New York Fashion Week felt like that peak lockdown confusion, when Monday spilled into Tuesday and no one could figure out what day it was. The Fall 2022 collections have autumn release dates, but many of them feature looks that could easily wind up in a sunny spring or summer offering.
There are slinky dresses, party sequins and disco dancing essentials. The most "fall" thing about the runways is the sheer dominance of brown. Sure, there are shearling and suede nods to chilly weather elegance, but it's the playful embellishments — the bows, the crystals, the paillettes — and the vibrant colors that were the sweet takeaways from New York this season.
Read on for a closer look at the biggest trends to emerge from NYFW, and stay tuned for what will come out of the other fashion capitals in the coming weeks.
All About That Waist
Designers add structure to autumnal staples like voluminous skirts and thick blazers with dramatic, waist-cinching belts.
Brown Is the New Beige
From cozy oat milk-colored outfits to almond oil-hued separates, light neutrals were our go-to for winter dressing — until now. Designers richly are coating the Fall 2022 collections with chocolate brown and cocoa shades.
Bustiers and Corsets, Oh My
Dressed Down Ball Gowns
Elle Woods Pink
Look to the light of the fictional legal world for fall's most mood-boosting hue: hot pink. Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera are two of many this season to agree that "whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed."
Belly dancers get it, Jennifer Lopez gets it, your early aughts middle school dance-bound self gets it: It's the chain (or rope) belt. The sometimes sparkly, sometimes studded extra-long waist accessory doesn't necessarily serve a purpose, but it's fun as hell.
Go Big on Sparkle
We get a new cutout to covet every season. For Fall 2022, the skin area covering our rib cage is the spot to bare. Et Ochs rises to the occasion with a clever cutout blazer, as does Elena Velez with a bustier-style dress.
Slinky Off-the-Shoulder Dresses
New York designers offer a sartorial cure for when that moody autumn weather arrives: a slinky off-the-shoulder ruched dress in an earthy tone. Victor Glemaud has a body-hugging version in a warm latte hue.
It was only a matter of time before brands discovered a knit equivalent to tie-dye. Space dyeing is a technique that gives the yarn a multi-colored effect, and designers began experimenting with it for Spring 2022; they continue to play with the concept for Fall 2022 by using it on long sweater dresses.