Dezeen’s Top 10 Fashion Design Projects of 2022

To continue our review of 2022, we’ve selected 10 of the biggest fashion design stories published on Dezeen this year, including global viral moments and unexpected collaborations.

This roundup of 2022 fashion projects features a number of couture collaborations, such as a line of denim hats by British milliner Stephen Jones and Dutch denim brand G-Star RAW and an aluminum speaker case made by fashion house Balenciaga and audio brand Bang & Olufsen.

Other projects include viral moments such as Coperni’s spray-on dress which resulted in Dezeen highlighting 10 experimental and unconventional dresses.

Read on for Dezeen’s top 10 fashion stories of 2022:

Image of a person wearing a couture denim hat
Image courtesy of G-Star RAW

Denim hats by Stephen Jones and G-Star RAW

Renowned British milliner Stephen Jones collaborated with Dutch clothing brand G-Star RAW to create a collection of ready-to-wear and couture denim hats.

The collection consists of five haute couture pieces and two headpieces made from responsible, Cradle to Cradle certified fabrics. It includes sculptural pieces with subversive designs on typical headwear such as bucket hats, baseball caps and sun hats.

Find out more about these denim hats ›

Photo of Bella Hadid on the Coperni runway
Photo courtesy of Coperni

Spray-on dress from Coperni and Fabrican

During Paris Fashion Week’s Spring Summer 2023 women’s show, Parisian fashion label Coperni created one of fashion’s most viral moments of the year. Coperni partnered with spray-on fabric technology company Fabrican to spray a dress onto the body of model Bella Hadid live on the runway.

A liquid polymer material consisting of natural and synthetic fibers was sprayed onto Hadid’s body from an aerosol spray gun which then formed a non-woven fabric when it came into contact with the body.

Find out more about this spray-on dress ›

Models wear coats that grow live plants at Loewe Spring Summer 2023
Photo by Molly Lowe

Budding clothes by Loewe and Paula Ulargui Escalona

Grass and plants growing from soaked clothes were featured at Spanish fashion brand Loewe’s Spring Summer 2023 menswear show which took place during Paris Fashion Week.

The burgeoning garments were a collaboration between Loewe and Spanish bio-designer Paula Ulargui Escalona, ​​who grew catnip and chia on hoodies, sweatpants, shoes, jeans and outerwear in a purpose-built polytunnel greenhouse.

Find out more about this collection ›

Image of Balenciga and Bang & Olufsen Speaker Bag
Photo courtesy of Balenciaga

Speaker Bag by Balenciaga and Bang & Olufsen

Debuting at Balenciaga’s 51st couture show in Paris, the Speaker Bag is a limited-edition aluminum case, described as “part bag, part Bluetooth audio system”, which was created in collaboration with Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen.

“This innovative device is part bag, part Bluetooth audio system,” said Balenciaga. “It can be used as a portable speaker, a functional bag or both, as a true hybrid product.”

Find out more about the Speaker Bag ›

Image of a model on the runway
Photo courtesy of JW Anderson

Computer key clothing by JW Anderson

Commenting on the human relationship with technology and consumerism, British fashion label JW Anderson sent a halterneck top made from hundreds of desktop computer keys down a runway during London Fashion Week.

The brand’s show notes described the concept as: “A parallel world of people trapped in their computers, mixed with keyboards and screensavers, exploring other dimensions. Nature filtered by the digital ego, becomes a personal security.”

Find out more about this show ›

Image of Reebok Eames shoes
Photo courtesy of Reebok

Eames Office x Reebok Classic Leather from Reebok

Sportswear brand Reebok collaborated with the Eames Office to launch a collection of sneakers that incorporates elements of toys and furniture designed by mid-century modern figures Charles and Ray Eames.

Titled Eames Office x Reebok Classic Leather, the collection recreates three designs by Charles and Ray Eames as trainers – including the Eames Elephant, rosewood material and the Eames Coloring Toy.

Find out more about Eames Office x Reebok Classic Leather ›

Image of a model on the Balenciaga runway
Photo by Stéphane Aït Ouarab

Tape bodysuit from Balenciaga

At Balenciaga’s Fall-Winter 2022 show, which was presented in a glass-walled “snow globe” and referenced the ongoing climate crisis and the Ukraine war, the brand sent a model down the runway wearing a bodysuit made entirely of yellow tape marked with Balenciaga’s logo.

The body suit was constructed before the show by wrapping meters of yellow tape around the model’s body to create a form-fitting second skin. Since then, the look has been seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lizzo.

Find out more about this show ›

Balenciaga and Prada outfits can be purchased in Meta's Avatars Store
Image courtesy of Meta

Avatar’s Store by Meta

In June this year, social media brand Meta announced plans to launch Avatars Store – an online marketplace where users of its platforms can buy digital clothing from Balenciaga, Prada and Thom Browne for their avatars.

Users of Meta’s social media platforms, including Instagram, Messenger and Facebook, will be able to dress their avatars in looks from Balenciaga’s Fall-Winter 2020 show and Prada’s Fall-Winter 2022 show.

Find out more about Avatar’s Store ›

Model in a teddy bear hat
Photo courtesy of Thom Browne

Teddy Talk by Thom Browne

The American designer Thom Browne organized a “teddy talk”, a version of a TED Talk, for his fall-winter 2022 show during New York Fashion Week in May this year.

The show saw 500 custom Thom Browne teddy bears sit on chairs and watch a host, or “chairbear,” as the brand described, who was dressed in a gray tailored outfit with a large top hat that a teddy bear had built into it.

Find out more about the show ›

Image of beer-filled shoes
Photo courtesy of Heineken

Heinekicks by The Shoe Surgeon and Heineken

Los Angeles designer The Shoe Surgeon collaborated with beer brand Heineken to create Heinekicks, a bubble-soled trainer infused with Dutch lager.

Beer was injected into the bubble soles of the trainer using surgical methods which meant the alcohol was safely trapped, while a clear tube wrapped around the top of the shoe was also filled.

Find out more about Heinekicks ›

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