Catwalk Update: SS17 Accessory Trends

As we all settle into winter with its chunky knits and cosy layers, the fashion world already has its eye firmly on SS17. Now that the frenzy of LFW is over, we’re revisiting the best runway shows to get a head start on what will be the biggest accessory trends for next season.  

Supersized Earrings 

From cascading floral garlands at Delpozo to oversized pearls at Marni and wishbone-shaped doorknockers at Proenza Schouler, supersized earrings were the only way to go on the SS17 catwalks. To get a head-start on the trend, look out for huge tassels, chunky structures and face-framing proportions, and make earrings your new ‘it’ accessory. 

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A model, jewelry detail, walks the runway at the Marni show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016/17 on February 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

Western Detailing 

Neckerchiefs, studded jean belts, cowboy hats and fringed bags; next season’s accessories come with a wild west twist. Anna Sui showed a literal interpretation of the theme with head-to-toe cowboy inspired looks, whereas the likes of Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Tam were more subtle, combining the trend with other influences for a more wearable look.  

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Anna Sui debuted her SS17 collection at Moynahan Station during New York Fashion Week on September 14. Supermodel Gigi Hadid opened the show (For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Anna Sui

Chunky Soles 

After a season of neat, flat loafers, fashion has rebelled with a wave of chunky soled sandals. Proenza Schouler, Lacoste and Philip Lim all flew the flag for a more extreme approach to summer footwear, ripping up the rule book with super thick wooden soles, animal prints and bold colours. Expect to see these on your favourite street style stars very soon.  

Models stand in formation after walking the runway during the Phillip Lim show at New York Fashion Week in New York on September 12, 2016. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Phillip Lim

Mini Bags

Start paring down your everyday essentials because this spring the handbag is having a mini makeover. Spotted across the catwalks at Valentino, Hermes and Burberry the micro bag has to be the cutest trend of the season. Layer them up across body or attach, charm style, to a larger bag for a more practical take on the look.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: A model walks the runway during the Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Statement Sunglasses 

Sunglasses got an architectural make-over with a vintage-inspired spin. ’50s and ’70s shapes were the starting point for Alice + Olivia, Rosie Assoulin and Thom Brown, who added colour pops and embellishment for new season appeal. There was no limit to the size and shape of our favourite summer accessory, with Jeremy Scott dressing his models in huge, asymmetrical frames. Think big when it comes to eyewear next season! 

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: A model walks the runway at the Jeremy Scott fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Jeremy Scott