Auralee RTW Fall 2021

Lily Templeton
·1 min read

To do his collection justice, designer Ryota Iwai wanted show the clothes in motion clearly, but not from the “one dimensional” perspective of a runway. Instead, he captured his coed cast moving on and off the set, looking at ease in the kind of elevated staples he favors.

The look: A graceful wardrobe of streamlined and straightforward silhouettes relying on soft tailoring, layers of lush textures and high-quality natural materials. A palette of elegant neutrals ranging from cream to charcoal, with the occasional russet, blue or yellow thrown in, provide visual contrast to boxy cuts skewing toward oversize.

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Quote of note: “With our current global shared circumstance, I thought it necessary to have clothing that is quiet but uplifting,” Iwai said. “The world has had a chance to slow down and reevaluate the necessities in life. I wanted give people a sense of healing and calm; to express this feeling of rest and taking a break, something I certainly needed at the time.”

Standout pieces: A short denim jacket with discreet gathers at the waist; a cream-colored hooded and quilted puffer coat; a marled alpaca cable knit that looked like a starry night, and roomy overcoats that looked minimal without ever feeling austere, in particular the one in patterned melton.

Takeaway: In a season where many are hunkering down on believable shapes and reassuring textures, Auralee stood out for how deftly Iwai works that particular angle.

Launch Gallery: Auralee RTW Fall 2021

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