The post-holiday wardrobe of stretchy and forgiving fashion will be replaced by 2022 trends that center on sculptural designs, revealing silhouettes and more nostalgia for the early 2000s, according to a new Lyst report.
Schiaparelli, the A-lister’s red-carpet go-to design house, will have a strong influence on women’s fashion as well, the global fashion shopping platform found. The storied French label, now designed by Texas-born Daniel Roseberry, has dressed Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian and more for high-profile events in the past year, and consumers took note of their molded bodices, cutout details and surreal ornamentation. Since November, searches for sculptural dresses have climbed 44 percent, while searches for bold jewelry increased 57 percent.
CFDA’s 2021 “fashion icon” Zendaya cosigned the trend for Gen Z by recently sporting a sculptural dress stylist Law Roach pulled from Roberto Cavalli’s archives. The open back gown featured built-in jewelry in the shape of a spinal cord.
Occasion dressing, in general, is expected to gain momentum in 2022 so long as coronavirus infection rates decline in the spring and summer. “With revenge and dopamine dressing in full swing this season, we expect shoppers [will be] looking into even bolder choices in the coming months,” Lyst stated.
One of those choices maybe bridal-inspired fashion. Searches for veils for special occasions is up 54 percent, while tulle skirts are up 43 percent. Wedding bustiers and corsets are also on the rise.
In this same realm of “look at me” fashion, searches show a trend toward styles born in decades past. Lyst reported that searches for low-rise jeans continue to grow, up 58 percent year-over-year, and despite the increasing number of loose-fitting jeans arriving in stores, searches for skinny jeans are up 20 percent since November. The early aughts’ low-rise mini-skirts—an item that Miu Miu, Blumarine and Missoni flung back onto their runways for spring—are on track for a comeback, as well as chunky chain details, popcorn tops and quirky beachwear, Lyst added.
Meanwhile, an uptick in social media mentions about “indie sleaze,” the Tumblr-meets-hipster aesthetic of the 2010s is driving up searches for platform boots, sheer tops, “naked” dresses and PVC apparel.
These skin-revealing looks, however, doesn’t negate the growing trend for bigger silhouettes. Perhaps an evolution of the pandemic nap dress marketed to consumers working remotely, Lyst said “oversized” and “maxi” are already among the most popular keywords when looking at dresses, and searches for “oversized shirts” grew 84 percent over the past two months.
The free-flowing shapes are echoed in “quiet luxury,” or what Lyst uses to describe the increasing demand for minimalistic neutral-tone, wardrobe-building staples. The report noted that searches for white shirts are up 40 percent and searches for wide-leg suit pants are up 25 percent.
Searches for leather loafers, spurred by Prada’s Monolith ‘It’ shoe, have climbed 70 percent as well. But Lyst expects to see mushroom leather become the next big thing in materials, thanks in part to support by luxury houses like Stella McCartney and Hermes. In the past three months, interest in pieces containing the keyword “mushroom” has increased by 37 percent.
Tied to sustainability, the year will also see an influx of interest in items that promote multi-functionality. Searches for technical garments with zippers, drawstrings, layers and pockets are up by double-digits. Jackets and knitwear with integrated scarves were also up 48 percent in the past six weeks, while for shearling vests, trench coats and cargo pants are also in high demand.
“With fears of a recession, geopolitical uncertainty and covid becoming a regular part of our life, the survivalist mood is gaining momentum again,” Lyst stated.