Tailoring and Muted Hues Dominate Nanushka’s Powerful Fall/Winter 2022 Collection

The Hungarian brand used the opportunity to highlight the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

For Hungarian brand Nanushka, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine clouded its Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Fashion Week showing. Sharing a border with Ukraine, Hungray is at the epicenter of the geopolitical crisis. And for Nanushka’s design duo Sandra Sandor and Peter Baldaszti, the pair used the somber moment as a way to highlight the situation and emphasize the interconnectivity of the fashion industry and world as a whole.

Shown at the Palais Garnier, models—sporting makeup in the colors of the Ukranian flag—stood on rotating platforms showing off the brand’s top-notch outerwear and tailored separates. At the end of the presentation, the Ukranian national anthem was performed by a classical quartet in a moving display of solidarity and unity.

Looking to Bauhaus influences this season, the collection was focused on functionality and versatility, seen especially through the incorporation of utilitarian pockets, layered blazers, and workwear-inspired trenches. Sandor and Baldaszti maintained the brand’s cornerstone muted color palette, while also adding pops of calm sky blue and eggshell yellow.

Vegan leather blazers and overcoats took center stage throughout the collection and complimented the casually chic cable knits and unfussy accessories—aviator glasses, oversized scarves, and structured shoulder bags. Nanushka’s wheelhouse is well made, ethical everyday separates. That knack for, and infatuation with, functionality and wearability continued this season in the form of timeless Winter-ready essentials.

While the concept of global Fashion Weeks may seem trivial in a time as uncertain as the current, Nanushka’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection served as a reminder of the power of persistence. Almost cancelling their presentation, the duo behind Nanushka felt an obligation to the brand’s partners and collaborators. Not only showing solidarity creatively, the brand is also involved with the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, an organization that is providing support to refugees fleeing Ukraine.

“The fact that what happened to us in 1956 is again happening to a neighboring country in 2022 is just unimaginable. Hungary has opened its borders to refugees; there’s no filter, anyone can come and be helped,” the pair said in an interview to Vogue. “It’s estimated that in the next few weeks more than 600,000 people will come to Hungary, so we’re pledging to give any kind of support we can. Every bit of help is needed, not only food and shelter but also work.”

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