Accessories are a bit like Monet’s water lilies: The details can be impressive, but to gauge the total picture, you have to step back for a broader view. The message thus revealed this fall? There’s something for everyone, and while some trends at first may seem familiar, delightful differences permeate the collections.
Take the classic pump: It’s updated with the look of a loafer, or reinvented as the new stiletto. Suede returns but is paired with metals and trim, and also looks fresh in patchwork designs on heels. Embellishments such as fur and crystals continue to make shoes and bags fresh. And jewelry is having a moment: The must-have accessories for fall are bold and dramatic necklaces and cuffs.
In a nod to things to come, Marc Jacobs seemed to design under the influence of Terry Gilliam’s cult classic film, "Brazil." The Forties-meets-future sensibility of shapes seen in Jacobs’ shows felt reminiscent of Gilliam’s over bureaucratized dystopia. In “Shadow State,” we pay homage to this dark and visually dramatic film, highlighting some of the season’s best architecturally inspired pieces.
In our “Character Building” story, we explore some classic fashion personalities, offering the freshest takes on these iconic styles. Whether you fancy yourself to the manor born or a hopeless romantic, fall offers accessories to fit your shtick.
There is also plenty to explore on the news front—everything from hot hat makers to election season accoutrements and designer desk sets.
Think you’ve seen it all before? We guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Just remember to take a step back first.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast