From A/W 21 catwalks, we have seen looks that incorporate comfortable cropped bralettes paired with large cardigans for a loungewear outfit or paired with tailoring to add a chic twist on the lounge look. This is a perfect trend for the current climate, with everyone being asked to stay home unless leaving is absolutely essential.
This look lends itself well to a trend we have been seeing for a few years. The sustainability trend has always been seen as beige, tonal fabrics that offer functionality and comfort. This new look created elevates this trend, to make it more elegant and sophisticated. These bras are crafted from knitted fabrics and offer a smooth finish. The fabrics are luxurious whilst being minimalist.
Designers from top to bottom: DROMe, Laura Biagiotti, Johnathan Simkhai, Dolce and Gabbana
Glam Rock Rebellion
On the opposite end of the scale, a complete contrast to the loungewear trend, one of the most consistent trends across the whole season was a glam-rock aesthetic. This look is all about taking lingerie inspired designs that can be worn in the bedroom and also for a glamorous night out on the town.
The similarity between these two key trends is that they made for multiple purposes. They bridge the gap between intimates being left intimate. In this era, we are free to wear lingerie styles outside of the privacy of our own homes. We always love that this versatile way of dressing is sustainable, by using the garments in a variety of ways.
The catwalks were immersed with dark looks of delicate lace mixed with patents or leathers. There was a contrast between the delicate lace and bolder fabric choices. The look is extremely seductive and nods to the underwear as outerwear trend.
Designers from top to bottom: Self Portrait, Saint Laurent, Ryan Roche, Fendi, Ermanno Scervino, Christopher Kane, Brognano
The Modern Corset
Something that was prevalent on this season's catwalks was a modern take on the historical corset. Particularly at Fendi and Charlotte Knowles where old corsets were updated in a contemporary way. These corsetry elements appear to be deconstructed to their bare materials and then re-constructed to create something entirely new. Boning elements are added into tailoring and dresses in a subtle way, providing a really subtle corsetry aesthetic.
We have seen this type of styling in previous seasons where the corset has been used in other items of tailoring or lines being stitched onto garments to give the appearance of boning but has a softer quality.
In the whole season, the corset is a clear staple garment for the underwear as outerwear trend, not only on the runways but also in celebrity and street style dressing. Corsets are layered over other garments, making this an easy trend to translate into your wardrobe. Pair a corset over a t-shirt with jeans for an everyday chic outfit.
Designers from top to bottom: Saint Laurent, Oliver Theyskens, Fendi, Charlotte Knowles, Brognano
Asymmetry has been seen for a few seasons now, and it continues to dominate the runways. Asymmetric cuts and lace placements proceed to crossover into the intimate apparel sector which inspired our Noctuidae Asymmetric Range.
Although asymmetry is familiar in fashion, asymmetric cuts add a new twist on classic silhouettes in lingerie as this is a completely fresh take that has rarely been seen. This contemporary twist can be seen in a variety of fabrics such as lace, mesh and embroidered tulles.
On the catwalks, the asymmetric looks were kept sleek and usually in black for a minimalistic look.
Designers from top to bottom: Valentin Yudashkin, Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana, Giambattista Valli, Ermanno Scervino, Johnathan Simkhai, Self Portrait
Bows and Twisted Draping
Creating lingerie that is new and interesting can be challenging, especially when it has to provide an important function. This season saw some exciting new developments that can be easily translated into lingerie.
Large bows and twisted drapes were showcased throughout this season. These simple drapes are loose and can be found on simplistic silhouettes to elevate them and make them more current. Typically seen in soft satins, this trend also lends itself well to the sustainability loungewear trend. These drapes and bows are created in natural and pastel hues for a minimalist approach.
This trend would be perfect for transitioning at home looks and for outside. An important key takeaway is the wellness aspect of this trend as we are currently being asked to stay at home. The pale colours, soft fabrics and loose shapes create a calming experience for the wearer. This trend would also be perfect to take from winter into spring/summer.
Designers from top to bottom: Self Portrait, Fendi, Elisabetta Franchi, Christopher Kane, Brognano, Gucci
The bustier is a garment worn for power and femininity. The bustier is kept simple in shape, with the focus being on the bust. The body of the bustier is extended into a top style so that it can be layered for a variety of possibilities.
This season the versatile garment can be worn alone or dressed up and styled in many ways. On the catwalks, the bustier has been paired with tailored trousers, skirts and incorporated into dresses to give an extremely sleek and sophisticated aesthetic. These bustiers are typically crafted in silk satin. They have a bold shape and are structured with wide straps in an ultimate power statement.
It’s important to note that these looks were very pared down putting the bustier centre stage.