Designers, even those with a lineage in creating red carpet-worthy ensembles, have humble denim on the brain. Resort 2022 collections—fashion that will be worn in what many are hopeful to be a safer and more social period—homed in on versatile denim pieces that will take women day to night, once again.
While F/W 21-22 collections were aglow with sequins, color and skin, resort offered a glimpse at the everyday fashion set to renew the wardrobes of women on the go.
Staged in an airplane-themed studio, Veronica Beard’s resort presentation called to mind the return of work travel. A denim collar, cuffs and pocket flaps interjected a shrunken navy pinstripe suit—perhaps a nod to the casualization of work dress codes. Bleached denim joggers, slouchy jeans with color contrasting patch pockets and distressed boyfriend jeans brought traditional pieces like tweed cardigans and plaid blazers down to a more relaxed level.
Dark denim and sharp creases brought a work-ready look to Adeam’s denim assortment for resort. The brand’s pleated long shorts and a high-waisted jean skirt are bound to be dressed up and down.
Meanwhile, Frame’s resort collection made a strong case for incorporating jean shackets, ankle-skimming skirts and double-denim ensembles into the corporate wardrobe.
Nili Lotan, which showcased its collection on models pounding the city pavement, focused on leg-lengthening silhouettes like flare and boot cut jeans. The vintage blue and off-white jeans, as well as a classic button-down jean shirt, provided a versatile foundation for the brand’s ’70s-tinged blouses and trenches.
Zimmermann also channeled the decade with wide-leg denim trousers embellished with sailor-style buttons.
True to form, Etro tapped into the bohemian spirit of denim with embroidered jeans and patchwork coordinates. Deadstock denim mixed with terracotta-hued leather was a key theme in Gabriela Hearst’s hippie-inspired collection for Chloe. Key pieces included a fit-and-flare dress and a mixed-media trench coat.
A lively mix of hand drawings, florals, granny-like knits and even a bold nod to the Canadian flag brought an “anything goes” vibe to Dsquared2’s resort collection. Quilted jean shorts decorated with romantic sprigs of flowers and a colorful tweed set trimmed with denim were the uptown to the collection’s downtown graffiti-laded jeans.
Flowers and denim were a natural pairing for Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, the Italian brand that has been nailing the nostalgic denim trend as of late. The collection offered mid-tone denim, from high-waisted shorts and loose-fit jeans to a corset-like jumpsuit, alongside ditsy florals, transparent tote bags and veiled bucket hats.
Whimsical rose prints and multi-color stripes were just part of Carolina Herrera’s ode to joy. The fashion house served miniskirts, wide-leg trousers and a jean jacket with flirty ruched sleeves in a vivid blue-casted denim. Accessories like a denim-covered belt and denim headscarf played up the pieces’ retro allure.
Other collections embraced the comfort and softness of denim. A simple drawstring waist cinched MM6 Maison Margiela’s exaggerated wide-leg jeans that puddled over the model’s feet, while Missoni reinvented the track suit in light-wash denim laser printed with its signature zig-zag motif. The rolled cuff of another slouchy jean exposed a black-and-white Missoni print.