As Spring/Summer arrives, the women of the world will be wearing sharp suiting with a feminine edge and lovely dresses. But what about their shoes and bags? The plus-ones to the season’s best outfits have an equally polished attitude. With barely a sneaker in sight, the runways were populated by bourgeois clasp bags, embellished kitten heels, and killer platform boots that complemented the ready-to-wear’s more personal, discreet mood.
But it’s not all serious business in the accessories department. Thanks to Jeremy Scott at Moschino and the late Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, there is a strand of unbridled fun running through the season’s most memorable bags. Scott made them in the shapes of slot machines and washing machines, while Lagerfeld turned a ski gondola into the must-have cross-body from his swan song at Chanel. Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe hats are a take on we don’t know what, but they certainly were eye-catching.
Take a look at this seasons best accessory fashions.
If designers like Pierpaolo Piccioli, Marine Serre, and Alessandro Michele have a say, you won’t be fully dressed without a hat this season. Toppers ran the gamut from berets to fedoras to full head coverings with either a romantic or an apocalyptic edge. Whatever the mood, there’s a hat to match.
Sprin/Summer ladylike spirit extends into handbags with a focus on proper flap bags with metallic logo clasps. Think of these shoulder bags from Celine, Burberry, and Givenchy as a posh evolution from the logo-mania of recent seasons, allowing for a little bit of branding with a side of bourgeois flair.
Ditch the sneakers for boots was a resounding message on many runways, and there were plenty of options to choose from: lug soles at Stella McCartney and Dries Van Noten, sleek thigh-highs at Victoria Beckham or Tory Burch, and leather statement makers from The Row.
The bad romance of spring/Summer best dresses is mirrored in blooming and bowed accessories from Prada, Rodarte, and Dolce & Gabbana. Counter these lovely bags and shoes with a more gothic dress and you’re ready to channel your inner Wednesday Addams.
Novelty bags are nothing new, but this season’s are truly some of the most out-there conversation pieces we’ve yet to see. Whether it’s Moschino’s slot machine or Chanel’s gondola, these little bags have lots of personality.