Trend Report: Ease and Sophistication

Spring 2021 is full of powerful, easy-to-wear looks that empower and uplift the wearer. See what brands are nailing the trend in our October Trend Report.

In our last trend report, we covered how 1970s elegance was being modernized to fit today's trends by brands like Gucci.  For this trend report, join us as we move forward in time for a look inspired by the relaxed fits of the 1980s.

About The Trend

The runway for Spring 2021  sees a modern revival of the '80s with oversized silhouettes, monochromatic palettes, and a minimalistic approach to designs. These designs reflect a more inclusive fashion that doesn’t focus on the differences between men’s and women’s collections and instead focuses on the simplicity and easy-to-wear nature of the garments.

Nowadays, we're all looking for something comfortingly nostalgic, yet also powerful and secure. The looks in this trend see a move away from tight fitting and restrictive clothing in exchange it for strong, relaxed fits.

“The last thing you should be concerned about right now is how uncomfortable you feel”


Brands that are getting it right? Michael Kors, Lemaire, Ambush, Emporio Armani,  Neil Barret, The Row, CelineMax Mara, and Ermenegildo Zegna to name a few.

Lemaire's newly co-ed show is a great example of this trend, featuring men's and women's collections that were designed in tangent, focusing on what was in common between the two and then adjusting the specific fabric volumes accordingly (Row 2, Image 1). The result is a "complementary dressing rather than couple-coupling", filled with subtle gradients and contrast that highlights commonality and individuality.

Take a look at some of our favorite looks that capture the essence of Ease and Sophistication:

Wrap Up

“You put it on and it [the collection] makes you feel great about yourself”


This trend points to a more inclusive fashion that balances interest and wearability without appearing underdressed or overdone. It's all about elevating the wearer in the simplest way possible. As the trend moves towards the summer and (potentially and hopefully!) more travel, expect to see similar silhouettes with lighter fabrics that are easy to pack and comfortable to wear. 

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Tommy Fazio

Tommy Fazio is a highly regarded Fashion/Creative Director with over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. With previous work experience at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Calvin Klein, Simon Spur, and UBM/Informa Fashion (the world’s leading trade show organizer in the fashion industry).

His instinct for future trends, distinguished eye, and personal network has successfully launched countless new brands to the retail community, including Thom Browne, Michael  Bastian, Todd Snyder, Faherty Brand, Save Khaki, Jean Shop and more.   

Tommy sits on the board of the CFDA and is a guest list staple at fashion weeks in New York, Milan, Paris, and London. His consulting work spans from creative direction to celebrity styling for such names as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer, and Shawn Mendes. 

Tommy now holds the position as Global Fashion Director for NuORDER, the world's leading B2B Fashion Platform.