It’s often been said that fashion is like high school, and there was indeed a teen dream theme to many a fall 2021 collection. The season was defined, in part, by Y2K nostalgia, much of that driven by a new generation of designers who came of age in the 2000s. Connor Ives waxed poetic about Case-Its, Chopova Lowena’s lookbook set featured lockers, and Philosophy’s Lorenzo Serafini (an “upperclassman” in this context) took school uniforms and prep-dom as his subject.
To start, designers gave the plaid skirt, the symbol of rebellious school girls and punks, a rethink. It was deconstructed by Meryll Rogge, and upcycled at Rentrayage and Rave Review. Dior’s lineup included a primary school-style pinafore, rep ties, and varsity letters; sports jerseys also made the grade.
Yes, there were looks for Ivy-hopefuls and jocks, but fall 2021 offered the full high school experience, with other collections aimed at alt-kids and stoners. Junya Watanabe and R13’s Chris Leba catered to the rock and grunge crowds, while Raf Simons referenced rave culture. Those looking for more mind-altering experiences will find them in the psychedelic swirls that mushroomed throughout the season.
Le clique, c’est chic. What’s yours?