From man clutches to silky bandanas, Team Buro picks add-ons off the Paris Men's Fashion Week runways that will instantly update their outfits
Gwen Ong, Deputy Editor: Hermès Cityslide bag
Véronique Nichanian has spun on various ways to showcase masculinity in the Hermès Fall 2017 collection. In this edition of PFW, double-breasted suits, pinstriped jackets, wool overcoats, skinny leather pants and buckled leather boots took down the runway. The unison of colours and proportions lend a sleek men-about-town look. Fastened with the Cityslide waist pack (or fanny pack if you wish), you're set to take on the world. The belt bag is not manly in the traditional sense but it is every bit for the self-assured man who carries it with such finesse that you can't help but to salute him. And then, just borrow it from him forever. I can already tell that the extra large pack - worn as a messenger bag or tote on one shoulder - will come in handy for all my travelling needs.
Jasmine Leong, Senior fashion writer: Louis Vuitton bandana
After months of Louis Vuitton and Supreme rumours circling on the Internet, the collaboration of dreams is finally here. Dubbed as the "hype-ist collaboration of the century", the French luxury house and New York-based streetwear label blew the roof off at the recent Men's Paris Fashion Week with their range of apparel, footwear and accessories. While I may not be able to score the perfect size with the denim baseball jerseys and leather sneakers, other add-ons are a little more forgiving. Case in point: the Louis Vuitton x Supreme fiery-red bandana. Whether folded and worn as a neckerchief, tied around the top handle of my bag or styled as a hair accessory, the possibilities are endless. Otherwise, I'll just steal the trick off the runway and let the silky piece flow with the wind as it hangs loosely on my jeans. #hypebaedreams
Jonathan Anderson paid tribute to Loewe's leathermaking heritage this season, showcasing a welcoming abundance of accessories that stole the show alongside knitted pieces and hardy outerwear. It isn't easy to come across a full, head-to-toe look right off the lookbook or runway that I love, but this one speaks to my hidden love for all things leather and well-crafted. This stunning apron will be my reply to anyone who insists that aprons should only be functional—no, they don't have to, not when it's made with Loewe leather. Not to mention, the tote and lace-ups go hand-in-hand with this look to a tee. Who knows, Anderson might be onto something here (functional accessories incorporated to everyday wear, that is).
As a whole, I realise my eyes have been wandering on brands and its collections that pay homage to sleek, crisp tailoring. Demna Gvasalia does this well for Balenciaga's AW17 collection for men, striking the right balance between formal and comfortable. These elements, however, are separate when you zoom in on the accessories. The scarves are dramatically voluminous while the bags are beautifully structured—with the exception of the paper bag-like... bags with Balenciaga stamped on it. My top pick? This gorgeous, minimal clutch that pulses in elegance with its bluish-grey colour, clean silhouette, the thin strap on the flap that gives it just the right amount of detail, and its humble size. It'll easily be my everyday accessory.
Tan Su Fen, Writer: Valentino, Look 4
Statement-making at Valentino this season came through in slogans by Jamie Reid, the English artist best known for his Sex Pistols album cover art, sewn to sweaters, baseball caps and the back of coats ("Beauty is a birthright, reclaim your heritage" ad "It seemed to be the end, until the next beginning"). I'd take up a cap if I could, but then head accessories usually tend to overwhelm my pint-sized head. The next accessory that caught my attention on the runway, however, is this understated bag that accompanied the long sweeping coat on look 4—all-leather, all-black and all-fitting to carry the bajillion things that I always have with me on the go.
Aha! An item of clothing from the runway that fits my non-sample size and vertically challenged physique. Hats are wonderful but my gripe with them has always been the lack of ventilation that results in hat hair; read: stringy tresses drenched in sweat courtesy of tropical heat. And since the shiny visors of 2012 have largely fallen back into obscurity, I have desperately yearned for a shady equivalent. Hence, the reason why this Dior riff on the '90s bucket hat fits my head gear checklist. Besides minimalist but conspicuous branding and a trendy slogan emblazoned across the front, an ample brim for adequate shade and the missing crown would mean my follicles will breathe, as will my complexion—breathe a sigh of relief, that is.