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While fashion week as we know it may forever be changed, brands are still finding ways to introduce their latest seasonal collections—whether in person or online. Here, we’re sharing what’s new from Ekhaus Latta, Christian Siriano, Ulla Johnson, and more.
Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta presented their label Ekhaus Latta’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection with an artistic ode to what’s current. As if going out for a daily walk to break up bouts of isolation and working from home, models walked under a section of the FDR in New York—one of the only easygoing aspects so many grew familiar with during the pandemic. With artistic direction imagined by Eric Wrenn, models of all backgrounds strutted in a natural palette of pieces that seemed comfortable enough for home and dynamic enough for a day out. A big blot of acid-washed over the side of men’s brown cropped trousers; and a fern-colored wrap top was paired with wide-legged jeans in cross-hatch—a chic fashion illusion to the eye. All styles were paired with a face mask, as well as shoes by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, the label, and the model’s own.
Christian Siriano was one of the first to act fast to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s request for fabric face masks at the start of the pandemic. His latest presentation was a natural happening that followed—a parade of looks that touched upon the pandemic, the importance of the upcoming U.S. election, and the newly apparent indulgence of being outside. Hosted at his personal home in Westport, Connecticut, a select number of attendees sat on the outskirts of his pool which watching flounces of fabric drift by. Voluminous skirts, tiered dresses, structured blazers, and hats balanced a serious and easygoing attitude. All complemented by masks, some looks emphasized the right and need to vote for what matters in November with “VOTE” appearing big and bold in contrasting text on accessories. For the finale, a longtime model of Siriano’s, Coco Rocha, strutted out into the lawn, up and over the catwalk that stretched across the pool, and directly into the water. As her red gown drifted to the top of the water, the lid of her fire-engine red hat nearly met the waterline—symbolism of sorts that kept the fashion alive.
Ulla Johnson also presented a live presentation in New York, on Roosevelt Island with Manhattan’s skyline as its epic backdrop. At Four Freedoms Park, the designer staged a socially distanced show filled with verdant textures, serene silhouettes, and dreamy designs. Set to the tune of vocals by Shamiqua—a rising talent from Staten Island—models strutted on a slender color-blocked path in the new looks, inspiring seasons anew with no face masks required. Each look stood on its own, without bags or heavy accessories, instead punctuating the space with wearable fabrics that dipped down the chest, skirted the ground, and ruffled in rows. Johnson’s eye for sumptuous, carefree clothing also came together in new patterns and soft hues full of contrasts and calmness—a combined energy we aim to bring into the seasons ahead.
Lafayette 148 New York’s latest line was shown in a video that began with up-close shots of greenery outside. As the camera makes its way indoors, we see models getting prepped for a shoot of the lookbook—a behind-the-scenes peek rarely seen for the public, which refreshingly resulted in a fashion show (sans people) through a lush setting. The palette stayed true to its surroundings—with plenty of earthy tones like sky blue, pale yellow, lavender, and light green—while styles toyed with what they’d be most suited for. Dresses were casual and free; wide-legged pants were high-waisted and pleated; triple-breasted suits were structured with one cross-body button that clasped closed; hats were floppy, bags were oversized, and shoes contrasted quietly with bright colors; and jewelry kept things elegant, with natural elements like gold, pearls, and leather hugging skin.