Anne Klein Spring 2021

In case you didn’t know, Anne Klein was one of the pioneers of classic American sportswear. Anne Klein’s brand became popular as more American women were entering the workforce.

After Coco Chanel, Anne Klein was one of the first designers to adapt menswear silhouettes for women, eventually creating the first separates for women. And with these separates, women could devise a range of combinations of clothing. “Her first introduction of separates changed American [fashion] and liberated the way women dressed forever. She was the first to create sophisticated styles in all sizes, for all ages, true today as the brand serves all women all over the world,” explained Jesse Gre Rubinstein, Anne Klein’s daughter.

By the late 1960s, Anne Klein’s clothing was sold in over 750 stores and boutiques. When Klein died of breast cancer in 1975, Donna Karan, who was one of her lead designers, took over the brand until Karan launched her own eponymous fashion house. For over forty years after Anne Klein’s death the brand has continued in one form or another, with Anne Klein & Co. taken over by The Jones Group in 2003, and in 2019 taken over by WHP Global.

Anne Klein’s spring 2021 collection is the first time the brand has been shown during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for several years.  Anne Klein once famously said, “Clothes won’t change the world, the women who wear them will.” And this spring 2021 collection is directed to women who are empowered to realize their potential.

True to form there were lots of separates in this collection and also on brand was this collection’s concentration on garments that work equally at work or for a quiet night on the town. And though there are some well-designed separates in this collection, there were no surprises. Without that special garment or that eye turner, this spring 2021 collection is almost an updated vintage homage to the Anne Klein of the early 1970s.

Images courtesy of Atelier PR

And though there was value in this return to NYFW, one wonders in a time when most working women are working from home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, why the brand would concentrate so much on working or office clothes.

That said; what does work is that this spring 2021 collection is beyond seasons. There are garments that work for fall and spring. Add to that the size inclusiveness of this collection, this Anne Klein spring 2021 collection should appeal to a significant number of consumers. Anne Klein is back!!

—William S. Gooch

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