While a few pandemic precautions and hybrid models remain in place, Fall 2022 felt like a confirmation that the cycle of fashion week is getting back into full swing. Shows may not be quite back to full capacity, but today’s top designers and houses are operating on a level that’s at least as high as before. It also seems like they’ve learned a thing or two from the seasons of quietude and reflection that lockdowns brought, and the return to the runway has felt like a thoughtful yet triumphant moment of renewal and reassertion.
At Bottega Veneta, new creative director Matthieu Blazy maintained his former boss Daniel Lee’s contemporarily refreshed vision for the brand while getting thoroughly back to its legacy as a leader in Italian craftsmanship.
Approaching their respective house histories with uniquely contemporary visions, both Nicholas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton and Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior layered on multifaceted historical and aesthetic references to create distinctly of-the-moment collections that guide these giants of the past stylishly into the future.
Always a visionary and very rarely outdone, Rick Owens led the pack with his monumental manifesto of cinematic art-deco glamor.
Here are The Impression’s Top 10 fashion shows of the Fall 2022 season as selected by our Chief Impressionist, Kenneth Richard.