After a triumphant return to in-person shows in the 4 fashion capitals– New York, London, Milan and Paris–it’s time to define the hottest trends for Spring ‘22.
The Spring ‘22 Fashion Week program began on September 7 in NYC and ended on October 5 in Paris, with stops in London and Milan. It was full of energy and joy; after an 18-month hiatus, we returned to in-person runways and shows and the evenings were full of exclusive dinners and big parties. It was, without a doubt, an unforgettable time that made me fall in love with Fashion Month again.
Now, it’s time to look at the hottest trends for the season. We saw the return of aesthetics from 90s and the new millennium: miniskirts, bandana style tops, and spaghetti-stap dresses. The designers’ collections were filled with sensuality, with garments that enhanced the female form and highlighted natural beauty. Finally, the color palette was absolutely kaleidoscopic.
Here is a cheat sheet with 5 of the hottest trends for Spring ‘22.
One of the most present trends in this season’s shows was shimmer–a flash of optimism reflected in the garments of various designers. Crystals, sequins, and glitter were transformed into vibrant, sparkling pieces with captivating movement, and metallic tones elevated classics to new levels. We saw this trend from Versace, Prabal Gurung, Erdem, and AZ Factory as well as Loewe. From Tom Ford, we saw sets combining tops, blouses, and jackets; from Jason Wu, we saw bright sequined floral patterns; and from Brandon Maxwell, we saw pleated skirts. This season is here to shine.
Short Skirt Weather
This season, the miniskirt is back. This garment from the 60s, invented by Mary Quan and reinvented over time has returned…just shorter, and very reminiscent of the early aughts. We saw these flirty garments in a rainbow of colors and varied textiles such as satin, tweed, leather, denim, and more. Miu Miu gave us a hyper-short version with a frayed hem exposing the inside part of the pockets, and Lanvin gave us miniskirts with cutouts on the sides. Then, there were neutral-toned pieces from Chanel and gingham-print ones from Michael Kors.
The sci fi universe came to life on the Spring ‘22 runways—we saw this out-of-this-world aesthetic of metallic colors and garments from Fashion East, Schiaparelli, and Vivienne Westwood. Burberry also participated in the trend, with a bodysuit designed by Riccardo Tisci covered in crystals and reminiscent of Barbarella (1968). Then, there was Richard Quinn’s patent leather trench that reminded us of The Matrix (1999 ). Issey Miyake played with otherworldly silhouettes and Loewe altered proportions and added new-age shapes to garments. It’s trend that invites us to be playful and imaginative.
This classic fabric is almost always used somehow in the designers’ collections. This season, denim was back in a big way in lots of different tones and washes. We saw jackets, pants, dresses and much more, demonstrating the versatility of this textile. Saint Laurent gave us a sexy denim jumpsuit with pronounced shoulder pads and MSGM presented a perfect summer look consisting of shorts and an embroidered flower top. Max Mara used denim to create the perfect look for the office.
Piece of Me
The Spring ’22 collections were full of sexy looks, but one of the biggest trends we saw were pieces inspired by bondage, revealing just certain parts of the body, allowing us to show a little skin in different areas like the legs, shoulder, abdomen, or bust through the use of cut-outs. Stella McCartney gave us a sporty catsuit while Saint Laurent delivered a super chic, glam bodysuit. Then, there were bodycon dresses from Roberto Cavalli and looser, but still sexy, garments from Nina Ricci. This trend is all about highlighting natural curves.