Most-sought-after accessory trends for autumn/winter

A model presents a creation for Sonia Rykiel during the 2016-2017 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection on March 7, 2016 in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU / AFP / Martin BUREAU


The Autumn/Winter 2016/17 ready-to-wear shows have finally wrapped up, leaving a trail of new accessories in their wake. Here are some of the key trends spotted on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris.

As the passion for all things Nineties rages on, chokers continue their domination of all things streetwear. Rihanna set the tone in New York with her Fenty x Puma collection, followed by Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein, whose choker necklaces featured cute Tweenie heart pendants. In Paris Balmain worked the look in corrugated plastic, while Gucci opted for a more delicate, buckled look in Milan. The London shows saw Daks pin ornate brooches to strips of low-key black fabric for a baroque take on the look.

Belt bags
Belt bags first appeared on the scene back in the Spring 2016 shows last year, and it looks as though, for now at least, they’re here to stay. In Paris, Vanessa Seward showcased neat, satchel-like leather designs, while the models at sported square black pouch purses on fine leather strips. Phillip Lim’s take on the trend was elegant and minimalist, and in Milan Prada put the emphasis on the belts themselves, which were chunky, corseted and full of buckles, with miniature purses clipped on.
Fur continues to reign over the runways, as illustrated by Alexander Wang’s hats in New York, Belstaff’s bags in London and the fur-trimmed jackets on show at Dries Van Noten in Paris. Sonia Rykiel caught the eye with sumptuous Russian fur hats, but it was in Milan where the real statements were made — notably by Silvia Venturini Fendi, whose shopping bag for the Fendi label was crafted from various multicolored furs.

Chunky jewelry
The key to staying on-trend this fall lies in huge, chunky jewelry. Layer up if possible, like Chanel did in Paris, heaping strings of pearls on top on one another and throwing in a few ribbons for good measure. In London, Alexander McQueen pinned chain necklaces and brooches all over the models’ torsos and dotted ornamental hair gems around the face for a full-on look. Meanwhile in Milan, Marni went classic, showcasing cartoonishly large strings of long pearl earrings.

Sneakers have been given a fashionable makeover for the upcoming season. Rihanna gave them a stiletto heel at her Fenty x Puma show in New York, creating a ‘sneaker boot’ with an urban attitude. In Milan, Missoni extended its multicolor motifs to its sporty footwear, while Rick Owens surprised Paris with thigh-high leather sneaker boots.

A model presents a creation for Chanel during the 2016-2017 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 8, 2016 in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP / Patrick KOVARIK

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