Courrèges Spring 2022 Revives Mod Dressing for the New Age. Nicolas Di Felice’s Courrèges is showing everyone how the mod aesthetic just never gets old.
If you’re a fashion fan who just happens to also love all things sci-fi and futuristic, then you should probably check Courrèges out. The brand who’s currently under the creative direction of Nicolas Di Felice, showcased 35 looks for its Spring/Summer 2022 collection in Paris Fashion Week which double serves as a celebration of the house’s 60th anniversary. Overall, the collection felt sleek, fun but still practical in the sense that you could still style pieces from the collection on a daily basis, which is a quality you won’t find as common in fashion week presentations.
Although his appointment as creative director was not too long ago, Di Felice is keen on reviving the brand for a younger market without losing any of Courrèges’ signature essences that made the brand such a big deal back then. With the brand regaining relevancy in recent years amongst fashion fans of today, the brand has been around for a pretty long time and is still standing despite the instability it faced a few years back with their constant rotating of creative leads. Courrèges was initially founded by André Courrèges in 1961 and the brand rose to fame in the 60s for creating fashion that was progressive at the time. That sense of non-conformity was one of the factors that made their clothes so appealing to the young generation.
Some key points of the Courrèges style include the futuristic and clean mod look that earned the brand its association with the space age. While every other designer was creating feminine ladylike looks, Courrèges created womenswear that was architectural and geometric. This defiance was even more highlighted in their runway presentations with athletic models styled in quirky (maybe even wacky) accessories along with the looks. Perhaps the courage to go against the current as well as the knack for clean and refined tailoring is thanks to André Courrèges’ ten years of working under Balenciaga.
Now, decades after the brand started out, that same progressiveness and relatability to the youth is what’s keeping the brand alive. You can spot crop tops and cutouts throughout their collection which Gen Zs will definitely be keeping an eye on. The looks also feature a palette of colors and textures that are an ode to the space age with metallic silvers, vivid yellows, play along with the glossy look of patent and vinyl throughout the collection. Halter necks and sleeveless cuts that are oh-so-Courrèges are also very much still present in this collection.
You could say that Di Felice’s Courrèges is making Parisienne chic fun and youthful, and perhaps the perfect brand for all the current it-girls looking for a designer look for a night out. And through reinventing the Courrèges to fit a post-lockdown world and a new market whilst still strongly keeping that 60s mod influence, Di Felice is proving that some fashion trends really do stand the test of time. (Text Vanya Harapan)