It’s been a whirlwind of back-to-back fashion weeks spanning New York City, London, Milan and Paris. Social media has made it so much more accessible to view the latest fashions in real-time with celebrities and influencers taking over our feeds in gorgeous, and at times, over-the-top looks. Plus, several major designers opted out of the in-person runway show format with fashion films and shoots to present their latest collections. It’s a delightful feast for the eyes and to recap the latest highlights in fashion, my go-to is always John Martinez of John Martinez Productions. He is the maestro behind many fashion shows on this side of the Atlantic as a producer, stylist, and fashion director who has worked alongside many greats in the industry.
Martinez has experienced packed audiences, including the debut collection by iconic nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch, and shares that, “Some of the best shows highlighted a return to haute sportswear, impeccable tailoring, cozy dressing classics, and a return to elegance that vows to be a major trend for fall.” After chatting with Martinez, we realized that the one common denominator that emerged from the vast lineup of fall/winter collections is this one key word… GLAMOUR. Glamour was portrayed through the designers’ lenses in a myriad of fabulousness, encouraging us to dress up, shine on, and go for it.
Trend 1: Tailoring is Back
Celebrating 25 years in high fashion, Malan Breton’s evening tailoring is worthy of the red carpet and Michael Kors makes the suit ultra cool.
Trend 2: Over The Knee Boots
Invest in a knockout pair of over-the-knee boots because this is a tall trend that takes any outfit up a notch. “Expect to see boots in suede and leather with a spiked or statement heel to match,” adds Martinez.
Trend 3: Shine On and Stand Out
Naem Khan continues to bring a lot of glamour in his beautiful collection with long, fluid dresses and stretch-all-over sequins, signaling us to be bold and fabulous.
Trend 4: Leather, Fringe, and More Leather
Leather and fringe have been around, but they are back and stronger than ever. Martinez shares that the debut NYC runway show of Gaucho Buenos Aires from Argentina showed off these trends the best (and even appropriate for our Florida winters).
Trend 5: Oversized Scarfs
One more welcoming key trend to look out for is the long oversized scarf in various colorways and decorative accents as best seen at Gabriela Hearst, Brandon Maxwell and Gaucho Buenos Aires.
Martinez admits that this fashion season felt so much more like the pre-pandemic days with events and shows happening all over. With the return of some form of “normalcy,” fashion is bright and bold, and yet, in light of the current crisis unfolding in the Ukraine, we’re currently reminded that life isn’t always rosy. So, if dressing up adds a twinkle of joy in our otherwise unpredictable world, I hope that this recap will inspire you to take the risk by experimenting with fashion.
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