The new year is upon us, and with that the unyielding monolith that is the fashion industry continues to transmute and adapt to the zeitgeist that governs it. Coronavirus has had a massive impact on fashion at large, and aside from the supply chain issues that continue to plague the industry, the global pandemic has changed things in more ways than imaginable. Quarantine led to a year of comfort and loungewear, and although the pandemic is far from over, 2022’s latest offerings shine with a youthful exuberance that reflects society's craving for excitement once again.
Similar to the roaring 20s in the postwar west, the 20s of the 21st century are providing kindred glitz and glamor. Y2k fashion saw a return in 2021, massively bolstered by TikTok and other social media platforms, as much of Gen Z recalls nostalgic references to early childhood. With a solid portion of the fall-winter shows wrapping up in Milan (still excited for Paris next week), we can now confidently point to some of the major trends for this year.