First up: Mushrooms. From Stella McCartney to Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Brandon Maxwell, designers illustrated how fungi were a major inspiration for Spring/Summer 22. For instance, the Mulleavy sisters featured multicoloured fungi art – hand-drawn by their mother, artist Victoria Mulleavy – on two pastel silk charmeuse dresses. Meanwhile, at Brandon Maxwell, a mushroom graphic sweater and sweatshirt were paired with party- ready disco shorts and a miniskirt adorned in plume.
As for Stella McCartney, mushrooms were present in more ways than one: Besides applying them as motifs on her ready-to-wear pieces, the “priestess of conscious fashion” also produced clothing and a new signature bag, the Frayme Mylo, made from Mylo, a sustainable leather alternative derived from mycelium, which is the underground root structure of mushrooms. Developed in 2018 by Bolt Threads, a Californian materials solutions company, this invention has been supported by fashion brands such as Adidas, Lululemon, and, of course, Stella McCartney.
Besides fungi, psychedelic prints like pastel swirls and acid-hue florals are back – louder and larger than ever. Seen all over TikTok and Instagram, these trippy prints are emblazoned across popular Y2K styles, such as low-rise bottoms, mini dresses and tight-fitting collared tops.