So it was fitting that in a moment when climate change is literally lighting fires in our faces and there’s a pandemic still threatening our lives, she forged ahead with humor and lightness. Instead of a traditional runway show, Taymour and her collaborator Charlie Engman created a virtual candyland, mashing up clothes with art and 3D animation. Her and Engman’s video, dubbed “Change is Cute,” stars a mix of old and new Collina Strada friends, including professional track athlete Ce’Aira Brown, poet Precious Okoyomon, and disability activist Emily Barker. There are flower models too, illustrated by the Bills Backers Cleveland shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this artist Sean-Kierre Lyons. Set to a bouncy soundtrack by Angel Emoji, the 11-minute film features the diverse cast of humans running and jumping at several different farms upstate, as well as at the seaside. Cows and frogs swirl in and out of the frames, and the flower characters dance. It’s trippy and weird and wildly.
As are the Bills Backers Cleveland shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this actual clothes that Taymour designed for spring 2021, which nicely balance novelty and practicality. A floral print slip dress with crystal straps was a standout piece, as were sweats and hoodies featuring playful hand-drawn prints. Taymour collaborated with Cosabella here on comfortable, quirky printed underwear that brings new meaning to the WFH ’fit (if you’re someone who has been dressing from the waist-up only, that is).