The Autumn Issue: AW21 Collection Guide

 

Introducing The Autumn Issue. Inspired by optimism for the season ahead, the AW21 collection channels the energy and richness of gatherings, and the excitement of dressing to be seen once again.


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Color References

The motif of optimism throughout the AW21 collection translates into hypersaturated jewel tones, and supple metallics meant to be reveled in. 

Color references 01-03 created Violet, a tone with an insatiable ability to hold interest without feeling overwhelming, like interacting with an entrancing conversationalist whose gaze feels comfortable. 

Color references 04-06 prompted Petrol, a unique shade of teal that is lavish yet relatable, like the pleasant paradox of being barefoot in an elegant home. 

Color references 07-09 produced Copper, a multidimensional hue with the ability to be special and familiar in unison, like a valuable piece of jewelry or family heirloom that’s worn every day.

Color Story

This season’s color story embodies a yearning for living life-in-color filled with beaming smiles, contagious laughs, vibrant dancing, and cosmic conversation. 

With the underlying nod to challenging black as a default never-fail color, Violet, Petrol, and Copper are ephemeral, fanciful tones that push the limits of a traditional wardrobe color palette and inspire archetypal dressing.

Perennial colors Desert, Marfil, and Black ground the collection while providing a sense of quiet to an otherwise intense, emotionally charged palette.


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Silhouettes

The AW21 silhouettes balance modernity and irony, without compromising the artisanal shoe-making process while doing so.

Each design detail was strategized and creatively crafted to add thoughtful attributes to each style, without relying on sophisticated or expensive technology to be fabricated. 

New and reworked styles of the season include the Trini loafer, Alba mule, and Nerea boot

The Trini loafer reinvents a classic menswear shape by being built upon a chunky layered leather and rubber outsole, while an oversized leather chain link detail provides an unexpected addition to the shoe.

The Alba mule is a modern take on a classic mule. With a sharp, elongated square toe and a unique stacked leather heel, the Alba is simple in nature, yet, anything but ordinary.

The Nerea boot reintroduced in statement materials contrasts with its utilitarian nature. In Marfil, the Nerea feels bold and significant, while in copper, it feels understated and luxe. 

Design Anatomy

Thoughtfully and ethically handcrafted by artisans in Buenos Aires, Argentina every Zou Xou shoe has a different story to tell. 

Diving into the design anatomy of a new style this season, the Alba mule is the ultimate nod to an unconventional forever shoe. 

With a distinctive stacked leather heel, smooth leather upper, and sharp, elongated square toe, the Alba is a wardrobe necessity that will turn heads with every wear. 


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Styling References

Each Zou Xou collection builds upon the last, expanding the creative styling potential of a curated wardrobe by simply adding an additional impactful, yet, versatile shoe to one’s closet. 

This season’s styling references were selected with time spent on the go in mind. The AW21 styles embody the need to tackle multiple scenarios like walking in the city, being in the office, and attending a gathering, all without sparing comfort or style and evoking a put-together effortlessness. 

Core styling pieces include refined outwear, oversized blazers, straight leg denim, voluminous trousers, tailored suiting, classic sweaters, and midi-length dresses and skirts. While styling themes include a juxtaposition between utilitarian and elevated pieces and a sense of irony between ultra-refined feminine and casually cool masculine pieces.

Styling Tips

Utilize the Beia boot to anchor refined outerwear, denim, and pants. With a strong silhouette and manageable sturdy heel, the Beia is a perfect choice for days when looking put together, yet not dressed up is in order. 

For an effortlessly chic and modern look, pair the Nerea boot with utilitarian and elevated pieces alike. Thanks to its lug sole, the Nerea adds a casual and cool aura to any look. 

Try out ironic styling by wearing the Trini loafer with ultra-refined, contrasting feminine pieces or anything one would wear with sneakers for a cool, offbeat take, on casual dressing. 

For a refined look without wearing heels, look to the Alba mule. When worn with dresses, tailored trousers, and jeans, the Alba is just noteworthy as a pair of high heels while being perceived as more modern and relaxed.

The Eugenia, Inia & Glove flats in the season’s palette offer fresh propositions for cold-weather styling in everyone’s favorite classic Zou Xou styles. 

As things continue to open up, we hope the AW21 collection sparks the art of getting dressed and accompanies you to momentous moments while providing comfort and ease, as only a close friend can.

 

Inés Ybarra — Photographer & Art Director

Inés Ybarra is a photographer & art director currently residing in Madrid. Inés is also the founder & creative director of CasaHari.
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Selected Clients

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

© Inés Ybarra 2021

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