By Tedrick Yau
With an archive that stretches back 149 years, it’s no surprise that Levi’s designs from the past often provide the inspiration for present collections. Levi’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, “Archives Reinvented”, reflects on popular Levi’s fits and styles of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early 2000s. A huge part of the Fall ’22 lineup and exploring the archives have been an essential element of that.
The other big inspiration for the season is amplified proportions. Now that everyone is back out in the world, getting dressed feels fresh and fun again. Steering into that, a range of fits and styles lets people get creative when it comes to shape, silhouette, texture, and style. Whether you go small on top, big on the bottom, the other way around, shape has never been more creative, experimental, and fun. While there’s a nostalgic vibe, it’s all reimagined through a totally modern and silhouette-shifting lens.
Women’s silhouettes are continuing to loosen up while proportions are amplified. The Baggy Dad features a mid-rise with a waist that rests on the hips, and a looser seat with a slight taper leg. There’s also the cousin to the Baggy Jean, the Baggy Boot. It features the same top block and looser seat of the Baggy Dad, but with a leg that is loose all the way to the hem. Beyond denim, utility continues to be a major theme, playing out with a new fit called the Dad Utility. The Dad Utility features a looser fit, but with a straight leg inspired by classic carpenter pants.
Women’s tops get the amplified proportions too thanks to a mix of tiny, oversized, and everything in between. First up is a range of retro-inspired feminine styles called Pretty Tops, which take cues from the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and include elements like puffed sleeves, square necklines, and floral prints. Other ‘90s inspired tops include the cropped striped turtleneck, a one-shouldered tank top, and the structured denim corset top.
On the men’s style front, Fall ’22 is all about Levi’s archives reinvented. In denim, the focus is on straighter and more relaxed fits. Classics like the 501 Original and the 505 mix with more recent interpretations like the 551z, which made its return last year. Tapered fits get a major boost this year as well thanks to a lineup that includes the popular Stay Baggy and Stay Loose jeans, as well as the 501 Taper, a play on our classic 501 but with a slightly tapered leg.
XL is also a major theme thanks to a range of oversized interpretations of classic tops. First up is the XL Trucker, a looser version of the Type III Trucker with a more drop shoulder and a fuller fit through the sleeves and body. There’s also the XL Hoodie, a modern take on the oversized hoodies of the ‘90s, as well as a mix of chunky loose fit cardigan sweaters.
Outside of denim, the Levi’s XX Chino lineup gets an expanded range of colors and textures, including the addition of small wale corduroy. As always, the whole Levi’s XX Chino lineup, including the Levi’s XX Chino Shorts and the newer Levi’s XX Chino Shorts EZ, feature soft, garment dyed twills that only look better with age. And men’s bottoms also get a new vintage injection thanks to the release of the Sta-Prest Flare. While the classic Sta-Prest trouser—a popular fit from the ‘60s that were cured to hold their center crease—is famous for being high rise and slim, the new Sta-Prest Flare features a bit looser leg that opens into a gentle flare.