From Bowie to Balmain: autumn’s biggest accessory is the sharp shoulder

Though long associated with male power dressing, structural shoulders were reimagined for an androgynous world on the autumn-winter 2022 runways

A model walks the runway during the Prada autumn-winter 2022 show

While it is true that fashion trends repeat every 20 to 30 years, there are some looks that seem to reflect the times, rather than the trends. Enter: the sharp shoulder.

The extra-broad structural shoulder was a silhouette that dominated the autumn-winter runway shows for menswear and womenswear, offering a welcome reprieve from the renaissance of other styles being name-dropped, like bikercore, preppy chic, and Y2k.

A model walks the runway during the Yves Saint ...