The catwalk accessories that will liven up the high street for autumn 15
- Belt up
According to top buyers such as Harvey Nichols fashion buying director Anita Barr and Browns buying director Laura Larbalestier, the belt is the must-have accessory for autumn 15 – and there is a style for every shopper. Statement wide versions cinched waists at the likes of Balmain, House of Holland and Rochas or were slung on the hips in a retro manner at Ralph Lauren. Carven and Michael Kors opted for skinny styles, whereas chain belts at Louis Vuitton and Chanel added decoration to hips.
- Tassel do nicely
The swish of fringe and the swing of tassels gave a 1970s shimmy to many collections, carrying vintage references from spring into the new season. An easy way to buy into the trend will be via accessories, as layers or trims of fringe or tasseled finishes give classic handbag shapes an on-trend retro update.
- Fur stole the show
Shaggy shearling and fuzzy furs were all over the autumn 15 catwalks, although the full coats and heavy (and expensive) jacket designs might not have the widest appeal. Therefore expect fur accessories, particularly stoles and scarf-like sheathes, to be big news next season, as a more transitional and wearable way to channel the trend.
- The gloves are on
Tying into the trend for over-the-knee boots that was reported in last week’s footwear round-up, long leather gloves – spotted on the runways at Prada, Elie Saab and Marc Jacobs among others – are another key accessory. Although ladylike, they also have a dark edge that nods to next season’s Victoriana vibe.
- Grab a bag
The clutch bag revealed its softer side this season, with designers including Proenza Schouler, Loewe and Stella McCartney all showing supple leather bags that were clasped nonchalantly in models’ hands. With a relaxed, casual feel, the style offers a modern alternative to the classic boxy clutch.
- Bling earrings
From glitzy bejewelled chandeliers at Miu Miu to tough tribal hoops at Givenchy, big, bold earrings featured heavily on the catwalks. Costume jewellery is an easy way for fashion-conscious shoppers to buy into runway trends so expect to see all manner of statement earrings in high street stores come autumn.