Conjuring visions of crystalline waters, sparkling beaches and sweet sorbets, AZZI & OSTA’S SS21 ready-to-wear collection, Holiday, unfolds in a chorus of colour, hope and optimism. Feminine, dreamy and unapologetically pretty, the ready-to-wear collection is nostalgic, yet irrefutably modern – a definitive nod to ‘60s playfulness and spirit, through a contemporary, female-focused lens.
Playing out in a colour palette of marshmallow pink, sherbet lemon, powder blue and Hamptons white, the gelato-hued collection takes inspiration from the vintage American travel magazine, Holiday. One of the most exciting publications of its time, it was famed for its bold layouts, stunning photography and literary prowess – with writing from heavyweights like John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote, Joan Didion and Ernest Hemingway.
The silhouettes are just as intriguing as the inspiration – carefully toeing the line between the relaxed and the utterly sleek. Gently-flared jumpsuits, exuberant bell sleeves and deep pleats create lightness, movement and joy. Tailored separates feature clean, asymmetric cuts juxtaposed with billowing cape-like sleeves.
Softly structural elements appear throughout the collection – long tunic tops are reinvented with unexpected cascades of ruffles, exaggerated cocoon sleeves revolutionise column dresses and geometric cut-outs transform necklines. A white lace jumpsuit is impeccably nipped at the waist by a glamorously oversized bow.
A series of elegant dresses come off as coolly minimal, despite the detailed embellishments which grace each one. A dedicated tulle gown is trimmed with an unexpectedly dramatic explosion of Mikado ruffles, while one floor-grazing dress marries a guipure lace skirt, inspired by ocean waves, with a floral lace bodice.
As with all AZZI & OSTA collections, unbridled delight can be found in the details. Waistlines drip with embroidered elements, while necklines bloom with flower appliqués and straps are finished with sparkling vintage accents.
Upliftingly colourful and rationally wearable, AZZI & OSTA’S SS21 ready-to-wear collection exudes confidence and hope – hope for brighter days, where we trade in lockdowns for travel and the world is once again, a playground.
AZZI & OSTA’s SS21 collection will be available to pre-order online at azziandosta.com.