As the SS21 season draws to a (mainly digital) close, it’s interesting to reflect on the ways in which designers have channeled diversity, sustainability and innovation in their collections. Following the eclectic variety of demure looks seen during New York and Milan fashion weeks, it’s also refreshing to see that Paris has declared modesty a necessity – not a flash-in-the-pan ‘trend.’
Coperni attested to this by integrating technological innovations into their antibacterial, moisturizing and UV protective jersey material, beautifully sculpted into a hijab. Dior’s reinterpretation of their eponymous Bar jacket also didn’t go unnoticed, with looser fitted silhouettes, intricate design and a shape created for comfort and elegance. Elie Saab’s ethereal gowns and two-piece monochrome tailoring in sunshine yellow were inspired by “the celebration of life,” following the devastating explosions in the designers’ hometown of Beirut back in August. Acne Studios and Ottolinger opted for androgynous and abstract shapes, pushing the boundaries of demure dressing.
As modest wear continues to infiltrate the mainstream and the demand for fashion-forward, covered styles remains high, the need for innovation via authentic artistry is a must. With the following looks from Paris Fashion Week, it seems designers are more than ready to step up to the challenge.
Swipe through the gallery above for the best modest fashion inspiration for SS21 and beyond…