Dresses – whether casual, formal or evening – are key items in the S/S 21 wardrobe. They fearlessly flaunt their multifaceted nature, and pave the way to an uncomplicated style freedom. Embracing both exaggerated fullness and controlled asymmetry, designers play on lengths and fabrics with a new panache and ease, to come up with a truly desirable offer for next season…
Extreme lengths are a must, with printed versions remaining a highlight in the upcoming collections.
Creative decorative directions are updated by paying homage to nature, with outsized tropical and floral prints that are simplified but still as exuberant and high-impact as ever. Leaf and flower patterns play skilfully on empty space, lines are fine and emphasized, while colours are bright and acidic, almost artificial. The cuts and details of dresses remain restrained and feminine, with deep V-necks, little ruffles and wrap styles, allowing the lightness of the vaporous fabrics and their spectacular motifs to emerge.
In side-slit, maxi-length versions, casual dresses grow sensual and sophisticated. Hugging the body like a second skin, worked in knits with the cold and fluid handles of Lyocell or acetate, they benevolently embrace the body’s contours.
Fabrics | Prints| IMAGO-ROLA, Italy | Réf : CRUCOLI LUREX40695 – Co : CRUCOLI LUREX40695| 100%PL| See more
Fabrics | Knits | RDD Textiles, Portugal | Réf : AIT194 – Co : Fluid and Striped interlock | 50%CA 50%CO | See more
In below-the-knee lengths, feminine cuts are favoured as well, with criss-cross and wrap styles broken down in floral or tropical prints to celebrate full summer. Shift dresses and baby-doll styles feature exaggeratedly puffy ruffles on sleeves or necklines. Volume is enhanced through the use of embroidered or openworked batiste in muffled solar hues. In a more relaxed but no less refined version, fully-buttoned shirtdresses, or fine suspender dresses, favour natural and eco-friendly fibres for cottony handles and linen-y irregularities, the embodiments of a nonchalant allure and an easy-living approach to daywear.
Fabrics | Prints | DEVEAUX SAS, France | Réf : BYZANCE /IMP-27629-GW02 (200230) – Co : BYZANCE /IMP 27629 GW02 | 100%POLYESTER | See more
Fabrics | Embroidery | IMAGO-ROLA, Italy | Réf : RO489/B – Co : tanya lurex 40294 R489/B | 98%VI2%PM | See more
Fabrics | Silkies,BEST S|S 21,WOMENSWEAR TOPS & DRESSES | TEXLOVER, Italy | Réf : BESTSS21_SCENIC – Co : BESTSS21_SCENIC | 64% VI 36% CO | See more
The season’s short dresses come in both summery casual versions and evening styles, in both prints and solids.
Cut ultra-short, with shirred gathers, these also favour floral prints – a must – and are worn with square-toed lace-up sandals in acidic tones. This style can also be found in a cocktail version, worked in a semi-transparent plumetis voile with subtly metallic reflections or in exceptional textured jacquards. In a casual chic version, the lines are streamlined, with spaghetti straps to evoke a lingerie spirit, worked either in slippery knits with fresh Lyocell or viscose handles, or in a draping silk with a barely shivering surface to accentuate the body’s movements and follow the swaying gait of a confident woman.
Fabrics | Jacquard | Canepa, Italy | Réf : D2422 – 245944 – Co : Jacquard fil coupe tf | 84%PL- 7%ME-9%SE | See more
Fabrics | Silkies | IMAGO-ROLA, Italy | Réf : MANIPUR – Co : MANIPUR POIS | 70%SE30%PL | See more
Fabrics | Colour-woven | Mandarin Enterprises (International) Co., Ltd., Hong Kong | Réf : MRS252A-ES – Co : Hammer Satin | 80% Viscose 20% Silk | See more
For midsummer, jumpsuits remain a sure bet… though might this be their last season in the sun? In any event, they are still to be found in all market segments. When given an overalls look, with patch pockets and workwear details, they have a relaxed yet elegant boyish appeal, enhanced with the cosy comfort of cotton-Lyocell blends.
The jumpsuit can also go formal for the summer season’s chic cocktail parties, interpreted in a tuxedo style with a lapel collar and a belted high-waist, all to be imagined in fine, firm satins or barely lustrous jacquards. And lastly, appliqué details such as opulent jewels and flowers round off the festive look.
Fabrics | Jacquard | Canepa, Italy | Réf : B8730 – 244588 – Co : Jacquard foglia lurex tf | 41%PL-35%ME-3%SE-21%PA | See more
Fabrics | Silkies| TEXLOVER srl, Italy | Réf : ACTUAL col.40.344 – Co : ACTUAL col.40.344 | 100%VI | See more
The dress is a central item of the women’s wardrobe for next summer 21. Whether designed to dress for success, be sexy or hit a refined yet casual note, it is always the ideal attire for a free-thinking woman who reinvents style codes to turn them on their head.