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Despite our third year of the pandemic, fashion is bouncing back with SS22 collections that are returning to their usual carefree expressions of fun. And when it comes to the summer heat, more is definitely not better with many brands adopting the miniskirt to fire us up in an effort to cool us down.
No matter the times the mini skirt has always been the star of the runway. English designer Mary Quant is credited with the creation of the miniskirt in the 1960s and since then has remained a fashion staple in almost every decade. Over the years, the miniskirt has invited some controversy as it shunned the traditional standards of society but also represented a group of strong and confident women empowered by their sexuality. And with fashion getting bolder and hemlines getting shorter, brands are once again declaring it the season of the miniskirt.
For both Donatella Versace’s main SS22 collection and collaborative collection with Fendi, the miniskirt played a central role with some versions in monogram patterns fastened with safety pins. Other iterations like gold chainmail dazzled the audience and patchwork denim skirts with giant buckled belts gave the collection a nostalgic Y2K charm.
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons love the idea of playing with masculinity and femininity and this season's collection was no different. The design duo paired duchesse satin minis with trailing trains and colored skirts with oversized distressed leather jackets that exuded confidence with a soft touch.
Maria Grazia Chiuri departed from her usual style and revived the 1960s obsession with the miniskirt in Dior's SS22 collection. Models strutted down the runway in color-blocked skirts with clean lines and some even in animal prints as a sort of throwback to the youth revolution that inspired a decade of rebellion against societal norms.
Miuccia Prada’s collection gave officewear a whole new meaning. Models were dressed in shortened corporate skirts and cable knit minis with high slits as well as oversized dress shirts or knitwear with exposed midriffs to match.