48 Looks From NYFW SS22 That Will Live In My Head Rent-Free

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New York Fashion Week is here and yes, my feet hurt! Tis the season for editors, influencers, stylists and fashion girls alike to run wild from Soho to Hudson Yards (ugh) watching shows, snapping photos of presentations and dressing up for parties galore. We’re just a few days in and already the designers have showed that they’re making up for lost time when it comes to their first season back after last season’s digital offerings.

That said, there are a few favorite looks that stood out above the rest, so allow me to gush about them now. A sparkling emerald green skirt fit for a princess paired with the itty-bittiest matching bra top turned heads at Christian Siriano‘s Gotham Hall spectacle. A Bronx & Banco breast plate of bronze mirrors was paired with a chocolate brown leather sarong on a runway atop Spring Studios. A red cutout maxi dress with a skirt of swinging fringe turned heads at Proenza Schouler’s open-to-the-public adventure on the city’s Little Island.

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These amazing moments and so many more are all reminders of why we’ve missed fashion so damn much over the past year or so of pandemic precautions. Regardless of the undeniable effort designers put into their virtual showings and fashion films, nothing hits quite like seeing a runway show in the flesh.

As I run from show to show and question my sanity, a love for the looks keeps me going—below, a few of the favorites I’ve been snapping for my personal mood board.

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Christian Cowan/iMaxTree.
Christian Cowan/iMaxTree.

Christian Cowan

Choosing a favorite look from this collection is difficult, but this sequin and feather two-piece is definitely up there.

Staud/iMaxTree.
Staud/iMaxTree.

Staud

This fruity floral number from Staud has me wishing we weren’t entering fall. Long live summery bodycons!

Jason Wu/iMaxTree.
Jason Wu/iMaxTree.

Jason Wu

Cue Jason Wu with the most perfect little red party dress I’ve ever seen. It’s the bubble hem for me!

Michael Kors/iMaxTree.
Michael Kors/iMaxTree.

Michael Kors

After this show, pretty much every attendee vowed to enter Spring/Summer 2022 with a ladylike tea time aesthetic.

Theophilio/iMaxTree.
Theophilio/iMaxTree.

Theophilio

In person, this Theophilio dress drew gasps from the crowd. It was gorgeous, and the color-blocked cups and strap details were the perfect special touches.

Christian Cowan/iMaxTree.
Christian Cowan/iMaxTree.

Christian Cowan

In a world of LBDs, I can only hope to be a Christian Cowan hot pink sequin blazer dress with fuchsia feather sleeves.

Altuzarra/iMaxTree.
Altuzarra/iMaxTree.

Altuzarra

I thought the pandemic had me all tie-dye’d out, but this Altuzarra look makes a case for the print to reign in 2022.

Alice & Olivia/iMaxTree.
Alice & Olivia/iMaxTree.

Alice & Olivia

Alice and Olivia have done cheeky sequined skirts in the past, but the happy faces on this one make it my new favorite. 🙂

Jonathan Simkhai/iMaxTree.
Jonathan Simkhai/iMaxTree.

Jonathan Simkhai

Thoroughly enjoyed all the cut-outs adorned with chunky gold chain details on the Simkhai runway this season.

Moschino/iMaxTree.
Moschino/iMaxTree.

Moschino

Moschino went toddler-chic for this lunching ladies collection and I couldn’t love it more. From inspiration to execution, I think Jeremy Scott absolutely nailed it.

Rodarte/iMaxTree.
Rodarte/iMaxTree.

Rodarte

Rodarte sent this dress down the runway in two hues, but these sunny yellow beaded tassels were definitely the show-stopper.

Bibhu Mohapatra/iMaxTree.
Bibhu Mohapatra/iMaxTree.

Bibhu Mohapatra

Now, THIS is a GOWN. Mohapatra’s entire collection was divine, but this piece stopped me in my tracks.

Brandon Maxwell/iMaxTree.
Brandon Maxwell/iMaxTree.

Brandon Maxwell

This color combo from Maxwell gave me a watermelon sugar high in all the right ways. Plus, the fit is perfection.

Nicole Miller/iMaxTree.
Nicole Miller/iMaxTree.

Let’s kick things off with a maximalist bang, this rainbow asymmetrical midi from Nicole Miller.

Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.
Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.

I absolutely refuse to wear a lime green dress unless it comes with a matching wide-brim hat.

Proenza Schouler/iMaxTree.
Proenza Schouler/iMaxTree.

Out of all the exquisite suits I saw, this pumpkin orange number paired with chunky sandals was an instant favorite.

Prabal Gurung/iMaxTree.
Prabal Gurung/iMaxTree.

In terms of party looks, this Prabal number has my heart. The pink! The shag! The sandal!

Alejandra Alonso Rojas/iMaxTree.
Alejandra Alonso Rojas/iMaxTree.

If Ariel from The Little Mermaid needed a super sexy gown, this AAR number would absolutely be it. The hem looks like a pool of water!

Adeam/iMaxTree.
Adeam/iMaxTree.

When Bridgerton stans and cottagecore lovers unite, this Adeam dress finds its target audience.

Proenza Schouler/iMaxTree.
Proenza Schouler/iMaxTree.

I didn’t know I needed a red fringed frock in my wardrobe until right this minute. Thank you, Proenza.

Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.
Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.

This emerald green masterpiece from Christian Siriano looks positively made for Zendaya, am I right?

Bronx & Banco/iMaxTree.
Bronx & Banco/iMaxTree.

Bronx & Banco truly delivered on sexy, vacay-ready looks. This brown mirrored top and leather skirt pairing was my favorite of the array.

Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.
Christian Siriano/iMaxTree.

Fine, said Christian Siriano, I’ll do it. And with that, skirt suits became cool again.

Cinq à Sep/tiMaxTree.
Cinq à Sep/tiMaxTree.

This tangy lime palette cleanser from Cinq à Sept is perfectly styled with chunky black boots to compliment the sweet bow detail.

Duncan/iMaxTree.
Duncan/iMaxTree.

If I had all the makings of thie Duncan look, it would be on my body in a literal heartbeat.

Parabal Gurung/iMaxTree.
Parabal Gurung/iMaxTree.

This dreamy Prabal Gurung dress is a breath of fresh air for fashion. Clean, minimal yet detailed and oh so chic!

Alejandra Alonso Rojas/iMaxTree.
Alejandra Alonso Rojas/iMaxTree.

AAR really made a case for year-round yellow via this open knit paired with sunny trousers.

Dundas/iMaxTree.
Dundas/iMaxTree.

This Dundas dress gives me modern Taylor Momsen vibes in the absolute best way. Definitely something I’d wear if I woke up a chic, grungy rockstar.

Peter Do/iMaxTree.
Peter Do/iMaxTree.

At Peter Do, it was the big bags for me.

Ulla Johnson/iMaxTree.
Ulla Johnson/iMaxTree.

Attention, bride-to-bes: This Ulla Johnson dress will make you look like an ethereal fairy.

Marissa Wilson/iMaxTree.
Marissa Wilson/iMaxTree.

In a fun exploration of color and pattern, this dress was my favorite from Marissa Wilson’s presentation.

Three As Four/iMaxTree.
Three As Four/iMaxTree.

Three As Four really went off when it came to unique patterns, and the silhouette of this dress manages to be equally as interesting as the print without clashing.

Ulla Johnson/iMaxTree.
Ulla Johnson/iMaxTree.

This peachy hue on the Ulla Johnson runway cheered me up right away. Also, I’m calling it now: layering mini bags will be the move for 2022.

Collina Strada/iMaxTree.
Collina Strada/iMaxTree.

If you want print clashing done right, go to Collina Strada, master of maximalism at its finest.

Prabal Gurung/iMaxTree.
Prabal Gurung/iMaxTree.

This Prabal Gurung look is one of my favorite dresses of the season, bar none.

LaQuan Smith/iMaxTree.
LaQuan Smith/iMaxTree.

This coat-on-the-top, bodysuit-on-the-bottom take on a one-piece from LaQuan Smith is so inspired.

Sergio Hudson/iMaxTree.
Sergio Hudson/iMaxTree.

Michelle Obama adores Sergio Hudson, so I pray we see her in this chartreuse suit soon.

Dur Doux/iMaxTree.
Dur Doux/iMaxTree.

Dur Doux’s playful yet wearable designs definitely caught my attention, in particular this sweet sheer mini dress.

Carolina Herrera/iMaxTree.
Carolina Herrera/iMaxTree.

If Emily doesn’t wear this Carolina Herrera number in the next season of Emily In Paris, I want my money back.

Adam Lippes/iMaxTree.
Adam Lippes/iMaxTree.

The bubble hem on this Adam Lippes dress takes me back in the very best way. Let’s bring the bubble back, folks.

Badgley/Mischka/iMaxTree.
Badgley/Mischka/iMaxTree.

This Badgley Mischka dress is expertly tailored, and I love the laser-cut flowers and butterflies on the skirt.

Tanya Taylor/iMaxTree.
Tanya Taylor/iMaxTree.

When I saw this layered look at Tanya Taylor’s presentation, I immediately made a mental note to layer more crop tops over my prairie dresses.

Elena Velez/iMaxTree.
Elena Velez/iMaxTree.

I could look at this Elena Velez skirt all day. Wearable art in its truest form.

LaQuan Smith/iMaxTree.
LaQuan Smith/iMaxTree.

Let’s start placing our bets: Which Kardashian will be the one to wear this glitzy LaQuan number?

Carolina Herrera/iMaxTree.
Carolina Herrera/iMaxTree.

If Blair Waldorf makes a guest appearance on the Gossip Girl reboot, my only prayer is that Leighton Meester be wearing this Carolina Herrera embellished mini dress.

Sergio Hudson/iMaxTree.
Sergio Hudson/iMaxTree.

For this tonal look, Hudson played up the most perfect blue hues for an effortless layered effect.

Dur Doux/iMaxTree.
Dur Doux/iMaxTree.

I would happily book a week-long vacation and pack just this set from Dur Doux. I’d never want to take it off!

Naeem Khan/iMaxTree.
Naeem Khan/iMaxTree.

This model served body in her ornate, see-through Naeem Khan number, which made the whole look even better.

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