The pleasure of dressing is part of the daily activities that consumers can expect in a post-coronavirus world. And accessories will be the icing on the cake for those who are eager to let go of the relaxed fashion habits they have acquired while distancing themselves socially at home.
This week, as part of her “Fear into Fuel” webinar series, Fashion Snoops Director of Accessories Hallie Spradlin provided a roadmap for Spring / Summer 2021 seasonal stories for women’s accessories.
While the trend forecasting firm has traced elements of these stories for several seasons, they come to a climax for S / S ’21 and reflect consumers’ thirst for nature, connectivity, culture and joy.
Midsummer gatherings in Northern Europe, green hills and flowery paths are some of the idyllic inspirations for Solstice, Fashion Snoops’ most feminine and enchanting theme for Spring / Summer 21.
The softness of the trend is a testament to the vulnerability and need for self-care that many know, while its whimsical details and fabricated fabrics celebrate community, personal connections, and social gatherings, far removed from current guidelines from the Centers for. Disease Control to cancel gatherings. of more than 10 people.
“The ceremonial act of a dinner party is something we aspire to these days,” Spradlin said.
This desire to dress and reconnect is expressed through the color palette of the story, which she describes as “blooming with reinvented spring pastels”. Dreamy colors like soft yellow and pops of floral blue and purple add a cozy feel, while peach hues stand out as new neutrals for the season. The greens of history, added Spradlin, are energized and take us back to nature.
Delicate materials like knitted crochet and fine woven raffia are contrasted with light jacquards for barely visible patterns, lurex knits and leather (and alternatives to leather) with a buttery hand feel.
This handmade look is found in details such as twisted rope ties and sculpted ceramic heels or jewelry – adornments that mimic the cutlery of an opulent dinner table, Spradlin said. Fringed embroidery in tone-on-tone colors adds subtle texture, while ruching and floral appliques capture an “eternal summer mood”.
Key shoe items include slides with a clog-inspired wooden outsole and flat or kitten heel shoes with ankle wraps. Slingback flats are replacing traditional ballet flats, she said. Flowery applications and lurex and crochet knit uppers enhance the summer story.
Single loop handle bags with soft daisy prints, woven pouches and tote baskets, which can double as a summer tote for the beach, picnics or work, are in the lead handbag trends.
Eyeglasses with a petal-shaped frame and tinted lenses add a “hazy summer look,” Spradlin said. Bucket hats are updated with light, sheer polka-dot fabrics, while rain hats are becoming fashion items, especially flexible styles that coordinate with printed outerwear. Hair ribbons are also making a comeback, but the feminine accessory can tell a lasting story, she noted, if made from reclaimed materials.
Braided or knotted rope sashes add an artisanal look to Solstice, while mesh lace gloves add delicacy and formality. This duality is found in the flagship jewels of the theme: pearl earrings, drop earrings with floral motifs and pearls, and delicate lariat necklaces with a drop of solitary gemstone.
In Dharma, Fashion Snoops responds to consumers’ desire to seek out sacred and safe places. Healing is central to this story, along with spiritual teachings and techniques for staying focused and centered.
“We look to nature for guidance and inspiration,” said Spradlin.
Nature’s influence is evident in Dharma’s color palette, with colors like cinnamon, orange scotch and mushrooms being new neutral bases for leather bags and shoes. The colors, she described, are rich, lush, and saturated. “Purples are healing in nature… the touches of green and yellow are vibrant,” she said. “It’s an overall calming palette because it delivers the dose of nature we desperately crave these days.”
This deep mindset is also reflected in key Dharma materials, Spradlin said, as designers rethink the natural resources they use for S / S ’21. Eco-friendly leathers and silky cellulose live here, along with textured ostrich, grained suede, refined raffia, and skin embossing for an elevated feel.
Zen details like polished natural stones with healing properties, rings, braiding and patterns as linings have added personality to the accessories.
Major shoe styles include the slip-on mule with a curved upper and thongs with a square toe. A slight heel and contrasting soles add a fashion element to the summer staple, while the return of lace-up sandals brings a safari or utilitarian aesthetic into the history of the trend.
This emphasis on function can be found in handbags, like the box bag with a textured finish and metal hinges and the hobo bag made with soft leather alternatives, Spradlin said. Fanny packs have several pockets. Woven bob hats made of fine raffia and alternative weaving techniques and baseball caps with a scarf to tie in the back add a holiday vibe.
And with loose, flowing clothing silhouettes for the SS21 season, Spradlin said belts will take on greater importance. Tie sashes, obi styles with a smooth finish, and wide sashes with gathered details are a canvas for history’s unique material palette.
While the lack of travel can make the world feel like it is closed, interest in other cultures is growing. Fashion Snoops’ story, Venture, captures this desire to explore new places and communities and, as a result, creates a “globally ambiguous aesthetic”.
The eclectic trend, Spradlin said, speaks of “the borderless life we lead and the fusion of cultures and knowledge.”
This mixture of influences results in unexpected touches of color. Bright orange and pink hues give off energy, while yellow is invigorating. The theme’s neutral core – brown-black – appears accented with sandy neutrals and rich hues of blue lapis, she said. Venture’s color palette comes to life on materials such as croc embossed surfaces, satin jacquards, textured canvases and vegetable-tanned leathers.
Woven leathers and faux deerskin add an element of luxury to the story, and handcrafted details like carved wood heels, sophisticated macrame and fringes, and mismatched stone-decorated accessories take on an artisan feel.
Major shoe styles, Spradlin said, include slingback sandals with wood heels, T-strap sandals, and heeled mules with padded leather uppers. Handbags include saddlebags, trendy pouches with “hand-woven bodies” and bucket bags with cutouts that reveal a contrasting pouch.
Oversized square frames with tinted lenses and printed silk scarves add a touch of 70s glamor. The woven raffia Panama hats are updated with a jacquard ribbon for the pattern. The belt bag is refreshed with multiple pockets, Spradlin said.
The jewelry looks like it was collected around the world, like hand-painted sculpted earrings, stacked bracelets, and oversized charm bracelets with chunky chains.
The latest theme of Fashion Snoops is an escape from reality. Gluttonous, forgiving but upbeat, Symposia is full of fun elements, old and new. The trend, Spradlin said, is making consumers feel joyful.
Symposia’s color palette is an instant mood enhancer with shades like hot pink, blue, red and almost neon undertones of yellow and green adding a playful twist to accessories. The colors are enhanced by materials with shiny finishes such as satin and varnish. Other key materials, she said, include wire linens, silk brocades and lace.
The decadence of the trend is reflected in details such as feather trims, gathers, sequins, quilting, studs and baroque hardware.
Key shoe items include colorful ballet flats with a low heel and tone-on-tone bow detailing, mules with glitter covered heels and a slingback heel. Featuring a ruched satin upper, a bold colourway and embellished with balls to the toes, the silhouette, Spradlin said, is set to become the ‘It’ party shoe of the season.
Handbag shapes like half-moon bags and bracelet pouches are embellished with shiny croc, fringed trims, and embellished hardware. The mini bag also lives here, she noted, purely for fun.
The whimsical story calls for other playful accessories like ornate cat-eye glasses and fancy readers with colorful frames. The felted bowler hat adorned with a floral bodice doubles as a new sun hat, while scrunchies return in baroque silk prints and vibrant colors. The scarf is also enhanced with sequin embroidery. Everyday items like crew socks are enhanced with feather trim, lurex or sequins, Spradlin added.
For jewelry, the theme means statement studs with pearls and charms, oversized cocktail rings with colorful enamel bands, and multi-colored link necklaces.