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Pre-Fall 2023 Trends: Skipping Ahead

Pre-Fall 2023 Trends: Skipping Ahead

Cruise is in store, and spring 2023 will soon follow. But for designers on the never-ending collections treadmill, it’s time for pre-fall, the collection that sits on shop floors the longest. No wonder designers are sticking with trans-seasonal wardrobing, with key trends so far including minimalism, ’90s slip dressing, a new take on denim, and the modernized preppy polo shirt.
Here, WWD breaks down the top four trends of the season across the luxury and contemporary markets so far.


Minimalism’s omnipresence abounds. Sharply constructed sartorial ensembles and a neutral, sometimes monochromatic palette of purist white, grays and black resonated as a key choice, as seen from Thom Browne, R13’s Chris Leba, Nili Lotan, Norma Kamali and more. Similarly, the ubiquitous white shirt, as seen from Carolina Herrera to MM6, is a prominent layer for the season, at times becoming the core message, as well.

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Suiting is also given the summer twist, while upholding minimalist codes in streamlined blazers paired with shorts from the short-short to Bermuda length.

Denim 2.0

Canadian tuxedos are reinvented for pre-fall to include a multitude of washes and shades (as seen from Ulla Johnson and Chanel), painterly finishes (from R13) and utility accents (à la 3.1 Phillip Lim). Styles ranged from the more DIY-inspired from Dsquared2 and RtA to the streamlined and sharp from Chloé, Victoria Beckham and Givenchy. After a spring season full of ’90s boxy cuts and baggy silhouettes, pre-fall’s denim styles offer a more classic, straight silhouette to carry through fall.

Slip Dressing

Nineties nostalgia permeates the pre-fall season, and the slipdress is back as a top trend. Designers are offering the look for day, à la lingerie-inspired styles with lace details and short hemlines, as well as for evening in elongated silhouettes with dressier finishes. The variety of color and fabrications of the vast assortment makes slip dressing one of the most dimensional trends so far.


The preppy look has been making a slow and steady return, popping up once again with the most iconic of preppy items: the polo shirt. The new take includes elongated styles, like Proenza Schouler’s column dress version; knit layers, from Chloé and Etro; the quintessential sporty polo, like Adeam’s white tennis style, and classic polo silhouettes with luxe oversized buttons.

Other preppy messages from pre-fall include pastel colors and plaid patterns — both perfect to provide the finishing touch to this American lifestyle trend.  

Miu Miu Miniskirt, JW Anderson Pigeon Clutch and Birkenstock Boston Clogs Among Hottest Items in 2022, Says Lyst

Miu Miu Miniskirt, JW Anderson Pigeon Clutch and Birkenstock Boston Clogs Among Hottest Items in 2022, Says Lyst

Lyst, the fashion shopping platform that serves 200 million users worldwide, has released its annual year in fashion report. After analyzing data gathered from January to October, the platform concluded that 2022 was Miu Miu’s year.
Searches for the label, which was founded by Miuccia Prada in 1993 as a more personal subbrand to Prada, increased by 49 percent on Lyst year-on-year, and it was mostly driven by viral products such as its ballet flats, as well as the miniskirt, which was first introduced in the brand’s spring 2022 collection.

“The brand’s ballet flats quickly became its most popular product on Lyst following their release, having been worn by the likes of Sydney Sweeney, Bella Hadid and Rosalía. A simpler, Gen Z-friendly version of its 2016 counterpart, it plays into the balletcore and “indie-sleaze” trends that have been dominating the year. With the highly anticipated return of menswear for fall 2022 and a spring 2023 collection that generated more than 23 million views on TikTok, Miu Miu was the brand to watch on the runway,” the report said.

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JW Anderson’s 3D-printed pigeon clutch, introduced in the men’s fall 2022 show, was named the weirdest and most wonderful moment of the year.

Lyst said the clutch is sold out across multiple retailers, and the $890 accessory now comes with a waiting list. It has become the brand’s most viewed product on Lyst, with searches increasing by 488 percent in the first week of October when Sarah Jessica Parker was seen carrying it during the filming of the second season of “And Just Like That,” the sequel to “Sex and the City.”

Bella Hadid is dressed by spraying Fabrican Spray-on fabric during the Coperni spring 2023 fashion show.

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The other “It” bag of this year is Prada’s Re-nylon Re-edition 2000 mini bag. Lyst said over the summer that searches for the item increased 131 percent, and its popularity shot up on TikTok thanks to its Gen Z-friendly ‘90s aesthetic. The hashtag #pradanylonbag generated more than 4.2 million views.

In terms of footwear, Lyst said Birkenstock’s Boston clogs are the hottest shoe of the year, with searches increasing 593 percent in the first six months of 2022. This shoe model also had a high fashion moment this year as it launched a collaboration with Dior Men for the fall 2022 season.

Lyst also namechecked a handful of celebrities responsible for creating some of the most viral moments in 2022.

For example, Hadid, who was named the power dresser of the year by Lyst for triggering an average 1,900 percent increase in searches for similar pieces that she wore, was the model in the creation of the viral Coperni spray-on dress. Lyst said in the days following the show, Coperni saw a staggering 3,000 percent increase in searches, making it the most searched brand from fashion month.

Kim Kardashian in vintage Bob Mackie at the 2022 Met Gala.

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Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe moment at the Met Gala led to a 456 percent spike in Bob Mackie searches, while Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in “The Crown,” where she recreated the famous “revenge dress” scene at the opening of Serpentine Gallery’s summer party in 1994, caused a 58 percent increase in searches for black off-the-shoulder dresses, while demand for black dresses with a sweetheart neckline skyrocketed 103 percent on Lyst.

The filming of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, helped Barbiecore become the trend of 2022, Lyst said. Searches for all things pink on the platform rose 416 percent after pictures of a pink-clad Robbie surfaced in June.

“But the defining pink of the year came courtesy of Valentino. Just a week after the brand’s unique shade of hot pink was presented on its fall 2023 runway, searches increased 152 percent,” the report added.

Other items and events that caused spikes in searches on Lyst include the Diesel 1DR bag, the Jacquemus x Nike collaboration, the “Weird Girl” trend on TikTok, Yvon Chouinard transferring his ownership of Patagonia to the Patagonia Purpose Trust, as well as the black Prada lace dress Sydney Sweeney wore to receive The Rising Star award at Cannes in April.

Sydney Sweeney attends the pink carpet during the 5th Canneseries Festival in Prada


Lyst counted Luar, Amesh and Mônot as brands to watch for 2023.

Katy Lubin, vice president of brand and communications at Lyst, said the annual report provides “an opportunity to reflect on the moments that shaped how we shopped.”

“With the recent Y2K fashion renaissance and TikTok’s ever-growing influence on the fashion industry, we’ve seen a new generation of Lyst shoppers rediscovering brands that defined the early ‘00s. Brand of the year Miu Miu and logo of the year Diesel succeeded in capturing the zeitgeist for Gen Z luxury shoppers.

“Major global celebrities continue to have a huge influence when it comes to setting trends alight. Bella, Kylie [Jenner] and Dua [Lipa] were amongst the top tastemakers this year who truly inspired shoppers to add to bag.…They’ve already reached global cult status across the fashion fan spectrum, and look set to be one of the hottest gifting items for the holiday season too,” Lubin said.

The Trend: Summer Linen

The Trend: Summer Linen

Looking to beat the summer heat in style? Across men’s and women’s fashion, linen dressing proves both fashionable and breezy thanks to the lightweight fabrication’s quick-drying properties.
On the spring 2022 runways, luxury brands like Peter Do and Brunello Cucinelli proposed tailored styles in the material, while Jacquemus, Chloé and Gabriela Hearst displayed versatile linen wardrobing through lightweight topcoats and breezy occasionwear — perfect for outdoor summer weddings.
Trickling down to the contemporary markets, online and brick-and-mortar retailers like Shopbop, Ssense, Urban Outfitters and more are proposing layerable linen styles from myriad designers for easy end-of-summer dressing. For instance, Ukrainian loungewear label Sleeper employs the material across fluid frocks (also hinting at the popular TikTok “Coastal Grandmother” trend), loungewear pajamas and playful jumpsuits.

Elsewhere, camp and safari shirts can be seen across men’s and women’s styles from Mira Mikati and Rhude, while transitional jackets and easy yet sophisticated button-ups were spotted at Stone Island and The Frankie Shop. The contemporary market offers the trend from head to toe, as in pale pink men’s shorts from swimwear label Onia, graphic floral pants from Saturdays NYC, and a dress-up-or-down beige top and ankle-length skirt from La Kasha.
Whether dressing in head-to-toe linen or looking to add a versatile layer to a look, these fresh takes on linen apparel provide an approach that is equally sophisticated, easy and timeless. In addition, tonal accessories — like Aire’s tortoise sunglasses or APC’s linen bucket bag — and artisanal raffia accessories, as seen from hat brand Lack of Color and jewelry label Shashi, complete the hot-weather-approved style.

The Trend: Music-Festival Fashion

The Trend: Music-Festival Fashion

After nearly two years of ongoing cancellations, music festival season is in full swing this summer, with festival lovers and fashion mavens flocking to the summer party scenes in serious style, with no shortage of skin, accessories or bright colors.
There is no doubt music festivals from all over the world have become events where aspiring trendsetters and even celebrities have the option to express their wild and creative sides when it comes to summer festival outfits. Festival fashion outfit ideas have migrated from being cliché (think a sea of floral crowns) to experimental and unpredictable. 
Rave culture has a rich history filled with creativity, out-of-body experiences, inclusivity, fashion, and, of course, music. And with any culture, it cannot be defined thoroughly without the help of fashion. The rave scene has inspired outlandish, psychedelic and unconventional styles and even trends, mashing Bohemian, eclectic, glam rock, Gothic and camp fashion, opening an array of possibilities for music and festival lovers alike.

Outdoor music festivals have long been a rite of passage for young adults. From the flower children in the ’60s that packed their bags and headed to San Francisco, to youthful teens from across the country that hopped on Greyhounds and journeyed to the Catskills for one of the greatest festivals in music history, Woodstock in the summer of ’69.
Today, music festivals are more common than ever — with notable events such as Coachella in California — to dozens of festivals scheduled this summer across the country. From Lollapalooza (which just wrapped this past weekend in Chicago) to Burning Man in Nevada, Electric Zoo in New York City, Outside Lands in San Francisco to Primavera Sound in Los Angeles, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to festival options to express youth and seize summer. Here, WWD gathers idea for what to wear for upcoming musical outings.

Trend Report: Your Guide to Wearing the Ultra-Glamorous Black and Gold Pairing

Trend Report: Your Guide to Wearing the Ultra-Glamorous Black and Gold Pairing

Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Georgia Baldwin
While black is enough to make a statement on its own, there is only one color that can make it look that much better. For years, the combination of stark black with opulent gold has permeated collections and wardrobes everywhere, making it the go-to for all occasions that call for insouciant, no-nonsense glamour. At the Fendi Spring/Summer 2022 runway, in particular, the pairing came in the form of black lace and appliqué detail dresses styled with matching accessories with gold hardware.
Fendi SS22
To make the most of the combination, flip it to wear a gold dress like this pleated Altuzarra number with the pearl-studded black Chanel bag for an all-out maximalist look. Create your own runway moment with the lace Erdem dress, which will look best with solid gold heels like the Jimmy Choo wedges, and pearl earrings like the creations over at Dior. For a pared-back and chic take on the combination, look to an oversized piece such as the feather-trimmed suit by Magda Butrym, or balance out the gold in your outfit by topping it off with a black jacket, as seen at JW Anderson.
Gold set, Altuzarra SS22
Dress, Erdem SS22
Suit, Magda Butrym
Blazer, JW Anderson SS22
Bag, Chanel 
Wedges, Jimmy Choo
Earrings, Dior
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5 Headline Fashion Trends from NYFW FW21

5 Headline Fashion Trends from NYFW FW21

From architectural knitwear to the grandad tank and the rise of shirt suiting — this is your first look at next season’s must-know trends.
Courtesy of LRS

Fall/winter 2021’s digital fashion month is now upon us and there’s plenty to be excited about. From a blockbuster collection by New York Fashion Week favourite Proenza Schouler to the wit and ingenuity of Collina Strada’s ‘morphing’ lookbook — the US fashion capital was abounding with new energy. Note the runway renditions of the grandad tank, architectural knitwear and resolutely laid-back shirt suiting: this is your recap of the standout trends straight out of New York.
The trend: new shapes in knitwear
Gabriela Hearst, Bevza, Ulla Johnson.

Where we’ve seen it:
Gabriela Hearst, Ulla Johnson, Bevza
What you need to know:
About that knitted dress that you’ve been living in this winter… it’ll still be a wardrobe mainstay this time next year, too. If you’re not already a convert to the cult of full-length sweater dressing, Ulla Johnson and Bevza’s ankle-grazing yarns should prove persuasive. Meanwhile, Gabriela Hearst just put a wholeheartedly artisanal spin on the WFH blanket wrap with an eco-attuned collection inspired by creative polymath Hildegard of Bingen, an 11th-century German saint who “believed in ‘green power’.”
The trend: shirt suiting
Proenza Schouler, Bevza, Gabriela Hearst.

Where we’ve seen it:
Proenza Schouler, Bevza, Gabriela Hearst
What you need to know:
Let’s rephrase this sub-head as ‘what you already know’, which is: none of us miss restrictive corporate dress codes in the form of rigid suiting. Easy-going tailoring that is resolutely laid-back arrived at NYFW in the form of shirt suiting. Flick through Proenza Schouler’s FW21 collection and you’ll see exactly why designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are so beloved by Ella Emhoff, Meadow Walker, and nearly every fashion editor from Paris to Sydney. As Vogue’s Nicole Phelps puts it, “they haven’t lost touch with their cool kid bona fides” — which means plenty of zero-effort chic pieces that we want to wear now.
The trend: the grandad tank
PH5, Our Legacy, Bevza.

Where we’ve seen it:
PH5, Our Legacy, Bevza
What you need to know:
Instagram’s most-wanted wardrobe staple has undergone a NYFW refit, complete with fresh styling cues. Try neat flares, a crisp ’90s boy band shirt or side-split ribbed dress to tap the new New York attitude that encompasses everything from uptown polish (seen at Ukrainian label Bevza) to pillowy comfort (look to PH5).
The trend: pleats
3.1 Philip Lim, Bevza, Adam Lippes.

Where we’ve seen it:
3.1 Phillip Lim, Adam Lippes, Bevza
What you need to know:
I’m going to describe our renewed appreciation of pleated skirts in two words: Princess Diana. The royal’s style archive, (she wore a waist-sculpting belt and swishing, accordion-like midi with aplomb), still has plenty to teach us about timeless style. So, how are we wearing them now? With an elegantly oversized tie-front shirt (3.1 Phillip Lim), boxy polo (Adam Lippes) or thigh-skimming coat (Bevza).
The trend: grunge redux
DSquared2, Our Legacy, LRS.

Where we’ve seen it:
DSquared2, Our Legacy, LRS
What you need to know:
In spite of the mass commodification of the grunge ‘uniform’ in the ’90s, the clothes that the original Seattle bands wore on and off stage were a pretty regular rendition of the city’s style at the time — just, perhaps, a little off. If you’ve found yourself seeking out well-loved plaid shirting, genuinely frayed-edge denim and decade-old jersey T-shirts from the bottom of your drawer of late, you’re not alone. NYFW fall/winter 2021 delivered a celebration of the worn-in, worn out and beloved pieces we all own and gave them the finesse they deserve — and we’re here for it.
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