The best moments from the Christopher John Rogers SS21 collection
Christopher John Rogers Spring/Summer 2020 collection was like a ray of sunshine at the end of a tunnel for 2021’s spring fashion month. The Brooklyn based, 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner switched things up this season by opting out of the typical runway setting and not showcasing his collection during NYFW. Due to the pandemic, CJR decided a lookbook presentation would be more suitable for his newest collection and yet still was able to whoa his audience virtually from their sofas.
Inspired by crayolas, color pencils, and scribbling, CJR collection was full of vibrant, bright hues, color blocking, floral and check color mixed prints, and corset gowns with exaggerated hips displayed in front of a checker cream and cobalt blue background. There were also some whimsical plays on trends from fall 2020 that were incorporated into his spring collection, such as the puff extreme sleeves and the use of knit fabrics, which has been a popular trend this season.
The Showstopper Look
When a color block spandex bodysuit fully detailed with Swarovski crystals hand sewn, finished off with concentric circles on the bust is designed, there’s definitely going to be some buzz and head turning surrounding the look. There was a flood of well-received reactions posted in the comment section of CJR’s Instagram feed once this look was shared online. I’m sure there will be a ton of PR requests from A-list stylists trying to be the first to get their hands on this look for their top celebrity clients.
Some of My Favorite Looks
I love a good suit and the detailing on this white power suit took this look to the next level. A one button, bold shoulder blazer, paired with a sleeveless multicolored top and tailored pants with vivid pockets, belt loops and intricate stitching is a fun, yet wearable spin on an otherwise traditional white suit.
The rainbow embellishment, paired with the exaggerated pointed collar was a nice update for a women’s button up blouse. This top is so versatile and can easily be paired with jeans for a daytime look or styled with a sophisticated bottom for an evening wear look.
Look 26 is a co-ord set I’d love to add to my wardrobe. This pointed collar, with red stitching and detailed rainbow button top and matching pants are both subtle, statement pieces that can easily be worn separately or paired together.
My Favorite Beauty Moments
CJR is no stranger for sending exaggerated hairstyles down the runways. What seems like a continuation from his previous fall 2020 runway show where the models rocked perfectly cut boxy afros, this collection gave us some voluminous updo hair moments. One model wore a lovely, bright colorful evening gown, styled with a very long afro fade that had to be at least 12 inches long. And a more casual look was coordinated with a triangle shape up do afro cut to perfection. These are natural hair moments in fashion that embrace coil hair without any cultural appropriation that I can stand behind.
During a global pandemic, where some designers decided to partake in the traditional fashion show setting, some with little to no social distancing, CJR still brought his A game and did not disappoint. CJR is definitely one of this generation’s “it” designers to follow. With only a few collections under his belt, this is only the beginning of a future in the fashion industry that will be as bright as his newest collection.
So thank you CJR for sharing your artistry: and bringing joy & excitement during a much-needed time in the fashion world.
About the author
Hi! I’m Mietta aka Meme. Born and raised in the Harlem section of New York City, fashion has always been a part of my DNA due to the heavy urban, streetwear culture of my neighborhood. Shortly after graduating from Lincoln University, the first HBCU, with a degree in Business Management I discovered there were tons of careers in fashion beyond being a designer or buyer. This discovery led me to enrolling at Parsons The New School of Design, where I studied Fashion Marketing. While at Parsons, I interned at Elle magazine, and afterwards worked in different sectors of the industry in styling, PR and luxury retail. In February of 2019, I decided to create a style blog called StylingNthangs to share my fashion interests, shopping addiction, and style tips with the world. I am currently based in my hometown of NYC.
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