Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Photographs Courtesy of APOTTS/Aknvas/Fried Rice
The allure of spring already buzzes as winter descends upon us, and lucky enough for the fashion world, collection previews always allow for a little bit of pre-season clairvoyance. Looking into the fashion crystal ball is always exciting, and spreading the word is even better. Following Agentry PR’s S/S 2022 collection preview, here are three brands to look out for this coming Spring/Summer season.
Aaron Potts is a Detroit-born, Brooklyn-bred designer sharing his gifts with the world in the form of APOTTS, a still-young unisex fashion brand. With a myriad of experience under his belt including interning alongside Marc Jacobs for that Perry Ellis collection, as well as designing for brands such as Emanuel Ungaro, Donna Karan, and Escada, Potts created a unisex collection of clean, modern, trans-seasonal clothes designed to become a stylish uniform.
The upcoming S/S 2022 APOTTS collection features a fleet of unisex pieces that truly break the binary in ways that many brands have failed to do. As opposed to maintaining typically masculine garments and silhouettes and simply dubbing them “unisex”, Potts has created a line of garments that have entered a league of their own.
Among the author’s favorites are boyish and boxy-style champagne-hued fringe shirts and dresses, obscuring the wearer’s figure but giving way to a white net neck panel, showing a little skin for some relief. Beige and white cotton garments fulfill nearly every silhouette option available, from floor-length frocks to frilled vestments and button-down chemises. A small but mighty collection, APOTTS S/S collection is populated with showstopping pieces fit to elevate any wardrobe.
Aknvas is an advanced contemporary womenswear brand founded by Danish designer Christian Juul Nielsen, who is also the creative director at Hervé Léger. Dosed with the perfect amount of pared-down Nordic stylings, the Aknvas S/S ‘22 collection offers a colorful yet casual take on Spring garments.
This particular collection offers a selection of stylings in muted pastels, incorporating color in a way that is effortless and stylish. A number of garments, including a boxy sweatshirt and a two-piece matching shorts and top set, feature lace paneling overtop a thick base fabric in a muted forest green pastel. Other muted hues incorporated include purple, pink, and yellow, offering a selection of trans-seasonal garments with potential for wear beyond just the Spring/Summer season. Another collection to propagate unisex elements and boxy silhouettes, the Aknvas S/S ‘22 collection offers bright yet utilitarian pieces with longevity to boot.
FRIED RICE started out as a fun nickname for the artistic and cultural diversity of our neighborhood in New York City's Lower East Side (LES). Founder and designer Maya used to joke with friends that the neighborhood was much like her favorite comfort food, fried rice … "all mixed up in a good way". The S/S 2022 collection, much like the rest of the brand’s offerings, is an eclectic mix of garments and accessories meant to pay homage to LES and its amalgamation of cultures, from the music halls, the deli, the mosque, the taco stand, the mahjong rooms, the storefronts of young entrepreneurs and uncompromising creativity rising up from each corner.
This particular collection features an eclectic array of garments, from simple pattern bowling shirts to conceptually-advanced outerwear. Corduroy played a major role in this selection, with different iterations of the fabric being used for hats, jackets, and my own personal favorite, a matching pants, and jacket set featuring a set of patch-work style multicolor corduroy pockets sewn haphazardly up the front of the jacket. Other notable pieces include an iridescent kimono-style tie-front jacket and electric-hued corduroy newsie caps.
Of all the collections that the fashion fortune tellers brought forth for preview, these three were above all the most notable. From floor-length fringe to boxy Scandinavian nonchalance to corduroy outerwear, these collections are rife with options for any wearer.