Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Month: The 10 most talked-about moments you really shouldn’t miss


By Joan Kong

Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Month: The 10 most talked-about moments you really shouldn’t miss

Fashion Month has come and gone again; this season, many designers have adapted to staging runway shows in the New Normal, presenting their new collections via an array of virtual and phygital formats. If you’ve caught up on the best SS21 looks that were sent down the runway, below, we round up the highlights from the month that have set the internet abuzz.

Below, the 10 most memorable moments from SS21 Fashion Month:

Versace’s size-inclusive model line-up

Lots of firsts happened this season, but one of the most noteworthy moments? Versace’s SS21 show featuring not one but three plus-size models for the first time ever—yay to size inclusivity! Alva Claire, Jill Kortleve, and Precious Lee walked the “Versacepolis” underwater-themed show that focused on the Italian Maison’s iconic ‘trésors de la mer’ print.

Moschino’s puppet show


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While the Moschino SS21 invitation card reads “no strings attached”, its show was the total opposite. To distinct itself from a long list of phygital shows this season, Jeremy Scott—with the help of the famous Jim Henson’s puppet shop—staged a show with marionette models in gowns that are fit for a princess. And that’s not it. The front row featured the likes of Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles who were also given the doll treatment.

Raf Simons’s Prada debut

After months of anticipation, Raf Simons has finally unveiled his debut collection—created alongside his co-creative director Miuccia Prada—at Prada. From the vivid colour play to the pops of graphic prints, the Belgian designer fused his design signatures with the brand’s house codes, and let the nylon material and the triangular logo shine. The duo also spent some time post-show to answer some of the questions that were submitted across the world. Watch the full video above.

A protester crashed Dior’s runway show


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Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is no stranger to featuring protest messaging on the runway, but at the end of the show this season, the catwalk saw an unexpected guest—a protester from climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, holding a sign that reads “We are all fashion victims”. While guests were unsure whether it was a planned stint, it was later revealed that it wasn’t actually part of the show. In an interview with WWD, Pietro Beccari, chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture said, ″it was a surprise for everybody. It was so well done, you couldn’t tell what it was.″

Virtual FROWs were all the rage


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Fashion week is never complete without A-list guests, and regardless whether it’s a virtual or phygital show, it’s no different. Balmain and Miu Miu both staged an audience-less live runway show this season, but they made sure to include their celebrity friends in their show. How? The former lined up three rows of LED screens that each showed a different guest (Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Thee Stallion, and Usher were some of them), while the latter had screens—featuring Elle Fanning, Yoona of Girls’ Generation, Zoey Deutch and more—projected on the walls as part of the runway.



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