Top 10 Style + Fashion Posts of 2022

French consumer electronics company Withings did a laudable effort to emphasize fashion alongside the smart tracking functions incorporated into their elegant sensor-equipped wrist wear, the Withings ScanWatch.

a long side view of a puma sneaker on colorful background

Partnering with augmented reality 3D solutions developer, ARsenal by CGTrader, Puma’s Sportstyle Footwear department is now able to share, review, and collaborate between contributing team members using accurate and 3D models of shoe concepts which can be viewed from nearly every angle in realtime.

AR pop-up shop in pixelated colors of neon green and yellow, and black and white

Augmented Reality (AR) fashion platform ZERO10 partnered with Harry Nuriev’s Crosby Studio to create a digital-only clothing retail pop-up shop in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The first-of-its-kind pop-up concept allowed visitors to “try on” digital clothing designed by Crosby Studios in a brick-and-mortar shop.

light-skinned woman with shoulder-length light colored hair wearing modern jewelry

A mixture of art and design, Elena Salmistraro debuted the Venusia jewelry collection for Alessi that’s an exploration of textures, colors, and geometries, all enhanced through Italian workmanship. Salmistraro created Venusia through what she refers to as the exploration of five “expressive strands” – Acta, Freesia, Edone, Trama, and Lorica. What followed was experimentation with metal processes, from laser cutting to Etruscan granulation.

a bright blue adidas sneaker with black details

Chicago-born and LA-based artist Hebru Brantley’s latest collaboration with footwear giant adidas dropped the adidas Forum Low Hebru Brantley & adidas Forum Mid Hebru Brantley silhouettes, each embellished with a playfully realized level of detailing featuring the artist’s signature Frogboy and Rocket characters paired with contrast lacing, hand-drawn rear quarter trefoil branding, and illustrated sock liners.

Detail of Norse Projects x McFetridge khaki vest over yellow sweatshirt, topped with a cap.

We checked in again with prolific Los Angeles-based painter and multidisciplinary artist Geoff McFetridge, who was back with another collaboration, this time with clothing label, Norse Projects. McFetridge utilized simple typography and color blocking to infuse a graphical element to each piece, a spring summer collection represented by a selection of tees, vests, chinos, sweatshirts, hats, shorts, and pullovers.

2 apple watches with rainbow bands

Every year since 2016, Apple has participated in and celebrated the New York Pride Parade. This year the celebration included the release of two Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch colorfully expressing the notion, it’s always time to celebrate pride.

dark converse sneaker

Never underestimate what a little collaborative input from the outside can do to shake things up. Such is the case of the Converse and A-COLD-WALL*’s Aeon Active CX, a collaboration that manifested in an experimental silhouette utilizing the sports brand’s established material technologies with the future-forward fashion explorations of London-based designer Samuel Ross.

Apple Watch Ultra face with orange band

Apple dropped the $799 Apple Watch Ultra earlier this year and the design is the culmination of fine tuning shaped by feedback from generations of Apple Watch users, but also detouring onto some untrodden ground where bigger is pronounced as better. Our Gregory Han took the latest iteration for a spin and reported back with his honest feedback. Is bigger always better?

And the most popular style + fashion post of 2022 is…

angled view of low wooden bench with pair of shoes

Koio’s penchant for partnerships has kept our interest piqued for years in comparison to other sneaker brand collabs. The Koio x Norm Architects sneaker collaboration lands at the “interconnection between footwear design, cabinet making, and architecture,” a simple, minimalist silhouette inspired by the classic Oxford shoe with a functional twist and a complementary furniture counterpart.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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