DESIGNER: ELIZABETH KENNEDY
THE LBV FALL/WINTER 2021 COLLECTION WAS INSPIRED BY THE MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS OF THE 1970S. THE COLLECTION PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE HEROES OF THE STAGE, SUCH AS DIANA ROSS, DONNA SUMMER, DAVID BOWIE, CHER, AS WELL AS OTHER STYLE ICONS THAT DEFINED THE ERA LIKE BIANCA JAGGER AND JANE BIRKIN.
This glittering and glamorous decade was a response to the time – a revolt against social injustice reflected in a medium that allowed people an escape for their reality. The 1970’s were a time of economic and political turmoil that created a social revolution for women’s and civil rights – a period we can’t help but draw parallels to today.
But the artistry that came from that era and out of all of that unrest celebrated freedom of expression – it was optimistic, uplifting, and allowed people to connect. Music is the greatest escape and can bring people together in a way no other medium can. During this dark year that was incredibly lonely and isolating for most of us, music was an escape.
Fashion is like music in that it can also be transformative - it can affect your mood, your productivity, the way you live your life, as well as be a reflection of the current cultural and socio-political environment. Putting on a beautiful suit can literally flip an emotional switch, just like turning on your favorite song can. One of the many lessons quarantine has taught us is how the arts and connectivity are so important for us psychologically.
The FW21 collection is optimistic - it imagines a life after the pandemic, and the biggest celebration for humanity on the other side of it.