In 2022, we fell in love with a lot of things. Some were whimsical: a bag shaped like a pigeon, “jeans” made entirely out of leather. Some were classic: the perfect penny loafers, the most elegant wool trousers. There were TV shows we couldn’t stop tweeting about, books that made us cry, beauty products that felt like science fiction, and a really handsome chair.
It’s hard in this age of endless content to point to one or two trends that dominated the culture, but what 2022 was lacking in cohesion, it made up for in variety. The year gave us a vast buffet of things to watch and wear and talk about—if you didn’t like one, you could pretty easily move on to the next. And as for the best? It’s all subjective, of course, but here, in no particular order, are the products, the moments, the things that Harper’s BAZAAR editors loved most in 2022.
1. Luar’s Ana Bag
2. Valentino’s Mini Shirtdress
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Barbiecore fall/winter 2023 runway set the fashion agenda this year.
3. Julia Fox
Love her or hate her, no celebrity had a better understanding of how to play the fashion-and-fame game in 2022.
4. The White Lotus
We couldn’t stop talking (or tweeting) about every element of this show, from Daphne’s motivations to Portia’s wardrobe to the final “derpy” death.
5. Hermèsistible Infused Lip Care Oil
6. Y2K Fashion and Beauty
From high-shine lips to chunky shoes and baby tees, Y2K nostalgia was everywhere.
7. Keke Palmer
She hosted the CFDAs, starred in one of the year’s best films, and announced her pregnancy on SNL, reminding the world of something her fans have known all along: She’s not just a quadruple threat, she’s everything.
8. The New Dyson Airwrap
9. Loewe’s Balloon Shoe
10. Chopeva Lowena’s Kilt
11. The Ironic Boat-and-Tote
Meme culture and the rebirth of prep collided in 2022 as cool girls everywhere started getting their L.L.Bean totes embroidered with slogans like “Xanax” or “can u not.”
12. Celebrity Couples Make It Official
Machine Gun Kelly and Meghan Fox got engaged, Ben and Jen made it official, and Kravis had not one, not two, but three different weddings.
13. The World Comes Together in Support of Ukraine
World leaders, Hollywood stars, pro athletes, fashion insiders, and everyday citizens all stepped up to raise money for refugees.
14. Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti
Loaded with infectious hits like “Titi Me Preguntó” and “Después de la Playa,” it sat at number one on the Billboard charts for an astounding 13 weeks this year and helped solidify the Puerto Rican star as this year’s top-earning touring artist.
15. Cartier’s Candle
16. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
17. The New Press-On Nails
Easy to apply and lasting for weeks at a time, these are not your mother’s press-ons.
18. Helle Mardahl’s Bon Bon Glasses
19. Lauren Manoogian’s Sweater
20. Queen Elizabeth, Memorialized
The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch made us consider what her legacy means in a modern world, prompting conversations around tradition, stability, and empire.
21. Beyoncé’s Renaissance
It’s not just an ode to queer club culture, it’s Beyoncé at her most liberated: free of music industry rules, free of expectations, and free, maybe, to create the music she’s waited a lifetime to make.
22. Everything Everywhere All at Once
No movie has better illustrated the way modern life has fractured our attention spans.
23. Miu Miu’s Tennis Sweater
24. Celine’s Triomphe Sunglasses
25. Bleached Brows
We just couldn’t leave our poor brows alone this year. And as plenty of celebrities discovered, dying them blonde is a low-commitment way to transform your whole look.
26. Press Tour Style
After years of fairly predictable red-carpet style, stars like Letitia Wright (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Florence Pugh (Don’t Worry Darling), and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) made premiere dressing feel fresh again.
27. TikTok Food
28. Harry Styles’s Harry’s House
The public simply couldn’t get enough of Harry this year, as evidenced by his sold-out tour and a residency at Madison Square Garden.
29. Bottega Veneta’s Leather “Denim” Trousers
30. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
31. Hailey Bieber
When she wasn’t launching a wildly popular skincare line or inspiring nail trends, the model was making headlines with her candid approach to the challenges in her life.
32. High Sport’s Pants
33. Gohar World’s Shirt Tablecloth
34. Totême’s Scarf Jacket
35. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” by Kate Bush
Kate Bush’s ’80s hit became Gen Z’s song of the summer after appearing on Stranger Things.
36. Westman Atelier Lit Up Glow Highlighter Stick in Nectar
37. Nensi Dojaka
The London-based designer has reinvented the going-out dress with her hyper-sexy, hyper-now pieces.
38. Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
39. Bond Builders
Have you casually thrown out the phrase disulfide bonds in a conversation recently? Then you’re probably using Olaplex, K18, or one of the dozens of new products that repair your hair from the inside out.
40. Tekla + Jacquemus Collab
41. The Don’t Worry Darling Press Tour
Don’t Worry Darling engrossed audiences long before the movie ever hit theaters. Throughout the year, the film provided a ceaseless carousel of drama, from on-set romances and DeuxMoi rumors to leaked videos and Spitgate.
42. The Rise of Jack Harlow
The man had a hold on all of us this year thanks to his Fergie-sampling smash “First Class” and his Louisville-bred charm.
43. Chanel 22 Handbag
44. Athena Calderone for Crate & Barrel Terracotta Vases
The show stays relevant not just because of the glitter makeup or the extremely attractive cast, but also because of its utterly no-holds-barred approach to storytelling.
The soccer stalwart had a huge year, launching collabs with everyone from Gucci and Sporty & Rich to Wales Bonner and Balenciaga.
47. Victoria Beckham’s Satin Kajal Jewel Liner
48. Prada’s Tank Top
The tank top was the hero item on runways this year, and Prada did it best.
49. HigherDose Infrared Sauna Blanket
50. Reservation Dogs
A potent blend of comedy and melancholy unlike anything else on TV, anchored by four incredibly likeable young Indigenous actors.
51. The Brooklyn Museum Goes Fashion
Between its Virgil Abloh retrospective and the current Thierry Mugler show, the Brooklyn institution has remade itself into a destination for fashion lovers.
52. Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
53. The Bear
Who knew a show about making sandwiches could be so nerve-racking—or, ultimately, so moving?
54. Elsa Peretti’s Bean Wire Necklace
55. Celebrity Skincare Lines
Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Hailey Bieber, Ciara, Jared Leto, Idris Elba, Brad Pitt—it seemed like every famous person launched skincare this year.
56. Balenciaga’s Wraparound Sunglasses
57. Marie Marot’s J.Crew Collaboration
58. Jones Road Miracle Balm
59. Mary Janes
The classic shoe style suddenly appeared everywhere this year, making it a must-have no matter your personal style.
60. Gabriela Hearst’s Zircon Checked Cashmere Blanket
All the drama and style of Gossip Girl, but kookier and spookier.
62. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
No one knew how a Black Panther film would work without Chadwick Boseman, but Ryan Coogler created a moving ode to family and grief that also honored the strength of Black women.
63. Protests in Iran
In an extraordinary, unprecedented movement, women and young people put their lives at risk to stand up against a government that has long oppressed them.
64. Kiki Man Ray: Art, Love and Rivalry in 1920s Paris by Mark Braude
65. Vegas Becomes a Music Destination
Thanks to residencies from Usher and Adele, the City of Sin is becoming known for its concerts again.
66. The Row’s Trousers
67. JW Anderson’s Pigeon Bag
Of all the unlikely trends of 2022, this one might take the cake: a bag shaped like a “flying rat” that went viral after Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted carrying it on set.
68. Nouvel Heritage Classics Earrings
69. Fire Island
The film forced the industry to rethink what a gay rom-com could be. For star and writer Joel Kim Booster, that meant a queer story that doesn’t revolve around whiteness.
70. Rap Sh!t
The Issa Rae–created comedy is a raucous display of Miami nightlife and culture with a standout soundtrack to match.
71. Serena Williams Retires in Style
A major sports era ended at this year’s US Open, when Serena Williams played her final match following decades at the top of the tennis world.
Ramy Youssef co-writes this funny, complex show about a Palestinian refugee trying to make a life in Texas.
73. Baccarat Rouge 540
74. Mara Hoffman for West Elm Chair
75. Pleats Please Pants
76. Saint Laurent’s Croc-Effect Slingbacks
77. Quinta Brunson
Her hit show Abbott Elementary came back this September to universal acclaim, and that same month, she became the first solo Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.
78. Ripped-from-the-Headlines TV
Shows like Pam & Tommy, The Dropout, and Inventing Anna proved that we can’t get enough of true stories, especially when they’re presented with context about what society has—or hasn’t—learned since then.
79. Saie Hydrabeam Concealer
80. Miu Miu Penny Loafers
81. Apple Watch Hermès Sport Band
Jordan Peele’s psychological thriller offers an incisive commentary on fame and Hollywood.
83. Harry & Meghan on Netflix
Ever since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex liberated themselves from the Firm, they have proved time and time again that they will keep telling their story—so long as there are still people to listen.
84. LYMA At-Home Laser
85. Laetitia Rouget’s Ceramic Candleholder
86. Classic Ultra Mini UGG
Some say that Lydia Tár—flawed, famous composer-conductor—is Cate Blanchett’s greatest role ever. It’s certainly one of her most stylish.
88. The Battle for Abortion Rights
The fall of Roe v. Wade was grim, but it almost immediately brought new energy (and funding) to those fighting to ensure that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.
89. Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Cool It Down
The band’s first album in nine years, it marks a major return to the forefront of pop culture for indie rock legend Karen O.
90. BeautyTok Trends
Glazed-donut nails, skin cycling, red nail theory—beauty trends on TikTok are moving faster than you can say, “It’s corn!” with products like hot rollers and nail polish flying off shelves as soon as a video goes viral.
91. Bottega’s Come Stai? Chairs
92. Dorsey’s Lab-Grown Sapphires
93. The Row Flip-Flops
94. The New Lip Plumper
95. Jonathan Cohen’s Infinity Edge Bowl
96. Soft Services Retinol Hand Care Mask
97. Taylor Swift’s Midnights
The rollout of Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album seemed inescapable this year, with her army of fans painstakingly trying to interpret her every move. But whether their prognostications were correct, the end product is undeniable: a gleaming artifact of pure pop goodness.
98. Tom Sachs Nikes
99. The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
100. House of the Dragon
Three years after Game of Thrones disappointed fans with its disastrous finale, was anyone really going to watch another show set in Westeros? The answer turned out to be a resounding yes, thanks to this prequel’s stellar cast and George R.R. Martin–approved script.