The shows have concluded – the looks have been presented and now it’s time to round up the top trends in print, pattern and colour that have emerged as key differentiators for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 season.
From unexpected revivals to updated classics, the next season is all about authentic and playful fashion, based on our hopes for the future.
Designers play with colour, with techniques like all-over patterns, head-to-toe monochromes and colour blocking injecting the much needed optimism.
Spring/Summer 2022 is redefining trends as in the new normal, wherein fashion is driven more than ever by ecological awareness and new commitments.
We present the top trends in print, pattern and colour that are set to dominate the upcoming season.
Read on to discover!
In an attempt to return to life as we knew it pre-Covid, most designers have gone ahead and embraced colours in a manner wherein collections are more colourful than the other with a single technique: colour blocking.
From candy pink to mandarin orange via lavender blue, to saturated tone, optimistic colour splashes elevate colour blocking to peak summer style in the upcoming season.
The trend was spotted across the runway presentations of Nina Ricci, Tom Ford, Valentino, and Versace, rendering this a trend to watch out for.
ALL PATTERNED OUT
Designers and high fashion labels are adopting the maximalist approach when it comes to print patterns and are bidding adieu to the year’s sombre wardrobe to inject a head-to-toe print mashup for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 season.
Head-to-toe patterns featuring identical print placements, or mix and match variations were spotted across fashion capitals to strike a statement.
Lanvin and Isabel Marant went for print-on-print floral iterations, whilst Versace and Brandon Maxwell channelled linear and geometric patterns. Jason Wu was inspired by watercolour renditions, whilst Altuzarra brought tie-and-dye patterns to the fore.
Annakiki and Anrealage presented psychedelic patterns, whilst Ayni kept it fresh by impressing us with a thought provoking crochet-on-crochet textured concept.
IT WAS ALL YELLOW
The master colour for the season, yellow, pumped in a sense of hope and joviality on the recently concluded runways.
Forecasted also, by Pantone, as the colour of the season, Daffodil –- essentially a joyful yellow that connects us to the spontaneity of a spring garden; and Mango Sorbet –- an invigorating hue that fuses the popularity of orange with the brightness of yellow, these tones are injecting the much-needed dose of vitality to seasonal palettes, enhancing feelings of well-being and health.
Yellow also brings a digital twist to palettes with its hyper-natural and vivid saturation, and is expected to work well for swimwear, activewear and outdoor apparel.
With its juicy quality, it can also be used to lift home furnishing and interior products.
Sunset-inspired hues such as gold, bronze, amber and marigold come to the forefront this season supported by collections presented by an umpteen number of designers including Proenza Schouler, Chloé, amongst others.
Rodarte even went ahead and closed its Spring 2022 show with a sun salutation.
The transitional shade works well for day-to-night attires making this the ideal colour to watch out for this season.
The most basic of linear patterns – the stripe, is back in style.
In the words of Marni’s Francesco Risso after his spiritual show, “Stripes are strongly associated with direction, where daisies are new beginnings and resilience.”
Bold stripes are taking fashion in a new direction with Tory Burch’s mid-century take on colour-blocked stripes, Kenneth Ize’s artful woven lines and Sunnei’s rugby inspired stripes. Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry bold red-and-white looks lent a ‘David Lynch holiday’ vibe.
Move over nautical, stripes are taking over a larger umbrella space under the sun.
Monochromatic outfits are nothing new, with head-to-toe hues tracing back all the way up till Fall 2016, when brands such as Gucci and Loewe presented outfits head- to-toe aqua, pink and purple shades down their runways.
In 2021, monochrome started getting increasingly passé, but still wearable but nothing to write home about, until the recent Spring/Summer 2022 season, wherein runways quickly reinstated monochromatic looks as a high fashion styling trick.
From Max Mara to Courrèges, Versace to Blumarine, Chloé to MSGM, the most recent runways were awash with total monochromatic looks ushering in the new season with unexpected silhouettes.
Standout looks included MSGM’s baggy low-rise jeans paired with a cropped hoodie and blazer—all in a tennis ball neon and Chloé’s low-key knit skirt and tank paired with a same-hued marigold coat.
At Bottega Veneta, Versace and Max Mara, the monochrome looks weren’t limited to ready-to-wear. Same-hued outfits were paired with bags, shoes and outerwear in the same colour palette, whilst at Courrèges, even the baseball caps corresponded to the canary yellow ready-to-wear. Bottega’s Kelly green bags and shoes punctuated green outfits, whilst Alexandre Vauthier’s lime green satin dress was accessorised with boots in the same fabric.