We’d all love to wear couture, of course, but in reality, it’s a little more complicated than that. While not every piece is an extravagant ballgown creation, those are the ones that set wardrobes apart and infer hierarchy (and no doubt a bit of jealousy too). But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream and that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can’t take away from the collections that took to the catwalks in Paris. They are, after all, a walking inspiration board of their own.
And this was a season in which accessories came to the fore. They were there to be noticed. First there were those headdresses that riffed on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which became quite the trend in fact – spotted first at Versace, then Elie Saab as well as Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana. Summer brides should take note – these were the epitome of ethereal elegance and brought romance to every look. Flowers and feathers were added for height and exuberance at Dolce, while shimmering ribbon entwined in braids made for a headdress effect at Ferretti.
Then there were the huge weighty chains around necks at Dior, a style note we began to see among the label’s pre-spring/summer 2016 collection – there on the handles of bags. Anchor-like, they were a clever take on the ball and chain. Start to think about going XL with your jewellery as we come into the new season, it looks fresh and new. These will be desirable hits.
Giambattista Valli, too, flew the flag for serious accessories. Shades were of bulbous bug-eye proportions (as he so often does) teamed with fan-like earrings to match. Dainty just didn’t cut it. But overall the shape was simple, focus on ornamentation for embroidered flowers and incandescent sequin shards.
And where once you might have been told not to combine a neck piece and a headpiece together, Valentino showed how to make it work. Gold pendants or sculpted pieces were matched to golden wreaths worn like crowns in the hair. A more day-to-day version of this would be a sizable hairclip or slide worn with a chunky necklace.
But this isn’t about more is more and piling it on. This is about carefully considered choice pieces – that just so happen to be bigger in shape or size for note-worthy effect.