January marked the arrival of Spring/Summer 2021 haute couture collections in Paris. During these Covid times, these collections can provide some insight into how we’ll dress, how we’ll live our lives, and how we’ll embrace the future post-Covid. If these collections are anything to go by, we’ll reemerge from our cocoons to celebrate and party to our heart’s content, all whilst looking glamorous in our Gladrags.
These collections from the world’s most celebrated fashion designers burst with creativity at its core – not even a pandemic can prevent them from crafting these beautiful designs.
So here we go, here are the must-see looks from couture week.
Presenting her regal and ethereal ensembles, Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri took inspiration from the magical world of tarot, reinterpreting the beauty and mysticism of tarot cards in her breathtaking collection.
1. Goddess in Gold
The glowing gold hue, fringe hem, and fit and flare make this Dior gown the ultimate showstopper.
2. Classic Couture
The color contrast with black and gold is a classic combination that never gets old in couture.
3. Dripping in Gold
The way the floral gold work cascades down the sheer fabric makes this a stunning piece.
4. Draped to Perfection
I love the beautiful draping of this gown. Brown is not a shade I’m typically drawn to in couture, but Maria Grazia Chiuri has changed my mind with this look.
5. Woman in White
I can visualize this gown worn by a bride at a beach wedding. The sheer, light-weight fabric and delicate bodice offer a beautiful silhouette.
For their first-ever couture collection, Area designers Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszcyzk did not disappoint. Their vibrant collection consisted of Swarovski crystals (with over half a million crystals used across their 14-piece collection), bustiers, and headwear. A flamboyant collection, not for the faint-hearted.
6. Silver Chain Discs Galore
An extravagant take on the black suit – no one will dare ignore you.
7. Tassels Abound
I can definitely see this white and silver tasseled dress as an evening wedding reception gown, perfect for partying and spinning around on the dancefloor.
8. Tiers upon Tiers
A tender, romantic collection consisting of delicate floral embroidery, sheer fabric and pastel, midnight blue, and coral red hues. This couture collection exemplifies why Giorgio Armani is one of the masters of couture.
9. Magnificent in Midnight
The bold, floor-length midnight blue gown is breathtaking. I’m also loving the pockets.
10. Flirty Florals
I adore the matching dress and bolero jacket and the intricate floral embroidery in this look.
11. Red Carpet Ready in Coral Red
12. Mesmerising in Soft Pastel Tones
The translucent fabric and delicately embroidered floral work make this gown the epitome of glamor and sophistication.
13. Shimmering in Silver
The soft tones and delicate beading on this gown are breathtaking.
Dramatic. Extravagant. Fabulous. When it comes to haute couture, Giambattista Valli doesn’t hesitate to make a statement. Valli’s voluminous gowns have been crafted skillfully with endless layers of taffeta. His Spring 2021 couture collection is the embodiment of high fashion.
14. Red Ruffles
Red ruffles from top to bottom are sure to make heads turn. Is it just me or can you see Lady Gaga wearing this?
15. Trailing Train
The bold red and white color contrast, countless layers of fabric, voluminous silhouette and train can make anyone speechless when they lay their eyes upon this creation.
16. Bountiful Ball Gown
This jaw-dropping gown can certainly make a one-of-a-kind wedding dress.
17. Pretty in Pink
I love how the flowing train drapes from the shoulders and compliments the short dress beautifully in this design.
Iris Van Herpen
Iris Van Herpen’s fungi-inspired creations are an incredible feat as the designer worked closely with Parley for the Oceans to include upcycled fabrics in the collection. Her other-worldly gowns incorporate 3D printing, intensely rich tones, and striking silhouettes. You feel almost delirious with joy when you feast your eyes on these ensembles.
18. Light Up in Flames
The gown gives the illusion of licks of flames engulfing the model’s frame – she looks powerful, formidable, and captivating. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this conception.
19. Magical in Mint
The mint hue, extraordinary bodice, and strips of fabric gliding behind make this gown a breathtaking piece.
20. Sea Blue Stunner
Love this gorgeous two-toned blue, one-shoulder attire. The draping is unbelievable.
21. Radiant in Red
The revealing cuts, silhouette, and rich red hue are just dazzling.
22. Striking Structure
Would love to see Dua Lipa wearing this ensemble.
An eccentric collection deserving of high praise, Creative Director Daniel Roseberry pulled all the stops in his Spring 2021 Couture collection. From six-pack bustiers to voluminous sleeves, Roseberry offers his version of femininity that embraces loud and proud women into the fold.
23. The Six-pack Bustier
Can’t get over this six-pack bustier and pink bow – absolutely love this!
24. Black and Gold
The heavy gold thread embroidery on this jacket is something else.
25. Glittering in Gold
This is the kind of gown I’d like to wear post-Covid when I can finally go out to party!
26. The Draping Red Sleeves
I have never seen draped sleeves like these before. They compliment the black gown exquisitely.
There we have it – exceptional works of art from the Spring 2021 Couture collections from the biggest fashion houses in the world. For me, couture collections have offered a sense of escapism. Pre-pandemic, I took pleasure in eyeing the gorgeous silhouettes, colors, and embellishment. Now, I love taking inspiration from these designs and going through my wardrobe to see how I can reinterpret them. Couture will certainly influence how I dress when I enter the post-Covid world when all I’ll want to do is dress in my best finery.
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