After coping with long months of isolation and uncertainty, menswear designers such as Paul Smith, Jonathan Anderson, Virgil Abloh and Rick Owens have turned out collections that reflect their personal journeys as well as the global pandemic.
With last month’s Paris Fashion Week held completely in the digital sphere, labels presented their latest offerings in pre-filmed videos or live streams.
While Louis Vuitton’s Abloh addressed being grounded from air travel as well as his African heritage and the Black Lives Matter movement in his Fall/Winter show, Owens took an up-front approach by putting models in face masks, a familiar sight in the new normal.
Subversive design collective Vetements used the backdrop of hell and heaven for its edgy clothes, while also referencing the storming of the United States Capitol in its collection.
Veteran designer Smith, on the other hand, looked to the past for the comfort of the familiar, while at the same time remixing old favourites for a new future.
Looking on the bright side, JW Anderson’s presentation featured cheerful fruit and vegetables, and lots of handicraft, bringing to mind all the knitting
and banana-bread baking that went down last year.
Ahead, a closer look at some of the collections.