The catwalks have long served as excellent dressing inspiration for the season ahead, and while the haute couture collections tend to be a little too glamorous for everyday, they provide us with dreamy fashion escapism – which we need now more than ever.
In a surprising turn of events, however, the spring/summer 2021 couture shows (which were filmed and aired online and via social media) weren’t just full of dressing ideas for right now, but they featured myriad pieces that we’ve been sporting all lockdown long.
Handily for us, it means our wardrobes tick the new season boxes, too, and there’s no greater fashion feeling than when something you already love becomes on-trend.
Here are the five themes from the spring couture collections that are likely already in your wardrobe:
Bridgerton-esque pearl accessories, as seen at Dior
Bridgerton – Netflix’s most-watched series in its history – and all of its Regency glamour quickly took over our viewing lives and wardrobes when it was released last month. Among the empire lines, half corsets and jacquard coats, pearls – in all of their guises – were one of the easiest trends to adopt for everyday.
At Dior, face-framing Baroque pearl headbands reigned, and were paired with coordinating gold drop earrings or medallion necklaces. Fans of jewellery brands such as Alighieri and Anissa Kermiche will already be au fait with these designs, but might like to double up and pair them with a fabulous pearl-studded hair piece to rival a Bridgerton sister.
The jazzy top, as seen at Armani Privé
Pretty tops are likely one of few pieces from your pre-pandemic wardrobe that are still in rotation every day: they’re a hit on Zoom calls, and they cheer up your looks without feeling restrictive or fussy, neither of which we’re keen on for an 8-hour stint at our at-home desk. This compromise is something Giorgio Armani agrees on.
“If anything, (the pandemic) has reinforced my vision,” Mr Armani told The Telegraph, ahead of his Armani Privé show. “I have always felt that clothes should be comfortable and functional as well as beautiful.” His cap-sleeved embellished top showcased that vision nicely – and would look excellent with blue jeans.
Tonal dressing, as seen at Valentino
Nothing makes you appear as pulled together as a tonal look. Sticking to one colour palette throughout your ensemble is a tried-and-tested fashion trick to look expensive but effortless. Whether you’ve played it safe with shades of blue, or gone bold in pinks and burgundies, we can bet you’ve dabbled in tonal dressing at some point.
Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino offered ideal inspiration: shades of rich chocolate, butterscotch and milk made for a pared-back, minimal look perfect for right now, while mustard, honey and gold offered a luxe evening alternative that we can plump for post-lockdown.
OTT Zoom earrings, as seen at Fendi
Kim Jones’ Fendi debut saw breast-grazing earrings (designed by Delfina Delettrez, daughter of the house’s creative director) make the perfect desktop dressing statement.
Those making regular video calls (be it for work, or with friends on the weekend) will already have a pair or two in their arsenal. However, if you’ve managed to last this long into the lockdowns without succumbing to a pair of Zoom earrings then you might like to note the striking effect they have when paired with Demi Moore’s black deep V-neck top. Just think about what they could do for your crew-neck T-shirts.
The spring waistcoat, as seen at Chanel
Preppy sweater vests were one of autumn/winter’s biggest trends, and you couldn’t move for them on the high street. They offered an extra layer without being cumbersome, and added a new season spin to an array of tops, from T-shirts to shirts.
We’ll be wearing our waistcoats and vests through spring, too, if Chanel has anything to do with it. Virginie Viard’s collection featured tweed mint green options and slick fitted black versions, both of which we can wear with jeans, T-shirts and loafers all spring long.