by Stephen Garner

The resonant relationship between duality, modernity, and innovation continues to drive Nanushka for fall/winter 2021. Following the previous season’s cerebral exploration of Surrealism, the fall/winter 2021 collection, titled “Forced Perspectives,” riffs on the Surrealists’ archetypal cue of optical illusion. Symbolizing evolution through duality, the collection is a discourse on fantasy and reality, considered naivety and creative optimism.

“Dali’s installation at his Theatre-Museum in Girona, Spain, based around the Mae West Lips Sofa, was an initial point of inspiration – pieces of furniture cleverly positioned to create the impression of a face when viewed from a specific point,” said Sandra Sandor, creative director of Nanushka. “I started thinking about how a person’s features affect our opinions of them, and how wearing masks have made life feel quite anonymous. It led me to consider what we reveal and what we conceal in a new way. Although imaginative, Forced Perspectives does not violate the assumption that clothes are objects designed primarily to be worn – and worn in real life. Form and function are always at the core of Nanushka.”

Nanushka’s fall/winter 2021 menswear continues the Surrealist composition of last season, combining and juxtaposing unlikely elements. Unpredicted pops of color and intriguing pattern details contrast tailored men’s outerwear featuring both unexpected fringed hems and trailing sash details.

The push and pull of shrunken forms and easy laid-back silhouettes set the tone for a collection that centers on upending convention. Nanushka’s symbol logo-driven range is revitalized for the season featuring novelty print explored in a variety of design implementations.

Evolving the Nanushka accessories world, the addition of two-tone fabrications, an exaggeration of existing knot-detailing and boxier shapes feature across bags and leather goods. Celebrating a continuing collaboration with London-based modern heirloom designer Alighieri, collarbone gracing, sculptural open-chain necklaces, and statement drop earrings complement monogram Nanushka headscarves, Buso-inspired headwear, and detachable collars continue to subvert notions of the traditional.