Return of the Hooded Dress and The Ballet Pump

The Hoodie Dress & Ballet Pumps return

The hooded dress – once favoured by Grace Jones and Kylie Minogue – returns, to keep heads and ears warm this winter.

You could call it the “haute hoodie”, or, at a stretch, fashion’s response to the energy crisis. Either way, in the latest crossover between catwalk glamour and high street practicality, the hooded dress, has been dubbed the “warmdrobe look” of winter 2022.

Of course, two hooded gowns are the same, and at the higher end of the market they come sheer and tight. On a chilly night in New York last month, Kate Moss presented an award-wearing a sheer olive-green silk jersey dress, whose only warmth came from a built-in hood. Earlier in the month, Beyonce wore one by Saint Laurent in aubergine, which she paired with sunglasses. 

On the high street, the trend is more relaxed – at River Island, they come in mid-length jersey, resembling a long hoodie, while at Karen Millen, they are made from recycled knitted polyester. 

Hoods-on dresses feel modern, but are nothing new. They are a nod to the Yves Saint Laurent “capuche”, Kylie Minogue’s white hooded jumpsuit from I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, and Grace Jones’s various hoods worn in the James Bond movie A View to A Kill.

Also making a return to current fashion trends is the ballet pump. Remember Amy Winehouse wearing hers covered in blood whilst drunk after fighting with her husband?

Yes, Ballet flats are back on point

Forever associated with that era of Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, the footwear has been rediscovered by Gen Z – just like everything else from the 90s. This season, ballet flats, probably podiatrists’ most hated shoes, are back with a vengeance, after being seen at recent London and New York fashion weeks, where they ruled the front row.

Matches Fashion reports strong sales of Miu Miu’s pale pink version. Featuring a logo embossed elastic tie, they were styled on the autumn/winter 2022 runway with chunky knee-high socks and miniskirts, whereas the street style set favour low-slung jeans.