SS23 Accessory Trends
Accessories Focus Spring-Summer 2023
Nothing like accessories can define or elevate a look, turning a daytime outfit into a party one, or making even the most casual ensemble elegant.
A Dopamine Boost
A splash in color is just what you need
After somber years the desire is just one: color, color, color! A desire that has been condensed almost into every designer's proposals, even into those one who usually inclined toward more colorful restraint. As industry insiders say, the imperative is dress to impress, that is, get noticed without half measures. Green light, then, to fluorescent mules, patent pumps, bags with glossy finishes and candy glasses, to be styled in one-piece from head to toe, or to be deliberately chosen in contrast to the rest of the outfit. It can be a single eyecatching detail, such as Fendi's mint green gusseted bag to match the imprimé dress, shocking pink tights under Vivienne Westwood's laminated sheath dress, or in total look as in Stella McCartney's lemon yellow suit or the purple plunging neckline dress matchy matchy with Versace's boho-bag.
Seasonal blooms are as lush as ever
If patterns are graphic, vibrant and artistic, wallpaper-style, and are mixed together with just the right dash of irreverence, they can instead prove to be an inexhaustible source of pure wow effect on even the most traditional props. The most in vogue motifs range from maxi and statement ones, such as Richard Quinn's hypertrophic photo-printed corollas or Dries Van Noten's watercolor effect (his pumps with bows on the toes are not to be missed), to the bucolic and romantic ramage of Elie Saab and Carolina Herrera. Three-dimensional petals and bouquets, then, also become real maximalist decorations that make any item special. Try it to believe it!
Cargo yes, but chic
Giving up comfort in the name of aesthetics? Absolutely not!
Besides defining an outfit, accessories possess an undeniable functional purpose: they must be stylish, of course, but also comfortable and wearable, or else leave them relegated to the drawers. It is important to include some utility details in everyday choices, such as pockets, straps, zippers and compartments in handbags, and to focus on solid heels and wide straps in shoes. The color palette follows the same easy philosophy, declining in earth-inspired neutral shades, including beige, creamy brown and sand, refined and at the same time easy to match with any outfit. Among the must-haves you can bet on Max Mara's safari tote in natural materials and Isabel Marant's camouflage shoulder bags. While raffia, straw, canvas, raw cotton, and rope are must-have fibers for this world, the real novelty lies in choosing impalpable, fine yarns such as satin, silk, organza, and muslin.