That’s a wrap. Another fashion week in New York comes to a close. February 2017 was quite a trip for the eyes. Rich, overdone, embellished, and yes accessorized. From the Nicholas K runway collection to Georgine, it was clear that gold and metallic was in the cards….I don’t think the athleisure /street/ punk/grunge influences have gone anywhere either, as alluded to on the runways (Desigual,Hakan Akkaya, Nicole Miller), although a few have gone decidedly militant.
There was a nod to the overdone 80s and embellishment in all forms. Rich hues and deep red tones were sometimes dotted with earthy carmels…. Oversized layers and off shoulder looks allowed for belt play. Lots of large furs in a kaleidoscope of colors seemed to be everywhere. Overall, pink, black,metallics, red, gold, black and white, and well just an exuberant 80s use of the color white. Yes, 1990s florals in velvety rich combinations were on designer’s runways everywhere…… Anna Sui, who was an originator of some of these looks (let’s not forget), brought new incarnations in her show which did not disappoint.
Mixed prints, embellishments, “jewelry clothing” and textures made my review of this week a little fashion drunk, I blame you Libertine. Libertine had what I call jewelry packing its own clothing. It was so embellished and shiny, the accessories were tailored into the garment! Their show was one of my favorites and I feel a sick need for that hand coat dress….
Overall, there seem to be a dual personality: on one end we have the soft, velvets, flowers, and the other the hard, black leather, studs, tailored atheleisure sweats, gym bags as handbags… Maybe this is more realistic, in terms of how the style of real people exists. With many layers and incarnations.
Yet, the vintage drama queen in me loved Chocheng’s 40s Noir setup, the old hollywood glamour of Badgley Mischka and the decidedly classic showgirl style of Jeremy Scott’s head gear. At the Blonds there was also a bit of the showgirl vibes in the sequin jumpers that came with a dash of Grace Jones! However, let’s get back to hair jewelry because it is sure to continue to please….and yes it was on the streets too. Jeremy please send the gorgeous headdress here to the showroom #WANT.
What Tales the Streets Had to Tell:
I am always surprised, for some unknown reason how much photo time we devote each NYFW to the sunglass habit. I don’t know why I am taken aback, considering I use mine all the time…. I even try to make them a constant headband. I truly need help. So, there were definitely a lot of sunnies out there and some pretty examples. Playful bags point to a probability, that next season will also be a highly pop art adorned, embroidered, textured, and colorful extravaganza. It’s definitely all in your head, well on the head this month! Attention was definitely paid to hair too, in all of its wide variety of hues. The hair game was key and I think we saw head gear/jewelry beginning to really take off (even though we saw some last season) with more bands, crowns, headdresses both on and off the runway.
I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES
BAGS AND SHOES:
JEWELRY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN:
What I am personally taking from this season, is some courage to go back to mixed textiles, patterns, and colors. In my home I use this credo and my closet is full of texture and color waiting for a reason to get out. This can seem tricky, but what’s life without some color. Also, the geometric earrings in larger sizes are really flattering (Annie Costello Brown). I don’t think it’s about the brand logo. Gucci is having a moment, but even in their embroidered clothing its not all about the label text. Right now you can get away with casual finds, abused denim, artist made jewelry, and even more vintage textiles. I guess, actually it is about having your own voice, an awakening, an expression of your identity or what means something to you. We’ve moved out of your body as a billboard for a brand and into making it a billboard for you.
If you follow my obsession with the accessorized streets of the city during fashion week, you know I could NOT close out my review of the fashion week season without the jewels! Having taken photography classes in college, being slightly obsessed with jewelry history, and I’m actually a trained anthropologist…. fashion week is kinda of my guilty pleasure. It combines the anthropology of material culture, people watching, and literally various cultures with accessories and photos! I love to be on the streets shooting when I can, but sometimes I am busy styling or finding jewelry, attending a show, and just trying to organize the media madness of accessories news as it comes in from the online shows. Things are definitely changing in the fashion world and with the online access and direct to customer designs now occurring it’s hard to keep up. Reviewing the street style jewelry and runway looks helps me in selecting some vintage pieces for the shop and with my own accessories designs. So to wrap it all up for this season, I am combining the best of what we shot on the streets in NYC with pieces seen on the runways in New York, London, Paris, and Milan instagram style. There were streets lined with big earrings again, big belts, metallic sunglasses, statement necklaces and cuffs, and even glam barrettes. Let the belt, earring, necklace, ring, hat….festivities begin. (Click here for the bag and shoe review).
THE STREETS OF NYC:
A Quick Instagram Illustrated List of What I’d Cut a B#@CH for From NYC, LONDON, MILAN, and PARIS:
It’s extremely hard to admit that indeed, I was not that into bags until well through college. There I said it. Maybe I just used my “school” bag so much (pause for gasp) I just never used anything else, but my jean pockets and that, gulp, book bag. It was the 90s I blame it on that….. Then when I moved to Brazil that all changed. I did my doctorate there in the early 2000s. It was then that I got back into the creativity and joys that fashion design has to offer. Maybe it was the fresh coconut water, fruit availability, the music, Copacabana, the walks, bus rides ( you need to carry your stuff around when you don’t have your own car)…. or maybe it was just their take on bags; from bohemian styles, straw bags, recycled plastics to various color options. I’d always loved jewelry and that whole history that comes with it, but “the bag” had meant nothing to me. Then all of a sudden I had…well let’s just say more than 10 where there had been only 1 or 2. I began to use the objects I once thought only utilitarian to add something to my wardrobe as well, I figured out they were yes….accessories!
What does this have to do with fashion week? Glad you asked. On the streets during this time can be found one of the biggest free for all, eye candy shows of amazing bags to behold. The bloggers, stylists, designers, models, fashion fanatics, just whip out everything from the latest Chanel or Gucci to unique vintage finds. What did we spot this time? Glad you asked…yet again:) There were some themes in terms of modern lines, smaller shapes, chains and grommets, metallic details, lucite, color block bags, interesting shapes and even surprises. We shot lots of inspiration images on the streets for you to wet your whistle with and get those creative juices flowing next time you are pursuing a new purse. Now some of these are in the higher investment piece area in terms of price. I have also included some ideas that are priced less.
Our Lust List:
Every season, what I most look forward to are the accessories we see on the streets. Some of those of course are entering the shows. Now, it is true that of a few of these are given by the designers to the wearers and represent the runways. However, the unique interpretations we see outside each fashion week keep us smiling and inspiring. I love what the the models wear in between shows, their own interpretations, the writers, the editors etc. It’s not about the “trend”, but about how everyone makes their own looks using these little accessories gems. There were some definite themes and some fun inspiration possibilities this season. Designers were mixing it up with straight off the runway fall collection availability and change was in the air. We saw metallics shoes and accents, cat eye styles and mirrored sunglasses (hail to the 80s and 90s -yes I remember these- as a baby;) #iwish #oldish), stripes, things also were a bit punk or studded, light denim was about, handbags are smaller and belts are big again, just to summarize a few things we spied. What I love about street style, is in the way everyone seems to be in a rhythm….giving us hints about fashion weeks to come….Yet showing us what can be made wearable. Yes it is a high stakes game, but there are true flashes of brilliance and realism there too.
This time we wanted to pull together some looks we spotted and coveted by accessory type, giving readers some alternatives as to where to find those piece or something similar they desire. There is always a lot of vintage used during fashion week which I applaud, so we will do our best to discuss a few options! One thing is for sure this fall and coming spring seems to be all about the shoes. Embroidered, colorful, metallic, studded, metal details…..it’s time to pamper your foot.
THE SHOE CUT:
New York Fashion week F/W 2016-17 brought new looks as fashion goers braved the frigid temperatures and still managed to bring lots of style to the streets. Rachel Guillaume and Hannan Saleh captured some accessorizing via the streets for us. We decided to post a plethora fashion accessories and “visual stimulation”. The examples on the runways certainly did not disappoint either. We seem to be in a transition here back to black for the next season, which let’s face it in New York- black never really goes away….One could really see a sort of chic urban gender neutral and a bit punk inspiration coming from Lynn Ban for Fenty Puma. These accessories are modern and fashion based, yet wearable. The layering possibilities are endless….. While I personally see accessorizing as finding yourself and style via these pieces daily, one can embrace their own look. Fashion week brings themes, but also people who march to the beat of their own drum as well. I love looking at the colorful show. The purpose here is to provide inspiration to the viewer, keep them updated on what is going on in the streets. Although, inherently I love to see someone who adds inspiration into an already understood personal way of dressing and accessorizing as well as the trailblazers Perhaps, you’ll find something that speaks to you. Enjoy……
However, color is here as well, as is the case for Alexis Bittar’s 80s modern accessories for Jeremy Scott! While that is one of the styles shot on the street as well, the runway did also seemed to support the grey black white themes, there was plenty of color in the form of fur/faux fur scarves and accents. Fendi brought everyone this last week in Europe. In fact Fendi’s looks included accessorized black, textured colorful coats as well as boots. Boots will be higher, but for those who prefer extreme comfort, larger soled sneakers are still strong. In fact, a more laid back city chic look seems to be taking over as well. Let’s see what secrets the streets are giving up:
Fade to Black- Here I’m just going to describe the trend as having four main types (chic edgy almost goth), (street smarts-they also enjoy grey), (black and white) and the (optimist-they need a touch of color with their black).
Warm and Furzy:
The Accessorized Coat (belts over winter wear and texture, color/pattern to the coat).
The Modern Miss Lauper-
How to apply these styles you love- I have to admit as an accessories gal, I like black. I like to wear it with silver and gunmetal style accessories. I also like big pieces full of color. Win Win… So as for the fashion jewelry and bag game this coming season- you have options. A bag with texture, print/pattern or color can’t be wrong. Metal bags, smaller structured sizes, embellishment seems central to the bag game too. Or you can go with a simpler style bag with black or metal details and embrace the oversized colorful scarf or “fur/faux fur” accessory with it. There are some interesting silver options in chain mail bags and such out there for the upcoming season, the vintage answer to this would be a Whiting and Davis mesh bag 1920s-70s examples.
Jewelry to wear with black- chokers with silver accents, leather jewelry. Also, as we saw on the runways via Fashion Hong Kong; sunglasses with attitude and hair accessories are also an option to experiment with.
I like the idea that outerwear is important this season as well- the patterns, colors and such almost make the coat a “fashion accessory”. Great modern shaped earrings can compliment this “coat centric” look, add a chunky scarf or a belt.
What about the Men?
While our focus was primarily upon women’s fashion accessories, some men are embracing a more laid back approach: fashion styles actually overall seem to be more gender neutral so to speak, but the trends still apply as we see below with Jeremy Scott. Men we know you love your jeans and it’s all about denim, but you can’t go wrong mixing it up and adding some great eye wear as well. It’s never a bad idea in terms of men’s accessories, to go with color on the foot, while embracing all these darker hues for the upcoming f/w 2016-17 season. Not to forget, the classic black and white sneaker never dies. Don’t get me started on man bags…..
I’ve already wrapped up our street style and SS 2016 accessories forecast report for New York on and off the runway…. However; I really couldn’t get enough of street style this season, so I decided to conclude my accessories inspiration extravaganza with some of my favorite looks as shot by the lovely Hannan Saleh, for us at Sarara Couture. I think a blogazine like this one, needs to showcase how individuals interpret and wear jewelry, hats, bags, shoes, rings and beyond.
Why do we wear accessories? What role do they play in our daily lives. For some of us we have a fear of them and how to wear them, for others they are part of the dialogue that makes us who we are. I am one who feels naked without them. Accessories are truly part of our material culture- physical objects that offer clues about our cultures and ideologies. They speak to our roles in society, beliefs, gender and status…. I think as the international fashion week scene wrap up and Paris begins and ends there is still a bit more room for a little New York inspiration. This city offers a panorama of visual stimulus and messages through accessories. Hannan has a great eye for those moments, so enjoy a curated look at my personal favorite NYFW street style highlights from SS 2016. These are the things I would wear, inspire from and adore regardless of the trends. All below images were shot by Hannan- so let’s discuss-
With the what feels like longest February ever, which still has not totally thawed and a freezing fashion week behind us in New York, I wanted to do a post on all of the looks caught via Hannan Saleh’s lens. Not just the current and coming trends, but the creative looks seen on the streets during this NYFW FW 2015. She snapped the style of well known attendees, from bloggers, editors to models- like Man Repeller, Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment, Susie Bubble, Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar, Eva Chen of Lucky, Gigi Hadid, as well as Zanna Roberts Rassi and Nina Garcia as they zipped in and out of the shows. Too many really, to list, but you will recognize many fashion faces below! Hannan is becoming known for her street fashion photos. She has a keen eye and is a quick shot. There are definitely lots of winter colors, coats, bags, scarves, glasses, shoes and hat inspiration. These ideas can most definitely be used as we ride out the last cold weeks of winter into spring. And the bags and sunglasses well, those are fair game all year!
Not to mention most of those accessories can be applied next winter, as the looks worn by many were in the spirit of the season being shown on the runways aka Fall/Winter 2015. Besides, The Cut, just awarded their best looks to winners and gave out the peacock award, so it seemed like there was a window to talk street style again! I’ve tried to compile a series of her images, that I know you’ll enjoy and items I’d love to wear. (*All images Hannan Saleh, rights reserved). They capture perfectly the spirit of New York fashion week -so without further ado- Who would you choose for best accessories? Hit the Continue Reading link below to see the complete slideshow!