Fashion week, in physical form, is officially back. Yes, the shows are smaller and masks remain a firm fixture but there are runways, audiences and new, no-holds-barred fashion that is generating the sort of excitement Covid-19 has been doing its best to quash. Color! Embellishment! Power prints! Couture-like draping! We’ve barely put a dent in a packed month-long schedule of shows and yet, New York has delivered hit after joyful hit of dreamy exuberance.
Unsurprisingly, declarations of reemergence and reconnection have manifested in collections that are anticipating a new normal filled with parties, alfresco adventures, and frivolous fun. Those Rodarte beaded fringe dresses in flamingo pink and lemon? Begging for an opportunity to shimmy and shake. Proenza Schouler’s searing neon shades? Poised and ready to brighten up a sidewalk near you. Carolina Herrera’s beautifully excessive gowns and cocktail dresses? Well, there’s no need to worry about the where and when – masterpieces like this bring a sense of occasion with them.
Yes, feel-good fashion has well and truly entered the zeitgeist and it’s invigorating. Will the coming weeks add minimalist tailoring and practical back-to-the-office suiting to the manifesto? Most likely. But for now, let us just revel in the magnificence – the exceptional craftsmanship – of fashion that promises nothing but sheer joy…
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