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Fri 25 Sep

Set in the Lido Di Milano, Sunnei's SS21 show was a far cry from their usual aesthetic. A beautifully architectural space that gave a slightly surrealist feel, the setting invited - albeit in a socially distanced scenario - a film-like voyeuristic ambience that set the floor for a new style of Sunnei.

While the archetypes of a Sunnei collection were still present - see those longline dresses and platform shoes - there was an altogether new feel afoot. Some of the looks appeared almost monastic, particularly the dropped hemlines and popped collars. The oversized rectangular bags and capri pants atop studded boot too were welcome new additions to the Sunnei repertoire.

Ruffled dresses and layered crop tops were all reminiscent of previous Sunnei collections, indicating that the brand's spirit was very much here, but this season felt much less pop-colour and punch and more mystical and light. Womenswear took centre stage for the first time too, as did knitwear which ranged from furry to stiff.

This SS21 collection seems to mark a re-birth for the Sunnei brand, a beginning for Loris Messina and Simone Rizzo. Exciting? So far, so good. But time will tell on this new aesthetic's success.