22 Looks From New York Fashion Week That Made Us Swoon

From the glitz of Tom Ford's luxurious sportswear to the downtown cool of Maryam Nassir Zadeh, these are the spring/summer 2022 clothes that inspired us the most

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RODARTE LOOK 37

"I'll be hallucinating about this dress for the rest of the year. Contrasting an elegant silhouette with a bizarrely fun print is always a good idea in my books." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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WILLY CHAVARRIA LOOK 25

“Who would of thought you could make a pair of skater trousers feel elegant? I loved designer Willy Chavarria’s unique take on menswear. Melding the worlds of his Chicano heritage with streetwear and couture, exit 25 was a highlight, with its perfectly square top half (aptly named the Opera Collar work shirt), slouchy trousers and dress shoes. It’s an easy outfit formula I’d like to wear immediately.” — Dan Ahwa, creative and fashion director

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ALTUZARRA LOOK 33

"I’ve always been partial to a pleat, and this two-piece look from Joseph Altuzarra has a cool earthiness that’s deeply appealing right now — easy, tactile and unrestrictive. This fabric reminds me of the ocean." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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PETER DO LOOK 22

"Minimalist and invitingly wearable, Peter Do’s take on an oversized shirt had the kind of elegance that’s hard to create when reimagining a top as a dress (the risk, invariably, is it being too boxy). Complete with a light flowing skirt, the Vietnamese-born designer showcased his nous for elevated essentials." — Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

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KIM SHUI LOOK 10

"Glad to see the 2000s coming back strong. Love everything about this intentionally tacky look, except the heart palpitations I get thinking about straightening my hair Y2K style ever again." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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PRABAL GURUNG LOOK 5

"For all its simplicity, Prabal Gurung delivered a neon lime look of vivid proportions. There were detachables and cut-outs, a halter neck and couture-like craftsmanship, that saw this dress hold its own beyond its colour." — Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

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PROENZA SCHOULER LOOK 33

"Model Vittoria Ceretti's look of a vibrant yellow culotte and a tactile blazer made from scuba fabric felt energetic and sporty, the kind of look that works any hour of the day. But how cool are those scuba sandals? Cowabunga!" — Dan Ahwa, creative and fashion director

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TOM FORD LOOK 2

"Sexy yet nonchalant, Tom Ford’s collection of slinky metallic fabrics, sequin details and vibrant colours is exactly what we need right now. From sporty racerback singlets to shimmering trackpants and oversized satin blazers, it’s grownup, sensual and designed to party in. This is effortless design with high impact.” — Amanda Linnell, editor

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MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH LOOK 27

"Always ahead of the pulse, the New Yorker's approach to fashion is challenging and easy all at once. Undone, unexpected, like a suede shirt — who’d have thought it would be such a beguiling proposition? There were several in the show, all charmingly unpolished. I like it worn here, juxtaposed with a trippy plaid and prissy mules." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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BRANDON MAXWELL LOOK 7

“Brandon Maxwell’s joyful, uplifting and fun show was illuminated by a bright purple sheen that set the tone for a collection teeming with colour, irreverence and sparkle. Mushrooms made an appearance on a printed sweatshirt and jacket, as did sherbet hues and psychedelic prints. New Zealand model Jordan Daniels wore this glittering lame skirt and gingham shirt over a bikini top… and is that a crossbody bag with a towel holder? Because I want one of those for summer.” — Johanna Thornton, deputy editor

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OUR LEGACY LOOK 12

"Creative director Christopher Nying's collection really resonates with my personal style, and I love this tactile mix of separates. Effortless." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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VAQUERA 25

"Bride to be? Or just want to avoid being recognised walking down Ponsonby Road? This mysterious look has it all and I would happily wear any day of the week." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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PUPPETS AND PUPPETS LOOK 24

"Soft comfort is called for even in summer, and skimpy knit layers are one way to do it. This look from three-year-old brand Puppets and Puppets features two colours I’m enamoured with right now — Yves Klein blue and clementine orange." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH LOOK 9

"Easy clothes that feel languid and not trying too hard. While this foray into menswear is still fairly recent for the Lower East Side designer, she's managed to translate the same sensual vibes from her womenswear to her menswear designs — clothes really that can be worn by any gender." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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COACH LOOK 38

"Double denim can do no wrong in the hands of Coach’s Stuart Vever. It feels casual to the point of cool, a look that would have been painstakingly put together but which belies this by appearing as if it was pulled momentarily off the street in rush hour." — Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

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RACHEL COMEY LOOK 11

"Love these looks and also this energy. The whole Rachel Comey show is worth a look due to its palpable sense of joy, freedom and silliness. Loud pants, languid sandals and gelato colours are what I want now, alongside that feeling of letting go." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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KENNETH NICOLSON LOOK 3

"I've been wearing long sleeve floral dresses with chucks every week since moving home to Aotearoa last year, so glad to see Kenneth Nicholson approves of it too." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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ANNA SUI LOOK 14

“Be your own oasis,” said Anna Sui, via flower-patterned patchwork vests, spiky straw hats and knitted bikinis. In my favourite green town-to-tiki bar look, the designer offers an ensemble free (and carefree) in its pattern play, with just the right mix of flare and untroubled air." — Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

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ECKHAUS LATTA LOOK 25

"Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta's designs have an artful, New York sensibility that I really admire, this time with a sense of freedom that I think will resonate really well with loyal clients of the brand. I love anything that feels slouchy and easy, and this look would be great for summer — even if you don't have abs. Just let it all out." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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BRANDON MAXWELL

"A string of splashy, hypnotic tailoring came down the runway at Brandon Maxwell. This tie-front two-piece, while less structured, presented the designer’s deliberate leap for something less serious in a wondrously psychedelic fashion." — Julia Gessler, digital and production journalist

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COLLINA STRADA LOOK 17

"Five year old me would have died for these looks. Let's be honest, 32-year-old me would too." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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TORY BURCH LOOK 21

"The contrasting proportions of a snug tube top and big pants are an enduring duo — I think it’s the combination of the posture the top commands, and the slouchy swagger of the volume on the lower half. Eternally cool. Green and brown are great together too." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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