New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is back and ready to showcase Spring ’22 trends, with many in-person shows on the schedule this year. Of course, each of the fashion capitals of the world (NYC, Milan, Paris, and London) are trendsetters, but I especially look forward to seeing which trends emerge out of NYC. Perhaps it’s because of the closer proximity to South Florida, but there’s something about NYFW that just seems more attainable: luxury without trying too hard.
I’ve got industry insiders on standby, ready to share their trend insights with us, but being that NYFW is currently underway, we’ll have to wait a few more days before that recap gets published. In the meantime, it got me thinking about fashion trends in general. How do they even surface in the first place? Is there a secret society reserved for designers and editors only where they gather, drink champagne, and discuss which trends to roll out in the upcoming season?
Regardless of how they come to fruition, fashion trends are important. They may be fleeting, but they reflect a specific period of time and serve as a visual commentary on our culture. In any case, with Instagram-worthy style photos filling up our feeds 24/7, it’s impossible to avoid these new trends, whether they’re good, bad, or ugly. Can we please say ‘adieu forever’ to Crocs?! The attempts by luxury brands to make Crocs look stylish have–to put it kindly–been in vain. Not even Balenciaga could successfully elevate that look.
On the positive side, many fabulous trends always materialize from fashion week, so we are keeping tabs on those standouts. According to Leah Salzman Jacobson, owner of En Vogue Boutique, “This season in particular is about ‘Revenge Dressing.’ Pull out the most fun, fabulous pieces, like sequins and metallics and wear them day-to-evening. This week in NYC, we expect to see a lot of throwbacks to the 90’s.”
As for Fashion designer Isabella Kron, who has worked alongside some of the greats including Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein and Tom Ford at Gucci before starting her own namesake label, she expects to see “a mix of strong statements and comfort, as we are gradually trying to get back to normalcy. There will be a desire to have bespoke pieces added to our wardrobe and this is going to be seen on the runways. We are also going to see more elevated, yet practical silhouettes with bold colors, bold graphic prints, a lot of textures, and intricate leather workmanship. Another very important presence is sustainability, which is going to be one common element that we are going to find in all collections this year.”
Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashion fades, style is eternal,” but trends themselves make fashion fun. They give us the freedom to play and experiment, adding a touch of novelty to our otherwise personal and predictable everyday style. By adapting trends to one’s look, we become part of that special world, a gateway to the glamorous fashion industry. Bring on the trends NYFW!