Turning heads for SS22

By Steph Jones

As the bitter cold winter approaches, city streets are filling with black puffers and beanie hats, a trusted comfort to us all. Now let’s shelter inside and thaw out with a look at the bright confidence and risqué cuts of SS22 with Net-A-Porter’s trend review. Using their expert fashion intuition and research into consumer and culture, Net-A-Porter has their finger on the pulse of style and this season is dedicated to helping us adapt to the new normal post-pandemic. Reminding us how to have fun with what we wear but keeping it practical all the same, making it about self-expression, personal style and being comfortable in your own skin. Read more in Turning heads for SS22

A very clear mood for the season is the modern-day y2k which has been slowly creeping up on us in the form of velour tracksuits and fun beaded necklaces. SS22 will see this continue, with the full-fledged comeback of the low rise and the supermini skirt but with an elevated and more thought-out finish. Reflecting cultural shifts and the fascination with TikTok stars and micro-influencer as the modern-day celebrity, we are welcomed into their lives without the paparazzi middle man. This online world now so cemented in our society was a novelty in the 2000s and we are relishing in the possibilities of it now whilst enjoying the energetic and youthful essence of future nostalgia.  

Dropping the waist for SS22, brands such as Miu Miu and Sacai have shown low rise skirts and trousers which look formal but comfortable in both feminine and masculine styles. Mixing the preppy suited look with fun colours and glitzy accessories for the revival of this energetic era. The likes of Versace and Nensi Dojaka, LVMH prize winner 2021, embrace the cutout and shows us how to show off skin with the mini skirt, sensual yet sophisticated. 

Finding Confidence in colour will be a big seasonal trend for SS22, statement evening wear and bold signature pieces. monochrome two-piece sets in bright orange and bottle blue from Christopher Hohn Rodgers and leather goods in mesmerizing emerald green from Bottega Venetta, bold is back. Perfectly fitting into a neutral wardrobe a pop of colour is a way to revive and revamp your style simply for the warmer weather. The classic button-up is also taking a hit from the paintball gun, with Stella McCartney and Petar Petrov showing brightly coloured shirts in sculptural silhouettes perfect as a trans-seasonal piece.  

Fitting seamlessly in with these trends is the return to businesswear as offices reopen. There is a universal excitement to get back out into the world and dress up for any occasion, even just going into the office can become a runway. Combining the comfort of a perfectly tailored pair of trousers from the likes of Peter Do with the powerful structure of an oversized Balenciaga blazer makes for a slouched yet studious look. Tailored pieces are being elevated with cutouts and dynamic layers adding depth to the look, incorporating statement accessories such as sneaker heels from Miu Miu is a fun way to adapt the business look to fit your style.

Knits are finding their way into our summer wardrobes, becoming all-year-round staples, especially in the Uk with our temperamental weather and need to be adaptable. Looking at handcrafted pieces and artisanal processes from the likes of Lukhanyo Mdingi as we long to become more connected to the clothes we wear and the production of them. Woven accessories and fringed sarongs shown by Kenneth Ize, perfect for layering over skimpy summer outfits for added texture or warmth as the evening breeze comes in.  

Finding the perfect statement accessories will be crucial in SS22 to complete your iconic look. Oversized bags, sculptural heels and funky hats are a great way to experiment with your style and push the boat out, whilst still feeling comfortable in your trusted staple items. With more collaborations on the way from unexpected brand crossovers such as North Face x Gucci, these unique treasures can spice up any outfit. From the Loewe cracked egg shoe which feels more like a wearable fine art piece to JW Anderson’s on demand knitted shopper there is a bold piece out there for everyone, which will get heads turning.  

The key things to remember for SS22 is to dress up smart but never too serious, enjoy your time spent out in the world but also online and dress to impress the younger version of yourself.

Read more about Net-A-Porter’s SS22 trends here

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