Photo:Givenchy; Coperni; Lanvin
The last stop of fashion's world tour, Paris dazzled us once again with a packed roster of runway shows and presentations. As a destination that's long been home to a number of storied fashion houses and big-name designers, the City of Lights is the place to go when you want to witness Fashion with a capital F.
After a year of virtual presentations and digital lookbooks, designers unleashed their latest collections with a mountain of showstopping moments: The Simpsons made an appearance at Balenciaga; Miu Miu showed us the real meaning of micro-mini; Cardi B turned out the streets of Paris in a plethora of looks. But in between the viral moments were a lot of great clothes and accessories—so good our eyes are still digesting.
With heavy hitters such as Valentino, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten in the fashion week lineup, you know you're in store for a trend forecast of the ages. After analyzing the collections, we've narrowed it down to the seven trends that were simply too dominant to ignore, ranging from shimmering sequins to rebellious takes on the preppy aesthetic and more. Take note because these will be in your face all 2022.
Photo:Miu Miu; Raf Simons; Lacoste
We've talked a lot about the preppy fashion revival that fashion insiders can't seem to get enough of, and it's not slowing down in 2022. Actually, it's picking up even more steam. This time around, preppy dress codes have been redefined and reimagined—and the back-to-school uniform is different from what you might remember. Cable-knit sweaters with hot pants? Why not? Micro low-rise pleated skirts and a bare midriff? Miu Miu approves with one of the most buzzed-about looks from Paris Fashion Week. This is a trend you'll want to keep an eye on.
Photo:Courtesy of Miu Miu
Photo:Courtesy of Raf Simons
Photo:Courtesy of Lacoste
Photo:Dior; Nina Ricci; Courrèges
Suits (of all varieties) tend to shine during fashion week, but there's another coordinated pairing that's steadily creeping up. Meet the new power combo. It borrows the matching element of a suit but in a more relaxed way. The key look seems to be a cropped top, pants or a skirt, and a jacket, all in the same bold color or pattern. Dior, Nina Ricci, Courrèges, and more included monochromatic three-piece sets down their runways over the past week, which means it's only a matter of time before it's all over your feed.
Photo:Courtesy of Dior
Photo:Courtesy of Courrèges
Photo:Courtesy of Nina Ricci
Photo:Loewe; Saint Laurent; Chanel
Brands are on board with maxi silhouettes for S/S 22, and we can't get enough. Copy Saint Laurent and add a vest top to a column skirt for a cool spin on suiting, or mirror Loewe and opt for a sleek maxi dress for a simple, yet showstopping, look. However you slice it, there's no doubt that maxi skirts and dresses are about to be the next fashion-insider basics to have in your closet.
Photo:Courtesy of Loewe
Photo:Courtesy of Saint Laurent
Photo:Courtesy of Chanel
Photo:Stella McCartney; Lanvin; Saint Laurent
Each season, there's usually one trend that throws all of us for a loop, and for S/S 22, that honor goes to the catsuit. It's not something we exactly saw coming, but the skin-tight relative of the jumpsuit was everywhere in Paris. Almost half of Anthony Vaccarello's Saint Laurent collection displayed a catsuit of some sort, from cutout-riddled suits to halter-neck versions. Stella McCartney also incorporated skin-baring cutouts in her seafoam-green interpretation of the catsuit—complete with an army-green maxi coat. While this trend may not be for the sartorially timid, it's definitely a look that kept our attention all fashion week.
Photo:Courtesy of Stella McCartney
Photo:Courtesy of Lanvin
Photo:Courtesy of Valentino
Photo:Coperni; Ludovic de Saint Sernin; Ottolinger
"Naked" fashion seems to get rethought by brands each season, and the S/S 22 collections are no exception. This time around, we're seeing barely there sheer pieces with exposed underwear, inventive cutouts, bare midriffs, and cool new takes on strappy "floss" pieces. When it comes to naked fashion, we thought we'd seen it all, but it looks like designers are only getting started.
Photo:Courtesy of Coperni
Photo:Courtesy of Ludovic de Saint Sernin
Photo:Balenciaga; Valentino; Givenchy
Designers have reached into their tool kits of sparkly things to give us a season full of shimmering, brilliant looks—literally. Sequin has a reputation for erring on the side of prom-queen cheesiness, but Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Valentino, among others, made a case for its importance as a facet of high fashion. To try this out in real life, stick with minimal accessories when styling your sequin piece. The point is to let it speak for itself.
Photo:Courtesy of Givenchy
Photo:Courtesy of Valentino
Photo:Loewe; Louis Vuitton; Acne Studios
One area where designers really put their foot on the creative pedal? Sculptural silhouettes. Loewe, Louis Vuitton, ACNE Studios, and other designers showcased cool, voluminous skirts and dresses that ranged from 19th-century shapes to architectural and futuristic designs. Luckily, there are already plenty of wearable versions on the market.
Photo:Courtesy of Loewe
Photo:Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Photo:Courtesy of Acne Studios