15 AUTUMN/WINTER 2022 FASHION TRENDS YOU MUST SEE

BY ELLIE PITHERS AND JOY MONTGOMERY

Nostalgia is the main theme of autumn/winter 2022’s fashion trends.

Nostalgia is different for each unique individual mostly highly depending on your background, age and interests. Aspiration for a simpler life and better life has been the predominant theme of the catwalks in the creative collections.

During the pandemic, the designers have been embracing optimism with pick-me-up trends and dopamine dressing to create escapism for the consumer from the dark realities that one may have been facing. As the pandemic is coming to the end now, more varied styles have been more interesting as well.

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The upcoming trends will have something for everyone, for instance, if you are a minimalist, the return of the ’90s and ’00s basics will be just for you. The current viral and iconic item is Prada’s white vest. Despite it being a summer item on the surface, it will be on many people’s wish lists in the upcoming months. Other subtle minimalist trends are classic suits, bomber jackets, maxi skirts and neutral colours are plentiful.

 

The other part of the trends was greatly driven by Tik Tok and youth-driven culture. The over-the-top outfits have found their place and more is essentially better for this sort of crowd. Euphoria did have a major impact on these trends, with fans hoping to bump into Jacob Elordie or Sydney Sweeney. As these “extra AF” looks are currently encouraged, it has led the designers to tap into their creative sides even more. We should “expect the unexpected.” The Valentino show is currently proving the point, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli crafted a custom hot-pink hue in collaboration with Pantone, so we can expect to see the colour everywhere.

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Expect the fun, the extravagance, brighter colours, bigger bags, and sequence everywhere. It sets the mood for fun and extravagance. Buyers are currently investing in pieces that spark that joy. More is more trend that is predominant for the upcoming season. Customers want to dress up at any given opportunity.

1: 90’s Minimalism

As we saw from different catwalks of Etro, Gauchere and Ahluwalia the low-rise waistlines grow in popularity with the customers. The main outfits that we can expect to see are plain skirts, vests, and basic low-rise trousers with no makeup look. If you are looking for the proper inspiration, look at the main influencers of the ‘90s starting with Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester and Jil Sanders.
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2: Biker Chicks

Part of the uniform from the ‘90s were the leather jackets, but on the runway, we saw not only the classics but the bomber too. We are seeing the rise already in searches on Depop for purchasing the secondhand version of the moto jacket. The leather look does not stop at jackets but extends into skirts, and leather pants. The more leather you are wearing the better, embracing the look of I just left my Harley outside.
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4: Reinforced boots

During the pandemic, comfort was essential, hence we are still into comfort footwear. These biker-style boots are back in style with the biker chic trend returning. Many designers are opting for the ugly foot-loving shoes, following the summer Birkenstock Boston Clog. Continuing from the previous seasons of track soles. This time in a season will be the steel toe caps, lace-up details, square toes, metal hardware and extremely long up-to-the-calves boots.
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5: Oversized Energy

The oversized slouchy blazer had been in trend for a while now, but currently, the oversized silhouettes had been balanced by slim fits underneath, this autumn/winter 2022 it will be the whole baggy fit look.

The ‘90s are here to do most influencing hot pinks, oversized blazers and chartreuse. “This is all about refined, pared-back luxury that has a real sense of ease when it comes to styling choices—think vest tops with beautifully tailored trousers and silky slip skirts with matching shirts,” explains Who What Wear editor, Emma Spedding. “It’s Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. And it’s, in my opinion, the chicest way to get dressed this autumn.”

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6. Bohemian

The nostalgia of free travel. Slow fashion and home-crafted goods had been incorporated with the slew of one-of-a-kind items with a bohemian influence. These are truly the investment pieces that we are looking for as they surpass seasons and trends. Things that are well made, and are a little off-beat never get out of style. Many brands have committed to the electric head-to-toe looks and some just bits here and there.
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7. Cats Couture

Bold patterns are making a comeback for autumn/winter 2022 but the luxe leopard print did make a stand-out statement on the catwalks. Prints can be done in many ways, that did make them more of a basic and classy piece.

You can be a bit hippy-like Dries Van Noten, posh and uptown like Giambattista Valli, minimalistic like Proenza, maximalist like Roberto Cavalli…

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8. Party, party, party

Now we are all about elevated glamour instead of simply sexy. The cut-out galore looks and an all-out approach is following us everywhere. So if you are into daring midriff-exposed looks and sheer delights or head-to-toe bright pink inspired by Valentino, wear them and be the style icon of the party scene. There is a slew of after-dark looks that are expressing the individuality of each, helping the individual to find their tribe and be themselves no matter who they are. “In a post-COVID world, everything is being flipped on its head. It is better to be overdressed than under, and Miu Miu is stepping into this year with the must-have pieces that every It girl is reaching for super-cropped tops, low-rise skirts and embellishment in all the right places,” agrees Ilori.
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9. Bombers: take the flight

The main takeaway is that Bomber jackets are coming back and going to be a very trendy piece of clothing to own. “From simplistic black flight jackets at Givenchy to shrunken suede ones at Miu Miu through to supersized, waist-nipped satin styles at both Sacai and Prada, it would appear that there is an iteration of this classic outerwear style to suit all tastes.” – said Hannah from whowhatwear.com The most popular time for the interest to strike is around November, but this season it will happen much earlier and much bigger volume.
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10. Magpies Season

Sparkles and seasons are here for the everyday stylish wardrobe instead of just the Christmas party that you were invited to attend. If you love this, it is a sign to wear them with pride, although some people used to call the sparkles-loving people, magpies but so be it. “Sparkles were strongly represented, both on and off the runway. Personal favourites were the crystal-pink bag from Off-White and Paris Texas’s encrusted knee-high boots,” adds Gramston. What has prompted this? Ilori has a theory: “It is the Kirakira effect—an extra dosage of twinkle to everything and anything.”
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11. Boss in Business

In Autumn 2022, workwear is making a comeback in the post-pandemic world. Many traditional styles had been on the runway, being less leisure, but still, the elemnts of comfort are being present. Comfort is still a crucial element for the modern consumer. If you are ever in doubt about how to dress to feel polished and on top of the world then opting for a suit is your best bet.
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12. Long Lengths

As the ‘90s are making a comeback in the autumn/winter 2022, maxi skirts are making a bold return on the catwalks mostly in the form of a tube-like maxi skirts, continuing into the cold months. Standout skirt moments came from Calvin Klein, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Saint Laurent, ACNE and Diesel
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13. Pretty

It’s all about the extra: frou, chiffon, pinks and organza, inspiring even the most minimalist-loving person to be inspired to buy a pink dress. The current trend-setting leader is Cecille Bahnsen, famous for his cloud-like dresses. If you are into edgy but pretty, then there are a few of those gothic items on the catwalk.
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13. Pretty

It’s all about the extra: frou, chiffon, pinks and organza, inspiring even the most minimalist-loving person to be inspired to buy a pink dress. The current trend-setting leader is Cecille Bahnsen, famous for his cloud-like dresses. If you are into edgy but pretty, then there are a few of those gothic items on the catwalk.
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14. Pick me up

14. Pick me up If you are scared of wearing anything bold, then there is an easy way for you to incorporate wearing colour without being too bold, and the is wearing a bright bag this autumn/winter 2022. Lots of bright bags are from Valentino and Chanel, doing the quick fix to any outfit. Boxy blazer, T-shirt and jeans look perfect with them. You’ll find quilted, squishy numbers in sumptuously soft leathers (Bottega Veneta), more rigid pops of colour in structured bags (Valentino), posh tweeds (Chanel, of course) or playful in mini satin (Miu Miu, be mine).
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15. Goth Aesthetic

The Goth aesthetic has a lasting impact on the fashion industry as well as the trends We understand that the Goth aesthetic is the lifestyle and not something that you just occasionally participate in. This style had deep origins in romanticism.

 

“The antithesis to the bright and joyful colours that have dominated for the past few years, all-black ensembles with gothic accents were some of the most striking in the new collections. We’ve already touched on how Valentino used it to startling effect against its Pink PP ensembles. Other highlights include The Row’s sheer mesh polo-neck dress, Isabel Marant’s dominatrix-style over-the-knee boots worn with miniskirts and Loewe’s elongated blazer complete with leather trousers.”

 

“‘Black is back is a key theme we’ve invested in for autumn/winter, which takes on a much more simplistic approach to dressing following the ‘dopamine dressing’ trend that dominated recent seasons. We love monochrome styling for its elegance and charm—from Saint Laurent’s occasion coats to Bottega Veneta’s sheer maxi dress,” says Page from Net a Porter.

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