12 key fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 22-23  

August 3, 2022

The year 2022 started with fashion celebrating the end of the pandemic and with signs of economic recovery. So we saw the fashion weeks of Paris, Milan, London and NYC returning to normal, and the collections reflected the desire to party. But suddenly, boom, Russia invades Ukraine and now we’re in the middle of an unexpected and serious crisis. Are we all going to stay home in our pyjamas again? Doesn’t sound like an option to me. Rather, we are here to crack the key fashion trends for Autumn /Winter 22-23 that you will for sure incorporate into your wardrobe. And about the crisis, we will survive and grow, as we always do. 

1- NORMAL

collage with fashion looks from AW 22-23 runway- normal trend

Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Prada, Courreges and Christian Dior

In autumn and winter, we will continue to explore the classic and basic wardrobe. For example, Bottega Veneta, Chloé and Prada chose a white tank top to show that there’s nothing better than going back to normal. While Courreges and Christian Dior created the simplest uniform in the world; denim pants, denim jackets and a white t-shirt. Yes, the key fashion (and behaviour) trend for Autumn/Winter 22-23 is that we want to get back to normal in every way.

2- The 80s

Batsheva, Saint Laurent, Burberry, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.

For several seasons now fashion has been flirting with all decades at the same time. Obviously, you’ll find references to the 90s and Y2K on the catwalks and in shops. But for this Autumn/Winter 22-23, the extra volume, shine and texture of the 80s are back. Perfect examples are the velvet and lamé dress by Batsheva, the shoulder pads of the Saint Laurent black coat, and the red blazer by Burberry. As well as the prom style of Alexander McQueen’s orange dress and the print of Stella McCartney’s suit. 

3- ATHLEISURE

Victoria Beckham, Miu Miu, Dion Lee,Tory Burch and Gucci x Adidas.

Put pandemic-era jogging pants to rest. The Athleisure trend for Autumn/Winter 22-23 is more dressy and less couch-potato. For example, Victoria Beckham’s maxi dress inspired by a gymnastic uniform and Miu Miu tennis skirt are super sexy. Other examples of how to use the court and gym look on the streets are the Adidas x Gucci collaboration and also the Tory Burch proposal, which combined leather trousers with a sweatshirt with a zip front. And Dion Lee’s black gym uniform look can be worn day and night.

4- BOMBER JACKETS

Isabel Marant, Max Mara, Burberry and Christian Dior.

These jackets are one of the key fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 22-23. They will come in different fabrics and cuts and will be worn with trousers, midi dresses and minis. The blue bomber is by Isabel Marant, the beige and black are by Christian Dior, and take a closer look because they are XL. The camel-cropped bomber by Max Mara and the pink one by Burberry are cut in a smaller size and therefore are very chic.

5- FAUX FUR

Michael Kors, Fendi, Chloé, Isabel Marant and Alberta Ferretti.

Fashion never stops researching and investing in new materials to improve the sustainability of faux fur, since the animal skin substitute is becoming more and more established. And as we saw in all the AW 22-23 runways, the coats will be voluminous and glamorous. This season, go warm, go big.

6- FRINGE

Agnona, Acne Studio, Halpern, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy.

This year, fringe comes as a big detail on coats, shawls, ponchos, and dresses. Keep your embroidered pieces from last season, but now it’s time to invest in fringe to update your wardrobe. In the AW 22-23 catwalks, we saw from silk fringe in a roaring 20s style, to beaded fringes and leather in a folk style. A good example of the latter style is the black wool and leather jacket by Agnona. The beige Givenchy dress has beaded fringes of pearls, and the Bottega Veneta skirt is all made of leather. Acne Studio’s cobalt blue shawl and Halpern’s silk look, meanwhile, are glamorous and wander between the 20s and 70s.

7- LILAC

Bottega Veneta, Acne Studio, Jil Sander, Patou and Arthur Arbesser.

Many colours dominate the autumn/winter 22-23 fashion. Valentino presented an entire collection in electric pink, and several fashion designers bet on cobalt blue. But the colour Lilac or Very Perry as prophesied by Pantone is the colour of the year 2022. In the image above we see a fringed leather skirt by Bottega Veneta, a silk dress with side cut by Acne Studio, a knit dress by Jil Sander, a mini skirt suit by Patou and, finally, a look by Arthur Arbesser.

8- METALLIC 

Alberta Ferretti, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Acne Studio and Batsheva.

According to geologists, Earth is currently in an ice age period. More specifically, we are living in a Quartenary Glaciation era. And it is this glacial metallic that fashion has chosen as one of the key trends for Autumn/Winter 22-23. Add this novelty to your wardrobe, but instead of sequin, prefer lamé silver.  Clockwise, we see metallic pants and pullover by Alberta Ferretti, a metal cape by Burberry, a dress by Alexander McQueen, paper bag pants by Acne Studio, and a metallic matelassé skirt suit by Batsheva.

9- LBD

Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara, Chloé, Givenchy and Jil Sander.

The little black dress is a classic that returns as a big trend this fall/winter 22-23. Most designers presented collections with lots of black looks, balancing last year’s trend of a super colourful autumn/winter. It’s obvious that we still have many coloured pieces around, but black is where you should invest. This colour, which is a mix of all colours, is ideal for the interplay of transparencies and cut-outs. It’s also perfect for the return of hyper-femininity that fashion is experiencing lately. From left to right, in the first row, we see an Alberta Ferretti mini dress, a simple chic black midi dress by Jil Sander, and mini and high boots from Givenchy. In the second row from right to left, we see a cut-out dress from Chloe and a winter total black outfit from Max Mara.

10 – SCHOOL UNIFORM

Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham and Chanel.

The new preppy look is more like an English or French boarding school uniform. Translation; pleated skirt, blazer and tie. It’s the look I could wear every day. Paired your ensemble with boots or thick socks with loafers or sandals. Clockwise we see outfits by Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham and Chanel.

11- RED

Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Courrege and Isabel Marant.

Not only the oversized proportion of the clothes but also the colour red takes us back to the 80s, the bolder and redder the better. We start with the wonderful leather suit by Bottega Veneta, mini skirt, pullover and over-knee boots and utilitarian suit both from Max Mara, sexy knit dress by Courrege, and elastic pants and cut-out cashmere pullover by Isabel Marant.

12- TUXEDO

Max Mara, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

A tuxedo is another eternal classic that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Clockwise we see a tuxedo with a turtleneck and white trousers from Max Mara, a cut-out tuxedo from Alexander McQueen, a power girl tuxedo from Michael Kors, a wonderful velvet tuxedo from Christian Dior and a tuxedo dress from Givenchy worn with leather bootlegs.

TRENDS FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 22-23 THAT WE DON’T RECOMMEND

We have cracked to you the 12 trends for autumn/winter 22-23 that you will see in shops and incorporate into your day-to-day life. Of course, there are others, but ones that we think are more for the show and less wearable. For example, transparency. Who’s going to granddad’s 80th birthday party in an all-see-through dress, showing off their breasts and underwear? If you like transparency, as we do, Christian Dior used the trick where the sheer fabric is in the puffed sleeves and in parts of the skirt where the intimacy and comfort are preserved. 

You will read many articles talking about the dominatrix trend, with interwoven leathers and corsets. But you don’t need these looks to be sexy, better invest in books, education and having a sense of humour. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent woman. And the ‘pornification’ of fashion is already on its way out and in our opinion, it is counterproductive to the feminist cause.

Images courtesy of Batsheva, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Acne Studio, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, Gucci, Dion Lee, Jil Sander, Givenchy, Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Max Mara, Chloè, Burberry, Isabel Marant, Michael Kors, Halpern, Agnona, Bottega Veneta, Patou, Arthur Arbesser, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Courreges and Prada.