February brought New York an endless onslaught of snow and slush. While this would normally create logistical nightmares for Fashion Week, the transition to digital events due to the pandemic meant we could enjoy all the best of the Fall/Winter 2021 runways without potentially slipping on ice. This season, designers found new ways to present their collections creatively, and focused on more comfortable and practical pieces. So practical, in fact, that it’s easy to start incorporating some of the biggest trends now!
For errand-running, there’s nothing better than a comfortable puffer coat. Designers like Marina Moscone, Claudia Li, and Jason Wu took the puffer to the next level, offering coats that verged on cloud-like. A common reoccurrence in the Fall/Winter 2021 collections was the diamond-quilted pattern, from understated to patchwork to embellished. All very beautiful, and all equally tempting to take a nap in! Many brands are already offering their version of the trend, and it’s a great option for a transitional winter-to-spring outerwear piece.
Looking to add a little sunshine to your wardrobe? You’re in luck! To fight the winter gloom, get into the yellow trend spotted in collections from the likes of Colina Locascio, Proenza Schouler, and Tanya Taylor. Designers certainly took note of this year’s Pantone colors of the year when designing their collections. One of this year’s top shades is Illuminating, which Pantone describes as “friendly and joyful, an optimistic yellow offering the promise of a sunny day.” I think we could all use a little dose of happiness these days! And if you’re skeptical of pulling off yellow, try going for an accessory to add just a pop of Pantone’s pick.
If you’re feeling burnt out by your rotation of loungewear, consider upgrading to chunky knitwear. Designers like Ulla Johnson, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Bevza suggest going head-to-toe in knits that will add an element of luxe to your work-from-home cozy outfits. This is a trend I’ve been revisiting lately in the chilly weather, with emphasis on hand-knit pieces.