In LRS’ Spring/Summer 2021 presentation for NYFW, models stood on a slab of concrete and stacks of wooden pallets. The arrangement of these elements varied depending on the outfit, but this dark and industrial setting was cohesive with the assertive construction displayed within the collection. Designer Raul Solis presented a refined take on punk meets glam rock this season. To be frank: it’s all about the creative tailoring and edgy aesthetic for me!
Courtesy of Parker Woods, the photography adds to the reception of Solis’ mastery; some of the more solemn and theoretical moments of this collection are captured best in black-and-white. Viewing the collection from LRS’ homepage provides further context into the collection, as the abstract still lifes compliment the styling and curation. Conceptually, it’s easy to see which looks are in direct conversation with each other; the cerulean blue grecian gown looks stately juxtaposed next to a red mockneck top and sky blue satin trousers.
Two common motifs reappear throughout the collection: large rope chain harnesses (woven through grommets at the chest) and circular blouse silhouettes. A couple of models wore immaculate ribbed turtlenecks were that were hemmed to round out at the midriff. Another model sported a dramatic, hi-cut bodysuit that fully covered the face and neck. The split hem trend also appears throughout the collection — and it’s often paired with strappy heels that wrap around the ankle. The dresses in this collection come in a variety of silhouettes, but they speak the same technical language. The denim cape dress is just one example of Solis’ focus on innovative tailoring, as is the red-and-white striped gown adorned with the messages “Stronger Together” and “No Justice. No Peace.”
From the deliberate color stories to the textures to in-your-face hardware, it’s not hard to imagine a lot of these designs for stage and screen (and on some of our favorite fashionable rock stars). There’s also plenty of high-velocity patent leather designs, including a fire alarm red ensemble that’s accented by strong shoulders and some serious drapery. Solis’ structured collarless suits mean business, while the posturing and sensuality of it all exudes a dancer’s grace.
Images Courtesy of CDFA Runway 360.