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In a year of adversity and social distancing, the world of fashion had to innovate and come up with solutions that would get the attention of the media. Now with shows being live-streamed, a lot of designers felt they had the opportunity to be more creative with the locations and presentation of the collection. The Her Campus selected the best runway shows from the last year! Check it out!

Saint Laurent Fall 2020

In the week the pandemic was starting to pick up its pace in Europe, fashion week was still going in full-force. All the big names put out collections with packed shows and celebrities in attendance, but Saint Laurent’s ready-to-wear collection definitely stood out for a very peculiar reason. Anthony Vaccarello who is known to produce sensuality in mostly black garments, has finally brought some color. 

He told Vogue it might be a one time thing, but people are hoping for the opposite. The colorful, skintight, latex trousers combined with perfectly tailored blazers brought a modernity to the sexy fashion house. With a combination of all colors and different materials that only a master mind could pull out.

Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2021

Taken place in a French regional park, an hour away from Paris, the clothes and location had a neutral palette and a cottage chic vibe that evoked the more romantic side of Simon Porte Jacquemus. This idea was to represent the feeling everyone was going through, as if you were alone in the middle of a field, the designer described wanting to create something “bubble-like”.

The collection also referenced the designer’s childhood simplicity and the beauty of Southern France. An interesting fact is that this show was the first live presentation in France since the lockdown, with 100 guests, all tested and quarantined prior to the event.

Miuccia Prada x Raf Simons Debut

The most anticipated pre-recorded show for Milan fashion week, the collection was a synergy between Simons and Mrs. Prada. The garments had a resemblance to a uniform, a concept meant to reflect on life amid the pandemic. The familiar triangular logo made a lot of appearances and together with a nylon material, some pieces made a nod to the bag that has taken the industry by storm.

The use of words, shapes and strong graphic design printed on the hoodies are a classic Raf signature that blended very well with the silhouettes the brand is used to making.

Moschino Spring 2021

Jeremy Scott brought a fantasy world to fashion. The garments were shown in puppets that resembled real models, as a form of adapting to the turbulent times. According to him, it was a way of bringing people out, for a few minutes, of the social and political problems being faced.

The collection celebrates haute couture, something he believes is more relevant than ever. He created, alongside his team, all of the marionettes and garments both in human and puppet size. The refined taste in colors and silhouettes is definitely a contrast to his previous works.

Burberry Spring 2021

Riccardo Tisci took it to the woods. The designer spent the lockdown gardening in Lake Como with his mother and definitely put that out as inspiration for his show’s background, a forest. The loneliness and need of freedom that everyone is experiencing in lockdown come through when the show started with models being dressed in small boxes and then being finally let out in the woods.

A meeting of street and classy with a lot of jeans, sweaters and blue leather but also flowy shirts, shiny dresses and thigh high boots.

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The article above was edited by Marina Ponchio.

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