Over the summer, Jason Rembert debuted a buy-now, “Martinique” resort collection, which served a departure from his luxury mainline-through-escapist daywear priced between $100 and $850, alongside his e-commerce launch. Since August, the stylist and designer has been working on his latest mainline collection, delivering a expansive lineup that bridges elegant daywear and modern (digital) red-carpet worthy fashions for the fall 2021 season.
While Rembert’s brand has always been filled with vibrant, optimistic and architectural designs, the fall season served as a reflection of Rembert’s time as both a designer and stylist during the past year of COVID-19 and lockdowns. The designer started with darker hues and protective, “harder” fabrics (leather, suede and silk faille) and worked in vibrant pinks, burnt orange, citron and red as the colors came to him over the following months.
Speaking to refreshed staples within the collection, Rembert explained, “This time, I was pairing it [his signature embellished blazer] with things that someone might already have in their closet, like a beautiful trenchcoat. You can see that it can be toned down, it can be reflective to not only the avante garde dressing women or not only the runway-buying customer; it’s also reflective of the customer who may be more conservative or pulled back.”
The look: Modern luxury and glamour for day and night, or day-to-night, with an emphasis on architectural, rounded shapes in both silhouette and decoration.
Quote of note: “I hadn’t designed a collection in over a year.” Rembert expressed over the phone, “My career as styling is mainly based off of red carpet, and my design aesthetic was leaning more toward red carpet and dress that’s a little bit more elevated, more dressed up, so someone can wear from day to night. But when you don’t have nights — because of the pandemic we’re in — designing collections has been more reflective of the world and culture and time that we’re currently living in. Now I do feel ambitious and hopeful; I’m grateful to all the scientists who created the vaccines — to have those types of feelings of ambition and hope that people will dress up. This collection was definitely reflective of myself finding it all through the darkness: finding my light through the darkness, finding my creativity through that.”
Key looks: Two standout scalloped leather coats comprised of 2,500 two-and-a-half inch hand-cut circles, pieced together one by one; a PVC pant and vest set; a new Aliétte logo bomber jacket with rounded hem; vibrant, fluid frocks; an assortment of black dresses that ranged from mini, midi and maxi with intriguing textures or volumes.
The takeaway: Designed to bring opulence and glamour, optimism and hope, Rembert’s fall collection was his strongest and most robust to date.
Closing the phone call, Rembert added, “Aliétte means so much more than just a dress, so much more than just an amazing T-shirt or an amazing coat. It’s what my grandmother created, what my mom became and what my daughter will one day become, because she’s also Aliétte. To me is what is a driving force behind my designs.”