Dive Into Paris Digital Fashion Week With Brands On Complex SHOP
In recent seasons, the entire concept of fashion week has been called outdated, redundant, and even unnecessary. Yet as a global pandemic put the damper on fashion events, street-style spotting, and parties, some of us have been craving the fresh inspiration found at shows, presentations, and showrooms.
Thankfully, the Paris Spring/Summer 2021 menswear shows went on anyway, just in all-digital formats instead. Now, we all get to enjoy the immersive experiences typically reserved for the fashion industry.
Designers shared easy-going vibes in breezy silhouettes, but it wasn’t all about leisure. Reflective of our unpredictable times, many pieces have utilitarian, multi-use designs for whatever the world throws at us next. Below are some of the latest collections by our favorite SHOP designers.
Études brought the runway to life, with models who walked the streets of Paris in the designer’s structural collection. The silhouettes were inspired by landscape paintings and were paired with a dusty, desert-inspired color palette. Next spring, look for these trenches, pocket-filled jumpsuits, and sun-washed shirts.
Self-proclaimed optimist and Casablanca designer, Charaf Tajer, called his SS21 collection, “After the Rain Comes the Rainbow.” Indeed, the tropically inspired collection takes cues from Maui, Hawaii, where Tajer spent his time during quarantine., He incorporated printed landscapes, breezy silks, and touches of psychedelia. Typically relaxed silhouettes were given structured designs and a laid-back summer spin.
In line with these upside-down times, Glenn Martens presented a “distorted” collection of oversized pieces, deconstructed separates, and layered denim. Though the silhouettes presented feel larger-than-life, the individual pieces are definitely wearable on their own. Look forward to creative takes on classic snapped track pants, distressed T-shirts, and zip-off cargos.
Staged in a dimly lit parking structure, Facetasm’s SS21 presentation delivered ominous vibes that felt relevant for the times. Be prepared for anything in Facetasm’s trenches, track suits, and oversized hoods.
Without the theatrical elements of a fashion show, Rick Owens decided to give viewers a glimpse into the creation of the new collection. Watch as Owens styles models wearing structured suits, rock ‘n’ roll separates (complete with zippers and leather), and loose-fitting loungewear. True to the designer’s androgynous ethos, the model wore sky-high shoes with each outfit.
Instead of getting right to the clothes, Amiri’s video presentation opens with the voice of Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. From there, varying industry leaders share their thoughts on the L.A.-based designer’s collection, alongside detailed shots of the clothes’ immaculate construction—perfectly stitched leathers, saturated swatches, and footage of designer Mike Amiri sketching the SS21 pieces.
We11Done founders Jessica Jung and Dami Kwon had travel on their minds when designing their SS21 collection. Since visiting pastoral seaside towns hasn’t been an option, the brand instead delivered textural, sun-faded pieces that evoke peaceful, nautical vibes that are also fit for city life.