What’s hot: Fashion with a conscience

Published September 24, 2021, 6:42 PM

by MB Lifestyle

London-based label rethinks the future with sustainable sourcing, recycled and repurposed fibers, and a production that limits the demand on natural resources

COS has debuted its autumn-winter 2021 collection at London Fashion Week, with a hybrid show encompassing a physical catwalk, merged with artistic portraiture and moving image, digitally live-streamed at cos.com

Emerging from a time of change with a reinvigorated sense of purpose and commitment, the autumn-winter season marks a new direction for the brand. The collection embodies timeless style signatures and embraces elevated, redefined wardrobe icons.

Exploring new ways of looking at contemporary culture through a fashion lens, the campaign features actor Manny Jacinto, activist, futurist, and storyteller Janaya Future Khan, and coveted supermodel Raquel Zimmermann, alongside a cast of other inspiring innovators and creators shaping the way we think about tomorrow—a collective expression that sets out to rethink the future.

FRITZ AND GLAM Filipino-Canadian actor Manny Jacinto in COS autumn-winter 2021 collection

The brand continues to nurture its commitment to sustainability with a collection crafted toward circularity. From organic and repurposed materials to recycled fabrics, a considered approach throughout the design and production process limits the demand on natural resources.

A new logo also debuted with the collection and across all packaging, which should be implemented across all markets this season. Made using responsibly sourced paper and featuring durable woven paper handles, new material innovation ensures packaging is 100 percent recyclable, aligning with the brand’s wider sustainability values.

A retro influence instigates enlarged collars and lapels, rounded sleeves, and geometric prints, while 1990s minimalism inspires slimmer proportions, tailoring, and pinstripes.

Material innovation is revisited throughout the fall collection, from sustainable sourcing to recycled and repurposed fibers. COS is devoted to its ongoing commitment to sustainability through crafting a circular collection.

This season’s color palette explores tonal dressing. Fresh neutrals are paired with rich, autumnal shades. Winter whites, camel, and stone are lifted by vibrant yellows and royal, dusty, and light blue hues. Heritage prints are reinvented for the season with a fresh take on checks, stripes, and houndstooth.

Relaxed, layered styles and oversized fits feature throughout womenswear this season. A retro influence instigates enlarged collars and lapels, rounded sleeves, and geometric prints, while 1990s minimalism inspires slimmer proportions, tailoring, and pinstripes. Handstitched reinforcements, adjustable new fits, and contrast bindings further enhance the collection while tactile fabrics remain prominent. Knitwear is formed of heavily weighted yarns with statement necklines, and responsibly sourced mohair is introduced.

Within menswear, a laidback and effortless approach to the season endures. Referencing streetwear and utilitarian styling, meticulous construction and intrinsic details take center stage. Zips and seams are exposed, playing with design expectations. Statement surface textures and material choices remain integral, pared back against essentials and denim. Inspired by 1970s-style graphic jacquard, landscapes, and earthy textures, the season’s statement knits are reworked using modern techniques and sustainably sourced materials.

A curated collection of accessories focused on proportions and materials, elevates the ready-to-wear wardrobe. Versatility in styling continues as a yellow faux fur clutch, leather gloves, scarves, and hooded hybrids inject bursts of color into the collection. Binding high fashion with relaxed everyday dressing, footwear showcases an assortment of styles, including chunky brogues and high shaft boots, an elevated take on modern classics. www.cosstores.com