Norma Kamali Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection
The Norma Kamali parachute suit and sleeping bag coat on display in the Costume Institute’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit were taken from her spring 2022 collection, but she first designed these pieces in the 1970s. It’s a decade that resembles the 2020s in a way that goes way beyond fashion, she thinks.
“That time reminds me a lot of how things felt during the Vietnam War and the tension of the days of the assassinations of great leaders,” Kamali said. “My generation was overwhelmed with emotion about this. We were literally changing the world, and then the world was under threat. It was all really overwhelming. And it’s so like that today [with] questions about what’s going on with the vaccine, what’s going on with COVID, what’s going on with our identity in the world. We have no control over it, it happens so quickly and it makes us uncomfortable. “
Having carved out a place for herself in fashion by using her talents to “support women at all levels”, Kamali offers a boost towards 2021 with a new collection focused on comfort. “I wanted to make clothes with these things that hugged you, wrapped around you and felt safe and good.” She leaned on the comfort provided by her signature sleeping bag coat by using prints of old crazy quilts and crochet blankets on pieces clearly meant for another summer of skin.
Can you say hot pants? “I wore warm pants to work everyday with my tall boots,” Kamali recalls on Zoom. She started doing these abbreviated pieces at the time, she said, “because I wanted my miniskirt to be even shorter, and to do that it had to be short shorts.” The Spring 2022 quilt print is inspired by the vintage quilts she used for those hot pants decades ago. “It was so awesome – the mix of those comfy, handcrafted, cuddly, and comfy clothes that grannies made with these new [silhouettes]. “
Anti-war protests inspired the flowers for the new collection. “Make a protest and offer flowers [there] was a new kind of protest, it was a new way of saying [that] we want love, we want kindness, we want peace. We don’t want war, we don’t want this confusion. Quite frankly, ”Kamali said,“ that’s how I feel now. I just want kindness. I want to give flowers to everyone. I feel this energy. Bring it on.