Our Round-Up Of The Best Accessories From Fall Couture Week 2017
Couture may be all about the dreamy capes and gowns, but no look is ever complete without some fabulous accessories to go with. Take a few cues from our accessory report ahead as we line up some of the most standout pieces from Fall Couture week 2017 held in Paris recently.
All tied up
Lace-up inspired pieces are all the rage right now, but the runways were infatuated with tie up footwear. Usually resonating laced footwear with sneakers and gladiators alone, we loved the stilettos on Zuhair Murad’s models — think corset belts, but for your feet! The tie-up fascination didn’t just end there, the pastel boots at Schiaparelli had lace-ups that contrasted well with an otherwise very feminine vibe of the collection. We’re still swooning over those heart appliqué pumps with tie up detail around the ankle.
Just a cinch
Usually regarded as one of the most underestimated pieces in the accessory spectrum, belts were a huge hit at couture week. We’re talking hourglass-creating waist cinchers that ranged from pencil thin widths to an almost obi belt thickness but with a chic edge. The metallic tie-up belts at Alexander Vauthier were a special treat with the perfect high shine leather and eighties colouring.
Bags took on a personality of their own this season with gothic yet beastly bronzed chain concoctions at Valentino that were essentially cross body’s but were carried in delicate style with the chain wrapped around the model’s wrists. Elie Saab had a similar vision with his chain strapped confections that resembled vintage purses.
Clutch purses, on the other hand, were resuscitated to new life with elegant renditions coming down the Armani Privé runway, each one more chic than the next. Even designers Ralph & Russo took an affinity to the clutch bag but with adorned handles that made it easier to grasp at it.
At couture week, accessorising your hair can go a long way especially when it’s adorned with hippie style headbands in gold and bronze. The headbands at Elie Saab were baroque and regal at best — adorned with gems that almost added a very Game of Thrones inspired touch to the looks. If that seemed too gothic, the wreath hair bands at Zuhair Murad were the most angelic accessory to compliment a range of dreamy outfits.
Shine bright like a diamond
Nothing’s better than a little bling to complete a gown fit for a royal — such was the sentiment with designer Guo Pei’s accessory situation, the models were resplendent with the most regal looking neckpieces, just like the ones late Princess Diana wore.
The look at Alexander Vauthier, however, was inspired by the Material Girl Madonna herself with eccentric shoulder-grazing earrings only on one ear making a statement at the show.
Armani too followed suit with the solo earring trend along with stacked cuffs that made for some fun arm candy.
Our accessory reportage would be incomplete without a noteworthy mention to the Indian-inspired accessories present at Jean Paul Gaultier’s show. If you’ve been following his work you’d know that he has had an affinity for the Indian culture which has been very evident in many of his past collections. But this couture week, although inspired by snow and skiing, a lot of his looks had saree-inspired silhouettes with models donning wrist cuffs almost resemblant of the Rajasthani bangles and nathni’s that made for the perfect contrast with the winter wear looks.