shorts and blazers, pointed edges, and military detailing. On the other, there was an ambudance of fluffy feathers on cuffs, trims and necklines, as well as dreamy lace & silk shorts and playsuits, cut outs and sheer materials. My favourite features have to include those sheer tops and dresses with the aforementioned fluffy trims, that big fluffy coat and the most luxe metallic black coat, and the almost subtle embellished floral print blouses. I also adore the sassy lace & silk pieces, all of the blazers and the styling in general. Bravo Anthony Vaccarello, bravo!
Zuhair Murad Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Just like my other favourite Elie Saab, Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad has never disappointed. This season’s collection features a lot of classically beautiful black & white looks, with tailoring details, signature floral motifs, sheer textures and lace trims. The injection of colour in the prints are complimented by lace inserts, while the gemstone colour blocks speak for themselves. My favourite features include, well, obviously the spectacular gold sequin caped gown! But also the balloon sleeves and strong shoulders, the intricate sequins and beads, alongside the capes, illusion necklines and, to be honest, every single gown! Je suis amoureux, merci Zuhair Murad!
Carolina Herrera Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Not only a beautiful collection, I rather love the simplicity in colour of Carolina Herrera‘s designs. Mostly black and white with some powder pink and striped blue, the looks were created in a number of patterns and styles from polka dots to ruffles, mesh and floral prints. There were mini dresses fit for cocktail parties, evening gowns for the red carpet and tea dresses to mark all occasions. My favourite features included the pink dresses – one with a tulle fan detail, the other with an oversized bow bust detail. The cut out waist details, exaggerated fishtail skirt and ruffled designs were also outstanding.
Dundas Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Another designer who is new on my radar, Dundas delivers a very wearable collection for this season. There are great colours and styles to be inspired by; from the tiger prints to the neon and gym gear meets blazer looks. My favourite features were the tiger prints (big cat lover here!), the soft ruffle details, the sequin trims and the metallic finishes.
Alexander McQueen Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
When I first saw the new Alexander McQueen collection, I thought ‘boho princess meets biker chic’, and it makes sense when you think of the McQueen portfolio. Though bold colours are a no-go in this collection, there are neutral shades mixed with pastels and denim blues for a Spring-forward vibe. My favourite features were the suits with the buckle details, contrasting textures and denim-meets-leather design. As well as the longline biker jacket, the big sleeves and corset details that featured on many pieces, I adored all of the tulle and lace skirts.
Brandon Maxwell Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
What started as a black and white colour palette, Brandon Maxwell ended his show as a bright bang with fluroscent hues of neon yellow, red on orange and then soft pink to finish. Streetwear was a big theme throughout the pieces, with luxurious hoodies and joggers looks, high collars and jersey suits. My favourite features included the streetwear styles of hooded cape coats and hoodies with blazers, the simply beautiful midi plunge dress, and the pleated skirts.
Alexis Mabille Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Feminine with an air of period fashion, the Alexis Mabille collection is truly beautiful craftsmanship. From the full skirts to the colour block pieces, there are intricate details in the buttons and lots of bows that all add to this season’s collection. My favourite features were the lace trims, that oversized floral appliqué bodice, the pleated skirts and bejewelled styling. Also, can we please take a moment for pairing pearl embellished sneakers with silk gowns!
Badgley Mischka Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
If I were to pick one adjective for the new Badgley Mischka collection, it’s sophistication. Bold Spring-forward colours, floral and paisley prints, tassel trims, oversized ruffles and pleats dominated the details. Opting for a photoshoot, I also am in awe of the location this campaign was snapped at. My favourite features were the all-over sequin blazers and suit, the almost subtle embellished cuffs and all of those fabulously flamboyant sleeves.
Christian Cowan Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
After discovering my love for Christian Cowan‘s designs last season, I am even more so in admiration for his creations. This Spring 2021 collection was, in fact, made in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X, who features in the campaign alongside fellow artists Ava Max and Tinashe as well as supermodel Heidi Klum. Celebrating the queer community, both Cowan and Lil Nas X have established a stunning LGBTQ+ meets punk vibe, with pops of vibrant colour, metallic textures and sheen, big feathers and a lot of sequins. My favourite features were the embellished denim looks, the faux fur tricolour coat, all of the gemstone-clad skirts and trousers, and I particularly loved the spiked hairstyles – Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden anyone?!
Christian Siriano Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
From one Christian to another, at the Christian Siriano show it was a masked affair with a few political nods. There were a lot of full skirts in voluminous, balloon and waterfall styles, there were cut outs and a lot of sheer fabrics. Bravo to the inclusivity of the models too, it always puts a smile on my face to see a model of my curvy size. My favourite features have to include that tiered pastel peplum gown, as well as the three-piece skirt suits, the flamingo feather trims and the intricate floral appliqué dresses.
Christian Dior Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
For the third Christian in a row, the Christian Dior show gave us over 80 looks with a lot to be grateful for. The boho or gypsy vibes were evident in the many patterns and prints used throughout the collection (notably paisley), while the colour palette shifted from muted and neutral to injecting more colour as the looks went on. Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri brought comfort and practicality to the necessity of working from home right to the runway. My favourite features were the clashing Meditteranean prints and playful tiedye prints, the boxy crop jackets and the sheer dresses that screamed Coachella. As well as the styling, I adored the bags and footwear.
Andrew Gn Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Andrew Gn definitely brought Spring to life in his collection, which featured 65 looks in a simply beautiful photoshoot. His use of monochrome and colour block was very well balanced, and there’s no denying that floral appliqué and crochet were the dominant details. An air of 1960s & 1970s meets Western was afloat throughout, with bold prints, big sleeves and dazzling embellishments. My favourite features were the oversized embellished collars, the amazing bouclé and appliqué coats, the tassel trims and all of the bejewelled waistbelts. I also must note the fabulous tall patent boots that came in a kaleidoscope of vibrancy and croc or snakeskin prints!
Chanel Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Forever iconic, Chanel head designer & creative director Virginie Viard delivered a truly inspiring collection. There was an air of Hollywood mixed with classic Gabrielle Chanel tailoring and, dare I say it, the pink suit Marge Simpson reinvented over and over! Bows featured on many of the looks as well as the brand’s signature pearls, gold hardware and the Chanel monogram. I love the metallic notes throughout the tweed too, and am intrigued as to how the knee-length cut trousers will catch on.My favourite features naturally include the whole tweed selection, as well as the bubblegum pink varieties from high waisted trousers to two-piece suits and cardigans. I also adore the bomber style blazers, the fully sequined suits, and all the jewellery and accessory styling. Juste magnifique!
Isabel Marant Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
This fashion show was quirky and colourful, and I rather loved it. It was heavy on the cowboy boots and Western detail, with a lot of pink with shiny textures in silver and purple, as well as plenty of light denim. It was like the 1970s meets futuristic with a few pops of Western culture. My favourite features were the puffed sleeves, those aforementioned shiny metallic textures and especially the pants, and that leather studded jumpsuit.
Rick Owens Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
I’m new to Rick Owens‘ fashion, and I rather love hat he delivered for this new season’s collection. It gave off a Mad Max meets Star Wars kind of vibe, and I commend him on all models wearing face coverings. And I can totally picture Lady Gaga sporting those platform boots! My favourite features were the sculptured shapes and use of leather, the monochrome mixed with baby pink, neon yellow and milk chocolate shades, the sheer overlays and of course those bad ass boots!
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
With almost 100 looks in their runway show, iconic duo designers Dolce & Gabbana delivered a breathe of colour into lockdown fashion. Their theme of Sicilian patchwork was heavy throughout, combining patterns and prints of all sorts from flowers, polka dots and animal print to different materials and textures such as brocade, georgette, denim, lace and silk. There were boxy coats, caped looks, mini dress and two-tone denims where the stunning patchwork featured in all styles. My favourite features were the pairings of crispy clean white shirts with patchwork skirts, the handful of black & white lace and mesh or jacquard creations, the wide lapels on blazers and collars on tops, as well as the D&G rose motifs and bustiers. Lavoro fantastico!
Naeem Khan Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear
I found the Naeem Khan collection mesmerising. Not only does the Indian designer deliver a beautiful number of looks, the craftsmanship and attention to detail is sublime. From delicate lace and embroidery and to ethereal silhouettes and a full on glam sequins segment. The jewel colours compliment the patterns and motifs, with sparkling details and chic finishes in every single look. My favourite features were that fab trumpet skirt and the cape skirt jumpsuit, that stunning multi shades of blue embroidered gown, and the sunburst sequin dress too. I am just in awe of, and truly adore, this collection!