A couple of months after the official start date of summer, I bring you my ‘summer wish list’.
I suppose the start of summer is a subjective phenomenon, considering England’s bipolar weather. The summer came out of nowhere this year. It makes sense given that spring was cancelled due to COVID-19. Time flew by whilst we were sheltering from the new-age plague. When we began to emerge from our sombre shells (our places of lockdown and our mindsets), we surfaced with very little crescendo into 30-degree heats. The onset of summer certainly helped lighten the mood of the nation amidst the global pandemic, but its onset felt almost unforeseen, like we just forgot summer was a thing. I feel for those who didn’t have access to a garden during lockdown. It is no wonder that, although frowned upon, people fled to the parks as soon as the sun put its hat on. We were lucky to have a summer at all actually. Having read numerous articles and scientific journals regarding coronavirus, I thought 2020 might be cancelled altogether. I don’t want to jinx it, like spring, the later part of the year may also resign to the virus, but only time will tell.
After acknowledging that the period running up to summer was scrapped, it now seems more acceptable that my summer wish list is a little later than the 20th of June (summers official start date). Be that as it may, it also seems rather inappropriate. The virus has certainly helped us to evaluate what matters to us, and whilst shopping is enjoyable and therapeutic, worth in material things in a time like the present is much less. Continuing on, it is essential that we bare this in mind.
COVID-19 has been a critical period for testing an industry’s adaptability. A large portion of the fashion industry has demonstrated its ability to adapt. Fashion publishing has momentarily reduced its glamorous motive, becoming a pivotal union for solidarity in raising awareness and showing appreciation for all the key workers fighting on the front line against COVID-19.
Without further ado, here are a couple of pieces that I am loving this summer…
Bethany Williams printed long sleeve.
LVMH prize winner Bethany Williams is a key name in fashion during COVID-19. Bethany, alongside several designers, founded the Emergency Designer Network, donating scrubs, masks and funds to aid in the battle against corona.
Jacquemus Le Panier Soleil bag
PRADA nylon garbadine shorts
PRADA Nomad sandals
Jacquemus cotton & linen mini dress