Autumn/Winter 2022 trend report from ELLE UK

Autumn/Winter 2022 trend report from ELLE UK

dresses are short! Or long. Gothic black is back! And so is minimalist white. These days, looks don’t rotate in and out, they evolve – one idea quickly builds on the next, giving you more and more choices. Here are the standout talking points on the runway that will define AW22:

The look: Tweed 3.0

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Isidore Monday

“Dedicating the entire collection to tweed is a tribute,” says Virginie Viard, who went so far as to dress the Chanel show venue in different shades of the fabric. That’s where the deference stopped, though: The Queen of the Highlands wasn’t (although fishing waders made a surprise appearance on the catwalk). This season’s trend is sweet but not sugary, sophisticated yet playful, with an upbeat and utterly youthful spirit. Tweed shorts fit the office, anyone?

The trend: school uniform

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Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Paul & Joe


Pleated plaid kilts, peter pan collars, half-open ties, white tights and sports kit tops: AW22 produced many looks designed for sleeping behind the bike sheds. A carefree attitude of the sixties shaped the Miu Miu show – these are styles for girls who are too cool for school.

The detail: Tied up

The printed silk scarf shines in new splendor this season. Mix and match colors and contrasts because anything goes – as long as you master the Sloane Ranger knot. Alternatively, you can secure it with a leather strap.

The Silhouette: Gender neutral

Prada, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello and Erdem

The lines are fluid when it comes to gender specific clothing. What works now is a flexible approach to both masculine and feminine fashion that uses timeless tailoring as a starting point for subverting style norms, as seen with Erdem: “I was thinking of the avant-garde expressionism of Weimar Berlin. Imagine characters like dancer Anita Berber and how she would wear a suit. I liked the idea of ​​showing the same tailored silhouettes for men and women – they’re fluid and interchangeable.”

The play: On the edge

Matthieu Blazy’s Bottega Veneta debut was full of surefire hits. But this season’s standout street style highlight will surely be his fringed leather midi skirt. “Bottega Veneta is essentially pragmatic as it is a leather goods company. Specializing in bags, it’s all about movement and going somewhere. There’s basically an idea of ​​craft in motion,” he says of his inspiration for swinging fringes. “It’s style over fashion in its timelessness. That’s part of its quiet power.”

The length: short and to the point

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Molly Goddard, Simone Rocha and Jil Sander


A teenage quake of mini dresses hit the runways for Fall/Winter 2022, where the rebellion of the ’60s collided with the exuberance of the ’00s in a pastel parade that was anything but sickly. Miu Miu has hit hemline again, but cute little looks have been everywhere from Loewe to Simone Rocha. “My latest collection was originally influenced by the [Irish myth] children of Lir. Children transform when they are little and I wanted youthfulness and naivety to translate into the silhouette. So some of the fringes got very youthful, very micro,” says Rocha.

The accessory: Thigh High Club

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Bottega Veneta and Giambattista Valli


“The bigger, the better” is the motto of this season’s shoes. These are boots to style with mini skirts and dresses – look out for metallic and jewel tones.

The shape: maxi coats

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Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, Versace and Miu Miu


We don’t usually like style dictates, but AW22 made one thing clear: when in doubt, throw on a long and slim coat.

The statement: Catsuits vs. Bodys

Dolce & Gabbana, Alaïa and Christian Dior

How short, tight, cut out and sheer can you go? This is a trend for those who dare to bare themselves.

The mood: I see through you

Daring necklines, cuddly panties with delicate sequins and sumptuous lace dresses dominated the catwalks this season. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ collection featured crystal-encrusted mesh numbers, while Erdem’s ’30s-inspired collection featured numerous dresses in sheer lace.

The texture: pull the wool over it

It’s time to turn down the heat and turn to sweater dressing. From coats to cardigans, two-pieces and two-piece sets, anything goes as long as it’s knitted.

The Vibe: Pretty in punk

Gucci, Miu Miu and Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini

Rebellion is always a good idea. Punk energy flowed through AW22: lingerie clothing got tough with crystal embellishments, vinyl boots gave babydoll silhouettes an edge and feminine subversion was ubiquitous. If you adopt just one item, make it Miu Mius’ velvet and rhinestone choker.

The return: the corsetry

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Fendi and Versace


Last season’s sex obsession went from hot to haute for AW22. Pinning a corset over a tonal top is the new way to do body-con.

The Moment: Oh my goth

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Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana


Treat yourself to leather this season – make sure it’s black, smooth and super shiny. More protective than provocative, AW22’s styles resemble body armor of some sort. From military-inspired corsetry at Dior and Balmain, to enveloping coats and tinted visors at Dolce & Gabbana, to shiny combat boots at Alexander McQueen, discover the dark side.

This article will appear in the September 2022 issue of ELLE, available on newsstands from July 28th.

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