23 February 2017
by Isabelle Ohnemus
Photo: Gucci SS17 Backstage
This season, think more, more, more. Accessories are BIG news in fashion world. The bags, belts and scarfs from the menswear catwalks
Photo: Salvatore Ferragamo / SS17
The menswear collections were not shying away from accessories either and bags were spotted up and down the runway. First up, the elevated backpack (see Christopher Raeburn and Louis Vuitton) offers a luxurious feel on a utility item. Supple leathers, clip or buckle fastenings and statement zips were favoured. The piece works well in warm sand tones, rich olive or ombré blue.
Photo: Michael Kors Collection/SS17
Another option is the duffel backpack, which ventures into a premium direction for SS17. Core black, white and tan colours are used, occasionally with subtle colour pops adding interest to the essential look. An authentic feel is achieved via clip trims, military detailing and the ubiquitous toggle. Admire this piece at Michael Kors Collection, Etro and Paul Smith. Also popular is the harness bag, as seen at MGSM and Y-3. The directional shape presents clips, straps, carabiners and pockets, seen laid across the chest for stealth impact.
Photo: Paul Smith /SS17
When it comes to belts, the studded belt is in. At Coach, Paul Smith and Salvatorre Ferragamo, studs, rivets and symbols were utilised to embellish canvas and leather accessories. In silver to bronze, scattered or patterned, the style was also seen double-wrapped for extra decoration.
Photo: Salvatore Ferragamo/SS17
The harness belt was also making waves across the SS17 shows. Inspired by carefree, eclectic punk styling, and admired at Dior Homme, the style shows off minimalist leather applications. Watch out for this directional piece in the next few months.
Photo: Margaret Howell/SS17
To top off your look, try out a loose scarf. These were spotted at Margaret Howell and Pigalle, styled loosely tied to the chest. A nod to classic evening scarves was achieved with fringed and silk variations with the long-line piece still looking contemporary in bias constructions. Secondly, with a minimalist mind-set, salvaged scarfs adopt slim silhouettes for neckwear and present an off-kilter aesthetic. Both Vivienne Westwood and Lanvin explored the long and trailing design, which was wrapped around the neck several times. The key detail to note is a raw hem for added vintage effect.
Don’t shy away from accessories!