Five brands to have on your radar this SS21
Whether Spring/Summer will be spent in lockdown or vacaying in the South of France, one things for sure. I will not allow Rona to mess up my fashion plans. If I have to wear that dress to the supermarket or my living room, I will. Nothing will get in my way.
This year, I’m hanging up the loungewear – well at least trying to – and switching it out for pieces that spark joy and feel like a moment worthy of a sunset Instagram picture. So, if you’re in need of some inspiration on what to wear this Spring/Summer, pandemic permitting, I’ve got you covered.
While this might be a wishful purchase, I’m not mad about it if it gets me one step closer to living my best life at the beach. Andrea Iymah owned by Nigerian fashion designer Andrea Dumebi Iyamah, is a clothing line strongly inspired by ethnic cultures and elements of nature. Designed for the adventurer in spirit, mind and style, A.I’s use of bold colours, modern feminine and retro classic silhouettes will have you daydreaming of vacationing in Tulum or sitting by a pool in a riad in Marrakech. Catering to women in sizes XS-XXXL, there’s nothing stopping anyone from strutting their stuff in these pieces, whether that strut will be from your bedroom to your living room or the pool to the bar, that’s all up in the air, but either way, I’m in love.
Lips + Honey
After trawling through Instagram in need of some new fashion inspo, I found Lips + Honey. Worn by the likes of Cinzia Baylis-Zullo, Sofia Jamora and Nikita Dragun, this Los Angeles brand is a firm favourite for the IG Baddies. And even if that isn’t your kind of vibe, the Bianca dress is what summer dreams are made of. Worn over swimwear, tucked into a pair of jeans or simply be itself, the mesh dress would be perfect for this SS21.
The Line by K
It’s highly likely that you already know this brand. But for those who don’t, allow me to introduce you to The Line By K. Launched in 2015 by fashion blogger-turned-designer, Karla Deras. The collection has been by the likes of Solange Knowles, Kim Kardashian and JLo. With the aim to create a collection of pieces that compliment your favourite things in your wardrobe, their garms are the basics that aren’t basics. Each design is effortless, sexy and chic that could be worn with anything, to anywhere.
Like an ode to the 90’s supermodels, this collection feels like the most modern yet nostalgic teleportation to the ’90s. A sexy mixture between a Diddy, Bad Boys, party in Miami and a snapshot of models just before they get ready for a New York Fashion Week after-party; there’s sophistication and essence of sex appeal that comes with Miaou. Which explains why their muses include women like Paloma Elsesser, Sami Miro and Kali Uchis; as each woman exude a modern, yet vintage classic feel about them.
Anima Iris is disrupting the global fashion industry by redefining luxury and including Africa in its narrative. This black-owned luxury designer brand pulls inspiration and strength from the matriarchs of its past. Through the use of colours, geometric shapes and cloth, the brand pays homage to Africa’s bold history. Every piece is carefully handcrafted by seasoned professionals in Dakar, Senegal. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is what made us fall in love. Get ready to shop the spring/summer ’21 collection, it’s everything and more.
Opening image: Andrea Iyamah SS21