by Stephen Garner

The Kooples‘ new spring/summer ‘21 collection by new artistic director Tom Van Dorpe explores the concept “How Soon Is Tomorrow.”

The collection serves as a dream of a brighter future and draws inspiration from real life, art, photography, vintage magazines, design interiors, and album covers. Designed from a common inspiration, the colors, patterns, and fabrics of both men’s and women’s wardrobes are united, offering visual contrasts and mix and match couple looks.

With its distinctive Parisian DNA on display, The Kooples’ signature brand codes are mixed with a reinvented ‘80s and ‘90s aesthetic. It offers strong pieces in a powerful color palette that is perfect for the summer: black and poppy yellows, baby pinks and purples, dreamy blues and soft mint greens.

Another spring/summer staple, the flower print, finds new life in abstract treatments, inspired by paintings and photographs, with short floral dresses in soft cotton are styled with strong boots for a rebellious touch.

The season offers a personal take on the tailoring concept with new combinations, shapes, colors, and textures. The Kooples man wears a classic suit in a more relaxed fit, and soft colors. It is styled with a pierced shirt and chunky silver sneakers for a look ‘on the go’, while The Kooples woman dons a crisp ‘80s jacket paired with city Bermuda shorts and feminine laced sling-back pumps.

Chains and piercings find their place on T-shirts, shirts, sweaters, caps, bags, shoes, and boots. Cotton denim pieces in lavender, rich blue, or creamy hues give life to timeless pieces combining softness and strength.

Accessories are stronger than ever, whether in colorful reimagined of existing The Kooples statement pieces or all-new styles, ranging from bags to footwear. New easy to wear unisex small leather goods in traditional black and glossy silver are reminiscent of modern architecture, and black or studded square bags are easily combined to push looks into a higher fashion territory.