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Fashion month is in full swing and I’ve never been so inspired to throw out all the items in my closet and start from scratch. And not overall TikTok-accelerating-the-trend-cycle-I won’t in fact do it. But seeing all the pretty things and trends from London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 makes me desperate to add at least a few new things to my closet. And based on my extensive research (the fact that I spend hours looking at runway images and runway photos), I know exactly which trends are worth trying.
Chocolate brown and Kelly green have had their moment in the sun, but for Fall/Winter 2022 we’re returning to the classic hot-girl shade: red. At one point, the idea of a red dress felt played and cheesy (Alexa, plays the Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up,” in which they sing about high heels and a red dress), but the hue saturated with fire has been given new life by a plethora of designers. And by plethora, I mean almost everyone. Conner Ives, Eudon Choi, Fashion East, Feben, Huishan Zhang, Paul & Joe, Raf Simons, Sohuman and more sent color down the catwalk.
But that wasn’t the only trend I felt like I was seeing everywhere. Evening gloves have officially been renamed Anytime loves, which means you don’t have to wait for a Bridgerton– themed ball to throw on a pair of elbow-length gloves. Designers such as Bora Aksu, Halpern, Mark Fast, Richard Quinn, Emilia Wickstead and more have each put their own spin on the look, with Mark Fast’s padded gloves proving to be an early favourite.
Any other trends to try, you ask? Plays of textures, crystal trims, cutouts, transparent materials and skirts of all lengths have made their mark this season. Below, read on for the best of the best as you start thinking about your Fall/Winter 2022 wardrobe. And no, it’s never too early.
Say goodbye to simple satins – the play of textures had its time to shine during London Fashion Week. Poster Girl used lint and beads, Halpern experimented with loads of dip-dyed bangs, and Chet Lo’s signature spikes found their way onto just about everything. Think popcorn t-shirts like the ones you wore in your tweens, but a thousand times cooler.
call it him Euphoria effect, but Maddie-ified ensembles replaced simplistic little black dresses on runways from Dojaka to Poster Girl. The makings of a good going out outfit for fall-winter 2022? The black color, cutouts to draw attention to the cleavage or belly, and transparent inserts to show a little more skin. You know, in case the cutouts aren’t enough.
Skirts in general are having a big moment, and the number one go-to silhouette is definitely the micro-mini. A dreamy blue iteration by Eudon Choi featured a dramatic slit, while Supriya Lele experimented with a more abstract wrap style and 16Arlington opted for subtle crystal embellishments. Pantyhose or bare legs, there’s no wrong way to try this trend.
Ah, the color of the season. Taylor Swift isn’t the only one bringing Red back, folks! An abundance of designers incorporated red into the season’s most daring looks, but my top three were this sequined shoulder-pad dress by Huishan Zhang, this asymmetrical textured number by Sohuman (The!! Boots!!!) and this peacoat perfect by Eudon Choi.
Gloves aren’t going anywhere, so embrace your touchscreen and get ready to bend over. While Mark Fast opted for a more unique motorcycle-inspired style of down jacket, Richard Quinn took the more classic route in terms of materials, although the punchy purple hue stood out. Halpern, on the other hand, has proven that leather is the key to elevating any look.
Not into micro-minis? Instead, experiment with volume levels! Maximalist designers like Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard are no strangers to flared skirts, and this metallic tiered number from Paul & Joe made me swoon. Much like evening gloves, this trend is proof that you can take traditional formal silhouettes and tone them down for everyday wear.
At New York Fashion Week, designers decorated every look with crystals and bling, but in London the trend was a bit more understated. Instead, crystal trims and accents made subtle, shimmering statements. David Koma used bling to coordinate mini dresses and matching boots, while Aadnevik used crystals to create an underwire-inspired look on the bust of a lime green tulle number. Perhaps my favorite, Feben incorporated crystal bands around a searing evening dress to give it shape.