It came as no surprise that the spring summer 2021 show from British-born Indian designer Supriya Lele was a success. In the past year especially; the designer's pieces have been spotted on the likes of Bella Hadid, Rihanna, and the furthest depths of the fashion set. Making her London Fashion Week show one of the most highly-anticipated of the season.
But Lele's success is far more reaching than just her celebrity clientele. The 34-year-old designer is part of a new wave of covetable creatives who are designing with the female form front of mind; creating designs and pieces that deliver on knowing what their customers want. Similarly to Nensi Dojaka and Charlotte Knowles; Lele has struck the perfect balance between minimal, modern, sophisticated and sexy. Making a serious case for the staying power of a semi-sheer mini dress, cut-out tank and a perfectly tailored trouser with a twist.
Lele understands hot girl summer and she's giving it to us time and time again. Her spring summer 2021 collection is no exception.
For her latest collection, Lele has continued to do what she does best. While sometimes, taking inspiration from previous collections or designs can come off as somewhat lack-lustre; monotony is not a word that exists in Lele's vocabulary. Even through the reworking of some of her signature designs, she has a knack of making her creations always feel brand new. For spring summer 2021, she presents designs that champion versatility. Think cutout tops that can be worn as swimsuits and bikinis as crop tops.
The true treasure, however, are the hidden homages to Indian clothing and culture that are embedded in her designs. The opening look for her runway return featured a pair of sheer chiffon cuffed pants, inspired by the traditional cut of Indian pyjamas. Also of note, is the ruched detailing on bras and crop tops, which draw parallels from Sari tradition.
The collection also marks the first time Lele has worked with artisans in India to design and create the fabrics used throughout. The see-through, sparkly mesh and netted shirts, skirts and dresses made by embroiders in India sparked particular delight; evidenced by the outpouring of Instagram adoration and many of us dreaming of adding the pieces to our wishlist.
A show that undoubtedly lived up to its hype, Supriya Lele spring summer 2021 delivered in more ways than one.