Here, the Biggest Trends from the Spring 2021 Runways

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The first edition of the first ‘Phygital‘ Fashion Month has officially wrapped. While (almost) nothing about the highly anticipated fashion month was “normal,” one thing remained constant: runway trends. In an attempt to find out what we’d be wearing come spring, we combed through the runway shows in Milan and Paris. Scroll down to discover what we think will be the biggest Spring/Summer 2021 trends.

1

Sheer Delight

From napkin tops to open-back dresses, this season has been all about daring trends, and judging from the Spring/Summer 2021 runways, bold trends are here to stay. Delicate sheers were the designers’ go-to textile this season. Large slices of skin were on display as models draped in transparent fabrics strutted down the runways. See-through skirts overlaying on mini dresses or shorts were incredibly popular. While Elie Saab and Dior went for ornate sheer gowns, Virginie Viard sent a sexy ruched strapless number with sheer detailing down the Chanel runway. 

2

Color Surge

This spring is all about color blocking. While striking contrast looks like the ones at Balmain or Fendi make a great fit for the daring ones, a subtle color-block like at Cecilie Bahnsen is the minimalist’s way to nail the trend.

3

Relaxed Workwear

The pandemic has undeniably forced us to rethink our lifestyles. As the world gets back on its feet, one thing is evident: comfort and simplicity will take precedence. Relaxed silhouettes replaced sharp, tailored work uniforms at Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Ralph and Russo.

4

Shirtdresses

Versatile, comfortable, and floaty — aren’t shirtdresses just the perfect outfit to tackle warmer months? We think yes, and the creative geniuses at Valentino, Fendi, and Elie Saab agree.

5

Not Your Typical Denim

In a way, denim ruled the Spring/Summer 2021 runways. While jeans, denim jackets, and shorts were massively popular across all four fashion capitals, the classic grunge fabric assumed new roles this season. From pastel-colored, tie-dye denim looks at Alberta Ferretti to poppy-pink denim trousers and jackets at Chanel, denim trench coats at Y/Project and Burberry, and color-blocked jeans at Alice and Olivia and Victoria Beckham, you can expect a whole new variety of denim next season. 

6

Colorful Optimism

While saturated shades are always hard to miss, they are of particular significance this year. After a crazy year filled with gloomy news coming at us from — well, everywhere — bright, poppy ensembles sent down the runway serve as a symbol of hope that brighter days are coming. With colorful looks gracing the runways, optimism was clearly the underlying theme at Versace, Ralph and Russo, and Balmain.

7

Comfort Wear

Spotting hoodies and sweatpants on the Balenciaga runway might not be jaw-dropping. But seeing Italian powerhouses Prada and Max Mara ditch their sophisticated silhouettes in favor of oversized hoodies is just more proof of our pandemic-induced lifestyle shift.

8

Romantic Lace

Dresses, skirts, and even shirts spun out of delicate lace fabric were a hot favorite among designers. Romantic lace made stunning runway appearances at Chanel, Valentino, and Alberta Ferretti.

9

Cropped Everything

Cropped tops are officially back, which is hardly a surprise since noughties fashion is rearing its head again. While super crop tops and knit bralettes are already massively popular, the trend is only set to explode come summer. From trimmed shirts and jackets at Louis Vuitton to cropped hoodies at Max Mara, we expect the trend to be huge next season.

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