Held at London’s iconic Roundhouse the stage was set for COS Autumn Winter 2021 – and it was stunning the least.
The venue was significant as it has previously inspired artists, filmmakers and avant-garde productions. Projecting colour, light and movement onto a blank canvas onto a blank canvas within this unique venue, the show unifies the audience in a physical and digital space, emotively drawing the curtains open to an evolved direction for the brand.
Specific components can instantly be recognised as COS; fabrications, cuts, colours – fundamental principles. These components emphasise an overarching precedence, of style over fashion.
Looking to reinvigorate a classic wardrobe, the freedom to push the boundaries of traditional design is paralleled by the fluidity of movement through draped, layered styles and oversized fits. Tailored details are elevated, and construction refined – meeting at a point between simplicity and intricacy, elegance and functionality. A retro influence is personified through enlarged collars and rounded sleeves in a mulberry silk dress, while 1990s minimalism inspires slimmer proportions and tailoring in the form of a waist coat and relaxed trousers. Pleats animate skirts, while suiting adds a soft sense of structure. Classic coats are proposed in bright cobalt blue or crafted in leather, transforming everyday pieces.
A canary yellow, faux fur clutch injects a burst of colour into the collection. Binding high fashion with relaxed everyday dressing, structured leather bags feature alongside soft teddy designs while footwear showcases chunky brogues and high shaft boots – an elevated take on modern classics.
A selection of items from the show collection are available exclusively at COS stores and cos.com and limited numbers will continue to drop throughout the season with these looks dropping in Australian stores from February 2022