Markarian Pre-Fall 2022 Collection | Vogue
Despite the uncertainty around the Omicron variant and fears of a winter wave of COVID, the upbeat ‘re-emergence’ fashion trend seems to be going nowhere. Many consumers have returned to their normal lives and then some, with supply shortages to prove it; between work, social events and travel, they have many reasons to shop. But there is always a catch for designers of second-hand and bridal wear. Long a resource for bridal and evening gowns, Markarian’s Alexandra O’Neill still can’t predict what summer 2022 will look like. It could be the busiest wedding season ever or, until then. future variations, this could be our third year of postponed or canceled events.
In her West Village garden studio, she talked about designing clothes that women will love no matter what next June: cute day dresses and parted pieces in organic cotton that can be easily glamorous or attenuated. A puff-sleeve, heart-print midi can be worn with heels for a wedding or with flat sandals, as pictured here, for a casual dinner; a cashmere slip was just as versatile, with a warm palette that would transform well into fall with a cardigan and boots.
The bustier details and full sleeves will be familiar to Markarian fans, but O’Neill has hinted at a more streamlined sensibility going forward. A strapless banker-striped cotton dress was refreshing with no ruffles, flowers or crystals, and even the most “extra” dress – an iridescent sequined number – was cut into an aftermarket, no-frills tank top shape. Women saving for it might be crossing their fingers for the 2022 holidays, but they’ll be happy to know that it won’t look out of date or too trendy by 2023 either.