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Fall 2022 trends from NYFW

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Son Jung Wan fall/winter 2022/23 New York Fashion Week / Photos: IMAX Tree /

New York Fashion Week is starting to come back! Although I still watched the shows online this season instead of attending in person, I was able to feel the excitement of seeing more in-person shows as well as more style on the street via videos and still’s. Many designers still showed online instead of opting to return in person, while others skipped the week entirely and released their collections quietly. It is an interesting trend which only time will tell if many designers return to live shows, or if this hybrid version of fashion week is the new way to showcase collections.

For the fall/winter 2022/2023 season, designers began to move away from the loungewear, urban streetwear, and casual looks we have been enjoying for the past few years. While urban streetwear was huge even before the pandemic, it seems to be grouped in with more comfortable trends that designers are tossing aside as we move back into a more regular version of life. Fashion is getting dressier.

This fall 2022 season, don’t try leaving the house in your loungewear, you will look “so last year.” The fall 2022 season is all about the power suit, structured shoulders, statement-making silhouettes, micro-mini skirts, and getting dressed up. Look for influences from the 1960s and 1980s; which were dressier decades in fashion than the 1970s and 1990s which have been popular influences over the past few decades.

As I posted last week, the color palette for fall is both autumn-like, and summer bright. This trend held true on the New York Fashion Week runways as designers showed bright colors, as well as fall colors. There is a color palette to suit your mood this fall season whether you’re feeling dark, or bright and cheery.

Can we chat about the power suit? This trend has been gaining momentum this year and it is exploding in the fall. There are power suits not just for daytime, but for formal affairs as well. If you don’t invest in a power suit, you will be missing out. This is a trend you can jump on right now. Power suits are more versatile than you might think. You can mix and match the pants and blazer with dresses, jeans, shorts, and skirts; creating a whole new wardrobe with just those two pieces. While it might look expensive at face value, you can find a power suit for under $300 and save money by mixing with other items in your closet. The power suit is actually a money saver. Now THAT’S power!

Alice + Olivia / Vivienne Hu / Kevan Hall / NYFW Fall 2022 photos: IMAX Tree /

Wondering about handbags? Of course you are! Handbags for the fall season will continue to be on the small side, and we are still seeing hobo bags (soft and structured), as well as top handle bags, and bowler bags. Tory Burch had a fabulous version with squared off corners on her runway for fall. That bag is on my wish list! Also trending were clean and simple handbags which evoke luxury without screaming logos at you. Coach has a beautiful bag to covet for fall on their runway. I cannot wait for it to hit store shelves!

What do you think of the fall 2022 runways from New York? Are you excited about a return to dressing, and the power suit?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

Tadashi Shoji NYFW fall 2022 photos: IMAX TREE /

Fall 2022 color trends from Pantone and NYFW

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Swatches on collage courtesy of Pantone / collage by me

Well, the color trends for fall/winter 2022/2023 are all over the place! Normally when the NYFW color trends come out, we have some sort of theme, vibe, and/or order to the top ten colors and top five neutral hues. Not this season!

Designers seem divided between traditional autumn hues, and bright summer shades. There is even a spring pink thrown into the mix. The neutrals evoke a resort vibe mixed with dark spring. According to Pantone, this color palette is a mix which represents rest and relaxation, as well as “non-conforming exuberant expression.” Well, I agree with that last part!

Bright colors are popular for the spring/summer 2022 seasons. So, they will be a great transition in early fall when temperatures are still warm. Instead of purchasing transitional pieces, we can layer up our summer wardrobe! Love that!

On the other hand, I have to wonder if we will be ready for a new color palette by the end of summer. If we rock brights during the spring and summer months, will we still crave them in the fall? I guess only time will tell. Otherwise, I have to say, I am excited about the autumn hues, and the darker colors from this palette. While I love brights, I plan to wear them a lot this spring and summer, so we shall see how I feel in August and September! What do you think?

A few bright hues to invest in now:

You can read the full fall/winter 2022/2023 color report by Pantone online here.

What do you think of the fall/winter 2022/23 color palette from NYFW?

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my trend report from NYFW!

XOXO

Cathy


Handbag trends 2022

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IT bags 2022 from top left: BV Jodie Bag / woven camera bag / small top handle bag / small shoulder bag / woven shoulder bag / chain pouch / structured hobo bag / classic square tote / bowler bag /

The 2022 IT bags are here, setting the handbag trends 2022 in motion. We are seeing a mix of continuing IT bags from previous years, a few classic handbags, and newcomers for 2022 which will knock your socks off. Ready? Let’s go!

The year is giving us small handbags which offer a simpler silhouette than we have seen in previous years. IT bags for 2022 are also offering retro vibes from the 1990s through to 2022.

Here’s a snapshot: The pouch; modern and continuing from the last few years. The bowler; retro vibes and new for 2022. See that small black Dior bag? It’s a classic IT bag you might have invested in years ago, it’s hotter than hot this year. There’s an IT bag for everyone this year, and I am here for it!

So, without further ado, here is a breakdown of the 2022 handbag trends:

Hobos bags: Hobo bags are a huge classic style from the late 1900’s, and they started to finally have a comeback last year. In 2022 you can expect structured, soft and slouchy, as well as moon shaped styles which will offer architecture and geometry. Look for circles and fun, rounded styles that aren’t exactly circle bags from five years ago.

The Pouch: this daytime clutch style is still running strong! Look for large, medium, and small sizes. Simple pouch bags and pouch bags with cross body straps or chain straps are also still hot. Keep wearing your pouch!

Bucket bags: The classic bucket is back, and there are two styles to covet this year. Look for classic buckets such as the iconic Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, or look for bucket bags which mimic a pail. There isn’t one standout, must-have bucket. If you have a Mansur Gavriel bucket in your closet, go ahead and rock it this year.

Small Square Tote: The tote bag is a classic which is always in style, but for 2022, look for small, square tote bags. All the designers are coming out with their own version of this iconic style. They are the perfect size for daily use without being huge work bags. Many square totes also include a cross body strap. Love that! The Dior style is the IT bag in this category but look for some fabulous affordable versions coming from Coach this spring!

Bowler Bags: The bowling bag is back! Dior launched a collection of bowlers for the cruise 2022 season, and they are already sweeping the streets. If you have the cash, this is the IT bag to invest in for 2022. I will watch for more affordable versions as the year progresses, and I will definitely share them with you! This is a great style which isn’t too big, yet still offers a good amount of interior capacity. Bowler bags are also less bulky than those large canvas statement totes everyone has been rocking the last few years from Dior.

Micro-mini bags: I’m not sure why this trend keeps on trending, but it does! The smaller and less practical your bag, the better! Look for small and nano sized bags from most designers this year. If you don’t need a place for your phone, then these are great bags. If you need a bag for your phone, go with the small size instead of nano or micro. Just sayin’.

Lady Bags: The Lady Bag is back, and she never really left. This is the single top handle bag which is a classic satchel or tote style. The Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag is a big one for 2022. There are also plenty of choices in this style if the Hourglass isn’t your thing. Love this classic and chic style!

Well, those are the handbag trends 2022 we are watching this year. Now, in addition to handbag trends, we have the ultimate IT designers to carry around in 2022. After all, anything from these designers is considered an IT bag and can be deemed gold.

IT designers of 2022: Not interested in the exact IT bag from the streets, but want to carry an IT designer? Here is the IT list! Look for anything by Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Prada, Coach, Jaquemus, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes.

Of course, there are IT colors too! Luckily 2022 is all about a rainbow of hues. You can rock neutral hues such as black, shades of brown, beige, tan, ivory, and white, or you can look for bright colors from the rainbow. Pastel bags are good too, but the brighter, the better.

The biggest IT bags of the year are pictured in the collage above. Which one if your favorite?

Shop IT bags 2022 online:

There you have it! The best 2022 handbag trends and the IT bags 2022 in one article. What type of bag are you excited to rock in 2022?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy