Photo:Courtesy of Y/Project; Courtesy of Marques'Almeida; Courtesy of Jil Sander
Is it too early to be thinking about spring? Not if I have anything to do with it. It's true that the worst of winter has yet to rear its head (blizzards and parties included), but the thought of vivid, saturated colours and breezy fabrics is all that's occupying my mind right now.
Much of that has to do with the brilliant looks showcased during the S/S 22 shows. From Miu Miu's "early aughts meets prep school" collection to Jil Sander's minimalist show, there were several standout moments that have lived in my head rent-free since their debuts in October. They've also inspired a shopping list of items to buy to re-create these outfits immediately. To get the full rundown of the runway looks that are capturing my attention right now, keep scrolling. The early bird gets the worm.
Miu Miu, Look 4
Photo:Courtesy of Miu Miu
As it was arguably the show of the season, all eyes were on Miu Miu's interpretation of the prep-school aesthetic. While the extreme minis and tiny tube tops were too exposing for my everyday look, I was instantly drawn to this more modest take in look four of the collection. Immediately, my eyes honed in on the pleated skirt's raw hem and low-rise waistline (also a tad controversial), two minor details that make this look feel really fresh. To create a similar effect, I'd cut the hem of a regular pleated skirt and size up for the skirt to sit low at the waist.
Jil Sander, Look 6
Photo:Courtesy of Jil Sander
No one masters low-key elegance quite like Jil Sander. The brand has a way of creating relatively simple looks that, although understated, still pack a punch. Case in point: this daffodil-yellow monochromatic dream. Tonal dressing isn't anything new, but what sets this apart is the matching accessories and opposing textures. I'm trying this with similar leather pants and a bright coat.
Photo:Courtesy of Y/Project
When I'm in the mood for creative drama, Y/Project always fits the bill. Usually, the brand's outfits are so specific it's a bit hard to re-create them without buying the actual thing, but this look includes a head-to-toe denim ensemble that's easier to interpret. With denim skirts on the rise, it's cool to put the trend in action with a maxi skirt and jacket.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Look 40
Photo:Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Nineties minimalism reached a fever pitch with Maryam Nassir Zadeh's streamlined S/S 22 show. The clothes reflected Zadeh's pared-down approach with clean tailored pieces in subdued prints and muted colors. I loved this outfit featuring a simple racerback tank and trousers, both in a slate gray that feels very commanding. The entire look feels reminiscent of classic Helmut Lang, and I'm loving every bit of it.
Marques'Almeida, Look 1
Photo:Courtesy of Marques'Almeida
This look from British label Marques'Almeida reimagines formal black-tie attire. You can always expect the unexpected when it comes to the label, and this look is a quintessential example. Shield sunglasses add a sporty twist to this beautiful strapless gown while dialing up the impact. Excuse me—I'll just be wearing sporty sunnies with my dresses from now on.
ACNE Studios, Look 10
Photo:Courtesy of ACNE Studios
Nothing thrills me like a corset moment, and this season's best one comes courtesy of one of my favorite brands, ACNE Studios. The outfit itself isn't complicated, but I love how it's an entirely different way of styling a corset that we haven't seen a lot of yet. I can see myself wearing this to a fashion party or to a friendly soirée when serving up a lewk is the objective.