With Men’s Fashion Month FW21 coming to an end, we thought we’d take a look back at the highlights of the past few weeks. We saw groundbreaking fashion moments with Kai-Isaiah Jamal becoming the first black trans model to walk for Louis Vuitton. There were also amazing collaborations like Peter Doig’s work on the Dior show or Rick Owens’ collaboration with Converse. But the real question is what did you guys think of it? As always, we want to know your thoughts so for the past month we’ve been asking for your opinions on Instagram about the collections. Here are the results:
Louis Vuitton’s FW21 show was probably the most anticipated of the season. With Virgil Abloh at the helm, the show always receives an enormous amount of press, both good and bad. Many of the items in the collection featured the phrase “Tourist Vs. Purist”, which discusses the idea of the insider versus the outsider. Virgil Abloh has often used these phrases when discussing his role as a black creative in fashion. Many of the looks featured the colour green, standing as a symbol for luck, health and tranquillity and you guys seemed to be big fans of them. From fuzzy green sweaters and cardigans to luggage, these pieces received a warm reaction from our viewers. The skyscraper jumper though? Not so much…
‘Gethsemane’; Rick Owens’ FW21 show took place in a small town outside of Venice, with models walking through smoke as loud heavy-metal inspired rap music played. It was oh so Rick Owens in every way, and he did what he does best; present a steady stream of classic menswear pieces that have been given a gothic edge. Cropped bomber jackets and green fatigues were big hitters. However, the same cannot be said for the green fuzzy crotchless trousers, which were more ‘faun’ than fawn over.
Y/Project presented its first co-ed show for Paris fashion week after creative director Glenn Martens announced he “wanted to break away from the intense pace of four fashion weeks a year.” The show perfectly encapsulated Martens’ aesthetic; bold garments and a focus on the individual’s identity expression. The outerwear was definitely one of the main attractions, with a double-breasted ankle-length brown overcoat being a unanimous winner on our Instagram polls!
Casablanca’s FW21 collection, which drew inspiration from the casinos and racetracks of Monaco saw models dressing up in chic colourful formalwear, something we were, and still are craving for an excuse to wear. Aside from their all-white crotchet look, you guys seemed to really like the collection, with their bold blazers and logo emblazoned bags garnering a number of fans.
Tokyo James’ collection, titled ‘Ogigi Okunrin’; which loosely translates to ‘the strong man’ displayed a softer side to preconceived notions of masculinity. Many of the models wore beautiful sparkly pieces with the hottest accessory of 2021; flowers. One of the standout pieces was the woven raffia, which pays tribute to prayer mats that are commonly found in Lagos homes. Although there was a mixed reaction to the leather top/print combo, the collection was widely admired.
Kim Jones simply cannot miss at Dior. Since his appointment in March 2018, he has continued to capture the tailoring and charm of Dior while adding his own spin to the French house. By tapping artist Peter Doig to collaborate on the clothes, this collection saw a range of beautiful knitwear like this fuzzy mohair number or this multicoloured jumper taken directly from Doig’s 2018 painting ‘Two Trees’. Oh, and how can you forget the jewellery designed by Ambush’s Yoon Ahn!
GmbH’s FW21 collection ‘Welt am Draht’ took us away from the idea of comfort wear and thrust forward a number of impeccably tailored designs. One of which was their white collared shirt featuring a cross-over design on the chest and arms. Rather than focussing on colour or pattern, the monochromatic looks were daring and kinda hot, especially this designer-priest-chic look.
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