If it’s good enough for the gods, it’s good enough for us.
Photo courtesy of Ferretti/ Jil Sander / Chanel
The Tokyo 2021 Olympics came to an end this weekend, and with it an epic celebration followed. Athletes and fans near and far gathered to witness the concluding fireworks and performances. Though the Olympic torch (which was first lit in the Greek town of Olympia) has been extinguished, one flame that burns brighter than ever is our rising interest in Grecian fashion.
At this year’s Resort 2022 shows, designer collections exhibited the summer attire we have all come to adore, think blue-hued apparel, color block dresses, and a minimalist wardrobe made for Moroccan nights. Amongst these seasonal treasures lay unexpected gems like gilded garments and antique designs which look like they came straight from Aphrodite’s wardrobe. Arguably, such a uniform could simply be a sign of the times, as by history’s standards we are in the midst of Greek tragedy—thank you, COVID-19—and, naturally, we need a wardrobe to match. So to help you dress the part, we have rounded up the designers who are going for gold and delivering ample inspiration to live your Grecian fantasy.
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When the pandemic forced Dior womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri to remain in her Paris apartment (like many of us), she started fantasizing about the forbidden prospect of movement. Not just in the international sense, but also referencing the simple act of walking, running, and using your body as an instrument for motion. It’s worth mentioning that Chiuri is somewhat of a Pilates veteran; in fact, the designer recently moved a Pilates machine into her home. Naturally, these thoughts manifested themselves into what we would call high-fashion athleisure. Combing the technical fabrics found in sportswear with the sophisticated tailoring synonymous with the fashion house, Dior’s Resort 2022 collection fused its signature French finery with the fluidness found in Grecian fashion. On their own, décolletage bearing ivory chitons with floor-length hems decorated with gold-plated belts, are reminiscent of the dog days and time spent basking in the Greek sun (chilled wine, necessary). But when donned by the Dior woman, marching purposely against the backdrop of the Panathenaic Stadium (the birthplace of the Olympics), the simple piece takes on new meaning; it’s versatile, effortless, and when paired with Dior sneakers, it’s the type of outfit that’s ready for anything.
At surface level, Chanel’s Resort 2022 show was an ode to the forgotten alt-girl in all of us. But typical of the French, what you see isn’t everything. Using Jean Cocteau’s film Testament of Orpheus as a point of inspiration, creative director Virginie Viard debuted a grayscale and monochromatic collection to bring the film’s black and white premise to life. It’s through this dark-hued palette that Viard played with a variety of textures like the brand’s signature tweed and newer materials like knitted crochet. One fabrication that stood out in all its Grecian glory is black leather, found on the brand’s fringed skirts. The combination of the supple material with the structured skirt is reminiscent of the armor donned by Trojan soldiers at the Battle of Troy—a picture further painted by Chanel’s knitted capes, reminiscent of a hero’s war debut. Though, it’s not all glory and gore. Chanel’s open-neck ivory caftan dress, with its balloon sleeves and form-fitting cuffs, is a garment nothing short of godly ascension; it’s an easy piece for those busy inner-city days when you send that “I’m on my way!” text before you’ve even left the house. Top tip: anchor your look with a gold-plated belt for an extra touch of Grecian splendor.
For her Resort 2022 collection, Italian designer Alberta Ferretti deviated from her signature pieces, like delicate lace and chiffon dresses, opting for a more utilitarian approach reflective of our current pandemic new-world order. Set against the backdrop of earthy sandstone walls, wide-leg trousers, and minimalist outerwear symbolized Ferretti’s embarkment on an unearthed sartorial frontier—a palette cleanser between then and now. However as much as this collection showcased a different aesthetic, the designer still couldn’t help but include the same romanticism that has defined her career. After all, once a romantic, always a romantic. Eveningwear pieces like white prairie dresses and silk chiffon gowns balanced the pragmatic tone set at the beginning of the collection with their whimsical air. But what caught our eye was the dusty pink chiton dress; its décolletage baring neckline and heart-shaped bosom (similar to Oscar De La Renta’s Strapless Floral Gown) spoke of unbridled femininity, with the skirt’s pleated lines nodding to Ferreti’s desire for straight-line structured tailoring. This Grecian-inspired gown is where romanticism meets realism.
The French brand—known for its bohemian-take on Parisian fashion—revamps the notion of Grecian style with its Resort 2022 collection. While some designers travel to faraway places for inspiration, Chloé’s newly appointed eco-conscious creative director took a different approach traveling through the brand’s archives to widen her mind. The result? A sustainable collection that embodies contemporary shoppers’ growing ethical mindset. Deadstock denim, recycled wood buttons, and leftover broderie Anglaise laid the foundation for the hippie-esque ensemble. Though the combination of bohemia and sustainability may conjure up images of a haphazard wardrobe full of colorful clothes (there was a rainbow feathered cardigan included), all elements of the collection had a purpose. Most notably this can be seen in the Grecian style dress shown above, where the vintage neckline complements the woven fabrication and colorful fringing. All you need now is a pair of Proenza Schouler’s Pipe Wraparound Leather Sandals for a modern Grecian look.
Lockdown gave many of us the chance to look introspectively and delve into the different facets that define us as humans. Husband-and-wife duo Luke and Luce Meier took this experience and expressed it in the only way they know how—through the medium of clothes. Playful silhouettes and bold prints touched on the stifled eclecticism we have all been hiding behind our loungewear ’fits. While there was no shortage of striped summer dresses and billowing sleeves in the Jil Sander Resort 2022 collection, this unapologetic articulation was anchored by the brand’s penchant for minimalism, seen in the incorporation of block colors and sophisticated accessories that work in unison to create a cohesive look. As shown above, the pair decorated their collection with accent pieces like gold ornate fastenings with the Midas touch, because the best way to master Grecian fashion is through finer details.