This season, it’s time to embrace fashion as a vehicle for fantasy. At least that seems to be the memo from a handful of our all-time-favorite designers, who are advocating a fun-first approach to getting dressed for SS22. Chief among them is Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson, who has crafted a collection of surrealist sandals with heels that evoke everything from red roses to bottles of nail polish. Our top pick? These conceptual birthday-candle-inspired creations, which will make for a guaranteed conversation-starter at any evening event.
If you’re keen to tap into the whimsical trend by day, however, then consider making a colorful knit the focal point of an off-duty outfit. While London-based designer Molly Goddard might be best known for her delightfully puffed-up prom-style dresses in powdery hues, she’s also channeled that trademark fun and froth into more casual pieces, including this head-turning hot-pink tank in a plush merino wool. “A sweater vest is a smart investment,” says head of fashion content Gillian Brett. “This seasonless layering hero is the ultimate closet multitasker – wear it over shirts and tailored pants in cooler months, and solo when the temperature rises. I’d style this striking Molly Goddard version over a simple white T-shirt and jeans for a look that is low-key but still makes an impact.” To lend the look instant cool factor, opt for distressed wide-leg jeans by Maison Margiela and Dior Eyewear’s angular black frames.
Finishing touches can also provide ample opportunity to infuse your wardrobe with an element of eccentricity. Playful poolside accessories, such as Gucci’s logo-laden chunky-soled sandals and Burberry’s multicolored mulberry-silk bucket hat, are the perfect picks to lighten up a beguiling black swimsuit by Alaïa. Meanwhile, Bottega Veneta’s compact intrecciato bucket bag in that unmistakable shade of green will add a welcome pop of color to your look. Finally, try topping things off with a smattering of joyful jewelry – both Pippa Small’s sugary-sweet heart-charm necklace and Octavia Elizabeth’s chunky crystal cocktail ring are worthy of a spot on your wish list.
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