Fashion month: it came, it saw, and it left us anticipating the return of those hazy summer days. Need a quick run-down of the key catwalk highlights? From statement hats to the new wave of structured bags, here are the five accessory trends to watch in SS19…
1. Hair Scarves
Hair scarves had a strong presence on the New York runways, borrowing their prints from retro designs and reimagining them in modern ways. Kate Spade (left) added pops of fuschia pink and black to classic scarves and knotted neckerchiefs, while Anna Sui turned turbans on their head with luxe jacquard textures in spring-ready shades of coral and gold.
Forget everything you knew about flip-flops. An emerging trend from the SS19 shows, the simple summer classic is making its move from the poolside to the city streets, and offsetting its inherently casual feel with dressed-up outfits. Take note of how Tibi’s (left) teamed an androgynous checked suit with a flat black pair, and the chunkier styles seen at Jil Sander (right), styled with crocheted maxis.
3. Box Bags
All hail the ‘it’ bag of SS19. Drawing their inspiration from doctor-like designs, this season’s iterations took structure to the extreme with cuboid shapes and sharp, angular lines – and here lies the proof. Flat, boxy bags in mock-croc textures were spotted at Rejina Pyo in London (left), worn with leopard print for a statement clash, while Milan saw the revival of monochrome with two-tone styles at Jil Sander (right).
4. Statement Hats
Tying in with the travel theme of the new-season collection, statement hats were one of the most prominent accessory trends on the catwalks. Bright beanies at Calvin Klein (left) were on-hand to bridge the gap between winter and the first days of spring, while the floppy hats at Rejina Pyo (right) refreshed resort dressing with polka dot-prints and oversized shapes.
5. Western Fringing
The wild, wild west made its triumphant return to the runways but this time, the focus fell on softer, more feminine shapes instead of the practical outerwear pieces and denim designs usually associated with the classic trend. From Coach (left) to Longchamp (right), the all-American aesthetic manifested itself through fringed leather jackets worn over prairie-style dresses, and tasselled gladiator sandals that were made with spring in mind.