23 February 2017
by Isabelle Ohnemus
Photo: Man Repeller/ www.manrepeller.com
This season, think more, more, more. Accessories are BIG news in fashion world right now.
With ladies first, let’s take a look at the bag trends carrying us into spring. As seen at Mulberry, Balenciaga and Céline, the oversized shopper is important for now. XXL proportions have landed and counteract the ongoing trend for micro bags. Choose lightweight fabrics for practicality with your daywear. We’re also seeing the return of the hobo bag (from JW Anderson to Givenchy). Statement hardware makes a re-emergence keeping the roomy, relaxed profile chic. Shop softly structured leathers to retain elegance.
Thirdly, the playful strap bag is getting all the attention next season and adds a lively edge to classic looks. Take inspiration from Fendi, Kenzo and Anya Hindmarch and pick out bejewelled embellishment, textural decorations, metalwork and OTT chains.
Next up, it’s all about belts. Make like Isabel Marant, Gucci and Stella McCartney, and turn heads in the corset belt trend. It’s a summer update stemming from the wide waist belt trend of the past few seasons. Fitting into the Future Past trend, the key accessory item can be seen with corset lacing, tied fastenings and an extremely wide profile.
On the other side of the spectrum, the sports belt returns following the Pre-Summer 17 collections. The likes of Versace and Maison Margiela define the Modern Leisure accessory with elastic bands, plastic sports clip fastenings and retro striped webbing.
Photo: Dolce & Gabbana / SS17
For the warmer weather, lightweight scarfs are in. Choose between the long skinny scarf, which was showcased at Roland Mouret and Diane Von Furstenburg, or a headwrap by labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci. The former bring print, texture and colour to your ensemble in satin or fluid silk. Great with long, layered outfits, their extra long proportions are finished off with fringe trims to accentuate movement. Bold headwraps replace simple headscarves with softly knotted turban styles and structured pieces lending dramatic effect.
Our top tip for the season ahead? Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.