Two Archival Prints in Prada’s Spring 2021 Show
The beloved outfits from the mid-1990s were reworked with the help of the masterful Peter De Potter, who has long collaborated with Simons. Prada wasn’t the only fashion house to offer a fashion déjà vu in the Spring 2021 season. Versace joined in the wave of reminiscence by offering a new spin on its famous Trésor de la Mer aquatic prints from three decades ago. Gucci, on the other hand, decided to tap into the treasures of the near past by reissuing looks from Allessandro Michele’s debut collection in 2015. Much like Gucci, Coach also reintroduced looks from “yesterday” with pieces from the past few seasons, even offering looks from the Fall 2020 collection.
The Need for the Familiar Has Replaced the Drive for the New
Although designers tapping into the greatest pieces of the ‘60s and ‘70s is no news, the decision to draw inspiration from more recent collections affirms our collective desire to go back to what we know after a year of uncertainty. It’s also a reflection of how we’re actually dressing up these days: going through what we already own, our personal archives, so to speak, and seeing the old outfits with new eyes.
The wave of sustainability and upcycling has led to interesting new outfits combining the old with the new, recycled, upcycled, and straight-up vintage. If there’s one thing we can all learn from the Spring 2021 collection, it is that some old fashions can be just as good for present generations, albeit with small alterations that reflect the current moment. Wouldn’t you agree?