Spring 2021 fashion adapted to the moment by stepping onto virtual Youtube runways, Instagram reels, and socially distanced in-person shows. While some critics discern the Spring 2021 season as fragmented, many commend the designers for how they braved a new world of introductions through creative digital enterprise and ingenuity. While trending elements might be reminiscent of some of the most influential past decades, fresh color and detail mixes bring flavor and excitement to renewed daytime dressing. I think we can all anticipate getting back to wearing something stylish and stimulating for the upcoming post-pandemic months.

Here are some originative groupings that incorporate prevailing runway features. Each has a decisive color direction that lends itself to the mood of each board. Let's have a look.

Driven by palm patterns continuing from Resort 2021, the colors are neutral earth tones of urbane bronze, baby's breath, desert mist, willow, and clean linen. Graphic leaves, basket striping, and hints of exotic animal prints come together in silky sheers and fine-gauge knits. Minimal but memorable are whip-stitch details, careful cut-outs, and strappy shoulders. Refined palm and sculptural die-cuts in gold and carved bison bone with tally markings are basic but far from boring accessories.

The mood just got a bit brighter! Candy pastels are white-based in clean shades of raspberry sorbet, fresh orange, blue atoll, illuminating yellow, and purple rose. Seaside tokens are the fresh catch of the day in pure color with whimsy and charm. Tie-front crops and serene tunics mix short with long, casting a net for diversity. Flowing volumes of printed fabrics and layered sheers are fun and frivolous for shoreline style.

Playtime is at a peak with peek-a-boo and prairie pleats. Hot days ahead are kept cool in bright white, soft cyprus, frosted gold, marjoram, and willow whisper. Rural and demure with lace in place and voluminous cuts, the looks are feminine and fancy, reminiscent yet modern. Bare shoulders balance with brave engineered cut-outs, delicate ties cinch and secure organic cotton gauze and careful handmade tatted lace trimming. Sprigs of brushed gold with colored pearls create a polished rustic charm.

With classic indie energy, the party happens in the art-house. The vibe is denim-driven with standout sketches in ikat and Indonesian batik. Earthen, artist-palette pigments are the favored colors, including chambray, Agean teal, ginger orange, urbane bronze, and golden milk. Block printing, statement collars of fabric florals, and ceramic stacks add a layered approach creating excitement for gallery travel.

Stay tuned for more Spring 2021 detailed directions next month in Part 2.

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