From the star-studded guest list to the trends of the season, we’ve rounded up everything to know from our Spring Summer 2022 runway.
Bold, bright and filled with fresh optimism, Spring Summer 2022 arrived on last night’s runway in a big way. Held at the iconic Level 8 Gallery in our Elizabeth Street Flagship store, the season’s debut ushered in a wave of sartorial new beginnings big and small. Drawing on the theme of Wonderworld, each look ignited an appetite for adventure with a balance of play and practicality coming to the fore.
Once home to Rodin sculptures and cutting-edge art collections, Level 8 and its rich history made it the perfect place to bring the immersive runway to life. In a scene that was both otherwordly and architectural, the set transformed a salon-style show into a modern dreamscape with reflections of water, sky and mountains lining the meandering runway.
The Spring Summer ’22 trends to know
Whether you’re dressing for impact or ease this Spring Summer, last night’s runway made it clear that the trends this season have all bases covered. Styled by the visionary Stuart Walford, the runway hosted 100 looks from highly coveted Australian and international designers alike. From a modern take on minimalism to party brights across women’s and menswear, here’s what you need to know.
Hand in hand with the notion of ‘buying less and buying better’ is one of this season’s key trends, Modern Minimalism. Decidedly elevated, Modern Minimalism looks to investment pieces with subtle, but no less luxurious textures and clean lines. Championed by the likes of Anna Quan and Camilla and Marc, consider it your go-to for when you want to feel a mix of effortlessly cool and classic. When the soiree calls for daytime elegance, lean into the haze of sun-soaked summer afternoons and channel the Golden Hour trend with vintage-inspired florals and warm hues. 2022 National Designer Award winner Alémais does it best with their spirited prints and consciously crafted silhouettes.
For those seeking a look that feels a little louder, let the Afterparty trend lead the way. Epitomised by international designers like The Attico and Solace London, Afterparty carries on the bold-colour-trend revival with hues that don’t hold back. From sequins and feathers to high-impact shapes, the latest arrivals are ready to make your next statement for you. Echoing a different kind of revival, the Total Euphoria trend is throwing it way back to the glory days of Y2K. Whether you’re opting for a micro mini or effortlessly cool cargo pants, think of SS22 as the ultimate opportunity to find your take on the phenomenon that’s dominating fashion.
Men’s must-have trends in SS22
In the world of menswear, two key messages drove this season’s most coveted styles. First up was Future Utility. The perfect mix of polished and practical, this season’s evolution of utility dressing was largely led by subtle performance features and clean lines. For the ultimate lesson in how to wear it, look to Balmain and score bonus points with colour-coordinated accessories. On the other side of utility is what we’re calling Colour Therapy. Perfectly aligned to the bold and bright moment happening in womenswear, Colour Therapy comes alive with relaxed separates in bold prints and block hues. Consider it your styling shortcut to feel-good style all summer long.
Backstage beauty notes
Backstage, the beauty story took cues from the trends walking the runway. Created by M·A·C, clean, glowing skin was paired with washes of ‘90s lilac hues and metallic details for a look that felt fresh, free-spirited and perfectly suited for the season ahead. Led by Aveda, the runway hair direction ranged from the sleek to the loose and free, perfectly tapping into the season’s philosophy of forging your own path.
The front row
A showstopping runway calls for a guestlist to match and this year’s front row lineup did not disappoint. Dressed in the latest Spring Summer 22 collections, friends of David Jones Victoria Lee and Tom Derickx lead the arrivals, dazzling in red and a take on relaxed suiting respectively. Amongst them were the iconic Deni Todorovič, digital creator Jordan Turner, and it-girls Nonny Mullhouand and Rey Vakilli. Read on to shop their looks.