In no time at all we will be back in the midst of another
ready-to-wear runway season. Copenhagen began in the last week of
January, followed by ‘the big four’ cities that show through early
March. In addition to all of the clothing on display, it’s a time to
review footwear, handbags and other accessories. Afterall, for the
world’s luxury brands, they are the real moneymakers. For FW24, look
out for strong statement accessories that become the focal point of
Bags go oversized. The Loewe XL puzzle tote in tan or black lambskin,
as shown in the men’s FW23 collection for both men and women, is an
Also, for FW23, Olivier Rousteing showed something similar at Balmain;
a large tan tote with a textured finish.
In the same season, at Ferragamo, Maximilian Davis showed a classic
tote in grey crocodile patterned leather.
All of these styles work well as part of the ongoing Quiet Luxury trend.
While ‘it’ bags usually cost several thousand dollars, last year’s
favorite with social media influencers was a mere $135. The Cos
quilted crossbody was made of recycled polyester. This season, look
for other shapes and sizes with quilted features, also rendered in
leather and denim.
Faux fur bags in vibrant colors continue to check. Take inspiration
from a style David Koma showed for FW23. This purple faux fur bag has
a chain handle. Jil Sander also showed a faux fur clutch in bright
blue. Both fit into the Mob Wife aesthetic.
Both Matthieu Blazy at Bottega Veneta and Glenn Martens at Y Project
have shown leather printed to look like denim. For FW23, Martens
accessorized a look with an oversized bag in this innovative material.
Shawls and Scarves
Colorful plaid and tartan fabrics have been very popular in recent
seasons for suits, kilts and also shawls and scarves. The blanket
scarf is the perfect accessory for winter and can pull an outfit
together. Look for oversized ones as seen at Saint Laurent FW23, where
Anthony Vaccarello designed a mohair shawl in a classic Stewart tartan
fastened with a large gold pin.
Rabens Saloner is a Danish brand designed by Birgitte Raben. For FW23
the designer showed an oversized shawl in green and beige plaid over a
contrasting plaid jacket.
Marco de Vincenzo at Etro showed a whole series of oversized plaid
wool shawl scarves, including one in punchy colors including orange,
blue and green.
Finally, designing for Burberry, Daniel Lee created co-ordinated looks
for FW23 featuring plaid scarves in bright colors.
The infinity neck scarf
The knit infinity neck scarf emerged during the last winter season and
is all set to check again for FW24. It is both stylish and practical
and sits well with balaclavas and other cold weather offerings.
Examples from the last fall season included a bright blue ribbed
version at Christopher Kane.
A beige ribbed one at Wooyoungmi
…and a tighter one at Mame Kurogouchi.
Kiko Kostadinov showed a fancy wider striped version.
Look for statement belts to emerge as a key accessory for FW24. Plenty
of inspiration was on display during the FW23 season.
At Blumarine, Anna Molinari styled an extra-wide belt with varied
studs as a focal point, worn low slung over a plain jersey dress.
Vaquera FW23 had a similar style. A cowhide belt had a distressed
finish and a three-prong buckle. Michael Kors showed a latte look for
FW23 featuring a brown leather double belt with a silver buckle. (see
the main image).
Finally, Tod’s showed a brown leather utility belt with a micro bag attached.
Elevated baseball caps
Thanks to the popular TV show ‘Succession’, the humble baseball cap
gets a stylish make-over, it’s a unisex style that is easy to wear and
can accessorize all manner of outfits. They ranged widely last year,
from plain to embellished. Look for them to check again for FW24.
At Dior for FW23, Maria Grazia Chiuri riffed on the classic baseball
cap designing a quilted cap with a high crown lined with the brand’s
Dion Lee showed a classic shape rendered in pale blue distressed denim.
At Victoria/Tomas, a sherpa version with a blue logo patch was offered.
The Italian hatmaker Borsalino showed various designs for FW23
including a grey denim hat with a green camo pattern.
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AUTHOR NAME: Jayne Mountford