Fashion Week is a wrap in New York City, but there’s still plenty to talk about — and see.
It was the first time style enthusiasts from all over descended upon the Big Apple for mostly in-person shows since COVID-19 gripped the world in spring 2020. To pull it off safely, proof of vaccination was required to enter most events, and crowd capacities were even tighter than usual in some cases.
Although this New York Fashion Week more closely resembled ones from pre-pandemic times, not everyone was quite ready to scout styles for next spring and summer in person. Many designers offered ways to follow along online, and those shows are still available along with the virtual ones.
For a comprehensive overview of shows and behind-the-scenes extras, head to NYFW.com and create a free account. You’ll get access to front-row views wherever you are.
Here’s a look at five top trends for spring/summer 2022:
Many collections gave nods to nature in bursts of green. Some were in Basil, a soft, leafy hue that was included in Pantone’s core classics color report for early 2022.
Long, flowing fringe added movement to garments going up and down the catwalk, trimming skirts, dresses and sweaters. In some cases, fringe even covered clothes from head to toe.
Blast from the past
Some designers shared looks that were time capsules of decades past. Floor-length frocks were splashed with tie-dye and other swirling graphics that recalled the ’60s and ’70s. Cropped tops, low-rise bottoms and scarf-style halters delivered a dose of late ’90s/early 2000s pop star deja vu.
Big and bold
Gown silhouettes ballooned with volume, making it easy to be the belle of the ball. The drama carried over to outerwear with oversized trench coats destined to make a statement.
Expect slinky, clingy, comfortable knits to be a wardrobe staple next year. Laid-back separates were styled for a casual afternoon outing (or work-from-home living), while shin-length knit dresses could be dressed up for a special occasion.
Ever wonder how a collection goes from concept to the catwalk? Designer Sergio Hudson partnered with Pinterest to take fashion fans on this journey through photos series on the social media platform.
Meanwhile, Nicole Miller was among the brands that stuck to a fully digital release. The brand celebrated its 60th New York Fashion Week appearance with a short cinematic video that used green-screen technology to transport models to scenic settings. See it at nicolemiller.com.
Don’t want to wait to shop what you see? Anne Klein presented a digital see-now-buy-now collection. Check out the show at runway360.cfda.com and buy what you see at anneklein.com.