SS22 Accessories: Our favourite bags and shoes from the runways
Partners in crime
What better way to ring in the new year than with a new fashion companion to take you through your days? After all, no outfit is complete without shoes or a bag and to help you stay on top of the best new accessories set to make their debut during the Spring/Summer 2022 season, we'll be keeping tabs on the standout pieces and to-be-cult staples as they appear on the runways this month. Whether you're in the market for a giant shopper, want to stay on top of upcoming footwear styles or simply just need a new accessory to drag your favourite outfits out of the depths of your closet, bookmark this page because we'll have you sorted:
New York Fashion Week
Kicking off the month, designers in New York opted for practicality above all, offering compact top-handles to roomy totes to help carry you into the new season. These are staples that have transcended eras, re-envisioned for the contemporary context to strengthen their positions as essentials for the forever wardrobe. Crafted in this season's prettiest palettes, classic styles were given a chic update with cool details such as ruched handles, geometric silhouettes and woven fabrics.
While Coach updated their original "Cashin Carry" from 1969 in colourful environmentally responsible leather and fun New York-themed graphics, Peter Do's highly anticipated runway debut unleashed a covetable range of oversized leather bags that draw from the brand's relaxed silhouettes––hand-held, slung over the body and in a lust-worthy alligator facade as the perfect complement to his fresh take on boss-wear. Over at Moschino, the iconic biker bag was reimagined in an adorable heart shape, while clutches and chainmail purses got a kitschy toy-inspired upgrade.
Nothing indicates the desire to go out more than the footwear we put on, and over in New York, designers unveiled a myriad of statement-making styles that will get you in the mood to party. From Brandon Maxwell to Prabal Gurung and Anna Sui, architectural heels and complicated straps were big across stilettos and platforms in bright neon colours designed to make your feet pop. When it came to boots, Kim Shui made the case for knee-high East-meets-West cowboys guaranteed to turn heads, while Christian Siriano offered a stunning structural pair with an asymmetrical twist. For everyday shoes, look to Proenza Schouler's cushiony footwear or Collina Strada for Reeboks designed in flouncy clashing prints and crafted in deadstock and vintage fabrics.
London Fashion Week
Accessories went a bit wild in London, with the best of emerging British talent delivering a mix of arm candy fit for any occasion. From Charlotte Knowles's animal-themed saddles to Simone Rocha's gorgeous pearl clutches and teeny-tiny purses over at Vivienne Westwood, you'll be in for a treat come spring as these bags are sure to fly off the shelves when they hit the stores.
On the shoes front, flats dominated for girls on the go, arriving in strappy, string-up renditions and variations with a bit of fluff to make a comfy statement. Platforms continue to stay strong via thigh-high lace-ups and plenty of decorations, while cut-outs added an element of artistry to block-heeled loafers and pointed-toe styles.
Milan Fashion Week
Milan is known for delivering It-bags of the season and with good reason: from Prada's brushed leather range to the bold Fendi First and Tod's T Timeless handbag in rainbow colours and micro sizes––you'll be spoilt for choices. Styles varied from extra-large totes to slouchy shoulder bags and embellished top-handles––alongside plenty of chainlink straps––to prove that the runways have got all your bag needs sorted.
Shiny, satin, sky-high platforms à la Versace? Yes, please. For Spring/Summer 2022, the brand expanded on the design of their AW21 platform heels to introduce strappy sandals and loafers embellished with mini Medusa emblems, while Sportmax created their own versions that reminded of ballet flats on clouds. Elsewhere, masculine, leather slip-ons debuted at Ferragamo and Tod's (the latter with bumpy rubber soles), and on the other end of the spectrum, there were barely-there stilettos embellished with butterflies at Blumarine and plenty of monogram motifs at the spectacular 'Fendace' show. If you're looking for something sexy but with pared back elegance, Prada has nailed the art of subtle seduction to a T.
Paris Fashion Week
Delivering the finale blow to fashion month, Paris brought out the big guns when it came to accessories––one thing's for sure, our wishlist for Spring/Summer 2022 is never going to end. While Miu Miu was all business with plush top-handles and logo-embossed pouches, Chanel delivered signature quilted creations in pops of bright colours and various silhouettes that included a slouchy tote alongside purses shaped like N°5 bottles. Over at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli introduced new iterations of its signature studded bags, while Givenchy debuted ornate takes on their structural cut-out bags, alongside a new silhouette dubbed the Kenny (it first debuted on Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala) that's sure to sell out. Tactility was key at Loewe, where bags manifested in colourful Steiff Schulte fabrics via styles including the new Goya Long Clutch, and Dior played up sportier aesthetics via mini-format Dior Vibe carry-ons in an eye-popping palette.
Footwear reached new heights in the City of Lights as designers introduced show-stopping shoes with their experiment switch dialled up high. At Loewe, models walked on hyperrealistic heels that were sculpted to resemble bars of soap, bottles of nail polish, roses and even cracked eggshells, while Balmain's mega-star affair brought gold-chain heels and bulbous, pillowy slides designed by their head of sneaker design Safa Sahin (which subsequently made its rounds on Twitter). Givenchy's futuristic Kelvar runners––teased by designer Matthew Williams last month––made its debut on the runway in a seamless knitted facade and Balenciaga continued its love affair with Crocs––this time featuring studded platforms that sat four inches higher than usual, alongside their Runner sneaker with a technical tire-like makeover.
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