What garments, colors and prints will be trending in 2022? We thoroughly analyze all the proposals on the catwalk to compile the guidelines on what is going to be worn the most this spring
The spring-summer 2022 trends make it clear that despite the pandemic and confinement, the year is not a clean slate in stylistic terms. Although there are brands and designers who have seen in this section that 2020 represented an opportunity for reinvention, others have chosen to continue within the wheel of Fashion Weeks. There is no margin for reproach: they continue to assume a structure at the level of exposure and monetization that is difficult to avoid. So much so that there has been a high enough number of fashion shows to be able to outline the spring-summer 2022 trends. From the garments that are going to be worn the most, through the most seen prints (with stripes at the forefront) and the colors that will color the season, we break down some of the main trends.
They are not the only color range that will be present next spring-summer 2022, but it is one that is worth highlighting, especially with regard to lilac and dusty green. These two colours, together with a soft yellow and a good amount of light pink, have been sprinkled in a multitude of fashion shows presented in September, playing on the obvious relationships, as in Moschino or Jil Sander (two looks with a great naïve charge) but also by Contrast of opposites, as in Fendi and a tighter and more aggressive styling. Givenchy and an experimental look can also be identified in that polo shirt, but those of the first team, also made up of Rodarte or Loewe, win the game. Another shade to consider? The light blue.
Pink color, in all its possible ranges.
It happens to all of us: we love to recycle basics. Investing in a garment in a flattering color that continues to be in vogue season after season is a stylistic gesture that is repeated when we talk about the range of pinks. The good thing about the spring summer 2022 trends is that they continue to be worn in all their possibilities: we can mention the fuchsia dresses by Molly Goddard or the very light pink outfits by Sandy Liang. However, the trend also involves combining various saturations of pink: this is what Carolina Herrera does in majestic dresses with trains, Rodarte in pastel pink layered designs or David Koma, in outfits that combine a whole variant, from shocking pink to bubblegum pink
The pattern of stripes.
It is true that the horizontal or even sailor stripe print is such a timeless classic that a t-shirt or sweater like this usually appears on the list of garments in a capsule wardrobe. Its spring load is unavoidable, but that is precisely what could have led different firms to reinvent it by changing the direction of the lines. One of the first signs and clues that the vertical striped print points to mass is in Carolina Herrera New York, whose festive collection includes several black and white dresses (beware, because it is another trend) that somewhat inevitably refers to a hyper-sophisticated Beetlejuice. The iconic house is joined by Marni or Victoria Beckham with a relaxed two-piece set, but also JW Anderson, who chooses lavender, or Jil Sander, who chooses peach. In addition, they can be found in Altuzarra, Emporio Armani, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Roksanda, Givenchy, Schiaparelli, Courrèges, Balmain, Isabel Marant…
Pantone has already catapulted it to the color of the moment: Very Peri, halfway between blue and purplish red, promises to dye our entire wardrobe in 2022. It is one of the variations of this chromatic range that can be found in dresses such as those of Lanvin or Tod’s. Valentino uses it in various looks to transform its pleats, while Bottega Veneta translates it into a sporty key.
What would a summer season be without fabrics that reveal the body, whatever they are? As with white or with flowers, the association of transparencies with good weather and the exposure of the body is direct and well-known, which is perhaps why the designers have wanted to influence it (what has been said: to go through common territories and acquaintances who provide security and well-being). In fact, precisely with flowers it is mixed in the dresses of JW Anderson and Valentino, as well as in the long skirt of Giambattista Valli, making the delicacy of both elements sublime. However, it is in its smoother version (both in neutral and striking tones) that it triumphs among the collections: there are the shirts by Rejina Pyo, Etro, Erdem, Emporio Armani, Emilio Pucci or Dior; the dresses of Balmain, Blumarine, Molly Goddard or Chloé and the most risky bets of Givenchy or Fashion East, where the fabric acquires a watery appearance. The special mention? Schiaparelli, thanks to styling that brings back the sensuality typical of Helmut Newton’s images.
This is a trend that can be considered continuous, since its presence among the autumn-winter 2021/2022 proposals is relevant. Only it may be next season when they stand out again and become, once again, a massive trend. The conceptual relationship between the freedom of summer and the movement implied by one of the oldest adornments in the history of clothing is there, and has been recreated by firms such as Proenza Schouler, which dyes them a forceful red, or Chloé, which explores a thicker and more multicolored version, something that also happens (in a more volatile and fine way) in Halpern, who uses dancers to make the fringed designs move as they deserve. Rodarte used them for a pink dress that evokes the disco era, as also happens with a gold model from Balmain or a silver one from Dolce & Gabbana. They continue in the dresses of Fendi, Ferragamo, Tod’s, and also in tops of Dior, Stella McCartney or Alberta Ferretti. As with flowers, any interpretation is valid.
The mini skirts.
If there was to choose a garment that defines the summer of 2022, that would be the miniskirt in its purest version. That is to say, short, very short, in an allegation of fun and hedonism that vindicates the pleasure of dressing and showing the body as one wants and when one wants (something closely linked, moreover, to transparencies). The list of firms that have included one is tremendously long, but Prada especially stands out, since Miuccia’s creations for the house do not usually abound. However, on this occasion they took part in a simultaneous and sexy parade. A sensation that, not so curiously, is also in Miu Miu, another of the firms that has boasted more and better of short measures. Extreme, in this case, as the waistband sits at the hip, in a reminder of those 2000s belt-skirts that so many pop celebrities wore endlessly in almost any fabric. They may not be the most comfortable pattern in the world, but the visual impact they have caused makes it likely that they will slip into other more accessible brands, something that can also happen with Blumarine (again, with a low waist), Balmain, which moves it to create an effect that slims the figure, or Loewe, which uses asymmetry to add contrast to a fluffy sweater.
This may be another trend that sounds redundant, because the tone is closely linked to the image of summer and good weather, to the lightness that is presupposed in this season. But it may be that the need to seek security and well-being leads to exploring already known territories and that this has the consequence that there are a good handful of brands that have opted to include all-white looks among their references. And you know what happens when you have a monochrome look on your hands: that the attention is placed on textures and patterns, which are what will lead an outfit towards one aesthetic school or another. For example, in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello there is a clear nod to the 80s, while Peter Do is closer to the 90s thanks to his minimalist coats. Fendi seems to recreate itself in a kind of snowy power dressing, while Proenza Schouler or Carolina Herrera do it in certain coordinates of traditional femininity, such as puffed and rounded sleeves. But white can also speak of sensuality, as happens with the openings of Emilio Pucci or Alberta Ferretti or the transparencies of Isabel Marant, JW Anderson and Valentino, with a retro spirit, as in Dior or Tod’s, of a certain revisited boho, as in Chloé , or romanticism, as in Molly Goddard or Simone Rocha.
The color block.
If in spring 2021 we were wondering if bright color was the best stylistic remedy against the ravages left by the pandemic, spring trends underline the power of powerful saturations to make us feel good about ourselves. It is no longer just a question of resorting to strong color ranges, but of the way in which they are combined. Once again, the color block stands as an infallible formula when it comes to betting on the most impossible colors. The warm ones violently confront their complementary cold ones or merge with others of the same type for an equally showy harmony. A plus this spring 2022? Use any shade of orange as a starting point: Halpern or Coach use a soft one to combine it with purple or purple, while Versace opts for a more vitaminized one to add a fuchsia suit. Tom Ford complements it with cool colors using sequins, and Rejina Pyo takes it to its most pastel side.