These 7 Runway Trends Are It For Fall — From Corsets to Micro Skirts
The fall 2022 season found designers in the four major fashion capitals reflecting on the state of the world. The result? A new set of trends — from reimagined sportswear to reworked denim — to welcome a future where we resume our pre-pandemic lives, hopefully with wisdom gained from the past couple of years.
With Miu Miu's viral low-rise miniskirts, the love affair with Y2K fashion continues. Diesel's denim-clad models and Loewe's jean shoes signal a new era for the timeless textile. Elements inspired by motorcycle racing were introduced; blazers were tailored to project a sense of gravitas; and lingerie-style pieces like sheer bras and corsets were designed to be seen. And for those of us who feel the return to normalcy is too abrupt, there's no shortage of blanket silhouettes that don't sacrifice style or comfort. Elsewhere, Thom Browne's reworked knits, kooky oversize coats, and patchwork suiting separates give business dressing a fun new twist. The designer broke away from the traditional Fashion Week calendar, staging his runway show at an industrial location filled with teddy bears in New York City on April 29.
Each trend marks a fresh start after an extended time of uncertainty. While some edge toward the avant-garde side (see Gucci's sporty corset and Yohji Yamamoto's deconstructed denim shirt), the majority of them are surprisingly wearable. Whether you'd like to experiment with wacky silhouettes and accessories, or would prefer to update your classic closet staples, the fashion ideas abound.
Ahead, get inspired by new sporty silhouettes; cool denim pieces; cozy knit ensembles; bold low-rise skirts; sultry lingerie looks; edgy moto separates; and sharp blazers. Read on for the top seven runway trends of the fall season.
Unveiled during Milan Fashion Week, the Gucci x Adidas collaboration signaled a major shift into expanded sportswear. Tracksuit-inspired pieces combined Gucci's house codes with Adidas's classic sportswear aesthetic. Elsewhere, Tory Burch pushed the envelope with a neon-green track jacket, while Louis Vuitton suggested layering your polo shirt over a dress for an instant dose of cool. Thanks to these designers, sportswear has never looked so chic.
Just when you thought every denim iteration has already been made, Diesel comes up with belts as denim skirts. Fashion designers continue to mold the textile into new shapes, from Yohji Yamamoto's oversize shirt to Loewe's over-the-top denim boots. Considering the timelessness of denim, it's poised to surface on runways every season, but we can totally get behind these reimagined silhouettes.
Lingerie For the Outdoors
From Versace's corseted set to Nensi Dojaka's sheer bra tops, lingerie is still finding a home outside the boudoir. Sheer undergarments are cementing their place in our wardrobes, as brands offer new unconventional (No Sesso) and avant-garde (Gucci) ways to style them. While Fendi's slip dress would certainly stun on the red carpet, you can go the more practical route, incorporating sheer blouses or corset tops into your everyday look.
Designers are channeling that feeling of never wanting to leave bed, especially on a cold day, with blanketed silhouettes on the fall 2022 runways. Still retaining their sense of comfort while appearing fashion-forward, Acne Studios's shredded look and Vaquera's oversize knit sweater bring comfort to the street like never before.
Following the popularity of Miu Miu's low-rise skirt released last season, creative director Miuccia Prada brought back the 2000s-inspired style in a sporty fabric and tennis-inspired silhouette. Brands like Coperni and Off-White offered their own iterations, signaling that the Y2K fashion trend is here to stay.
A new crop of edgy pieces dominated the Paris catwalks, making a case for wearing motorcycle gear off the bike. Dior's utilitarian jumpsuit looks straight out of a "Mad Max" set, while Balmain's leather minidress could double as armor. Prada's leather jacket and Ambush's shearling coat feel appropriate for everyday wear, while Blumarine's lavender set and Oscar de La Renta's electrifying two-piece make polished options for a night out.
Oscar de La Renta
This season, designers are reimagining a time-honored, workwear staple: the blazer. Fashioned into skirt sets or statement coats, this season's designs recall the sharp-shouldered power suiting of the '80s. Exhibit A: Peter Do's larger-than-life blazer that feels almost like a moving work of art. These sharply tailored blazers merge a sense of practicality with undeniable gravitas — just in time for our return to office life.