Global fashion month is almost over. There are many recurring themes and trends that repeat across all fashion weeks and borders. These are the top fashion trends that were seen at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week.
1. Runway: Adaptive Fashion
Adaptive Fashion has seen a rise of brands creating clothing for people with disabilities. Companies like Tommy Hilfiger and Nike have been championing this trend. This season, models in wheelchairs walked the runways of Runway Fashion to prove that inclusive fashion can be innovative. Faduma’s Fellowship, in partnership with Oxford Fashion Studio, showed that being disabled shouldn’t limit your ability to express yourself through fashion.
2. Lots of Colors
Nothing can beat the optimism that is translated into joyous colour use. The collections have seen a rainbow of colours so far. Roksanda’s jewel tones at LFW, Norma Kamali’s vintage quilt prints, and vibrant florals NYC, to master of LBD Tom Ford who, although often resigned in his muted palette, stole the show with his opening look of bright orange, glittering rose, and azure, stole the show.
3. Elevated Athleisure
The groutfit is here. Activewear doesn’t have to be just a sweatshirt or sweatpants. Designers are making athleisure fashionable. The new street uniforms include the cargo pant, jeans and bra tops with shrunken tees or bra tops. Sporty separates are timeless and can be worn with ease.
4. Prints Made by Modern Artists
These prints, which included digitally enhanced graphics and luxurious heritage quilts, were stunning enough to frame. New ombre versions of tie-dye are now available. The fabric’s colours blend seamlessly into each other. Prabal Gurung was seen wearing hot pink gingham, and TSC Design House at Oxford Fashion Studio displayed an artistry in print.
5. Hybrid Everything
Fashion weeks can be hybrid. Although September is the traditional season for womenswear, designers from menswear have also taken to the catwalks. Some brands host digital shows, while others are in person or show off their collections via film. This includes Victoria Beckham and Matty Bvan, who were both awarded the Woolmark Prize. Eckhaus Latta’s sensual knitwear was gender neutral in New York. Designers choose the right medium for them.
6. Springtime Suits
Two-piece suits are making a comeback. Particularly vibrant and colourful tailoring makes a fashion statement. You can dress up or down your suit, but it is not the same as the business suit. Instead, tailoring is dismantled and done in subtle colors for a modern look.
7. Purple is the Colour
Purple shades were a popular choice for the SS22 season, and they are already a major colour on the Pantone radar. Spring is all about purple, from mauve, lilac, lavender, grape, and violet. You can wear it as a full-length gown or in sexy separates.
8. Gender-free Looks
Designers are recognizing that gender is a social construct. They are displaying more fluid looks on runway. Brands are eager to break down gender barriers and showcase all types of bodies and abilities in truly inclusive design. The 90s revival is set to continue. The oversized grunge look emphasizes youth culture, layering pieces that anyone can wear. This appeals to customers who look beyond gender limitations.
The little black dress is shorter than ever and everyone wants to feel more sexy in clothing. The catwalk saw a return to see-thru fabrics like chiffon and netting as well as lingerie made from tulle, netting, mesh and other see through options. Nensi Dojaka, a London Fashion Week winner and LVMH prize winner, was named the symbol of modern femininity. She presented a fresh take on hosiery and bras as well as tiny dresses.
Any shape can be used next season as long as it is cut, sewn, and re-cut to dramatic effect. Designers are exploring new techniques for displaying openings in garments’ most unusual places, such as asymmetric draping and knotting fabric.