Hybrid Historics are invading the fashion sphere for FW22/23. The trend concept is based on the idea of chronestesia, defined as mental time travel and the ability to think into the past and future. The result is a beautifully constructed world of emblematic historical references and visionary design, which cannot be pinpointed to a specific era. The symbiosis of multiple references not only incorporates the mix of historic periods, but similarly approaches style through eclectic lenses. The consequent mood consists of gloom and glamour. Extra-terrestrial, phantasmic and magic notions are introduced through a contemporary streetwear filter here. The tone seems slightly surreal and darkly twisted, while keeping a pronounced feminine element. On one hand, this trend story embrace consumer’s desire to escape into new dreamlands and to depict the idea of constructing a new world by using a broad variety of influences and ideas. On the other hand, the trend is certainly talking about a progressive and self-assured femininity which can come across as mildly rebellious, even stepping into goth territory.
This concept is not only sparking exuberant creativity for prints and trims to enrich classic outerwear and knitwear, that are essential for FW seasons – at the same time it offers great potential for festive collections due to the pronounced elegance and focus on dress and tailoring styles. Regarding the collection’s palette, Hybrid Historics is exploiting the extensive range of archive references. The color scheme is harmoniously balancing deep and indulgent darks with expressive color pops. The array of new darks extends the classical, evening-attire black to burgundy, dark botanical greens and deep purples. The brighter tones include digital lilac, new green sages, and pigmented orange and red. They are highly effective in patterns on dark surfaces with roses, florals, interior prints or spacey camouflage as graphical designs. Other prints are seeking to reference historic art and seek out for paintings, poems and etchings, as well as tapestry or brocade, as inspiration. For novelty, those nostalgic motifs can be merged with futuristically blurry effects or digitally enriched palettes. In terms of fabric, the trend similarly includes a symbiosis of textile qualities, reflecting the hybrid approach. Heavy interior fabrics, velvet and jacquards offer more sturdy options for outerwear, while satins, silks and sheers ( also with lace or embroidery finish) add a sense of lightness and lucidity. Traditional materials, such as prince of whales or pinstripes might also be added to spark a twisted hue with rebellion and goth boldness.
Take a look at the trending styles, that can help inspire your assortments: