Over the last few weeks, we saw designers’ new Spring 22 collections. Here is a summary of some of the highlights and updates that got a lot of attention during Fashion Week.
Over the course of Fashion Month, there was a lot to talk about among fashionistas. From collections, collaborations, and announcements from big brands, here is a summary of what’s been going on in recent weeks.
Balenciaga x The Simpsons
Since his arrival at Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia has revolutionized the brand and broken established canons. Whether collections presented through video games (Afterworld) or the first Haute Couture collection for the brand in 53 years, Demna always has an ace up his sleeve. On this occasion, he merged the world of luxury fashion with an iconic piece of pop culture: The Simpsons. During the Spring 22 show—at which the models were the guests—there was a 10-minute video clip in which Demna entered the universe of the Simpsons to dress Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie in Balenciaga garments. A collaboration that will go down in history!
Donatella and Kim Jones Present Fendace
In an unexpected moment, two fashion greats decided to combine their aesthetics and present a collection that caused quite a sensation. This collection, called “Fendace,” is not a normal collaboration; Donatella Versace took the reins of Fendi while Kim Jones took the lead of the Versace team. Both designed looks that represent their vision of the brands, combining the DNA of each but with a unique point of view. The result was a blend of Italian luxury that astonished us all—almost as much as the runway featuring legendary models like Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, and Naomi Campbell.
Peter Do Did His First Runway Show
This brand is known for not following the rules of the industry. Its first collection was made with very little experience, but after overcoming some hurdles, became a resounding success. Since then, Peter Do has become one of the industry’s favorite designers. With his minimalist aesthetics and designs, he has achieved great sales, and this time around at NYFW he decided to do his first runway show. His seventh collection was full of all the aesthetics that characterize the brand: tailored garments with clean silhouettes in neutral tones and intermittent splashes of color. A complete success!
Vogue Paris Celebrates 100 Years
The most emblematic fashion magazine in the world—created in 1920–turned 100 years old last year. Every decade, it gets reinvented to remain relevant and continue setting trends in fashion and luxury. To celebrate this milestone (the celebration and publication were delayed due to the pandemic), the magazine created an anniversary edition in which the best photographers, editors, and stylists created timeless images of glamor and beauty. In addition to this issue, which will become a collector’s edition, the Palais Galleria Museum is hosting an exhibition of 400 works from the magazine’s archives. Each of these images is testament to Vogue‘s impressive creativity and is also a glimpse into the evolution of one of the largest industries in the world.
Kering Will Stop Using Fur
In a historic moment, luxury conglomerate Kering announced that starting with Fall 22 collections all the group’s fashion brands will stop using fur in their designs. This movement is another step in Kering’s sustainability initiative, showing us that fashion must be ethical and responsible. This means that brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, and Saint Laurent will stop designing clothes with fur.
Aaron Rose Philip Closes the Moschino Runway
The Moschino show marked the brand’s return to New York and also wowed us with playful, quirky designs inspired by children’s objects and toys. But what was most inspiring and important to highlight is that designer Jeremy Scott chose model Aaron Rose Phillip–a transgender, disabled model of color–to close his show, inviting us to reflect on the importance of representation and inclusion in the industry. This decision was important because fashion must be a space in which everyone, regardless of their physical capabilities, race, or gender, feels comfortable and represented. Hopefully, other brands will follow Moschino’s’ great example.
Glenn Martens Collaborates will with Jean Paul Gaultier
Designer Glenn Martens from Y/Project and Diesel will be collaborating with the Parisian brand on its next Haute Couture collection. This new project continues the vision of Jean Paul Gaultier who worked alongside Chitose Abe from Sacai last season. This new way of working has infused the collections with creativity and unique aesthetics. For this next collaboration, we can expect rebellious pieces with an irreverent spirit seeing as both designers create clothing that is both fun and optimistic.
AZ Factory: A Moving Tribute to Alber Elbaz
Last year, the fashion world lost one of its most beloved members: Alber Elbaz. Yesterday, in an emotional runway show, the industry paid tribute to this great mind. 45 fashion houses created designs that celebrated and honored Alber in a collection entitled “Love Brings Love.” Each of these creatives interpreted the iconic and classic elements of Alber Elbaz’s style in their own way in a collection full of joy. To close, the AZ Factory design team, which worked closely with Alber up until his premature death, presented the brand’s collection: a series of outfits that, in the spirit of the brand’s founder, celebrated female bodies in all their forms. It was the perfect way to end Paris Fashion Week!