Last season’s collections were, to be clear, cautiously optimistic. For the most part, the designers stuck to simple silhouettes and a calm color palette of soothing powder blue, sage green and mild coral. The result was like the Calm app in clothing form: a comforting message of hope in the midst of a (very) turbulent year.
And for the autumn / winter season 2021, this hope remains a constant with classic, muted shades such as soft gray tones (as a chic suit at Vetements) and frosty pale pink (as a jeweled dress at Erdem). But the most startling difference in this mess is the apparent, unadulterated delight in the pieces, manifested in bright yellows, fiery reds, and fuchsias – colors so bold and feminine that they could almost be viewed as an affront to the sweats, in which we have been living for a year. Maybe that’s the point: to remind us of clothes from the past, like a trio of pink dresses by Prabal Gurung or a delicate pleated dress by Victoria Beckham in siren red.
Still, we’re not out of the woods yet. In an act of restraint, designers including Kim Jones from Fendi, Gabriela Hearst and Collina Strada decided to firmly root their collections in reality through monochromatic looks in colors that literally remind us of the floor: rich dark browns that like Earth look (Pantone cleverly coined this hue (“root beer” brown) and reddish brown, which resemble Adobe hue. The delicate balance between practical hues and vivid lights can best be summed up by Leatrice Eisemen, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, as the colors of 2021 were selected: “The union of a permanent ultimate gray with the bright yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity, supported by steadfastness. Practical and absolutely solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic. This is a color combination that gives us resilience and Gives hope. “
Read on to see the top Fall / Winter 2021 colors that you should definitely wear next season.