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With Paris Men’s Digital Fashion Week underway, we’re sharing details on the Spring/Summer 2021 collections from houses like Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, LOEWE, Rhude, and more.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake returns with its signature pleats and vibrant hues for Spring/Summer 2021. The collection debuted with a video featuring a range of relaxed, clean-cut silhouettes and versatile garments easily styled up or down—like blazers, shorts, button ups, and several styles of pants. Pleats were applied to tailored items, like a look with cream trousers and a matching cardigan and clergy-collared shirt in lavender, or a one-piece jumpsuit in pale blue. Prints included several takes on a multicolored stripe (our favorite of which offered an optical illusionary effect), a checked pattern, and bleached on denim and transferred to polyester. Each was completed with a pair of canvas, high-top deck shoes in either black or white.
For Spring/Summer 2021, Rhude’s “Audacity to Dream” created a narrative on achieving your goals despite the trials of the unknown. American figures like Carey Grant and Paul Newman inspired the series of classic silhouettes including straight-legged trousers, button-ups, pullover sweatshirts, and letterman jackets. Warm neutrals and earth tones like cream, brown, green, and burgundy were applied to leather and textured knits. A pair of black leather drawstring shorts worn with a palm tree print shirt and loafers, a classic blue shirt with rolled sleeves paired with khaki trousers and snakeskin slip-ons, and an all-white look composed of narrow-cut joggers, a sweater, and a jacket put a focus on functionality.
Musings for Sulvam’s Spring/Summer 2021 included thoughts like, “Nothing is meaningful. You decide what is meaningful to you,” and the idea that fashion can both reflect and change the world. That bore out in a series of amply cut silhouettes for men and women, including takes on business attire like skirts and matching blazers, or trousers with a button-up. Prints and sizing set the collection apart from the stereotypical work wardrobe, like in slouchy pinstripe trousers with deep pleats in the front worn with a bold floral shirt and a matching suit with blocked details in two colors of the same swirling abstracted print. Other standout looks included the overcoat with tiered chiffon sleeves, a suit in gray stripes with pink details and a ruffled skirt train, and a duster and top in all-white sheer material.
LOEWE’s Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection was presented through a show-in-a-box—a presentation as unique as the times in which we are living. Inspired by experiments like Marcel Duchamp’s Museum in a Box, the show offered a tactile experience accessible from the comfort of one’s own home. Included in the box were elements like a portable cardboard record player featuring a soundtrack, paper sunglasses suitable for wear, shoes printed onto postcards, and a full look book. The collection boasts inventive silhouettes featuring a recurring circular motif, appearing in the form of fabric cut-outs, tie-dye prints, balloon sleeves, and round-cut shoulders. Looks we’re still thinking of include the trench coat with the drawstring attachment on the back, a woven top in leather that reminded us of a handmade basket, and a white coat with oversized circular lapels in black.
Simple, roomy styles with unusual details were the basis of Botter’s new collection, which featured a palette of black and white with colorful accents. A floral motif was applied to pieces like a printed boxy tank top and a bonnet-style hat with applique flowers. Archetypal wardrobe styles like button-up shirts were updated with collars made of rolled fabric or pairings of solid and striped material. Several styles blurred the lines of traditional masculine dress like a trapeze top in blue and white stripes and shoes made from combining a sneaker with jelly sandals. Highlights included a graphic t-shirt reading, “Do You See Us Now?,” a blazer in black and plaid, and a barely-there top made from a necklace and woven strings.