After a short period of facial liberation, around the world mask mandates are returning. Thanks to Omicron, chances are that face coverings will continue to be an essential accessory for quite a while to come. Those who prefer to show off needn’t fret, however, as the pret-a-porter collections for spring/summer 2022 offer plenty of opportunities to do so. For the upcoming season, womenswear is all about daring to bare , with collections showcasing a bold trail of micro-miniskirts, midriff tops and sheer cloth. Other trends seen at the season’s shows in Paris , London, New York and Milan included a surfeit of fringing, motorbike jackets galore, outsized tailoring, all-white outfits and bold black stripes. All statement-making stuff, ensuring that even while safely masked up, the fashionable woman will have no problem standing out. 1. Fringe benefits During the winter, many designers sought to relive the fabled Roaring Twenties, on the hopeful note that we’d soon see a celebratory mood break out as Covid-19 subsided. Inside the luxury life of Khloe Kardashian’s adorable daughter True While the coronavirus unfortunately remains very much with us and we’re yet to begin partying with the abandon of Jay Gatsby, Prohibition-era styling continues this season with diaphanous fringed frocks shaking and shimmying at houses including Christian Dior, JW Anderson, Alaïa, Burberry, Jil Sander, Rodarte, Versace, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta and Balmain. Much beloved by Charleston-dancing flappers of the day, these dynamic garments will look just as smashing on a 2020s dance floor as they did during the Jazz Age of a century ago. 2. Biker chic Around the same time the flappers were jiving in flimsy frocks, a far more rugged style staple was being created in New York City. The Schott Perfecto leather jacket was designed in the 1920s to meet the needs of early motorcyclists, with a sizeable collar for wind protection, a doubled-over front and an asymmetric zip closure, decentralised to be more comfortable when the chest lay low on a motorbike’s petrol tank. This summer, labels including Tom Ford, Prada, Balenciaga, Celine, Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Acne, Ports 1961, Tod’s, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana all presented jackets owing a debt to this classic – though we don’t recommend wearing one of these luxe renditions for a high-speed spin on your Ducati. Combine instead with something delicate and sheer (another prominent trend this season) for the ideal pretty/biker chic juxtaposition. Meet the Hong Kong-raised Princess of Greece, Marie-Chantal Miller 3. Miniskirts and midriffs Fashion typically runs in 20-year cycles so it’s hardly a surprise to see the Y2K period exerting a strong influence on today’s style. Logo baby tees are resurgent, jean waistlines once again dip low to expose branded undergarments, belts are worn with functionless frivolity – and much to the chagrin of those who’ve overindulged during lockdown, the midriff is back. Harking back to the (first) heyday of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, this summer abs and legs will be front and centre in microscopic miniskirts and belly-bearing crop tops. Tiny skirts were a big thing at Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Hermès and Prada, while midriffs ruled the runway at Isabel Marant, Etro, Zimmerman, Tom Ford and Givenchy. At Miu Miu, meanwhile, the entire collection was dominated by a combination of the two. 4. All there in black and white Pure white ensembles are poised to complement many a suntan this coming summer. From the techy athleisure take shown at Hermès to the flowing resort styling of The Row, and from hippie chic at Chloé to exquisitely embellished craftsmanship at Alexander McQueen, there’s a plain white monochrome look to suit all tastes and occasions. Meet Prince Heinrich Donatus, the hunky German royal helping Ukrainian refugees If white alone is a little too ethereal for you, bold combinations of black and white also appear in many spring/summer 2022 collections, including Jil Sander, Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Schiaparelli, Marni and Chanel. Heavy, op art-esque monochrome stripes were the recurring theme, though polka dots and animal patterns also appeared. 5. Blazer glory On the cover of the classic Grace Jones album “Nightclubbing”, the diva wore broad-shouldered tailoring from Giorgio Armani’s autumn 1981 collection, inspired by the 15th century Japanese costumes in Akira Kurosawa movie Kagemusha , released the previous year. It’s a silhouette recalled in the angular, oversized blazers and tuxedo jackets presented for spring 2022 by brands such as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons and Tom Ford, and the statement piece dominated Saint Laurent’s runway. Meet the Italian Kardashians – Chiara, Valentina and Francesca Ferragni Often coupled with the midriff crop top and miniskirt trend, the relaxed look can also be reminiscent of Princess Diana sporting a blazer casually at polo. More formally rendered, it’s redolent of the women’s power suits popularised in the 1980s – and of course, Ms Jones’ strong, sculpted stance. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .