As the weather gets warmer, here’s what’s hot
NOW, CUT IT OUT!
From red carpets to runways, celebs and designers got creative with cutouts (hello, hole-punches, and welcome back, whale tails!). This skin-bearing trend has persisted among style elites, who have kept it fresh with cleverly placed cutouts on dresses, tops and bottoms. At Jonathan Simkhai’s spring 2022 New York Fashion Week show, we saw dresses with an array of asymmetric cutouts and layering details that made the pastel-and-white palette feel modern. While the look is high-fashion, the fabrics are super wearable.
More interested in having a bright, mod moment? Channel your inner Twiggy with a bright, cyan blue cutout mini from Alexis. For
a more understated option, Marissa Webb’s linen maxi and mini dresses with cutouts at the waist are sexy and cool for those sweltering summer days. Feeling romantic? So was Zimmermann when they created an off-the-shoulder gown with cutouts and bows in a dripping watercolor pattern. With so many ways to sport this trend, it’s clear that skin is in.
THROWING IT BACK
Of all the ’90s trends that have come back around, the polished looks reminiscent of the 1995 flick Clueless have us most totally buggin’. Fans of the movie have grown up, and so have the styles it inspired.
Preppy check or plaid blazers paired with shorts or miniskirts will give you Tai’s post-makeover allure. It is easy to picture the white tweed
short and sleeveless blazer suit from Veronica Beard hanging in Cher’s rotating closet. To give off some seriously sassy Dionne vibes, try a sophisticated and updated crop top and mini set from the Alexis. Bonus: This throwback style comes in this season’s on-trend bright
pink hue. Pair with bejeweled combat boots by Aquazzura—they’re so stylish they can be worn in any season—for a head-to-toe ’90s look.
COMFY + CLASSY
After many of us have spent the better part of two years in yoga pants and cropped hoodies, it’s time for a return to glamour. But that needn’t mean going back to constricting, uncomfortable clothing.
This spring, designers are taking the pieces we’ve all been hibernating in and dressing them up in satins, adding sparkle and introducing metallic details. Ditch your basic T-shirt in favor of henleys, tees and casual day dresses adorned with jewelry details. Designer Ulla Johnson combines drama with comfort in a cozy cotton fleece quarter-sleeve top that features puff sleeves and an elongated, slim cuff. For elegant pieces that work for day or night, Veronica Beard’s spring 2022 collection dazzles with a striped sequined top and dress, proving that any occasion can use a little sparkle.
Speaking of sparkle, L’Agence’s sequined blazer in vivid chartreuse green pairs perfectly with white denim shorts. The designer’s satin blue leopard print jumpsuit adds more than a little gloss to a piece that can sometimes feel utilitarian.
It’s time to think pink….and blue and green. Building onto the sunny yellow trend that popped up last winter, top designers had fun with vibrant colors again this season. As many of us grow more pandemic-weary, wearing bold colors rooted in optimism, warmth and revitalization provides a welcome jolt of energy and vim. A.L.C.’s spring 2022 line features happy hues of Kelly green, mandarin orange and lemon yellow, but we especially love the head-to-toe and hot pink looks.
For an elevated casual style, top off white boot-cut jeans by Hudson or white shorty-shorts by Rag & Bone with a chic L’Agence one shoulder silk blouse in eye-grabbing chartreuse or a silk tie-front blouse in one of the season’s other hot colors: lavender.
Update your go-to black or white look with Gianvito Rossi or Jimmy Choo plexi heels in an electric shade. Complete the radiant look with retro-inspired Gucci sunglasses in anticipation of brighter days ahead.