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Fall 2022 Fashion Trends Forecast

With top trends ranging from All-Denim-Everything to Barbiecore, and Equestrian Chic to Bikercore, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the must-have styles and pieces we think you should invest in for your business right now.

Mary Zubritsky

Not too long ago, people were lounging on the couch in a comfy pair of leggings, an oversized sweatshirt and bedroom slippers with hair pulled back or thrown underneath a baseball cap. If jewelry was worn, it was only for a Zoom call, and while many were stocking up on designer handbags, there simply wasn’t anywhere to go to show them off.

Truth is, some of the simplest and most joyful pleasures in life include picking out clothing and accessories, getting dressed and ready for the day – or night out on the town – and being wowed by the total transformation. Whether it’s slipping into a vintage Dior dress, stacking on a few David Yurman bracelets or slinging a Chanel bag across the body, these prized possessions can quickly boost someone’s mood and make them feel optimistic, and the Fall 2022 trends give all of us hope again.

Consumers aren’t the only ones who are ready to peacock back into the real world – and maybe even the office – top designers and retailers are too! And nowhere was this more obvious than the Fall 2022 fashion shows where designers artfully sashayed their hopes and dreams down the runways in Paris, Milan, NYC, and beyond.

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TOP 5 FASHION TRENDS

With top trends ranging from All-Denim-Everything to Barbiecore, and Equestrian Chic to Bikercore, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the must-have styles and pieces we think you should invest in for your business right now.

Barbiecore: Even before we spotted Margot Robbie dressed up as Barbie on the set of her new movie, hot pink – shocking pink, fuchsia or neon pink – was trending with the creation of an exclusive Pantone and Valentino custom shade called Valentino Pink PP. This bold power color was spotted on the runways of Alexander McQueen, Versace and Dior, with models sashaying in cut-out dresses, power suits, puffers, and trench coats. It’s a stark contrast to the previous years’ soft and soothing shades of periwinkle, ultimate gray and pastels.

Glitz & Glam: Designers and shoppers are still embracing a notice-me attitude and dressing like a disco ball is a trend that’ll stick around throughout the holiday season. Under the bright lights at fashion week, eye-catching and glimmering sequins were seen on the runways of Altuzarra, Bottega Veneta, and Carolina Herrera, adding a twinkling detail to sheer fabrics, structured blazers, bra tops and floor-sweeping gowns.

Canadian Tuxedo: Love it or loathe it, head-to-toe denim is a trend that’ll be popular well into 2023. Spotted on the runways of Celine, Bottega Veneta, Isabel Marant and Acne, this 90s-inspired trend brings back denim miniskirts and cropped tops, low-rise jeans, flares, frayed jean jackets, and baggy skater styles. Stock up now and bring back memories of the days when MTV actually played music videos.

Bikercore: On the flip side of all-denim-everything comes bikercore, a trend that takes us back to the days of Joan Jett and 80s metal bands, where buttery soft leathers embellished with rock-and-roll touches like oversized buckles, standout studs and asymmetrical zippers take the stage. On the runways of Diesel, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, this all-moto-everything trend can be achieved with leather leggings, biker jackets, studded corset belts, and leather cropped tops.

Equestrian Chic: The fall runways looked a lot like a fashion show of prep school uniforms and stable attire, as designers took inspiration from upper-crust leisure sports like golf, tennis and horseback riding. Horse girl fall is upon us, and it’s expected to ride into winter too with structured blazers, quilted jackets, stirrup leggings, capes, knee-high riding boots and all things herringbone, houndstooth and tweed were prominent on the runways of Rosetta Getty, Tod’s, Tory Burch and Dior.

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TOP 5 HANDBAG TRENDS

Suddenly everyone’s got places to go, and they need a place to fashionably tote their essentials. We’ve rounded up the top five handbag trends you should be investing in for your business.

So Clutch: With the return of parties, social gatherings and events, clutches are making a comeback too. While these handheld handbags only hold a few items, they’re making a huge fashion statement with flaps, handles, hardware and glitzy embellishments.

Big & Bold: On the opposite end of the spectrum, the oversized bag trend is here to stay. As people prepare to go back to the office, they’ll need extra-roomy totes to schlepp their daily essentials, and they’ll be on the hunt for a roomy and stylish tote. Designers like Bottega Veneta, KHAITE and Loewe.

Fur Babies: Shoppers looking to add a touch of warmth and softness to their fall outfits may be reaching for a fluffy handbag. Whether created in ultra-soft shearling or faux fur, these furry bags may be reminiscent of a stuffed animal, but they’re a lot more useful. Scoop up fuzzy bags in solid, neutral hues that’ll pair with almost anything.

Croissant Shapes: Oui, oui! Forget about the baguette, croissant bags are all the rage. Also known as the moon bag or the crescent bag, this functional, structural bag trend seems to have taken off following the huge success of Balenciaga’s cult-like bag, Le Cagole and Bottega Veneta’s Mini Jodie.

Prep School Chic: Following in the well-heeled footsteps of the equestrian trend, the fashion world was schooled in prep school chic handbags too. Designers like Chanel, Dior, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton sent shoulder bags and (Dior Book) totes back to cool in preppy prints and designs like houndstooth, tartan, check and herringbone.

TOP 5 JEWELRY TRENDS

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Jewelry was one of the top trends to emerge from the pandemic and it’s continuing into Fall 2022, but this time the bigger and chunkier, the better.

Flower Power: Everything was coming up roses (and lilies) when designers sent bold floral jewelry down the runway. The Ulla Johnson, Roberto Cavalli and Miu Miu shows were in full bloom with floral earrings, necklaces, brooches and cuffs.

So Charming: This isn’t your childhood charm bracelet. From Fendi to Ulla Johnson and Jil Sander, all types of charms were seen dangling from necklaces, rings and bracelets.

Chain Reaction: While this trend has been huge (literally and figuratively), since 2021, there’s no signs of us breaking free. Fall 2022 shows saw designers like Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne reimagine this chunky silhouette and create more minimalist designs.

Clutch Your Oversized Pearls: Not to be confused with jawbreakers, massive pearls were seen on the runways of Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace for a look that’s more sultry than sweet.

Cuffs & Bangles: Spotted on the runways of Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Rick Owens and Louis Vuitton, statement bangles and cuffs, whether layered or worn alone, will be everywhere this fall.