Rebellious and emblematic, stripes come with a lot of connotations, but that has never stopped designers from using the classic print. Well known for his explicit and humorous designs, Jean Paul Gautier was one of the first designers to work with the famous blue and white Breton stripes in his sailor-inspired collection during back in the ’90s, and there’s been no looking back since.
This season, fashion decided to shake things up with stripes once again, proving that you can never have too much of a good thing. Scrolling through the spring/summer 2022 collections, we noticed that the famed print was dominating the runway once again. Stripes were the main attraction for several designers, and they didn’t hold back, playing with different colors, textures, and sizes for maximum impact.
Instead of the trademark blue and white, Brandon Maxwell sent thick green and orange stripes out on his runway, while Carolina Herrera switched things up by rendering the lines vertically, keeping her gown simple, yet impactful in a palette of black and white. Likewise, we spotted Balmain nailing the same theme by draping an oversized piece as a summer-ready dress. On the other hand, Saint Laurent decided to go extremely traditional with a basic buttoned-up shirt with front pockets on both sides.
This season, Armani also had its go at stripes with a maxi dress in red and blue. Other brands such as Chanel, Christian Siriano and Chloe chose unexpected effects to experiment with the pattern. While Chanel shook basic stripes up and went with zig-zags instead, Chloe presented a fringed multicolored dress and Christian Siriano varied the stripes between horizontal and vertical.
There is no limit to what one can do with a striped pattern, and these designers, without a doubt, proved it on the runway. Take a look at some of their coolest renditions from the season.