As the fashion calendar returned to full, FW22 was a season of elevated functionality. Designers offered pieces that could be worn every day. FW22 was a far more relaxed mood than the SS22 collections. Designers offered hard-working pieces that can be worn both in business and casual settings. Maxi skirts are a refreshing alternative to tailored trousers, while platform Mary Jane heels are almost as comfortable as your favorite pair.
Glamour was also a big trend, and FW22 shows that all that glitters is actually gold. The trophy dress became a shining hero piece that will be a loyal dance partner for many years. Trends are so wearable that you don’t want to wait. Our guide will show you how to style your new season’s trends.
After several seasons of technicolor rollercoaster, the FW22 runways were flooded with black looks. It felt like a reset – a palette cleansing that brought back the focus on silhouettes, fabrics, and craftsmanship. The Row’s wide-leg pants were paired well with the cozy turtlenecks, while Gabriela Shearst’s sleeveless suits provided a relaxed approach to a classic boardroom staple. Look out for interesting details this season, from Bottega Veneta’s cutout pants to fringed blazers and cinch-tie blouses to tactile textures that will carry you through fall.
The season’s subdued mood was matched by a return to high-end, everyday essentials. Think tailored jeans in low-slung silhouettes, boxy jackets, and long, elegant dresses with a sense of laid-back polish. As the perfect backdrop for low-key-luxe looks, the vest has become a star. It can be seen at Bottega Veneta or Chloe. Loewe’s logoed vest, which can be worn under a The Row trench coat, is a favorite this season.
No fall/winter season is complete without glitz and glamour. The FW22 runways featured party dresses made from shimmering fabrics, or adorned with sequins, beading, that will shine under the disco lights. Emerging labels 16Arlington, LaQuan Smith were the best-known for their slinky silhouettes and wearable maxi lengths. You can wear this season with tights, beach-worthy jewels from Alice + Olivia or iridescent minis from Fannie Schiavoni and Alessandra rich in after-dark colors – just when it gets cold.
Heels were bold and are bold for FW22, and were stacked on a large platform. Valentino and Gucci proposed ankle-boot versions, while Bottega Veneta showed off chunky Mary Jane silhouettes. The platform is comfortable and visually lengthening. You can wear it with anything from everyday jeans to diaphanous dresses. You can go from summer weddings to winter parties with ease in metallic pairs by Aquazzura and Loeffler Randall.
The winter maxi
The FW22 runway was a departure from the norm after several seasons devoted to the ever-rising hemline. Floor-skimming lengths offer practicality and drama, while also offering day-to-day functionality. The king of black was Altuzarra’s glossy, leather versions that will go well with chunky boots. Peter Do’s knife-pleat skirts featuring buckled waists and a belt feel more like a modern take on the plaid kilt. Rick Owens has a range of sporty styles that can be paired with sandals or T-shirts. The Row’s off white version is perfect for summer.
A fashion season cannot be complete without its signature color. For FW22, pink is the focus in a range of saturated hues that feel completely new. The shade is believed to symbolize friendship, love, and compassion throughout history. Designers were drawn to it in many forms, including the bright fluoros at Valentino (for whom Pierpaolo Picccioli designed his own Pantone shade) and the pastels at Emilia Wickstead. Molly Goddard’s ruffled mini is great for picnics. Isabel Marant and Jacquemus have tailored separates in striking fuchsia, which feel business-y.
The flight jacket
The zip-up jacket is versatile and can be worn in a neat-fitting or large-format style. It was designed by Versace and featured cape-like sleeves. These can be styled with tapered pants or layered over a shirt dress. Sacai and Paco are offering sporty, tailored separates that will enhance your off-duty wardrobes. Max Mara and Khaite offer textural options to dress down the tailoring.
The pillow bag
The pillow bag is a departure from the comforts of home and promises to make your commute more comfortable, especially when it’s carried underarm. It was made in buttery leathers in large clutch silhouettes. Stella McCartney added her signature chains strap to give it extra versatility. Spring styles include squashy designs from Saint Laurent, Stand Studio and Bottega Veneta. The cloud-like white clutch of Bottega Veneta looks so comfortable that you could just rest your head on it after a long day.