The evolution of fashion’s favourite mini-skirt

The evolution of fashion’s favourite mini-skirt

by Stella Hughes
2 min

In 2022, lots changed. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock live on TV, Elon bought Twitter, and Diesel dropped that miniskirt. For the brand’s blockbuster Fall/Winter 2022 show in Milan, Glenn Martens debuted a strong collection and an even stronger lineup of mini-skirts that took the fashion world by storm.

We saw distressed denim mega-belts hang off the models, as well as a cherry red leather wrap-around belt skirt. However, it was the weathered leather iteration in particular that raised eyebrows (and hemlines) in the wider public consciousness.

Embossed with the brand’s initial, the viral skirt was worn low-slung on the hips, and paired with a fitted leather motorbike jacket, black leather gloves and knee-high boots. Since its runway debut, the skirt-belt hybrid has been the subject of viral TikTok videos and conversation on Selling Sunset (because, as Chelsea Lazkani demonstrated, it’s impossible to sit down in), and obviously had to be renewed in the next season.

For Spring/Summer 2023, Martens went full metallic – and therefore so did fashion’s favourite miniskirt. This season saw a petrol-slick colourway as well as a beige denim iteration take to the catwalk. By SS24, the now-signature silhouette was given a minimal makeover: channelling the brand’s metal hardware logo by cutting out the big D.

Using negative space to emphasise the logo design and reveal printed leather briefs underneath, Diesel’s most recent belt-skirt came in patent black and matched a complimentary clutch.

If you’re still wondering where to find the D, look no further. While none of the later versions have surpassed the virality and impact of the first, here’s hoping that there’s more to come from fashion’s favourite belter of a mini-skirt.

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