Italian brand SUNNEI had released their SS21 CGI “Canvas” collection with a 100-guest in-person show as well as a livestream, as part two of their collection, during Milan Fashion Week. Priding themselves on being “anti-trend” the collection has a true timeless feel: subdued and tonal with a few sparing pops of fluorescent orange, turquoise, and muted yellow.
The show took place in what looks like an empty community pool scored by artist Paolo Tocci. The collection features an aura of gender fluidity: over-sized suits, lengthy coats in oxblood and black, bias-cut dresses made to lose form in the wind. The most cohesive theme throughout the collection is its innate wearability. Many of the bottoms are low-rise, straight leg loose fit trousers in plaid and leather. A definite show-stopping piece is the tailored neon orange pant and jacket set styled with a black top underneath; the jacket has missing lapels and the trousers have an asymmetrical waistline that create a V-shape revealing the model’s navel.
The accessories are statement pieces to the neutral outfits put together in the show. Large two-toned shoulder bags with jumbo-sized straps and woven, monochromatic bags in pastel yellow, blue, and tan attract and retain our attention.
Some might wonder why this show was an in-person as their part one was a digital era show. In a statement made by the leading team to Hypebeast, they said, “ [The collection] will be focused on experimentation and art because it’s conceived as the complementary side of this first section composed by SUNNEI’s carry-overs, that is why we think that a more physical approach when presenting it will be needed.” In the zeitgeist of timelessness each piece could truly be worn at any time surpassing the need for being trendy.