The topic of schools—should they remain open? Should learning be done remotely?—is one that has gripped the globe since social distancing first became required last spring. Sartorially speaking, however, class is most certainly in session, thanks to creative director Lorenzo Serafini, who centered on collegiate life for Philosophy’s Fall 2021 collection. “School, a place of culture that forms generations through debate, enlightenment, and social interactions, is a place that enables young people to grow and develop,” he wrote in a press release for the virtual show. “I thought back to the encounters and conflicts I faced during those years and realised how fundamental they were in shaping my character and the expression of my creativity.”
Telling the story of models-turned-students inside an imaginary Philosophy college, today’s lineup featured pleated mini kilts; felt wool cardigans which had been doodled on with thread; frocks decorated with pages of history (as well as bold-shouldered majorette-inspired sequin prom dresses); and varsity letter knits in bright yellows and cobalts. That school spirit palette was drawn from Serafini’s memories of his own time as a student at Naba, the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. “When I saw the clothing worn by the models, I realised that these strong colours can radiate more today than ever, and I decided to make them the protagonists of the collection,” he continued.
As for how these Philosophy undergrads carry their books? There were plenty of propositions: crossbody leather Moon bags with thick, metallic straps; structured lunchbox-like silhouettes; and quilted nylon clutches that could double as a place to rest their heads in the middle of cram sessions. Elsewhere on the accessory front were square-toed stompers and I’ll-skip-gym-class-to-hang-under-the-bleachers berets, which had been paired with equally rebellious under-eye etchings. With uniforms like this, it’s time to reenroll.
Below, see more from Philosophy’s Fall 2021 runway.