The trends coming to the 2022 Melbourne Fashion Festival
As we step out of the lockdown-era activewear and back into the social scene, we look at the pandemic’s impact on fashion trends – and what's coming next.
The Melbourne Fashion Festival (MFF) is fast approaching, which just may be the inspiration many of us need to hop out of the work shirt and tracksuit-pants combo and back into something appropriate for face-to-face interaction.
Dr. Stephen Wigley, Associate Dean for Fashion Enterprise at the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, says that "COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed how we view, consume, and express fashion." Although the world is reopening, Dr. Wigley advises that the MFF is bound to reflect styles that are "casual and comfortable" to reflect the pandemic's influence on style for the year ahead.
Alongside COVID-19 impacting trends, with the pandemic perhaps giving pause for reflection, there is a piqued interest in how our clothing is sourced, made and distributed.
So, how does this affect what we wear?
We look at how the last two years have impacted fashion; alongside the resurgence of ‘occasion’ dressing, the 'anything goes' philosophy of the trendsetting youth, and the flipping of sartorial gender norms.
Here is what's in store for clothing trends in 2022.
The MFF runs from 3-12 March across various venues across Melbourne to celebrate ‘Australian fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.’