Romy Schneider and Walt Whitman are an unusual pairing, but they found themselves alongside each other on the Sportmax moodboard for spring/summer 2021. Their juxtaposition engendered an ethereal take on sensuality—all those see-through layers and catwalk lights creating a modern version of “the divine nimbus”, as Whitman termed it—in the clothes that streamed out before a socially distanced audience at the Triennale di Milano, the popular art museum in the city. Overwhelmingly, however, the styling references pointed to a familiar blend of sport-inflected minimalism that is enjoying its biggest resurgence yet on the catwalks: the’90s.
The tie-dye tops and midriff-flossing beloved of American cool girls Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber were out in force, and there was some oversized tailoring in pristine cream (long-line, with very long sleeves), in spearmint satin and in sensible pinstripes that would equally appeal to twentysomethings seeking confidence-boosting outfits. Sheer, floor-sweeping knitted dresses in sludgy brown and pale yellow—maxi dresses are another thing you can expect to see much more of next season—also looked suitably effortless. How to put it all together? There were some key details to note. Here, six styling tricks from the Sportmax runway to help you hit that ’90s high note.
This article was originally published on British Vogue
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Step up to mannish proportions
The new way to wear an oversized blazer? Sliced and diced, with a strappy top underneath.
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Try a tie-dye and leather combination
Sheer tie-dye meets its match in glossy leather pants and thick black sunglasses.
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Mix camel with coral
The season’s unlikeliest colour pairing? Classic camel with cheery coral – and a dash of tangerine thrown in for good measure. Finish with simple optic white sandals.
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Amplify the slouch
Slim-line sandals contrast neatly with a super-sized tote – the more scrunched up, the better.
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Amp up your sweater dress
Take a simple monochrome dress into evening with a minimal upper-arm cuff in classic silver.
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Dig out those yoga pants
Gently flared trousers – the kind you might wear to yoga – paired with sheer slips have a faintly Gwen Stefani vibe that’s entirely welcome.