You could handle a fashion show better if you knew what the essential trends for fall and winter are and that a war was breaking out less than 1,100 miles away. Miuccia Prada’s remark following her fall/winter 2022 fashion presentation resonated with the fashion industry, which was still reeling from the effects of a global epidemic. The need to feel alive and motivated has returned. And to gain insight into human experience.” At what cost? Wondered about those sitting in the front rows of theaters in New York, London, Milan, and Paris as they listened to news of the Russian invasion and the agony of the Ukrainian people on their phones.
Giorgio Armani’s Milan runway show was held in a moment of silence out of respect. Companies of various sizes made gifts and emphasized the value of innovation in the face of authoritarianism. But the now-singular Demna made the most direct reference to the proverbial elephant in the terminal. When he realized that “canceling this event would mean giving in,” he decided to keep the Balenciaga show as an act of defiance. Because the designer had to abandon his own Georgia in 1993 at the age of 12 and seek safety in Ukraine, his words carried extra weight. His performance evolved from a commentary on climate change into a reaction to war, with models braving a snowy runway while hunched over against the wind and toting (leather) trash cans. The final two outfits, one in blue and one in yellow (the colors of the Ukrainian flag), crystallized fashion’s resolve to forge ahead regardless of the circumstances.
Gender fluidity, sex appeal, and body positivity are also hot topics this fall. The youthful enthusiasm for Y2K and body-conscious apparel that was on display in acres of naked flesh this past summer will be back in full force this next fall when waists will be nipped, and materials will be sheer. The suit is making its way out of the office and into the evening, where it can be found in lush velvets, vivid designs, and colors that will make you want to dance for delight. Knitted garments are ubiquitous and work with any outfit.
But what is the most notable development in fall/winter 2022 fashion? The comeback of well-crafted garments suitable for any occasion. See how the once-ignored tank top has become a runway staple at high-end labels like Prada, Bottega Veneta, and Loewe. Similarly, a flying jacket adorned with rhinestones, leather, and feathers can look quite chic when worn with a feminine skirt and knee-high boots. The large blazer, worn with everything from miniskirts made of shiny metal and latex boots by Versace to loose-fitting corduroy and sneakers by Louis Vuitton, also made a statement. These are the kinds of threads you can wear anywhere, whether you’re feeling flamboyant or not. Enjoy your newfound independence.
1. A Plain White Tank
Rib-knit Raw Hem Baby Tank Top
The resurgence of tank tops is perhaps the most distilled manifestation of designers’ focus on wardrobe essentials. Basic? Certainly not any longer.
Designed to fit flatteringly into any look. Created from a ribbed fabric, it’s finished with a raw hem. Add it to jeans for a late lunch or style it underneath tailoring for celebrations.
2. Take Flight
Quilted Flap Pockets Bomber Jacket
The unpretentious classic that will never go out of style? The pilot’s uniform has arrived for duty. You can wear this versatile jacket to the gym in the morning, out to dinner on the weekend, and to a social event that night.
3. Here Comes the Waist
Ribbed Corset-detail Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress
The corset trend, which has been popularized by Generation Z (#CorsetTok has 5.6 billion views on TikTok at the time of writing), is having a significant impact on the runway. For fall, many designers included corseted waists into their shapes and went a step further by giving corset panels a futuristic edge by shaping them in metal and increasing their protective properties.
4. Live In Leather
Faux Leather Ruched Slinky Shirt Dress
The goal was to restore vitality, to create a form that effectively communicated motion. His leather skirts and dresses, which were enlivened by pom-poms of leather fringe, epitomized this “best foot forward” attitude and were launched confidently down the runway. You can walk around with confidence with these outfits.