#FlashbackFriday: Resort 2021 Menswear

The past few months have illuminated significant lessons to the world of fashion in the interminable intensity of human potential, versatility and adaptability in the face of turmoil is an understatement. The pandemic had forced designers to reconsider craftsmanship, quality, and sustainability, with many delivering more streamlined collections. 

Despite a fashion calendar hanging in the balance and an evolving industry landscape with a future yet to be uncovered, the world’s leading designers unveiled their ‘Resort Menswear Collections’ with holiday vibes being more about a state of mind and not a tour around the globe, for all the obvious reasons. While each designer had their own perspective on how to capture the pandemic experience, they all aligned in one common thread: At the end of every tunnel is a light and it’s clear it will sparkle splendidly on the inimitable legacy of creativity and self-expression.

From quirky prints to minimal aesthetics, comfy lounge-worthy pieces and coordinated sets, Resort 2021 opened up a universe of alternatives for buyers. It would not be wrong to say that in the coming year, opposite styles are going to attract and the collections have a lot to offer. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to distil some key statements that you should be looking for in the next year.

Starting with, Dior’s Oblique tapestry B23 high-tops; a trophy in the form of a turquoise lighter and new perforated leather accessories with reflective linings to catch the light may be more than we bargained for. Also, the insanely luxurious crocodile field jacket, is all about looking like one’s coming out of the apocalypse fighting. Dior’s must-haves are a camp shirt and matching shorts set needlepointed from seam-to-seam in the familiar Dior Oblique pattern. 

Virgil Abloh’s Resort 2021 collection for Louis Vuitton revealed that in streetwear era, a green leather jacket somewhere between sage and basil, a mink jacket with an oil slick sheen, loose-fitting pants, sneakers, and a pair of exuberant bucket hats can fit in anyone’s wardrobe and shake the next summer, with doing justice to the history and craftsmanship and savoir faire of Vuitton.

Tod’s Creative Director Walter Chiapponi approached the casual elegance of the ’70s for 2021. Shades of green, bordeaux, navy- and sky-blue will work in tandem with muted tones, and tastefully incorporated flashes of color into sportswear will meet the codes of sophistication. Pair of corduroy pants and upscale blazers would take classic constructions a step forward and give a twist of cool sophistication.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s unstructured, unlined suit cut from fresh sand-toned cotton and a touch of animalier, a hybrid giraffe-leopard pattern reworked from archival motifs printed on a generous, oversized men’s shirt will exude a lively, summery feel.

Modernized elements of highly geometric aesthetic when applied on chenille cardigans bring out a powerful and fresh template. Cheerful design components, for example, polka dots, peace symbols and smiley appearances —against light hues of pale pink, light yellow and sorbet orange by Moschino will help to put a smiley face to the look.

Perhaps the easiest to pull off of next season’s trends, with an emphasis on sharp tailoring and cutting the formality of the men’s tailoring with playful touches, like the little devils that crawl up trouser legs, Off-White merges a businessman with a youthful teenager and will be the drill next year.

With a ton of opposing trends, men have the opportunity to explore hard and soft, edgy and sweet, and see which look they gravitate towards more. One might end up consolidating different expressions for a personalized flair.


Author:
Ruhi Kapoor
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design

Editors:
Prarthana Kapadia
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Illustrator:
Mansi Lohar
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design

Graphic Designer:
Rutuja Konde
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design