Sarah Staudinger’s spring collection was about the nostalgic longing and hopefulness for travel; her pre-fall collection is about the manifestation of that optimism.
“We’re going there,” she expressed, “Summer ’21 is the summer 2020 we never got.”
The designer carried the happy spirit through ready-to-wear and accessories inspired by traditional beach objects (cabana towels, umbrellas, woven beach chairs) and activities common during the summer months (sailing, gardening, etc.). For instance, the collection’s main prints were the iconic cabana stripe, an abstract painterly nautical flag print and a playful bandana print (noted to also be influenced by face masks), which Staudinger applied on modern, easy separates and feminine dresses. A standout green and white striped tunic with cutout detail abstractly referenced looking up at a beach umbrella while tortoise stoppers and ties gave a nautical touch to tomboy chic attire.
Staud Pre-Fall 2021
Much like spring, Staudinger introduced traditional fabrics in younger, feminine ways. White lace felt fresh for the brand, especially in the form of tent dresses (both floor-length and mini) paired with cool chunky, two-tone “gardening” boots. Ditto for her vibrant half-zip cable knit sweater, an assortment of denim rtw (unseen from the look book) and fabulous assortment of Nineties-inspired foam sole sandals and playful handbags (including the XL Sasha bag in nylon). Also important for the season, the designer noted that more than 50 percent of the collection’s fabrics were recycled. For example, updated signature dresses in recycled tissue nylon that nicely juxtaposed the techy fabrics with her girly shapes.
Staudinger once again excelled with aspirational, happy fashions to look forward to wearing in the warmer months ahead.
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