Breakout accessories of the season

Sartorial statements have always been the backbone of Fashion Week, never more so than in London with its eclecticism and explosion of creative talent. Yet the humble accessory has demanded focus this season. From crocs to ornate headpieces, these were the breakout accessories that stuck to mind…


Classic black boots and structured cylindrical bags stood out against Burberry’s sleek and neutral sartorial palette. Yet a more ornate aesthetic came to the fold in the finale, when Christopher Bailey chose to embellish his models in shimmery silver hoods and elaborate pearl collars. His collection of frills and intricate lace detailing had a distinctly Elizabethan essence. A paradoxical accessory display from Bailey: the structured sleek bag and the embellished silver hood with an uncanny resemblance to chainmail.

Christopher Kane

It’s happened. Again. Christopher Kane has returned to London with his favoured footwear in tow, the croc. This time in a nod to a wintrier aesthetic, the Scottish designer has lined his with mink (64356805). Individuality has always been Kane’s strong point, and he certainly pushed the boundaries of conventional footwear in his AW17 show. High top ‘space’ sneakers (643567652), sling backs with foam stuffed underfoot (643567850), hologram sheen heels and mink lined crocs. An eclectic display that photographs well on the catwalk, but will it be a success on the pavements? Critics remain sceptic.

JW Anderson

It’s Anderson’s precocious ability to subvert the classic and give customers’ just the right amount of edge that’s propelled his success within the fashion stakes. Cue, his AW17 collection of accessories featuring fringed and ribboned clutches (642937266) that are piped to be next season’s standout bags. Additionally, his bold golden flower ear cuff makes just the right amount of ‘statement’ (643154216). Invest now.


Matching your footwear to your dress may seem a little passé, but not so for Erdem Moralioglu. His designs are celebrated for their poetic femininity and textured print, and this season Erdem chose to extend this brief to his collection of footwear. Lace up ballet flats in plush velvet, boots in colourful brocade and platforms heels embellished with bows (643655688).  His head to toe textured dressing gave the illusion of an elevated and elongated silhouette (643655566). A trend to try at home.

Temperley London

Take notice of neckline detailing, it was a major trend in Temperley’s showcase (also Burberry) and is an easy way to embellish a look. Velvet bow chockers (64329026) , pussy bows and Alice headbands (643290302) were Temperley’s accessories of choice. The result was playful and feminine with a slightly Victoriana undertone.

Camilla Elphick

Shoes, surrealism and Salvador fused together to create Ephick’s AW17 presentation. Her playful shoe designs featured an avocado motif and embroidered kale leaves in a nod to Salvador Dali’s surrealist cookbook. Accessorize from the feet afterwards, if AW17 trends are anything to go by.

Charlotte Simone

After founding her eponymous label in 2011, Charlotte Simone has since gone on to receive cult status in London. Reinventing the every day scarf in an eclectic mix of hues, the designer’s AW17 collection was influenced by the vibrancy and liveliness of Tokyo. Her AW17 collection attempted to create statement furry pieces that elevate an every day outfit. (642450352).


This article was commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar. 


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