Created and presented after a year of lockdowns, this season's collections are light and airy... A trend that goes against the times.
As the summer holidays approach, an irresistible urge to shed all the burdens of everyday life comes over us all. Some secretly dream of casting off, never to return. Others of finding a refuge that is cut off from the world and its incessant communications. Others still of taking up residence in places where all material things would be superfluous, including clothes.
In the spring of 2021, at the end of a year of being locked down and deprived of fresh air, many articles and books had celebrated naturism as the perfect summer foil to the everyday life that often weighs us down a little, sometimes a lot. Don't worry: life in the buff is not the subject of this article. Nevertheless, it is about clothing and collections for the height of summer, which showcase light, shortened, cut-down and airy styles with a focus on the minimum.
This season's collections were conceived a year earlier, so that they could be ordered by the shops, produced and delivered to their shelves on time. That is, last spring, just as the third lockdown was coming to an end in most European countries. Thinking back to Fashion Week, we have never seen so many shows taking place outdoors... Or the urgent need to regain freedom of movement. A mirror of the times, fashion and stylists also expressed a strong desire to celebrate the good things in life again, through scenography, styles, materials and colours that were full of joy and lightness.
Unfortunately, the following months - last winter and even this spring - have been particularly burdensome. And this summer's collections remain there, unchanged, composed of very short, low-cut, hollowed-out, transparent garments that celebrate the body, all bodies. This very optimistic season is all about social inclusion. Many designers have also incorporated a lingerie style into their creations, above/below, inside/outside. Another consequence of repeated lockdowns. Some people had got out of the habit of getting dressed to go out. Others dressed up to the nines for dinner at home, just to kill time, which had at that point stopped its mad rush onwards.
This summer's collections also mark the return of the miniskirt. Also, small tops, moulded dresses, jackets reduced to their simplest lines. These styles revisit the less is more fashion of the 1990s, in which the latest Klok 08 Minim
model fits perfectly. In contrast to all this uncomplicated clothing, shoes are often very elaborate. The bags, glasses and jewellery are remarkable, too. All these accessories are out of the ordinary, like the Klokers watches
. This summer, light in appearance, is an ideal season to adopt them.