Collection Overview: Stüssy Spring '21
Stocked with ample transitional pieces to help complement the transference from winter to spring, ideological streetwear curator Stussy’s latest SP21 collection provides the first few months of the year with a refreshing sense of sentimentality filled with simple essentials in smart cuts, odes to all-season functionality and ethereal ‘70s era aesthetics designed to help angle yourself towards the sun. Good-natured prints and dizzying undertones return full circle to mirror the brand’s subversive SP20 collection, whilst soft-touch insulators such as jacquard-knit Sherpa reappear to cater to unexpected climate drops and beach-ready hang outs head on.
Carrying on a trend that originated back with the brand’s exponential uptake during the mid-to-late ‘80s, SP21 for headstrong Stussy welcomes yet more graphic tee designs into its ever-growing mix. Offering season-friendly reworks of much-loved essentials such as the Basic Stussy T-Shirt, the once surf-centric brand continues to pair its naturally expressive nature with pop-culture tropes in a bid to capture the attention of the ever-evolving contemporary market. In keeping with the collection’s psychedelic undertone and ode to the illusionary era of the ‘70s, the aptly titled Psychedelic, Peace Sign and folkloric Something’s Cookin’ T-Shirt tap into dazed hallucinogenic detailings with respect to the brand’s laid-back Laguna Beach surf scene roots. Noble and nonchalant in tone, the coat-of-arms-like Regal tee serves classic Stussy creativity with subtle reference to 2020’s equestrian dual themed spring release shot by infamous fashion photographer Colin Dodgson, with the crested dragon-like insignia ranking on in to join the brand’s wealthy rosta of iconic stamp-style decals such as of the OG 8-Ball, SS cipher and infamous Jan Frederick Stussy graffiti-style etching.
For those in search of layers to help keep the transitioning climate at bay, SP21 keeps with tradition to deliver a number of sportswear-inspired staples that ring true to the brand’s street-savvy prep meets punk meets b-boy aesthetic. Lengthened reworks of the aforementioned signature-stamped Basic tee take form via its Basic Applique Hoodie and Basic Long Sleeve variant in a refreshing new-season colouring of jade green, whilst the blue or khaki-toned Giza Crewneck Long Sleeve T-Shirt hones in on celebrating vintage repeated-print aesthetics with respect to the collection’s circa ‘70s street and surf-scene vibe. Kaleidoscopic symmetries and brazen all-over prints keep co-founder Shawn Stussy’s infamous Cali Lifestyle M.O in check for yet another fruitful season. For fans of the brand’s emblem-led design style, the black and blue Regal Applique Crewneck Sweatshirt hosts subtle ‘80s and ‘90s undertones inspired by the brand’s post-punk beginnings and sample-image foundation.
Offering an advancement on last season staples such as the Quilted Insulated Long Sleeve Shirt and the Thermal Zip Hoodie, both the Sherpa Zip Hoodie and Flor Sherpa Mockneck Sweatshirt pair comfort with creativity to deliver premium-grade insulation well-suited to the modern-day skater. Obvious odes to the ‘70s take form via the use of cocooned Sherpa across both designs, whilst the hoodless Flor Sherpa Mock Neck’s postmodern by the yard tapestry-like jacquard exterior gives way to Stussy’s new-found luxe-meets-everyday hype scene aesthetic. Ticking the brand’s b-boy checkbox, the inset-sleeved and soft-touch Sherpa Zip Hoodie accurately meets the demands of any lifestyle with its beach-ready composure and its keep warm; keep cosy, all-season appeal.
Pairing ‘90s tracksuit vibes with Shawn Stussy’s OG surf scene roots, SP21’s matching Folsom Coach Jacket and Beach Pant combo provides lightweight layering perfectly suited to the brand’s multifaceted street or skate remit. 100% nylon, styled in a classic shade of brushed-navy is fashioned with colour-contrasting off-white bartack stitching for a windbreaker-inspired aesthetic, whilst its tailored structuring actively answers the demands of any daily lifes without the added bulk. Odes to Stussy’s early-day hip-hop meanderings take shape through its distinctive taste-maker muttering, whilst the Folsom Coach Jacket’s drawstring hemline adjusters and exposed DIY stitching evoke a hint of maritime styling that harks back to the brand’s Laguna lineage. Keeping with the beach-boy theme, the monochrome Stussy Stock Water Shorts also keep water-based activities catered to in light of the warmer months.
A street and skatewear staple that helped lead to the brand’s unfathomable success during the ‘80s, Stussy’s ever-growing headwear collection is one inspired by counter-culture and led by contemporary design. Returning all-time favourites such as the high-crowned and graffiti-etched Stock Cap make a timely comeback to ensure premium-grade protective coverage is adhered to, whilst nostalgic checkered designs such as the Plaid 2-Tone Low Pro Cap taps into ‘90s streetwear legacy with its mix-match aesthetic and its evolutionary workwear-meets-streetwear contortion. Constructed with the brand’s admirable athleisure beginnings in mind, the all-black 4 Panel Runner Camp Cap strikes the perfect balance between lightweight functionality and street-minded fashion, whilst the all-together different Giza Knit Bucket Hat pairs ‘70s spun festival functionalities with an all-knit anticipation for the warmer days to come.
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