spring/summer 2022

The 23 Best Modest Looks from the Spring/Summer 2022 Couture Season

The 23 Best Modest Looks from the Spring/Summer 2022 Couture Season

Ikram Abdi Omar for Antonio Grimaldi
The spring 2022 season was a big one for modest couture, with a large number of demure silhouettes finding their way on the Paris couture week runways and presentations.
Although an homage to Rome, Kim Jones’ collection for Fendi appeared to also have been influenced by the Arab world. Alongside the more obvious kaftans and abaya-like silhouettes, other dresses featured full sleeves, high necks, and lengthened skirts. At Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri offered modest clothing in various forms: from a suit with the house’s iconic Bar jacket to caped dresses and formal gowns. It also seemed important for Valentino to offer conservative pieces as it took upon itself to allow people of all shapes and sizes to see themselves in couture. Chanel’s take on modest dressing featured the classics such as the tweed suits, while at Viktor & Rolf, Dracula-inspired raised shoulders topped everything from suits to dresses. Modest evening and statement-making dresses came via Glenn Martens’ debut couture collection for Jean Paul Gaultier, including jacquard knit pieces, and gowns in bold shades of red and green. The concept was also championed at Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi’s show which not only opened with Somali hijabi model and former cover star Ikram Abdi Omar, but also cast her as the bride dressed in a modest wedding gown.
Scroll to see the best modest dresses from the Spring/Summer 2022 couture season.
Fendi
Alexandre Vauthier
Chanel
Valentino
Fendi
Jean Paul Gaultier
Viktor & Rolf
Ashi Studio
Schiaparelli
Giambattista Valli
Alex Mabille
Charles de Vilmorin
Azzaro
Christian Dior
Alexis Mabille
Antonio Grimaldi
Jean Paul Gaultier
Julie de Libran
Christian Dior
Ronald van der Kemp
Fendi
Chanel
Valentino
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The 10 Best Looks from Rami Al Ali’s Dreamy Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

The 10 Best Looks from Rami Al Ali’s Dreamy Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Rami Al Ali
Trust Rami Al Ali to masterfully offer a vision of changing seasons through couture as an “homage to the dawn of spring.” Unveiled alongside Paris couture week, the Syrian designer’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection is a pastel dream of 22 looks that journey through seasons. “This collection’s theme is an optimistic one,” Al Ali shared with Vogue Arabia. “It is a positive force symbolized by the snow melting and spring blooming as the skies clear up from the heavy clouds that overwhelmed it over the past few seasons. I wanted the energy of my collection to be light, cheerful, and happy.” To that end, the color palette is thoughtfully curated to include mint green, citron yellow, and pale rose that represent warmth transitioning from the cooler and moodier icy blue and black.
Nearly a year after celebrating the 20th anniversary of his fashion house, the celebrity-loved designer showcases his honed aesthetic by offering both, delicately feminine and sharp structured pieces. Slinky dresses with sweeping cape sleeves contrast against show-stopping voluminous layered skirts, while his signature sculptured elements flow seamlessly into fluid draping in the same dress. The selection of fabrics and the craftsmanship rendered to them adds to the designer’s vision of shifting seasons to a great extent. Delicate and light muslin, tulle, satin, silk, and organza offer an air of dreaminess to the collection, crystals are used for a frost-like effect, and so is intricate beading in geometric patterns to appear as if they are melting off the gowns.
Take a look at the best pieces from Rami Al Ali’s Spring/Summer 2022 couture collection below.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rami Al Ali
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The 10 Best Looks from Elie Saab’s Mediterranean-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

The 10 Best Looks from Elie Saab’s Mediterranean-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Elie Saab
Elie Saab‘s first runway show in two years blossomed with flowers from a Mediterranean summer. The Lebanese designer’s Spring/Summer 2022 couture collection draws inspiration from the “beauty, heritage, and charm” of the Mediterranean landscape, and offers Saab’s vision of Eden on Earth.
With his signature gowns now elevated, skirts are even fuller, covered entirely in petal-like feathers. In a few firsts for the designer, Saab experimented with satin, shorter hemlines, and saturated hues instead of the usual muted palette. Shades of fuchsia and red charted a journey from dawn to dusk, while refreshing chartreuse, sea green and blue represented the sun setting on the ocean. Feminine mermaid tails, plunging necklines, and thigh-high slits offered a contrast against the sharp shoulders “like colonnades of ancient temples” that sat on top of slinky and billowing dresses. Necklines were also accentuated with floral appliqués made to look like bouquets, and sleeves were extended to form gloves embroidered with sequins. Fun to both, look at and wear, some pieces featured Greek and Roman-inspired tassels and fringe, while others displayed the house’s signature craftsmanship in the silk braided into intricate patterns. As for the Elie Saab bride, the dress was a pearl white creation with a floor-grazing round skirt, paired with a sheer shawl featuring an interplay of shimmering embroidery and feathers.
Take a look at the best pieces from Elie Saab’s Spring/Summer 2022 couture collection below.
Photo: Courtesy of Elie Saab
Photo: Courtesy of Elie Saab
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The 10 Best Looks from Zuhair Murad’s Pirate-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

The 10 Best Looks from Zuhair Murad’s Pirate-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad continues to make people dream with his couture, and rightly so. As one of the Lebanese designers reeling from the loss of their ateliers wrecked by the Beirut blast in 2020, Murad sees his work as a hopeful balm on a world that was deprived of celebration. This season, his designs aim to uplift and spark joy by romanticizing the idea of travel and reemergence.
The couturier looked to pirates for inspiration, mainly, their sense of grandeur, freedom, confidence, and bravery, as they journeyed across the high seas centuries ago. Shoulders and dresses dripping with crystals and pearls evoked lost treasures, while some silhouettes gave a nod to navy officers’ jackets, and tricorne hats and silk headbands further enriched the concept. In true Zuhair Murad fashion, his signature flowy dresses with daring slits and Bardot necklines were present too, but patterned with island maps, and embroidered with ships. A closer look at the carefully embroidered sequins on some of the dresses would reveal their emulation of grid lines on a map and the constellations pirates looked up to for navigating the seas. Red carpet-worthy and party-appropriate numbers also came in the form of statement gowns and mini dresses made with luxurious and sensual fabrics like organza, lamé, light-reflecting tulle, brocade, and chiffon.
Take a look at the best pieces from Zuhair Murad’s SS22 couture collection below.
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
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5 Things to Know About Chanel’s Art-Infused Spring/Summer 2022 Couture Show

5 Things to Know About Chanel’s Art-Infused Spring/Summer 2022 Couture Show

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Chanel’s spring/summer 2022 haute couture show swept social media thanks to the efforts of Charlotte Casiraghi – muse to the late Karl Lagerfeld – who opened the presentation at the Grand Palais Éphémère on horseback. Vogue fashion critic, Anders Christian Madsen, was in the audience.

A horse opened the show
Photo: Dominique Charriau
By now, it’s the stuff of social media legend: a horse opened the Chanel haute couture show. It was ridden by Charlotte Casiraghi, the show jumper and brand ambassador, who – as the daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and granddaughter of Grace Kelly – held a very special place in the heart of Karl Lagerfeld. Casiraghi wore a Chanel riding jacket in black tweed and sequins, heralding a collection founded in unexpected dialogues between materials, spaces and occasions. “The idea for the show’s décor came from a longstanding desire to work with Xavier Veilhan. His references to constructivism remind me of those of Karl Lagerfeld,” Virginie Viard said, referring to the artist best known for his graphic sculpture work. “Xavier wanted to work with Charlotte Casiraghi. His artistic universe is full of horses, and Charlotte is a skilled rider.”
It was a collaborative effort
Photo: Dominique Charriau
The set imagined a surreal show jumping course erected inside the Grand Palais Éphémère, the construction by the Eiffel Tower currently filling in for the Grand Palais while it’s under refurbishment, which will also serve as a venue for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Within it, Veilhan created supersized objects, from stable elements to enormous instruments played by the musician Sébastian Tellier, who has worked with Chanel in the past. “Xavier and Sébastien are friends. Along with Charlotte, they form the kind of Chanel family that I like to surround myself with,” Viard said. She described the set design as a place that made her feel free, and you could see that in the collection. There was an ease and confidence in the way she matched and clashed textures and codes in the same looks, creating a dynamic and liberal wardrobe that literally turned heads.
The collection played with clashes and constructivism
Photo: Dominique Charriau
“Virginie plays with the construction of dresses and how to bring embroideries into them. There is such a big number of people working on these dresses, it makes them quite special. In couture, your imagination can allow you to do these kinds of pieces,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion. Viard worked with each of Chanel’s specialist embroiderers on the collection, underlining the collaborative premise of the show. The embroideries materialized in geometric shapes mixed and matched across eveningwear. A graphic black and white pattern of a cape collar crowned a floor-length filtrage dress in silver and grey lace. An iridescent sequin-embroidered brassiere descended into a sheer bustier that waterfalled into a transparent tiered skirt with hems that looked like tie-dye. And a translucent dress with a skirt that ballooned over itself was structured from constructivist intarsia shapes.
The daywear game was strong
Photo: Dominique Charriau
In a time when haute couture is often associated with ballgowns and banquets, and more houses are launching or relaunching haute couture collections, hoping to elevate their brand value and get a piece of this highly exclusive cake, Chanel’s attention to daywear stood out. “In the day of Coco Chanel, haute couture was for everyday. It wasn’t just for cocktails and red carpets. I think this is quite important,” Pavlovsky said. “At Chanel, we have two ateliers that focus on tailoring – which is the opposite of flou – and a new generation in training to be able to offer this daywear. The customer can pick pieces for any time of the day. It’s not just incredible dresses. In this collection, we have some daywear silhouettes which are amazing, if I may say so.” He wasn’t just tooting the Chanel horn. Viard’s check tweed skirt suits slit open at the front, with broderie anglaise bursting out from within, and her handsomely sculpted jackets with voluminous trousers were fitting examples of what haute couture can do to daywear.
Chanel is happy with other houses launching haute couture
Photo: Dominique Charriau
Pavlovsky, however, is excited about the current enthusiasm for haute couture. “The more of us there are, the better it is. Haute couture is about Paris, and the more strong designers we can have, the better it is for all of us. To see more and more designers wanting to develop haute couture is the best signal we can have,” he said. “Couture… I don’t want to say it’s ‘no limits’, because it’s not about limits, but it’s the best of today. Virginie offers a collection, which is, for her, the best of what she wants to do. Here, we don’t need to think about how to manufacture, etc. We have one hundred people working in the atelier. We have the Metiers d’Art. It’s a small business with very high-quality customers. We don’t need to explain to everyone that haute couture isn’t the same as ready-to-wear. Ready-to-wear is a business from the ’70s, but Chanel has been doing haute couture since the beginning,” Pavlovsky said.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

The Best Street Style from the Spring 2022 Couture Shows

The Best Street Style from the Spring 2022 Couture Shows

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With Daniel Roseberry’s return to the runways for Schiaparelli and Glenn Martens’s first couture collection for Jean Paul Gaultier, couture week is packed with can’t-miss shows. Chances are guests will be bringing their best looks forward to attend the week’s most newsworthy events, and Style Du Monde will be following along in Paris as editors, celebrities, and models show off couture jewelry, matching couple looks, and the season’s most memorable pieces. Be sure to come back for daily street style updates throughout the week.
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Originally published on Vogue.com

First Look: Amal Al Mulla’s New Collection Celebrates Modern Women

First Look: Amal Al Mulla’s New Collection Celebrates Modern Women

Photo: Courtesy of Amal Al Mulla
In a time recovering from uncertainty, conscious Bahraini brand Amal Al Mulla sculpts the various paradoxes of a modern woman post-pandemic with its spring/summer 2022 collection. The latest offering from the brand takes inspiration from a powerful woman who is soft yet free, exploring her individuality and taking risks that shape her future self. Inspired by Nature’s color palette, fabrics and materials are uplifted with the brand’s fluid recast from day to night.
In an melange of earthy tones, Amal Al Mulla echoes its sustainable identity through shades of smooth cream, brown, soft ivory, olive, and some yellows, all autographed with the label’s favorite hand-pleated technique, branch gold buttons, and modern pins and gold chains. Add to that elegantly hand-stitched fresh pearls, which also come in the form of earrings that effortlessly elevate the collection.

Among the most exciting pieces from the spring/summer 2022 line-up are a creamy white pencil skirt embellished with droplets of pearls in a perfectly symmetrical mural, and wrap-around dress in subtle ivory. Despite its soft feminine detailing, there’s no missing the collection’s sharp cuts, and a special mention goes out to its structured oversized suits and abayas.
Photo: Courtesy of Amal Al Mulla
In the spirit of celebrating a modern woman, Amal Al Mulla has created a line the spotlights versatility, while keeping with the label’s signature aesthetic. This selection promises to help you push the boundaries of femininity and challenge the frontiers of what we know as classics. Check out the key pieces from the spring/summer 2022 line below.

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All the Highlights from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022

All the Highlights from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022

The spring/summer 2022 London fashion week seemed to be all about offering fresh new takes. A closer at the collections reveals the presence of the “man’s suit” in a lot of them as the silhouette passed through the hands of various designers. Edward Crutchley summarized the look of the “woman in charge” in puffed sleeves and straight-legged pants, while Elleme showcased a version ideal for her day off. Osman Yousefzada, Palmer Harding, Victoria Beckham, Noon By Noor, and Vivienne Westwood also had their fair share of playing around with the suit.
The playful spirit of these designers also shone through with the colorful paint splash technique. Halpern gave us an exclusive look at what it means to simply have fun; Anne Mason, Eirinn Haylow, and Roksanda appeared to splatter the entire paint bucket on their garments; while Lupe Gajardo merely dipped hers into it. Feathers — lots of them — are also having their time in the sun as showcased by David Coma, Huishan Zhang, and Sharon Wauchob’s daring takes. However, what is most noteworthy, are the rounded shapes that came down the runway — from Richard Quinn’s yellow rounds to Halpern’s walking crystal ball.
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