Are you feeling a little blue? Back in 1901, for three long years, Picasso definitely felt a little ‘blue’. Now known as Picasso’s Blue Period, art enthusiasts will know that this time was significant in Picasso’s life and art history. His paintings were essentially monochromatic in different shades of blue and blue-green, reflecting his sombre mood while painting works that saw him suffer financially. Fashion is all about creative expression. In this year’s Spring Ready to Wear 2022 runways, we saw themes of blue dominate every collection. It’s probably safe to say this is a nod to our collective mood during these uncertain times.
Onitsuka Tiger’s designer Andrea Pompilio was heavily inspired by Tokyo’s hustle and bustle at nighttime for his Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear collection. The edgy collection was showcased against a video set of the Japanese city, from futuristic tunnels to narrow streets. This two-piece set features bold cobalt blue stripes, in a shade similar to the Mara 332 thread, coupled with dark burgundy stripes. The two shades together are hues usually found on sports team jerseys or merchandise, thus, staying true to the brand’s sporty aesthetic.
It could not get any bluer than this look by Luisa Spagnoli. The RTW Spring 2022 collection by designer Nicoletta Spagnoli looked to the American West and South America’s pampas for a cowgirl chic collection. Fringe, linen and denim graced the runway. In a blue similar to the Mara 5396 thread, this strikingly flowy monotone blue look features a full-length dress belted at the waist with a chunky western-style belt. Topped with a classic cowgirl hat and matching accessories, Spagnoli takes cowgirl chic to the next level.
‘The Blue Period’ wouldn’t be complete without a classic denim look by Bally. Bally’s RTW Spring 2022 collection has a utilitarian feel with looks inspired by workwear silhouettes. The Swiss company did not compromise on quality in this Japanese denim look. The classic straight leg jeans took a back seat so the oversized front pockets in the denim jacket could shine. In a colour similar to the Mara 967 thread, the dark blue denim set is completed with tanned leather accessories and denim sneakers.
Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 showcased their RTW Spring 2022 collection via a digital runway at Milan Fashion Week. The collection is grungy and edgy yet delicate and fun, all at the same time. The juxtaposition between edgy and delicate was seen in each look. The edgy; camouflage print and studded wide waist belt, contrasted with the delicate; the flowy fit of the parka, is a subtle nod to the Dsquared2 dystopian fairy tale. The seafoam blue seen in the camouflage parka matches the Mara 107 thread seamlessly.
The models danced to 60s and 70s soulful Italian pop as they walked down the runway at the Giorgio Armani RTW Spring 2022 show. The collection saw silk trousers, collarless jackets and sheer blouses. This look in particular is in an overall calming baby blue, like the Mara 197 thread. The flowy silk trousers are thoughtfully gathered at the ankle and the textured bodice features tiny specs of bright red for contrast. The look is completed with a unique headpiece and layered beaded necklaces sparkling like droplets of seawater, all in matching baby blue tones. A true celebration of the popular shade we’ve seen on the runways.
Taking a trip down memory lane, Arthur Arbesser restored a carefree spirit with his colourful Spring 2022 collection. Creative doodles and sketches inspired the looks on the runway. This particular look, however, took a different route. Although it doesn’t include any bold patterns, it is still a bold look nonetheless. In a shade similar to the Mara 195 thread, the unique iridescent blue trench coat has Rockstar status and is full of fun. Its monotone style allows an otherwise statement piece to be easily paired with neutral pieces like a black button-up or a pair of black trousers.