A great outfit is all about the finishing touches and as every fashionista knows, a well-chosen accessory is the easiest way to bring your wardrobe up to date. With plenty of inspiration during the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion weeks, we rounded up some of our favorite trends this season.
Designers don’t call them “statement necklaces” for nothing! Bold necklaces were in abundance on major runways during the reveal of the SS15 collections. We saw several breastplate necklaces during shows by some of the biggest fashion houses. From the framed necklaces by Chanel to Lanvin’s panther-imprinted golden option, these massive and highly detailed necklaces can transform a simple outfit to a head turning ensemble.
Another necklace that is currently drawing a lot of attention is the tube necklace. Designers created the most diverse color and texture interpretations as possible. From shiny glass-tube necklaces from Salvatore Ferragamo to thin intertwined tubes by Giorgio Armani, this is definitely an interesting piece of jewelry that we have not seen before. Last but not least, another different statement necklace drawing lots of attention, especially by our younger generation, is the 1990’s inspired choker. As we saw the charm bejeweled designs by Ralph Lauren to a more simplistic version by Donna Karan, chokers are an effortless way to add easy drama to an outfit. Pair with a simple black dress and you are ready for a night out!
Not only did designers go big and bold with necklaces; many designers also showed us statement earrings with different kinds of shapes and materials. Natural stones turned out to be another noteworthy and rich material used for unique jewelry pieces, such as Narciso Rodriguez who incorporated huge and asymmetrical forms of precious stones into his jewelry collection.
Other popular materials used by designers were different shades of metallic, like the rose gold ear-swirls by Tory Burch. The enormous earrings are something different from traditional earrings we are used to and look great paired with a breezy shirtdress.
Another innovative jewelry trend on the runway that caught our attention were the feather and fur pieces. Perceived as a tribal look in the fashion industry, jewelry with fur or feathers has been seen hanging from ears or slid around the wrists. Feathered bangles, ponytail bracelet, and ear-poms at Timo Weiland were one of our favorite interpretations for this season.
There were also interesting developments when it came to handbags. Unlike all the big statement jewelry we previously saw, designers dismissed the oversized totes and replaced them with downsized feminine styles as seen on the Chanel runway. Not very practical, but perfect for a night out! Round is another bag shape trend this season that was spotted during fashion week.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff toughened up the feminine bags by adding leather fringes to the bottom and embellishments on the front of the bag – two other major accessory trends this season. If you are looking for a handbag that has more space for your stuff, bucket handbags are also in style. They usually have an open top and a drawstring closure. However, during runway season there were many kinds of variations. Some were metallic, others had laser cutouts, and many of them were in white and light colors.
This season our favorite sandal has been revamped in a variety of leg lengths, colors, cutout sizes, and lace ups. As seen during the Michael Kors fashion show, the designer created a springtime collection with beach flair. The strappy wedge sandals were seen through the collection paired with dresses, pants, and skirts. During Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2015 collection, designer Burton paired above the knee garments with laced up gladiator styles. If you are going for a lower length of gladiator sandals, pair it up with flowy longer pants or a maxi skirts.
When it comes to heels this season, the most fashionable pieces are the ones with a T-strap. The vintage shoe design perfectly goes with a flirty dress, a trench coast, or a blouse combined with a pencil skirt. Aiming for shoes that are a bit more comfortable? The espadrille wedge sandal also made its comeback this season. They come in bold prints and bright colors, as seen by Jimmy Choo’s spring 2015 collection. The wedge height gives you a taller and slimmer silhouette and can be paired with every-day wear or a beach outfit.
The ‘’disco inspired’’ platform sandals is another noteworthy trend for this spring. Not only are these sandals super comfortable, they also give those of us who like a few inches more in height without the discomfort of heels. Sporty details such as track sole and straps are added and they mostly come in metallic colors, bright colors with rhinestone embellishments, glitter, and suede in pastel hues. Rihanna is a huge fan of the platform trend and has been seen rocking it with dresses and jeans.
Fringes and furry accents on shoes should also not be left out of our attention. As we saw fringes on handbags and furry earrings, designers also added these details on shoes. For a chic look, designers like Dries van Noten added feathers to the ankle straps of heels.
These are just a few of this spring season trends. Whether you love to dress up and accessorize your outfit with a bunch of staple items or you are more into a comfortable look with sporty touches incorporated into your outfit, there are going to be plenty of accessory options available for everybody this season!
Written by: Bo Wester (The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor)
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.