Social-Work Studio gave us a seriously futuristic, chic, vintage inspired SS21 collection this recent digital NYFW. The collection was heavy on silky buttoned-up blouses, mesh and elastic plaid dresses, utilitarian jumpsuits, and asymmetric ruffled skirts. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this SS21 collection is all about modern functionality and retro-futurism- it draws on 70s arthouse film influences and 90s youth culture, with an emphasis on classic 60s and 70s Americana silhouettes which have proven to take center stage in almost all of Social-Work Studio’s collections to date.
Founded in 2018 by Chinese born, NY-based designers, Qi Wang and Chenghui Zhang, (who studied together at Parsons), Social Work Studio is a unisex brand that fuses Eastern and Western influences, particularly significant historical Chinese and American socio-political youth movements and periods, which we see subtly manifested in their clothing.
In comparison to past collections, the color palette for this SS21 line was much more muted and nostalgic, with deep browns, oranges, forest greens, and a fun pop of baby blue seen throughout. The accessories completed the collection’s retro-futuristic vibe: edgy raw, metal chain necklaces (a collaboration with Mara Peralta Studio), modern takes on classy clasp purses, complete with platform sandals and colorful architecturally pointed-toe pumps to shake things up, gifting us the unexpected.
Images courtesy of Social-Work Studio.