2022 - A Year In Fashion

2022 - A Year In Fashion

2022 - A Year In Fashion

It may have felt quick or uncomfortably long but we’ve reached the end of 2022 and what better way to celebrate than a look back on the fashionable moments that shaped this past year? From hot pink catwalks and computer-made couture to Fashion Week tributes to our late Queen, join us as we recollect the headlines from the last twelve months. 


Things Got Technical 

The trends may have been nostalgic, but there were many futuristic and high-tech moments in fashion this year. Of course, it began with the trailblazer Rick Owens whose Fall 22 menswear collection came illuminated by lamp helmets. Dior followed swiftly with wired bodysuits and computerized armour made in collaboration with the specialists at D-Air Lab. We cannot end this technical talk without mentioning the dress spray painted on Bella Hadid at Coperni’s September show. Each of these mechanised moments was not only brave and ahead of its time, but also a sign of scientific advances that can make fashion more sustainable. 



Changing Faces 

As technology moves the fashion sphere forwards, we saw many of our favourite designers’ step back from their roles in 2022. May marked Tom Ford’s departure as chairman of the CDFA but sadness became excitement once we heard Thom Browne was his successor. In the heat of this switch, Riccardo Tisci announced he was leaving Burberry, only to be followed by Alessandro Michele after seven years at Gucci. These headlines were no match to the November news of Raf Simons’ retirement and with all these changes in beloved fashion brands, we’re left curious as to what 2023 might have in store. 



A Fashion Week for The Queen 

Fashion was not only shaken by these departing directors but also by the September passing of Her Majesty, The Queen. The news came just before London Fashion Week and while many designers like Burberry and Roksanda cancelled their shows, others used them to pay their respects. Some were sombre like Daniel W. Fletcher who began his show with a moment of silence and Erdem who veiled ballgowns in black and white tulle. Harris Reed’s tribute was subtle but sweeter, a Lily of the Valley bouquet which was The Queen’s favourite flower. Richard Quinn on the other hand dedicated his entire show to her, being the first recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design and proof of her impact on the UK fashion industry.  



Colour Became a Language  

2022 was certainly a colourful year in fashion and with all the heavy headlines, it kept our spirits high, but we soon discovered that each designer used colour to convey much deeper messages. There’s no better example than Valentino’s Fall 22 collection which debuted a fluorescent shade known as Pink PP. This fuchsia was said to represent strength and inclusivity whilst Louis Vuitton’s yellow brick road brought optimism after Virgil Abloh’s passing. Demna Gvasalia preferred to use colour as a sign of solidarity with war-torn Ukraine as he closed Balenciaga’s Fall 22 show with two snow-swept models in blue and yellow ensembles. Whether rooted in politics, in hope or in love, these moments proved what power a colour palette can hold. 



Stars Switched Professions 

Fresh starts and new challenges were not only craved by designers this year as many celebrities from actors to socialites gave themselves a fashionable new profession. This was clear from the month of January when Hollywood stars including Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe and Gary Oldman modelled mohair coats down the Prada runway. Kim Kardashian was another to add model to her list of titles when she walked for Balenciaga’s Couture show in July but then switched jobs in September to curate a Dolce & Gabbana collection. As we welcomed celebrity models and stylists, we also saw Rihanna approach her new role of mother in show-stopping street looks that redefined maternity style.  



Feeling the need for a Pink PP piece or perhaps something from the new CDFA chairman Thom Browne? GIULIO are sure to have something for your 2023 wardrobe on our extensive and ever-changing New In page.