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Tatler Asia’s edit of the best runway moments from New York Fashion Week SS22

Has fashion week finally returned to normal (or a new normal), post-pandemic? Looking at New York Fashion Week, which traditionally kicks off the month-long marathon of fashion shows in the world’s fashion capitals, you’d be surprised at how buzzy and exciting the scene has become once again. Fashion shows are packed, editors and celebrities are emerging to perch on the front rows once again, and the runways are better than ever with fresh new ideas for the season ahead. Scroll down to see Tatler Asia’s edit of the very best runway looks from New York, and check back daily to keep up to date with the latest shows.

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Tom Ford

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Who: Tom Ford

The Inspiration: Razzle dazzle glamour, unabashed opulence, gold chains, metallics, notice-me athleisure

The Quote: “Mostly, I think that this is a hopeful collection and at a moment when we all need hope. We need that now more than ever,” Ford wrote in his show notes.

Thom Browne

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Who: Thom Browne

The Inspiration: J.G. Ballard’s “The Garden of Time”, the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sculpture, genderless fashion, classic suiting with a twist, sharp tailoring

Private Policy

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Who: Private Policy

The Inspiration: Their theme “Urban Plants: Good for the Planet, Good for the Mind”, eco-awareness, plants, organic matter, club kids

The Quote: “This season we’re really exploring the idea of urban settings, with this organic form of plants and how these total opposite elements can mesh together so beautifully. We were really looking at how people fill their apartments with plants and just feel happier,” Siying Qu, one half of the brand, told Vogue.

Carolina Herrera

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Who: Caroline Herrera

The Inspiration: Clothes to go out and be seen in, statement-making silhouettes, fresh, vibrant colours, feminine glamour

The Quote: “Our woman is not a wallflower, she’s not shy; she loves getting dressed and expressing herself. There is always that component of chic but she plays with her clothes. It’s not timid,” the brand’s creative director Wes Gordon told WWD.

Gabriela Hearst

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Who: Gabriela Hearst

The Inspiration: New York art dealer Hester Diamond, Native American weaving and handcraft, natural landscapes, geodes, healing crystals

The Quote: “Being able to create beautiful pieces that are desirable and at the same time that empower others is probably one of the most satisfying personal experiences,” Hearst said in her press notes.


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Who: Monse

The Inspiration: Crochet, cottagecore meets skate culture, wildflowers, alpine forests, magic mushrooms

Naeem Khan

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Who: Naeem Khan

The Inspiration: Bright neon colours, underwater corals, chinoiserie, spring florals, Majorca tiles, animal prints

The Quote: “In a world that surrounds us with darkness, we find the light in togetherness, that drives in inspiration, and fire the passion,” said Naeem Khan in his show notes.


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Who: Rodarte

The Inspiration: The power of nature, mushrooms, poppies, sunshine, the outdoors, Roswell

Brandon Maxwell

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Who: Brandon Maxwell

The Inspiration: Psychedelic patterns, gingham, metallics, stripes, magic mushrooms, 

The Quote: “I wanted to do something that felt authentic. When I started I was maybe insecure about not having a fashion education, so I felt I needed to be more serious. But I’m not that serious a person. During the pandemic, I decided that if I got the opportunity ever again, I’d like to do it as me,” Maxwell told Vogue in an interview.


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Who: Coach

The Inspiration: Patterns (houndstooth, Madras check, tartan), trompe l’oeil details on shirts and bags, baseball, NYC landmarks and restaurants, ’90s aesthetic

The Quote: “Spring presents my vision of a new vocabulary of American fashion inspired by our 80-year heritage through the lens of the next generation. A celebration, too, of the colourful, upbeat optimism of Coach’s first designer Bonnie Cashin, it’s a collection I designed in response to the times we are living through—and a collective wish for a better, brighter future,” said Stuart Vevers in his show notes.

Michael Kors

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Who: Michael Kors

The Inspiration: Tailoring, summer sexiness, body positivity, wardrobe classics, refined elegance, lots of sparkle, urban romance, New York City’s Central Park

The Quote: “How do you do romance that’s not about ruffles and frippery, with a cleanliness and sharpness? It was really an urban/romantic tug of war,” Michael Kors told WWD.

LaQuan Smith

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Who: LaQuan Smith

The Inspiration: The ’70s, disco glam, New York’s Empire State Building, partying, ladies of leisure (with a twist)

The Quote: “New York is back, baby. This is an iconic time and when we’ve come from a year of just chaos and craziness I think that we need to continue to find ways to celebrate and uplift people,” the designer told Harper’s BAZAAR.


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Who: Moschino

The Inspiration: Moschino founder Franco Moschino’s classic suits, pastel cartoon animals, not-so-prim ladies who lunch, Fran Drescher’s The Nanny

The Quote: “It’s very ladies who lunch, but it’s also nursery rhymes, so it’s baby lady. There’s also a wink to The Nanny. Fran Drescher wore so much Franco Moschino, iconic little suits that were such a signature of the brand and that moment,” Jeremy Scott said.

Prabal Gurung

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Who: Prabal Gurung

The Inspiration: Gender fluidity, feathers, classic American sportswear, Madras fabric, gingham, highlighter bright colours

The Quote: “Over the summer, going to the protests, the trans rally, going to places like Happy Fun Hideaway in Brooklyn, which is a non-binary space... I just wanted to create a collection that could show to the world what beauty can look like. I honestly feel like the world is better with women,” the designer said backstage at his show.

Peter Do

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Who: Peter Do

The Inspiration: The Vietnamese ao dai, roses, pin sharp tailoring, relaxed sensibility

The Quote: “I wanted to show the skyline as a nod to the point of arrival for my parents, which is why I’m here,” the designer told WWD. “...I’ve been thinking a lot about Vietnam...through the hazy lens of the women who brought me up.”

Proenza Schouler

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Who: Proenza Schouler

The Inspiration: Travel, island locations, scuba and surfing

The Quote: “A celebration of a newfound freedom which also feels a little fragile,” Jack McCollough told WWD.

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Who: 3.1 Phillip Lim

The Inspiration: The beauty, colours and silhouettes of flowers; his garden North Fork, Long Island

The Quote: “Here, I go back to the garden: you need a balance of colour, texture, and a strong foundation with strong soil. From a conceptual point of view, I think that’s where we’re headed,” said the designer in an interview with WWD.

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