Resort 2021 Recap

As the fashion industry braces for their biggest events of the year, September Fashion Weeks, another season has just come to a close. Resort 2021 collections have finished debuting mostly, but the real question is, who is going to buy resort wear, when no one is traveling? Over the course of the last few weeks, designers revealed their latest collections, obviously, on digital formats.

These shows emulated both the desire to travel to various destinations, but also the inability to do so. With various subdued, yet classic looks, the trends for Cruise 2021 were especially unique this season. This trend, what Vogue called, “a rehashing of items and ideas proven to work” was seen throughout many collections. Some designers even opted to skip Resort all together and focus on Spring only, like Jacequmous or Carolina Herrera.

Those who released Cruise collections consisted of relax, almost Stay-at-home, inspired looks that can be worn at home or, hopefully, while traveling. Though travels have come to a halt, the collections still conspired lots of buzz, including Dior’s live runway show. In front of the Piazza Del Duomo in Puglia, Italy, models walked in front of luminous displays. One local told Vogue that they, “need culture and hope for people in the contemplation of beauty.”

Many of the notable trends for this season are also inspired by the need to casual looks. For one, it is usual for most big name designers to have denim pieces in a resort collection. But for Giambattista Valli and even Chanel, bringing more relaxed fabrics was unique. Many other designers opted for high-end loungewear pieces, obviously out of necessity, including luxurious sweatpant sets and oversized sweaters.

This Resort season was unlike any other before. Without the ability to travel for the foreseeable future, designers had to re-evaluate their collections to fit the needs of the consumer. It will be interesting to see for Spring 2021 how many designers continue to change their collections inspiration as a result of the pandemic.
By Staci Soslowitz