The year 2022 is likely to witness some crucial changes in the fashion world. Current fashion trends indicate that post-apocalyptic dystopian movies and TV series will become the norm. Such changes may include a complete ban on plastic, a move for a new slimming trend, and our need to return to nature with less toxins in their production. Fashion will also be boosted by advancements in technology such as virtual reality fashion weeks and hologram runway shows that are projected onto three-dimensional walls.
In addition, the rise in cost of living has led to the creation of a new look that is more minimal and user-friendly. The aim of the minimalist trend is to make people look modern, simple and productive, but also customizable. This change in fashion has allowed people to apply their creativity and individuality in every aspect of life. According to a research done by Deloitte, this minimalist look has reduced unnecessary items in people’s lives so that they can focus on items that are necessary for them. For example, those who are concerned about animal welfare have decided not to wear fur, leather or cashmere for ethical reasons.
Some specific changes in the fashion world in 2022
Beside those mentioned above, there are five more trends that are being predicted by experts. These include the following
- The use of insects as gifts, a component of wearable technology
Insects already show up in many items such as clothes, shoes and even jewelry. For example, about 15% of women used insects for wing-collars in 2015. The concept of insect fashion is still new and is only viewed by a limited number of people. However, when the trend grows, it will attract many new people to join the trend because it is becoming more popular than other traditional styles.
For those using insect garments or accessories, they may use them for religious reasons because it is believed that insects are sacred and have spiritual qualities.
- The rise of insect fashion
The fashion industry has already adopted and started using insects such as silk, wool and even chemicals made from insects. Despite the high cost of manufacturing insect-based fabrics and other items, the fashion industry is still trying to produce them.
- Fashion made with 3D printing technology
To create garments, the use of plastic is now being replaced by 3D printers. This allows people to get clothes made in various sizes, colors, shapes and designs that they can choose from. The drawback with this kind of technology is that it cannot be mass-produced as it requires an expensive set up for large-scale production.
- More use of synthetic textiles and alternative materials
Currently, about 15% of dresses are made from synthetic materials including polyester and nylon. This is expected to increase to over 50% by 2022. The aims of this move is to reduce waste, improve the health of workers, and reduce global warming caused by the use of traditional garments made from natural fibres.
- The rise in use of recycled space fabrics
Recycling space fibres is a relatively new concept in the fashion world but it is expected to grow during the five years that follow 2022 because there will be many companies that have started producing these products. The goal is to reduce waste, create new products, and have a more sustainable fashion industry.
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The rise of ethical fashion trends and items
At the end of 2015, 12.6% of women said they would not wear animal skin clothing. This means that people are becoming more concerned about animals and their safety. With the use of alternative materials to those coming from animals, women do not want to harm animals in the process of creating products such as bags and shoes. As a result, many companies are producing alternatives such as organic cotton that has a high environmental impact because it does not require pesticides or fertilizers in its creation, unlike synthetics made from natural fibres such as cotton or wool.
To create these items, new fashion designers are bringing in ideas from sustainability and veganism as they believe that eco-friendly fashion is the future. This is also a big advantage for many companies because by 2022, it is predicted that over 50% of European purchases will be based on ethical concerns.
In 2014, there was a rise in the use of fake furs and animal skins. As a result, prices for real animal skins dropped and had an impact on their market share. This trend means that natural animal skins may no longer be used in clothing production as it may not have a market share by 2022.
For those researching the future of fashion, 2022 is the perfect time to start looking into solving these problems. If one is not sure about making the right choices for their future, it is interesting to look at what others are doing and see if there are any patterns among them so that it can be compared and used.