Prada’s bucket hats, The Row’s barely-there sandals, THAT Jacquemussupersized straw hat – summer 2018 was replete with stand-out accessories, and didn’t Instagram know it. From big ticket fashion houses to independent designers, there were trinkets, bags, shoes and sunglasses breaking the internet each week. Take Wald Berlin’s shell jewellery, which quickly became the sunshine set’s layering trinket of choice, or the Shrimps beaded Antonia bag, as seen at a wedding near you… But what are we championing for summer 2019?
Among the top stories: we’ll be stashing the sporty bum-bag in favour of a sleeker model, and digging into the archives for retro shapes and ’90s ‘It’ iterations when it comes to handbags. Headband game is now a thing, if Dior and Prada are anything to go by. Raffia, straw and macramé still have style mileage, but they’re going down a more luxurious route next year. And as for micro-lenses? Over. Now, it’s all about the monster sun shield shape. Here’s Vogue’s edit of the 11 spring/summer 2019 accessories trends you need to know now.
Miuccia Prada showed 50 gloriously exaggerated headbands with every one of her SS19 runway looks – studded, beribboned, sumptuous satin and leather – proving not only hero-buy status but also, signalling a big move in the hair adornment game. Dior’s elasticated ballet hairbands were a slick way to ease into the idea, while Simone Rocha’s runaway success of her beaded hair-slides (worn so prevalently in fashion circles, they’ve become something of a modern accessory classic) have transitioned into headbands decorated with mini plumes. Expect to see a flurry infiltrate next year’s wedding season.
The two-bag approach – a common scene on the daily commute, totes full of gym kits, micro-bags full of credit cards. But now designers from Chanel, Gucci, Fendi, and Loewe have translated the look into their codes. Chanel packed a punch with identical bags on each hip, while Fendi matched its shoulder bag to its carry-all tote.
The return of Miu Miu’s signature platforms to the runway had die-hard fans beaming. They’re set to dominate the party scene alongside offerings by Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, and Maison Margiela. But it wasn’t just the heels getting an extra lift this season, ‘Geta’ sandals were seen at Paco Rabanne, Jil Sander and Salvatore Ferragamo. The traditional Japanese shoe with its block elevated sole is worn as protection against the elements, which is telling preparation for another summer rocked by climate change.
There’s no doubt about it, mega-lens sunglasses have landed. Say it’s a reaction to the micro-lenses that have swept the streets, now the dial has turned 180-degrees with larger than life shapes from Gucci, Loewe, Miu Miu, Stella, Tod’s and Tom Ford. Think anywhere between a wraparound surf style to a noughties sport aesthetic – championed by Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
It’s big, really big, almost parachute big; which when full, thrown over your shoulder is akin to a work out. Stella McCartney’s are emblazoned with her logo, Versace’s are transparent, and Burberry’s will induce ultimate office envy. Start arm training in preparation now.
The desire for original “IT” bag styles has gained so much momentum that designers have taken note with re-issuing flashback purses like the Fendi Baguette and the Dior Saddle. Louis Vuitton’s logo takes shape in a boardroom-ready briefcase, just as Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, and Gabriella Hearst riff off a vintage inspired top handle.