The Joy Of Dressing Up. Molly Goddard AW21

Finally – a collection I genuinely loved this season! Despite the obvious limitations of the moment, Molly Goddard delivered a phenomenal collection. Since the UK went into lockdown for the second time this winter, the designer has been forging ahead with her eponymous label, recently dropping a capsule of exquisite bridal dresses that’s primed for the current boom in micro weddings. And all that at eight-and-half months pregnant (congratulations!). “This collection was maybe the toughest to put together because of all the restrictions,” said Goddard, speaking via Zoom with Vogue from her home in West London. “There was so much uncertainty even in the logistics, but that didn’t stop us from taking risks. In a way, I think we really went for it.” Goddard is well known for her daring otherworldly confections, though this season she took to honing the down-to-earth signatures in her repertoire. She leaned into the quirky Britishisms that make her work sing, starting with an extended offering of her adorable Fair Isle sweaters for both men and women. Goddard takes pride in the fact that much of the collection is manufactured in the UK, and for autumn-winter 2021 she worked with a Scottish factory to produce traditional tartan kilts that looked especially good on the male model in her virtual fashion show, paired with colorful knits. Though it was hard to ignore the joyful exuberance of the tulle evening dresses in her lineup – she opened and closed the show with two especially flirty strapless numbers – the dry, taffeta frocks with angular bows were just as attention-grabbing layered over raw denim pants for day or with knee-high metallic boots for party time.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

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