Best of Fall Winter 2021 Fashion Week Trends

The runways have spoken, and it’s not all gloom and doom. For this Fall Winter 21 season, designers are offering images of hope, escapism, and fantasy, hinting us to look at the brighter days that are coming.
We saw that luxury labels like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Isabel Marant trying to inject a sense of optimism into their collections, proposing party-ready sequins and travel-inspired pieces. Others, like Miu Miu and Coach, are bringing back cold weather staples such as cozy knitted sweaters, and padded quilt jackets. 
Here’s a breakdown of the hottest trends spotted at the FW'21 Fashion Weeks.

 

From left to right: Cult Gaia, Simone Rocha, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Nanushka

For the Fall-Winter '21 season, we saw plenty of voluminous, balloon sleeves walk down the runway. Although these exaggerated sleeves have been dominating the fashion scene for recent years, this trend just doesn't seem to be deflating anytime soon. They have also made a refreshing appearance on coats, dresses, and jackets for brands like Cult Gaia, Isabel Marant, and Nanushka. Elongated puffs of fabrics such as leather, satin were used, exuding a sense of elegance and sophistication to every outfit. 

From left to right: Elie Saab, Bora Aksu, Louis Vuitton, Simone Rocha, Comme Des Garcons

Romantic ruffles and tulles were also seen in full force on runways in all shapes, forms, and fabrics. Especially in Bora Aksu's show, they proposed a range of graceful, crinoline-shaped dresses and skirts enriched in delicate ruffles and frills. Simone Rocha showcased an array of dresses in layered pink tulles, embellished with clusters of satin roses for a dreamy elegance reminiscent of fairy tales. 

From left to right: Raf Simons, Chanel, Max Mara, Chloé, Rag & Bone

Quilting has become a major fall winter trend as people are focusing more on comfort and functionality. We saw many clothing pieces such as quilted vests, jackets at luxury houses like Raf Simons, Rag & Bone, and Max Mara. Chanel also offers a fresh take on a classic style with a chic all-over logo print quilted jumpsuit, making a sleek fashion statement. 

From left to right: Balmain, Jason Wu, Coach, Miu Miu, Gabriela Hearst

According to Miu Miu, Gabriela Hearst, and Balenciaga, next season is all about that warm, fuzzy knitwear. Designers are experimenting with techniques, yarns, and reimagined colorways to deliver their chicest knitwear pieces. Balenciaga showed a capsule of fluoro knitwear pieces in hues of neon yellow and traffic cone orange, while Coach delivered playful knitted sweaters in cartoon graphics.

From left to right: Versace. Chanel, Cult Gaia, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu

Although our plans may be on hold, our long-awaited celebratory dreams are not. This season, fashion embraces the new optimism by adding shine and bling to basic pieces, conveying a sign of hope and positivity in tough times. At Versace, models were dressed in glitzy glitter dresses and paired with neon-colored platform pumps. On a shimmery runway, Chanel showcased sparkling suits, crochet skirts shined with panels of sequin fabrics, adding a much-needed colorful shine to the cold and gloomy season. 

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