This year’s Fashion Week looks a little different from what people are used to seeing. Like everything else in 2020, Fashion Week has had to make adjustments to allow for the pandemic, and find ways to keep participants and fans safe. This year, New York and London have adjusted the way collections are presented to audiences. Some are presented completely virtually to audiences at home, and others are being shown in front of limited audiences. Despite the challenges with presenting safely, this year’s collections are as stunning and ever, and sure to please fashion fans who have felt cut off from their favorite designers during the pandemic. 

Burberry; ‘a Love Affair Between a Mermaid And a Shark’

Reuters reports on the Burberry pieces by Riccardo Tisci, “…Tisci presented his spring-summer 2021 collection ‘In Bloom’ on video streaming service Twitch, a first for the British fashion house that like others has had to adapt its runway show in the time of COVID-19.

While there were plenty of models gathered to showcase the collection, rather than featuring a catwalk, the surreal show, produced with artist Anne Imhof, was set in a circle in a wooded location.

‘It began with a thought of British summertime; embracing the elements with a trenchcoat on the beach mixing with the sand and the water,’ Tisci, who joined Burberry as chief creative officer in 2018, said in a statement.

‘I envisioned the people of this space, like the lighthousekeeper, and a love affair between a mermaid and a shark, set against the ocean, then brought to land,’ he added, saying the circle represented regrowth, renewal and life.

The collection featured trenchcoats, fisherman-inspired bib-front trousers and sheer-chiffon trousers detailed with printed shorts.”

Anna Sui; ‘Contrasting the Whimsical With the Minimal’

Vogue describes Anna Sui and Pat McGrath‘s collaboration; “Smoky lilac lids. Glittery cheekbones. Vampy burgundy lips. Since the ’90s, Anna Sui and Pat McGrath have joined forces on some of New York Fashion Week’s most memorable beauty looks. And while Sui didn’t stage a runway show, the above-neck theatrics were still out in full force for her spring 2021 look book.

This season, with the 1966 Czech movie Daisies serving as one of Sui’s reference points, McGrath brought ‘floral fantasies’ to life with an array of delicate blooms adorning models’ faces. ‘We celebrated craft and creativity by contrasting the whimsical with the minimal,’ McGrath tells Vogue of her vision.”

Badgley Mishka; a Fantasy Garden

A Daily Beast article describes the Badgley Mishka collection; “Into the garden of a stately home we go, for a collection of escapist fantasies as symbolized by that Badgley Mischka staple, a blooming rose. The Spring 2021 collection, the designers said, was ‘inspired by places we have never been to—the isles of Greece, the capital of Cuba, the fabled ruins of Mexico, the Garden of Good and Evil.’

The clothes are unapologetically luxe, dreamy, and dramatic, with colors inspired by ‘classic Greek villas and their vistas, the Cuban flag, and the fabulous gardens throughout America, from Long Island to Georgia.’ Skirts came in flowing full length with floral designs, and in fitted crepe. Belted trouser suits and tasseled dresses, in blue, white and green, just required cocktails—with a golden sequin tulle gown the undoubted showstopper. Cole Porter, BM said, was the vibe, and Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight their hero. Mission accomplished…”

New Rules, Same Fashion Geniuses

Although this year looked so very different from Fashion Weeks past, the designers still brought their best to bear. The theme of the week across cities seemed to be escaping the reality of 2020 with a dip into fantasy. With whimsical, light-hearted, and fantastical creations across the board, both purchasers and window-shoppers of fashion week designers have plenty to indulge in. Although it can be tricky to find ways to safely present these public events, nothing is more important to people right now than some normalcy and joy. Fashion Week 2020 is providing that, in cities across the world. 

 

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