For the last 18 months and the past three fashion seasons, the concept of a traditional fashion week has not existed. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the social restrictions that have come with it, designers have not been able to host catwalk shows in the way we once knew them, with many fashion houses turning to digital formats or hosting audience-free shows, with some even forgoing the concept altogether. However, last September, we saw more in-person fashion shows than we have experienced for a very long time. Although the schedules were still not quite back to normal, a loosening of restrictions in the four major fashion capitals allowed fashion week to take place in a physical setting – and plenty of designers returned to the catwalk for the first time since March 2020.
The schedule began in September in New York City, where there was quite the buzz around the shows as fashion’s finest flew into town for the Met Gala, which was postponed to Monday 13 September. The fashion set then headed to London, Milan and Paris, where there was be plenty of excitement with the return of the front row, debut designer collections and a beautiful tribute to the late Alber Elbaz in Paris, where 40 designers have paid homage to his work with a collection dedicated to the couturier.
Above, we round up some of the major fashion for summer outfits you need to see from New York, London, Milan and Paris as designers across the globe presented their spring/summer 2022 collections.