Key Accessory Trends Making a Case For S/S ’17
Key Accessory Trends Making a Case For S/S ’17
As the Spring/Summer 2017 drew to a close, clear trend stories have emerged to steer us towards the direction design and developments would be taking for the approaching season. In this issue, we turn our gaze towards the accessory we swear our life by – the quintessential handbag. Handbags this season were seen embodying a playful charm with trinkets, tassels and whimsical embellishments galore.
Size was the main point for experimentation with bags as tiny in size as lipstick cases worn across the body a la Valentino, miniature monogrammed iPhone cases by Louis Vuitton and matchboxes coiled over wrists at Hermès standing out against the gigantic extremes presented at Balenciaga, Gucci and Stella McCartney. Prints boasting of illustrated graffiti, intricate beading, quirky iron-on patches and glitter found their way onto bags and shoes in exuberance accompanied with metallic accents and vast leather surfaces.
The footwear decidedly took on a more laid back approach fused with luxury and athleticism at the same time with details like crocs + embellished charms stealing the show at Christopher Kane and Strappy platforms leaving the audience baffled at Versace, giving us much to talk about.
Team FFT dives deep into the sea of styles presented to us and brings to you an official report featuring a compiled list of exclusives analyzed at the runways of top designers who showcased their S/S ’17 collections.
BAG BRIGADE S/S ’17
The official arm-candy list unveiled at the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris for S/S’17 has been released – Bags play along the lines of structure, size, detailing and shape leaving ample room for creative genius and unexpected designs to take front seat in the approaching season. Details like thick and wide shoulder handles, fur and charm embellishments and snakeskin prints were seen making multiple appearances show after show, hinting towards a definite trend for spring.
Mini bags, barely the size of your fist, are in vogue this season. Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Chloe and other grossing brands took seriously to the trend by translating it into duffle bags or the ones boasting of a dual variety which can be playfully styled and held in the hand or worn across the body for comfort and ease. Details like riveting, bulky chains and tassels were the characteristic elements at Coach, Elie Saab and John Galliano.
THE GIANTS ARE BACK
‘More is less’, an adage that has never rung true as it has this season as designers went all out with respect to proportions for Spring/Summer 2017. Supersized, slouchy bags were spotted on almost all the major runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Gucci, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney refashioned bottomless bags which can be hand-held or carried under the shoulder while Celiné and Loewe introduced a foldable version of the same which can be carried like a voluminous clutch.
The baby of the season, the backpack along with the favorite cross-body, have a new addition to their team with belt-bags making a major comeback under the limelight this season!
Going hands-free is the latest in the trend department and has fast gained approval from major designers on the runways of Spring/Summer 2017.
The variation in sizes made the styles stand out with Stella McCartney opting for a miniature belted at the waist as a belt bag; Valentino and Hermès introduced two bags clipped together, going to voluminous proportions with Maison Margiela and Marni opting for the famed backpack revisited afresh for the approaching season.
NICE TO ‘FEET’ YOU
This spring, frivolity romances with playfulness with much abandon as footwear along with its accessorizing elemental details, take on a more experimentative and daring tone. Details such as embellishments, fringes, ruffles, athleticism inspired buckles and straps are seen teaming up with tights and stockings under lace-up pumps and platforms. Here are the top trends worth your time in consideration for S/S ’17:
An underlying daring tone is adopted by the footwear segment with unexpected and fun highlights making the case on one side and high-fashion labels adopting a more laid back athleisure inspired look on the other. Luxe meets uber chic casual at Dior and Dolce & Gabbana in keeping with the brands signature ideology. Versace made a throwback to the bygone 2000s by introducing buckled straps whereas Christopher Kane and Isabel Marrant presented frivolity in measured doses with little charms and ruffle details, respectively.
Layering takes a on a fresh and dramatic note with designers turning their gaze towards the bottom after starting all the way from the top (fabric layering has been attempted and re-attempted umpteen number of times these past seasons). Bold nylon tights layered under dresses and gowns paired with counteracting footwear, made appearances on the runways of Celiné, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga. Another trend worth taking note of is the sock-in- heel combination which is in high demand even on the streets with brands like Givenchy and Gucci in materials such as knit, lace and nylon.