The Best of High Summer: A Special Edit From Our Senior Fashion Editor

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Last Updated
Jun 6, 2022

As a fashion editor, my job is cutting through thousands of runway looks to find the best and brightest pieces for the upcoming season. So, when the Spring/Summer 2022 shows came around, I was ready to dive into all the toothsome trends queueing for the warmest months of the year. Luckily, high-end brands from Paris to Milan understood the assignment.

Valentino released summer-ready jumpsuits, gladiator sandals, and shoulder bags—all of which were punctuated by one oversized rockstud. Chanel, on the other hand, cast zesty webs of color atop its signature blacks and whites. Bottega traded Kelly green for a sunny orange hue, and Gucci went Old Hollywood with underwire-lined satin slips worthy of a ’50s-era ad campaign.

In short, the best designer collections for Summer 2022 are busy, sultry, and filled with a rainbow of colors. Peruse Editorialist’s high-end brands to watch—and shop—this season.

1.

Bottega Veneta

As creative director Daniel Lee's final collection for Bottega Veneta, it's no surprise that Spring/Summer 2022 was an impactful season for the brand. High sport was a key theme, with pleated tennis skirts and icy whites spliced throughout. The best part: the citrus-y tangerine hue that made its way to bags, heels and bijoux.

2.

Chloé

Chloé's Spring/Summer 2022 collection was a continuation of Gabriela Heart's sophisticated, sustainable design point of view. Play with color was a key theme, with pebble-shaped swaths of terracotta and salmon popping up on dresses and blouses. Still, our favorite is her recycled cashmere iterations of the Edith and Woody bags. 

3.

Loewe

Jonathan Anderson's directional imprint on Loewe has spiked post-pandemic. Using the challenging time to forge a new path for the Spanish brand, his Spring/Summer 2022 pieces with a surrealism and nonsensicality that was infectious to the fashion set. The high-end brand's assortment has something for bold, kitschy dressers and ardent minimalists alike.

4.

Gucci

ICYMI: Gucci ditched the fashion calendar early in the pandemic, instead releasing comprehensive, seasonless collections at its own pace. Gucci's Love Parade collection was an homage to the entertainment industry, set at the Walk of Fame and packed with famous faces. The clothing wields this same romanticism of Old Hollywood, rife with cone-cupped silk dresses, pearlescent jewelry, the whole nine. Don't miss the brand's new navy blue canvas (as seen on the Ophidia bag below)—Gucci just rolled out the new-and-improved texture across dozens of pieces.

5.

Prada

The brainchild of Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada, the Italian label's new collection is primed for a heat-soaked summer. Silk shorts, crepe dresses, and mini totes in the label's signature sunny yellow are all available for the taking. Also present are the brand's widely popular hoop skirts in picnic plaids, as well as its Instagram-famous crochet beach bags.

6.

Chanel

Chanel's Spring/Summer 2022 presentation was an homage to the label's panache-packed '90s catwalks—busy cameras flashed, models walked with unapologetic verve, and candy-colored garments took over the runway. Swimwear and busy belts were a favorite, but the house's all-new 22 bags stole the show. We'll be pairing the bubblegum pink version with the house's CC-stamped sandals all summer. 

7.

Miu Miu

It's Miu Miu's world and we're all living in it. Helmed by Miuccia Prada, the label's Spring/Summer 2022 collection was chock full of micro mini skirts and preppy knits—flanked by its usual assortment of embellished shirt dresses, of course. Lean into the high-shine factor with a matelassé hobo bag and a chunky pearl choker (which nails this season's statement necklace trend).  

8.

Celine

Celine has mastered the intersection of collegiate fashion and French girl chic—and its Summer 2022 lineup is no exception. Shop simple, sophisticated favorites like its Triomphe-stamped low-tops and style it with the brand's threadbare bustier top. Don't forget your catchall bucket bag.

9.

Valentino

Last but not least, Valentino's Spring/Summer 2022 collection leaned into a new take on its famous rockstud motif. Rather than spatter its bags and shoes with rows and rows of hardware, each accessory wields one punctuating stud. The result? Timeless pieces that exude elegance, with an edge.

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