Mushroom prints and motifs have been the latest trend, at least since then spring ’21 showsbut this season many designers came in using mushrooms as their main inspiration in various spring ’22 collection. Following in the footsteps of other popular trends from the 1970s, such as bathrobes and cropped pants, retro mushroom prints – from charming red toadstools to psychedelic rainbow-colored hats – have also given way to a more promising trend in the form of vegan mushroom skin. .
Last month, when Monce introduced him Return of IRL to New York Fashion Week, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia came out of their usual set of tools with stripes and bold minimalism to show mushroom prints on everything from asymmetrical skirts and silk dresses to torn vests. The designers shared with Vogue that the concept of escape – both physical and figurative – was the main inspiration in this collection.
In Rodarte, the mushrooms appeared ready for a party. The Mulleavy sisters presented two flowing dresses with balloons and flowing capes in pastel colors with hand-painted multicolored mushroom art created by their mother. Meanwhile, Brandon Maxwell’s collection took over party dressing on another level with mushroom forms which represents female legs as stems. For more casual
users chests of drawers, Maxwell showed sweaters and T-shirts with mushroom prints combined with metal, ready for disco skirts and jackets, as well as psychedelic prints from the 70s.
Mushrooms are just the latest in a flood of fun, psychedelic prints that have been everywhere on TikTok and Instagram. The prints themselves are references to 60s and 70s trends such as cartoon flowers, cow prints and wavy stripes made in pastel and bright colors, and adorn many Y2K trends such as low bottoms, mini-dresses and elegant tops with collars. .
When Stella McCartney, the designer said that mushrooms are the main inspiration for her collection, which was presented against the background of a soundtrack containing the amplified sounds of mushrooms growing in the wild. The statement was a comment on the role of mushrooms in the future of fashion (they are great to make among other things durable materials!), as well as the ways people can look for fungi, which often grow in groups or form on other living organisms such as trees, to learn how to live in community with each other. Of course, McCartney also introduced pieces of vegan leather made from mushroom-derived mycelium with a new version of the Icon bag. In a statement, the designer linked the mushrooms to the industry, more generally: “What you see on the runway today is the conscious fashion industry of tomorrow.”
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