“Beginning of all kinds. Pliability, an unfreezing, a wakening. Wild sudden growth. Release. Energy. Hope. Lifeforce. Threshold.” That’s Ali Smith, writing about spring. But she might as well have been writing about the autumn/winter 2021 trends.
These are the sentiments that designers described and attempted to convey in the collections they unveiled in February and early March, and which will start trickling into stores in August. After a year of lockdown, another season of digital-only shows, but with a vaccination-led route out currently being tested, the sense of coiled energy in the fashion industry is palpable.