10 accessory trends to free your mind for spring 2023

In the era of micro-trends and an ever-changing universe influenced by algorithms, it feels like a bit of a miracle when so many designer visions line up to give us a wide array of trends for the season. It’s possible that this same do-it-all attitude is why on the Spring 2023 catwalks there was an exuberance and embrace of a new kind of maximalism, both in materials and approach, and in the very act of accessorizing.

Beyond their practical needs, designers have embraced the idea that bags and shoes become a vehicle for adding an extra layer of texture, decorative detail and whimsy. At Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière blew up the brand’s classic coin purse and transformed it into an oversized clutch-portfolio, while at Victoria Beckham, models delicately wore clutches made from clusters of squared fringe that looked like carefully groomed puppies in the palm of your hand. their arms. But the epitome of the new accessorization being considered is the myriad designers who sent bags down the runway in the same fabric as the coats, dresses and pants the models wore. In Valentino’s case, the accessories matched the model’s face. Fashion is a playground and designers invite everyone to play the game.

Perhaps in response to the rise of Crocs, Birkenstocks, and other comfy, pared-back basics, shoes have been pushed to the limit of what they can do while still maintaining their functional quality. At Hermès, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski placed fisherman-inspired leather sandals on carbon sculptures, and Jeremy Scott elongated the toe of a pair of pumps into the head of a flamingo at Moschino. Other designers treated the shoes like trestles, embellishing them with ruffles, feathers, fringe, or other metallic knick-knacks. It’s not the season to be a wallflower, unless you’re carrying a clove bag.

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Previously, your bag had to match your shoes. Well, now bags have to match everything. It can be as subtle as Tod’s structured handbag worn with a matching light mint green leather dress, or Sportmax’s psychedelic vision that includes a handy laptop-sized tote, sleeveless top with a train, a midi skirt and boots. This is the future that was promised to us!

Look for new shapes

Designers are stretching beyond the boundaries of traditional shoe shapes and bringing interesting architectural details to heels – at Dries Van Noten, curved gold heels shone like a Boccioni sculpture, and at Off-White, go-gos boots looked like they could go anywhere with a chunky silver heel seemingly made of wire loops. Wavy platforms and platforms in curved patterns – see: Schiaparelli’s golden slingbacks or Shang Xia’s delicate slippers, floating on what appeared to be a ceramic platform.

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