Milan Fashion week 2021changes its face: the city is no longer inundated with buyers, fashion editors, influencers and models. Goodbye, hopefully only for the moment, to the great bandwagon that has always animated Italian fashion week. But the Maisons’ work does not stop, even if the shows in attendance have all (or almost) been cancelled, and focuses on digital fashion shows.
The new fall winter 2021-2022 fashion collections come alive on the catwalk without registering attendance. Everything takes place closed doors: photos and videos, even backstage, can only be found online and in the folders that the press office on duty sends to the employees of the sector. Is this the end of an era?
No, rather it could be the beginning of a new era, although decidedly less glossy. Show aside, the collections will still arrive in physical and online boutiques and people will not give up new trends, including styles, colors and must-haves to show off on several occasions.
Therefore, Milan Fashion week 2021, that is, the edition scheduled from 23 February to 1 March, is not surprising up close but will condition the 2021 winter trends like never before.
Fabrics and silhouettes autumn winter 2021-2022
Focus on the next cold season which, by its nature, is essentially based on warm and comfortable fabrics. Wool and velvet coats, smooth and quilted, most of which with large volumes were the protagonists of the edition of Milan Fashion week in February 2021.
However, there are also other fabrics offered for refined suits and refined clothes with a glam chic charm. Silk was the key element of Fendi‘s collection, the first signed by designer Kim Jones, while chiffon and sequins dominated the Alberta Ferretti catwalk. Knitwear and lurex, on the other hand, have enriched the enveloping creations of the Missoni maison.
Regarding the silhouette, you have to say a few words about volumes that become more and more mannish and, consequently, maxi. Calcaterra shows this trend well, in which tailor-made suits seem to be at least a couple more sizes.
But femininity also goes from suits and lectern and dynamic looks, ethereal but still softened by that timeless retro charm that simply bewitchs. After all, just look at the news of Erika Cavallini’s 2021 winter collection.
Milano Fashion week 2021: colors and combinations
The cold season generally smiles at dark, neutral colors. Black, in fact, has largely characterized the new collections, as well as the shades of chocolate brown, but there are those who still wanted to enrich the wardrobe with a few more shades, proposing combinations that are not too risky but certainly impactful. Green goes well with blue, lilac with white and mustard yellow with all its lighter and darker shades as long as they are warm.
It is not only the Milanese case that emphasizes completely unexpected nuances for the winter. Already during the New York and London Fashion weeks, which precede the Milan event by a few days, we have not only admired multicolored creations but discovered the new palettes proposed by Pantone, the highest authority in color, for the next winter season.
The yellows, reds and pinks stand out, the bright shades of green and there is no shortage of blues, in defiance of the most classic – but sometimes boring – brown, gray and black.
And these colors so sparkling and unexpected we also find them in some fall winter 2021-2022 collection of timeless brands, which bring together just everyone, such as Woolrich, who has created vaporous cyclamen-colored duvets alternating them with maxi checked coats and parkas with delicate and light nuances.
Digital fashion shows Vs fashion shows in presence: what changes for fans
For fashion enthusiasts, unless they participate directly on the front line of the fashion shows in presence, little changes. Digital is good that the Maisons are increasingly ready and well prepared to show their creations online, with videos, photos and focus on every single relevant detail of the collection, avoiding the distortion often due to the powerful lights of the catwalk.
That’s why, for a more usable and global fashion, more and more brands are aiming for digital today and have already done so in the past, such as Aniye By, which last June anticipated with an extraordinary event the spring summer 2021 collection, now on sale. The brand has also beaten the Maisons participating in the Chamber of Fashion circle, bringing its latest line of clothing and accessories autumn winter 2021-2022 to the stage a month in advance.
In short, fashion is running faster and faster, responding to market needs and customer requests. Not just Covid.