Even during the global pandemic crisis, Simon Porte Jacquemus staged his Spring 2021 collection for his namesake label in a field of gold. With this, he became one of the first designers to put on a runway show during COVID. The models walked through barley fields in Vexin Regional National Park, which is an hour north-west of Paris. Also, a hundred guests, seated at safe distances from one another, watched 55 models walk a 600 meter-long runway. The interesting runway cut sinuously through the shafts of wheat.
The rolling sheaves evoked Porte Jacquemus’s romantic side – he spoke of emulating the feeling of “a simple country wedding or a harvest festival”, and dedicated the “L’Amour” collection to his team. Cue 100 swoons from the lucky attendees sat on woven chairs cocooned within the long grasses. (Source: Vogue)
The Fashion Pieces
Speaking of weddings, Porte Jacquemus has seemingly set his sights on the bridal market. Two white Kate Moss-worthy slip dresses bookended the collection. Also, a dramatic white gown with an undulating peplum hem was as close to meringue territory as the Jacquemus bride will get. Worn with mismatched spiral or Le Chiquito bag earrings and a single heavy bracelet, saying “I do” never looked chicer. (Source: Vogue)
“For me, the runway can’t be a video,” Jacquemus told Vogue of the dramatic co-ed spring/summer 2021 show he, therefore, staged in a rolling wheat field outside of Paris. “It’s at the heart of what we do; it’s not superficial. It’s also important to all of us to continue, just like a restaurant that reopens. It’s like a movie of a summer day. It’s our life.”
There were coquettish slip dresses in cream, black, and yellow, exaggerated shirts that were cropped or featured plunging necklines, and pencil skirts with high slits. Again, several references to provincial life, including gingham tops and frocks with appliqués that mirrored barley leaves and spikes. And also the accessories: spiral earrings in the vein of Joan Miro, miniature wicker bags, a carryall that held a single plate. And also necklaces and bracelets made of soap (yes, you read that correctly), and strappy heels. (Source: Harper’s Bazaar)