Paris Fashion Week’s Spring / Summer 22 season is over, and with it most of the Spring 22 premieres, all of which offered a definitive glimpse into the year ahead in a time of current uncertainty.
While this ambiguity may remain in real life, the fashion world has presented a clearer view of what the coming spring and summer might look like – and what to expect. Overall, fashion seems to be moving away from restraint and more towards freedom, frivolity, hedonism and verve.
Take a closer look at the eight trends that defined Paris Fashion Week and the upcoming Spring / Summer 22 season here.
1. The miniskirt
After a long period of midi, maxi and nap dresses, the hems are finally coming up – really high. While the New York and Milan Fashion Weeks alluded to the mini, it was in Paris that the figure solidified. At Miu Miu, minis were both short and low-waisted, reminiscent of the denim skirts of early teenage life. At Chanel, tweed skirt suits got shorter, Valentino paired simple white minis with gladiator sandals and organza shirts. And on the catwalks of Lanvin and Givenchy, a looser mini skirt appeared, proving that there will be something for everyone in a shorter hem.
2. Surreal heels
Creativity was present in both accessories and ready-to-wear this season, not more than in shoes. From cracked eggs by Loewe and bottles of nail polish as heels and striped platforms from Schiaparelli with golden toes to the set of creative director Gherardo Felloni’s short for Roger Vivier, the shoes reminded us that it’s a world strange we live in now, and the fashion is there to reflect that.
3. Fluted heels
Amina Muaddi may not have invented the fluted heel (predecessors include everyone from Louis XIV to John Fleuvog). But there’s no denying the impact of the designer’s martini-shaped heel on contemporary footwear. Even Chanel took inspiration from it, adding fluted mid-heels to two-strap sandals. Roger Vivier also launched a new groovy mixed media mule with fluffy wool soles. Elsewhere, other architectural forms have emerged.
4. Low waist
In tandem with the miniskirt, young girls’ favorite stockings also made a roaring and perhaps official comeback at Paris Fashion Week. Miu Miu minis were low waisted like Abercrombie & Fitch minis denim, while Givenchy, Balmain and Chanel all played with the peek-a-boo underwear worn underneath (call it a new ‘whale tail’). generation).
5. Fringe + cutouts
Echoing details from some of New York Fashion Week’s top shows, the Parisian collections had plenty of bangs for the season. Instead of the vintage bohemian version, the fringe from Spring 22 was either futuristic, like at Stella McCartney paired with cutouts, or artisanal, as Gabriela Hearst showed at Chloe. At Givenchy, it was both.
6. The gladiator
What started as a micro-trend at Milan Fashion Week last season is destined to become an even bigger trend for next year. From Valentino’s oversized Rockstud lace-up shoes to Roger Vivier’s gold and jeweled sandals, the gladiator is definitely back.
7. Mini dresses
Super short hems have also made an appearance in dresses – a change from the many midi, maxi and nap dresses that have dominated clothing trends in recent years. From babydoll silhouettes to off-the-shoulder styles, cut-outs and bra details, the new generation of minis is all about pure fun.
8. Saturated color
Bright and bold colors will permeate next year’s spring and summer collections, from lemon greens to sparkling azures, to bursts of orange and lemon yellow. It’s both a nod to the current fascination with Y2K fashion and a shock of post-pandemic optimism.