From Dior’s monogrammed bandanas, Margiela’s upcycled leather handbags and Dries Van Noten’s party shoes, WWD rounds up the best accessories, as seen on the fall 2020 Paris Fashion Week catwalks.
Dior’s “Instagram Gold” Bandanas
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior might be highly divisive in fashion circles, but her ability to create sell-out accessories certainly isn’t. Following the success of book totes, saddle bags, zodiac-themed jewels and much more, this season Chiuri proposed monogrammed bandanas, inspired by Seventies style as seen in an old box of photographs of herself and her mother.
It seems that it’s only a matter of time until the Instagram generation, known to have a soft spot for Dior and all things nostalgic, will bring the logo bandanas back from the Seventies and make them their own.
Maison Margiela’s Recicla Bags
John Galliano introduced “Recicla” for fall 2020, by integrating upcycled vintage pieces into his Maison Margiela collections. The bags in the range were a big part of “Recicla” including wicker baskets, the label’s signature Snatched bags remade for fall using taro leaves and 5AC bags, pictured here, made using up cycled luxury skins.
“I feel we are all swimming in this rhythm of life that resounds with Recicla, which is really about recycling and upcycling. We came to the conclusion there are far too many clothes in the world,” said Galliano in his podcast.
Dries Van Noten’s Party Boots
Dries Van Noten channeled a tougher mood for fall, dreaming up the wardrobe of a party girl who lives — and dresses — to be noticed. This involved clashing patterns, bright colors, strokes of red or blue hair dye — and loads of chunky python platform boots. They came in an array of colors from beige to turquoise and were paired with high-sheen florals and decadent brocades that created a look brimming with confidence.
Balmain’s Touch of Gold
Even Olivier Rousteing isn’t immune to fashion’s current mood that calls for comfort. He toned things down at Balmain’s fall runway with cozy blanket coats, biscuit hues galore and looser tailoring. That’s not to say he is completely letting go of his flair for high glamour and attitude: He added chunky gold earrings, oversized sunglasses or giant crystal ear cuffs in the shape of scorpios to ensure Balmain’s glitzy aesthetic stayed intact.
Off-White’s Neon “Meteor”
Virgil Abloh wanted to create a look for all ages for fall 2020, evidenced by Yolanda Hadid joining her daughters Bella and Gigi on the Off-White runway. The pencil skirts and tailoring in the collection did have a more mature, polished feel, but when it came to the accessories, which included statement earrings galore and a neon orange version of the brand’s infamous Meteor bag, they screamed Millennial and Gen Z and were made for Instagram.
Loewe’s Spanish Influence
Jonathan Anderson looked at Loewe’s Spanish roots for the first time and translated them loosely into his modernist universe. Naturally, the label’s popular Flamenco knot bags featured heavily in the range, updated with heavier crystal embellishments on the straps. There was also a new pair of black kitten-heeled pumps, embellished with a large crystal and pearl flower brooch. They had a more ladylike flair than we’re used to from Anderson, who wanted to embrace a “dress to impress” attitude for the upcoming season.
Rokh’s “Grunge Princess” Headbands
Rok Hwang had to miss his sister’s wedding this month in order to be able to host his fall 2020 runway show in Paris. He made up for it, by turning his new collection into a “visual love letter” dedicated to his younger sibling and all the facets of her personality, from soft and romantic to grunge princess. This tension played out in the accessories, too, where the London-based designer offered a cooler, tougher take on the popular headband trend, reworking the hair pieces with chunky silver chains.
Givenchy’s Antigona Softs
Givenchy has been writing a new chapter under Clare Waight Keller that’s all about a softer, more feminine sense of power. The label is also ready to make a bigger push on its accessories and bring back its famous Antigona bag, reworked in softer, more malleable leathers and fabrics — perhaps an ode to Waight Keller’s sensibility.
To coincide with the show, the label also launched a digital campaign on Instagram where big fashion influencers like Leonie Hanne, Doina Ciobanu and even digital avatar Lil Miquela, posted about the new bag on their feeds.
Valentino’s New “It” Boot
As the fashion world moves into a “comfort-first” attitude, flat, chunky boots that go with everything continue to dominate fall footwear trends and Valentino ticked many boxes with its fall 2020 range.
“Strong boots were a key trend in the footwear category, Valentino being the highlight with platform Chelsea boots, lace-up combats, motorcycle styles and thigh highs. There were styles to appeal to all customer lifestyles,” said Natalie Kingham, fashion and buying director at Matches Fashion.