Over the weekend, designer Reese Cooper unveiled his Autumn/Winter 2021 collection with a live-streamed runway show titled “Pyrophyte,” returning to the California landscape as in his Spring/Summer 2021 show. This time, Mt Wilson Observatory played host to the video presentation, presented in place of a traditional in-person Paris Fashion Week show. A point of emphasis for the show was the recent forest fires that ravaged California, as Cooper used a fire print on multiple pieces and the phrase “Reese Cooper Forest Service” was the brand motif for the collection.
The juxtaposition of lush green forestry that surrounds Mt Wilson Observatory and the knowledge of the fires that threatened its existence only months ago were a driving factor in the show. Cooper has used causes in his design for much of his career and this was no different. He continues his partnership with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation, which will plant a tree for every purchase made. In addition to this existing partnership, Cooper has also released a 12 item collection with all proceeds going to Mt Wilson Observatory following the show.
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In the collection, a heavy emphasis is placed on the brand’s best selling category, its outerwear. A wide range is on display with varsity jackets, bombers, chore coats, and hunting jackets that carry the brands reputation for versatility and high quality. Layered and long pleated skirts are a focus in womenswear. One of which boasts an impressive image of raging fire being extinguished by a helicopter, the image is also found on a jacket. Cargo pants, bespoke hiking boots, french-terry sweatshirts, and a variety of shoulder bags are all highlights of an impressive collection that brings luxury finishing to the workwear/hiking-core style that Cooper has solidified himself in.
Pyrophyte was among the few shows this season that saw all of its models wearing face coverings. The knit scarves, bandanas, hat flaps, and up-turned turtlenecks are a sign of the times in one of the most hard hit areas of the country.
Take a look at all 32 looks from Reese Cooper’s Fall 2021 show below. The collection will not be available for several months but in the meantime head to the Reese Cooper website to shop the Mt Wilson capsule collection. The collection ships the first week of March with 100% of proceeds going to the National Forest Foundation to raise money to support Southern California’s National Forests.