British designers, from more established names such as Erdem and Christopher Kane to younger labels including Rejina Pyo and Shrimps, are becoming more focused on delivering accessories collections alongside their ready-to-wear offers.
For fall, they showed an array of statement accessories that embraced decadence and heavy embellishment.
Here, some of the most prominent trends that emerged on the London runways:
HIGH SHINE: From Christopher Kane’s crystal-embellished leather ankle boots to Mary Katrantzou’s sequined ballet pumps, designers continued to embrace an escapist mood with sequins and crystals galore. Other standouts included sequined thigh-high boots created by the emerging designer Michael Halpern in collaboration with Christian Louboutin to mimic the fabrics of his glamorous clothing and Sophia Webster‘s sequin and crystal-embellished clutches, which drew inspiration from the sparkly world of ballroom dancing.
SWING ALONG: Drop earrings have already stirred a retail storm last season and designers are reinterpreting them for fall. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey juxtaposed the collection’s laid-back, athletic mood with pearl earrings in geometric shapes, while Peter Pilotto and Erdem added to their respective lineups’ colorful, crafty aesthetic with multistone styles. A mono-earring featuring stacked pink beads at Peter Pilotto was among the highlights.
SUPERSIZE ME: Roomy totes seem to be making a comeback, after a few seasons that saw miniature styles take over. Mulberry, which staged a see-now-buy-now affair at the historic St. James’s house, offered large hobo bags in cobalt blue and camel color combinations, while Shrimps’ Hannah Weiland re-created her signature pearl-encrusted “Antonia” tote in a bigger size for the day. At Burberry, the attention might have been at the trendy logo PVC bags, but the leather multicolor top-handle bags were equally desirable.
TIGHT FIT: London-based designers have an affinity for breaking the rules. This season they set out to show that socks or tights and sandals can in fact make a good combination; Erdem paired printed pumps and metallic heeled sandals with elegant polka-dot socks, Roland Mouret matched strappy sandals with chevron tights, while Molly Goddard added to her collection’s anything-goes attitude, with check tights and patent-leather lace-up sandals in clashing colors worn together.
FUN FUR: Fur — mostly of the faux variety — made its way on the London catwalks for fall. It was reinterpreted in a fun, youthful way in the form of heart-shaped black and neon yellow fur totes at Shrimps, lace and fur-trimmed boots at Christopher Kane, a large fuzzy fur bag at Simone Rocha and pointed-toe satin pumps embellished with fur straps at Camilla Elphick.