It’s no surprise that 2022 has been a big year for fashion. The fashion world is back completely frivolous after the pandemic years. The economy is a different story, but that’s why we have the lipstick index: the theory that sales of affordable luxuries rise in economic downturns. So yes, the cost of living crisis may be raging, but so are the parties, the red carpet looks, and the front rows.
In fact, so much has happened that it’s hard to believe it all happened in the same year. It seems almost ridiculous that the same year he gave us a slew of Rihanna maternity outfits he also gifted us the drama Don’t Worry Darling, and its accompanying red carpet looks from Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. And then, less than a month after that, we saw Bella Hadid doused in a dress and Heidi Klum squirming like a worm.
In case you forgot something, these are the most viral fashion moments of 2022.
Rihanna serves up maternity look after maternity look
A year of fashion moments kicked off in truly Herculean style with Rihanna on January 31. Yes, the pink Chanel AW96 puffer coat that caused a stir around the world opened to reveal the singer’s baby bump, with her Carhartt A$AP Rocky-clad father at her hand.
What we didn’t know then was that this was just the beginning. The next four months, leading up to the eventual birth on May 13, saw a host of innovative maternity outfits. Sheer dresses on the front row at Dior, lace crop tops at Gucci shows, red catsuits on the cover of US Vogue, etcetera, et cetera.
Nicole Kidman wears mini by Miu Miu
Ah, the ubiquitous Miu Miu miniskirt. Truly the garment of 2022, this little number was worn by just about anyone and everyone over the course of the past year. First, she appeared in editorial after editorial (Zendaya for Interview magazine, Paloma Elsesser for iD), then she hit the red carpet (Sydney Sweeney, MTV Movie Awards) and selfies of the coolest Gen Z style (male model Vin Ho, Emma Corrin, and Tommy Dorfman).
But Nicole Kidman was, as Gen Z says, really the best to do it. The 55-year-old actress posed for Vanity Fair in a dazzling low-waisted dress. duo of the miniskirt in February, sending the internet into a tailspin and demand for gym memberships skyrocketing.
Julia Fox at the Oscars
It has certainly been the Year of the Fox. He began the infamously extravagant courtship with a rapper who will not be named in January. Photo shoots in restaurants, apartments full of clothes, and those were just the first two dates. The Uncuh Jahmz rapper and actress split on Valentine’s Day, so the rest of the year turned out to be a tale of two. Her ex slowly disintegrated in a social media-documented meltdown like no other, as she rose and rose on the fashion scene.
A favourite? The Oscars after party dress. Leather cuff neckline, human hair tote bag, self-drawn swan lake eyes (Say it with me now: “I actually did them myself”). May she reign long.
The first look at Margot Robbie as Barbie
On June 27th, as we fast-forwarded towards the peak of summer, the squint-inducing fluorescent outfits of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling arrived. Shooting exterior shots in Los Angeles for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie, Robbie stunned in a billowy ’80s bathing suit and hot pink bike shorts, with Gosling in a matching ensemble, both sporting highlighting yellow visors and skates. Combine this with Valentino’s PP Pink collection, which launched with 40 head-to-toe pink looks back in March, and Barbiecore hysteria ensued. With the movie not opening in theaters until next summer, it looks like Barbiecore could (God willing) stick around well into 2023.
Kim K breaks the Internet (again), among other things
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its annual Costume Institute Gala on the first Monday in May with the theme “Golden Glamour,” as part of the second installment of its “In America” series. As usual, the arrival of the guests created a perfect storm of handpicked on-topic and ridiculously off-topic looks, beginning with hosts Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Wintour, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and ending with a much-deceased Kim Kardashian. , on the arm of her now ex-boyfriend, Pete Davidson.
Kim’s look outshone everyone else, as she revealed she was wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress, which the actress originally wore while singing for John F. Kennedy in 1962. Sadly for Kim, this one isn’t. was the main conclusion. of her outfit: It was quickly revealed that Kim’s famous butt didn’t fit in her dress, so she had to lose weight to tighten it up, but then she damaged it anyway.
Kate Middleton camps out in the Caribbean
I love it when the Royals do something. interesting, not? I mean the outfit, not like starting another Netflix series (please, I can’t stand it). Plus, I’ve seen enough tartan, Alexander McQueen coats, and beige dresses on the women of this royal family to leave me in a lifelong stupor, so when someone steps out with a little color, it’s nice. Kate Middleton did just this during her royal trip to the Caribbean in March, where she wore a daring pink sequined gown from The Vampire’s Wife to a special reception in Belize.
The dress was a hit, as were many of her other, more ambitious outfits on the trip, but unfortunately those fuchsia sequins still weren’t enough to distract from the overall bad optics of the tour (Remember the pictures of Kate and Will reaching through barbed wire, shaking hands with Jamaican children? Yes). A step forward…
Anne Hathaway Returns as Devil Wears Prada
Anne Hathaway? In a Devil Wears Prada throwback? Innovative. No, really, she is was groundbreaking The Oscar-winning actress has diversified a lot with her looks this year, from Valentino PP Pink full outfits at fashion week, to Christopher John Rogers rainbow jumpsuits for talk shows, to cute cone-bra mini-dresses at Cannes, courtesy of Gucci.
Despite bringing vibrancy and variation throughout 2022, we’re nostalgic beasts at heart, so Anne’s fashion moment to beat them all was her little nod to Andy Sachs at the FROW at NYFW. She wore a dark brown crocodile-style leather coat, oversized sunglasses (a touch of Anne among the Andys), and a black turtleneck, reminiscent of her Devil Wears Prada counterpart’s final movie look. What she makes it even better: She wore it while she was sitting front row at Michael Kors next to her one and only Anna Wintour. She is also known as the inspiration for the fictional “Runway” boss, Miranda Priestley.
Timothee Chalamet in his Haider Ackermann
This little boy knows how to do stunts, I’ll say it. In September, Timothee Chalamet treated us to another helping of realism on the red carpet when he attended the Venice Film Festival premiere of Bones and All in a crimson silk Haider Ackermann waistcoat, which people quickly took notice of. that his back was missing. What a shame for him! But no, like everything this showtopper-turned-hearttopper does, it was very intentional and much appreciated by 18-year-old boys and girls around the world. This is solidly the best aspect of his Bones and All press tour, but he also brought out a few other good ones, and all very on-theme. Blood-red silk, bare skin, pristine white suits with diamond bone chokers: everything. Look, the boy came to eat, and he ate.
Florence Pugh is late with an Aperol Spritz
There’s a lot to be said for Flo Pugh’s breakout year in fashion, but her appearance on the Don’t Worry Darling press tour deserves an honorable mention. Granted, he did so little publicity for the movie (eye emoji) that there were really only, like, two, but boy, when he showed up, he turned until. For the Venice Film Festival premiere (this festival was big on fashion moments, clearly), Pugh wowed the red carpet in her massive black tulle gown, complete with huge puff sleeves and tiny silver stars embroidered all over. parts.
But it was earlier in the day that he taught everyone the true meaning of a star: being late for his hotel in Venice, missing the press conference for his own movie, strutting around with an Aperol Spritz, all while wearing a purple Valentino two. – chunk. and sunglasses Perfect. no notes
Bella Hadid spray paints her dress
Good luck to everyone who was trying to have “the moment” at Fashion Week this fall because no matter what they did, everyone could talk about the moment Coperni sprayed a dress on Bella Hadid. So much so, that according to WWD the media impact of the performance has been valued at 26.3 million dollars. Better than any old ad campaign, huh?
The media sensation was the fruit of the work of Manel Torres, inventor of Fabrican spray fabric, who was one of two people tasked with spraying the naked body (except for naked underwear) of Bella Hadid on the catwalk to close the fashion show. Coperni. . Then there was Charlotte Raymond, the brand’s head designer, who transformed the dress from a silly drawstring into an elegant one by gently manipulating the shoulders and cutting a thigh-high slit. Voila, viral.
Heidi Klum dresses as a worm
If the spray-painted dresses started the month of October, the worms finished it. Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party brought us classic costumes like The Joker, Catwoman, Cleopatra and… a giant worm, which, of course, Klum herself wore. To be fair, what did you expect from Heidi Klum? In recent years, she has dressed as an old woman, Fiona from Shrek, and a skinless human body. She certainly isn’t looking for her sexiness in her Halloween looks, well, aside from later in the night when she removed her worm costume to reveal a stunning nude outfit underneath her. (But crucially, she left the worm face on.)
Jodie Turner-Smith presents the Fashion Awards
It would be sacrilege to conclude this look without mentioning 2022 red carpet heavyweight Jodie Turner-Smith. The actress finally got recognition for her fashion chops this year in her most official guise: she was asked to host the British Fashion Awards, which were held earlier this month. Responding in kind, Turner-Smith introduced the event with not one, but multiple jaw-dropping and outlandish looks. Her first look, a flowing lime green Gucci Greek dress, would have been enough on its own, but that’s not Jodie Turner-Smith. We are manifesting this energy by 2023, right gang?