5 trends from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022

How’s your head?

No more hats! The balaclavas are back, baby. The practical headwear we usually associate with bank robberies and ski season has gotten a makeover, spotted on the catwalks of Dion Lee, Proenza Schouler and Altuzarra.

While the ensemble of celebrity styles, including Dua Lipa and Alexa Chung, have been yearning for a comeback ever since the look made a comeback in Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2020 après-chic collection, our favorite New York-based designers York make us want one in every color.

Effortlessly fall-worthy, Proenza Schouler offered velvet options while Altuzarra stuck to classic knitwear. Dion Lee went all out, sending in blue lace and red fireman’s balaclavas (with a built-in face mask).


Dion Lee

Soft as butter

When it comes to outerwear, leather is second to none. It seems almost every designer featured at New York Fashion Week is proving that buttery soft leather is the perfect material to weather the long winter ahead.

Khaite’s quintessentially New York collection argued that head-to-toe leather should be embraced, not avoided, while Helmut Lang and Dion Lee paired leather bottoms with shearling tops.

With a leather jacket featured in almost every collection this season, designers tell us this will be your new go-to go-out look. Although you run the risk of looking like a Ramone brother rather than an Olsen sister, depending on how you style it, it’s worth it in the name of fashion.


Helmut Lang

Dion Lee

Living in the 70s

While NYFW’s Spring/Summer season was all about ’90s nonchalance and new-millennium freedom, the Fall/Winter collections take us back to the ’70s era of liberation and ease.

Gabriela Hearst embraced macrame like caftan weaving and silhouettes, two staples of a 70s capsule wardrobe, while Anna Sui showcased late 60s style tunics with accompanying headbands for the ultimate kick.

LaQuan Smith took us to Studio 54 with sequin-embellished jumpsuits and elsewhere Coach proved corduroy can be timeless with Altuzarra claiming tie-dye is forever.


Anna Sui

Gabriella Hearst

all laced

There’s no doubt that lingerie has been a source of inspiration for designers, but more than ever, corsets are welcomed as a practical form of outerwear.

While corset king Dion Lee showcased leather harnesses and even zipped leather corsets, LaQuan Smith showcased boned dresses and one-pieces that gave the look of lingerie.

While Tory Burch has refined feminine silhouettes effortlessly in recent collections, her clever use of lace-up waistbands has given the impression of a cinched waist that only a corset can provide.

Tory Burch

Dion Lee


Transparent core

Post-pandemic dressing is still in full swing, and there’s no better example of body positive, skin showing movement than a sheer dress for fall.

Although we’ve already discussed that sensual dressing isn’t a moment, it’s a movement, the designers of NYFW take it a step further and leave nothing to the imagination.

For Ekhaus Latta’s 10th anniversary presentation, sequined sheer jumpsuits and geometric dress shapes celebrated our anatomy, while Y2K queen Kim Shui showcased ultra-feminine silhouettes in lace and cutout mesh. .

LaQuan Smith continued to defend the reign of black bodycon cutouts and showed off all the plunging necklines and thigh-hugging minis.


Kim Shui


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