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The Top Spring 2022 Trends Straight From the Runways

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The best looks from the spring 2022 runways have been defined by unexpected twists on classic shapes and techniques. The 1960s received major nods, getting the Mod treatment from Courrèges, Fendi, and Dior, while Rodarte and Marni went the flower power route. Catsuits, a trend seen on nearly every celebrity from Kim Kardashian to Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber, were rendered in luscious black latex at Saint Laurent and Rastafarian colors at Theophilio. The breastplate and heavy metals that accessorized it became a form of defense designers put up against lockdown life. And the pull of the early 2000s remained irresistible, showing up in the form of exposed thongs, super low-rise bottoms, and of course, the micro mini-skirt. Here, your definitive guide to the trends that will rule the next season.

Austin Powers’s Night Out | Dior
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Starting things off on a groovy note, this archetype of the 1960s Mod look was everywhere on the runways for spring—Space Age shapes abounded, as did ultra-mini hems, seen here at Dior.

Fendi
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Prada
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Valentino
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Courrèges
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Christian Cowan
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Carolina Herrera
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Rodarte
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Candy-colored flower power prints, smiley faces, and peace signs evoked the feeling of a modern, elevated take on Haight/Ashbury archetypes.

Missoni
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Marni
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Fendi
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Etro
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Coperni
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Comme des Garçons
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Chanel
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Disco Glam | Saint Laurent
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Bianca Jagger, Diana Ross, and Donna Summer would covet these shimmering frocks adorned with scarves, bodysuits, and draped party dresses.

Valentino
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Stella McCartney
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Rodarte
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Fendi
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Dior
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Burberry
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Balmain
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Catsuits | Balenciaga
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Call it the Kim Kardashian effect. Ever since the reality TV star and Skims founder wore a head-to-toe Balenciaga catsuit to the 2021 Met Gala, the silhouette has been omnipresent. To give you an idea of just how pervasive the catsuit inflence has been, out of 62 looks featured at Saint Laurent, 28 featured the style.

Saint Laurent
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Theophilio
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Stella McCartney
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Maximilian
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Lanvin
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Burberry
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Alaïa
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Halter Skelter | Bottega Veneta
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While in spring/summer seasons past, the halter top has resurfaced many times, we saw many more elegant and glamorous versions for 2022.

Valentino
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Tory Burch
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Missoni
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Hermès
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Dior
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Chanel
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Bottega Veneta
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Alaïa
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Bohemian Riche | Giorgio Armani
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Designers let their imaginations run wild when it came to dressing what a wealthy bohemian woman might want to wear on her vacation in the Mediterranean.

Valentino
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Paco Rabanne
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Kenneth Ize
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Fendi
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Etro
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Chanel
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The Aughts | Miu Miu
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Our high school wardrobes never looked so chic. Micro mini-skirts, wide belts, and thongs peeking out of the tops of super low-rise bottoms were the looks du jour for this trend.

Victor Glemaud
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Tom Ford
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Missoni
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Coperni
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Chanel
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Balmain
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After School Special | Loewe
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While some designers chose to stay in uniform after class let out, others opted for a take on students’ off-duty looks.

Y/Project
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The Row
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Raf Simons
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Miu Miu
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Commission
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Dior
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Charles Jeffrey
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Queen Victoria | Alexander McQueen
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Luxurious fashions of the 19th century translated to exaggerated petticoat proportions, exposed necklines, and fine boning for spring 2022.

Simone Rocha
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Richard Quinn
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Prada
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Noir
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Louis Vuitton
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Edward Crutchley
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Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
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Heavy Metal | Loewe
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Designers were on the defense this season, featuring a wealth of breast plates and metallics on their spring runways.

Schiaparelli
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AZ Factory
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Richard Quinn
Courtesy of Richard Quinn
Paloma Spain
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Louis Vuitton
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Burberry
Courtesy of Burberry
Balmain
Courtesy of Balmain
Hooded Figures | Noir
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Whether subtly draped over a model’s head or more dramatically shrouding their entire body, hoods made their presence felt this season.

Alaïa
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Balenciaga
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Comme des Garçons
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Balmain
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Lanvin
Courtesy of Lanvin
Richard Quinn
Courtesy of Richard Quinn
Loewe
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