For the fashion girl, a devastating (though rather unimportant, in the grand scheme of things) side effect of being stuck at home was the sudden lack of opportunity to indulge in the best part of going out — the going-out outfit. Instead we found ourselves clinging to comfort and swathes of fleece-lined fabric as the work-from-home aesthetic took over, and even the coolest Instagram girls were tucking away their blingiest outfits in favor of creating mini dresses out of pillows. “Going out” went from meaning a special event or a spontaneous late night to simply just going outside, and the unspoken, collective sentiment seemed to be that the state of our nation was far too somber to truly indulge in the creations that fashion typically would’ve had to offer. But as we passed the one-year mark of lockdown and look forward to the increasingly widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, the idea of a special occasion and the wardrobe to match has felt more and more like a reality.
Celebrities (and regular people who have Instagram) have made headlines for dressing up in everything from unworn bridesmaids dresses to tiaras to lucky T-shirts to get their COVID-19 vaccine in celebration of one of the most relieving, anticipated occasions to go out in 2021. Marc Jacobs took to Instagram to document the outfit he wore to vaccination appointment, a sequined ensemble topped with a leopard print duster and white boots. Both Amy Schumer and Dolly Parton donned glittery cold-shoulder pieces to receive their vaccines.
We’ve also gotten glimpses of what the most creative minds in fashion have been dreaming up for 2021 and beyond on the runways of New York, Milan, Paris, and London. Dries Van Noten’s higher-than-high heels, silken fabrics, and sequined silhouettes for Fall/Winter 2021 were a dark, emotion-infused sight to behold after a year of house slippers and blankets that kept us confined to beds and couches. The collection, reminiscent of a night out, felt rightly prophetic of how post-pandemic “going out” will look and feel — deeply infused with catharsis. Julien Dossena of Paco Rabanne aptly summed up the zeitgeist, saying that “the good thing about fashion is that we’re proposing clothes for the next six months. So we hope that in six months’ time, it’s going to be a big party; everyone will be getting out for days and days, nights and nights….” Paco Rabanne’s joyful, aspirational Fall/Winter 2021 collection takes you back to anticipation-filled dress-up days and going-out looks, with plenty of sequins and bling in sight.
It is therefore no surprise that 2021 fashion trends (and beyond) are voyaging into the realm of maximalism and escapism. Alice + Olivia’s Stacy Bendet created a collection inspired by the late 2000’s hit show Gossip Girl full of pearls, leather and lace, chains, and delightfully busy tweed patterns. Raf Simmons and Miuccia Prada tapped into budding optimism for Prada Fall/Winter 2021, sending sequined coats and pops of color in the form of gloves and turtlenecks under jackets and inspiring us to embrace glamour once again. Ulla Johnson took inspiration from the 1970s-inspired breezy, voluminous silhouettes, patchwork prints, and pattern mixing. Designers seem to be enticing audiences to step out of their cozy, loungewear shells to embrace the special occasion pieces and the over-the-top creativity, offering the “going out” look as a way to revive our souls and repent for the weeks of ratty pajamas that shouldn’t have seen the light of day.
It’s hard to resist the tempting siren song of colorful, glittering pieces, and flouncy fabrics when the runways showcase upcoming trends that lean into fashion’s circularity and offer escapism to decades past while simultaneously allowing us to look forward to the future. Entirely unnecessary yet wholly enjoyable throwback trends like shoulder pads have returned with a vengeance and the Hemline Index has become relevant yet again as rising hemlines and mini skirts are back in style (which, according to George Taylor, is potentially but not definitely indicative of economic prosperity) which stands by my statement that the “going out” look is back.
What will post-pandemic fashion look like in our new world? Going out may not be what it used to be quite yet, but one thing is for sure — fashion doesn’t wait around for occasions to show up, fashion creates the occasions for itself.END
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