Top-tier fluffy accessories to warm your winter
This winter’s fashion has gone soft and furry, as if designers have taken a page out of prehistoric times.
From rugged, natural-looking furs to statement straps and footwear, the boundaries of this versatile material are endless. Labels such as Fendi and Prada have highlighted this extravagant trend for their winter 2017 collections. So much so that fashion historians might recall Vogue’s exclamation, back in 1983: “When you think the Fendi’s have taken fur as far as it can go … Think again!” So, leave it to the Rome-based fashion label, whose expertise in fur bags earned it the title of “fluffiest” accessory maker in town. The label’s multicoloured handbag amazes with its variety of shades, and also carries a significant wow factor, thanks to its size.
Prada’s flaming red handbag is another serious contender because it has a fur trim that could almost double as a pillow. Who knew “home furnishings” could be as fashionable as they are practical?
Kenzo’s futuristic take is reflected in its accessories, and with a signature over-the-bag handle that could be on many people’s wish lists. Max Mara’s deer hide offering, on the other hand, has a luxurious shade of ruby red that is bound to turn heads with its unique sheepskin trim.
Tying in with another strong 2017 theme, logo mania is still raging (see ‘The Logo Strikes Back’ in Sands Style summer 2017), and we can rely on none other than Fendi’s famous inverted “double F” logo for inspiration. Cinch yourself with this inspired throwback to the 1990s, which combines comfort, style and hype, all within the parameters of your waistline.
Also worth considering is Prada’s animalistic explosion of fur around the waist. This will add a much-needed jolt to any wardrobe. Not just any hue, this dusty shade of pink is playful and feminine without looking brash.
There’s no denying that winter can be hard on your feet, but one can trek the heights of style while staying grounded in a pair of comfortable alternatives to heels. Italian shoemaker Tod’s offers an elevated take on the everyday boot with a shearling trim and a thick rubber sole. With the brand’s storied history as a producer of quality leather accessories, you’ll be guaranteed a fresh step without sacrificing comfort or style.
For bolder types, slip on Kenzo’s chunkier shearling boot that will not only brighten up your wardrobe with its shocking shade of lemon, but will also make you seem a few inches taller.
At the other end of the spectrum, Prada’s boots will command attention, even though they are not practical for everyday wear. Shoppers who are still looking for a Halloween outfit could also consider them as the bottom half of a fashion-forward yeti costume.
Shearling details are a distinctive feature at Coach, which incorporates its knack for street style and modernity in a pair of highly covetable shoes. A graphic approach to the common winter boot results in a shearling and gum sole sneaker-boot hybrid. With its printed leather side panel and multicoloured shearling tabs, this will be a pair that may find itself on the hottest street style celebrity.
Those looking to make the street style list should also consider Anthony Vaccarello’s influence at Saint Laurent. Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past year, there’s no escaping the French label’s gratifying accessories for Autumn Winter 2017. For this list, the label’s oversized shearling aviator gloves are a perfect fit. Taking inspiration from the hedonistic parties of the 1980s,
Vaccarello offers an exaggerated but modern interpretation for the YSL woman, the inspiration for which takes fashion back to the golden years, where gargantuan sleeves were all the rage. As a marketing tool, these gloves are a surefire way of guaranteeing relevance and “it” factor in the millennial age.
Fuzzy, fluffy materials are a stylish way for fashionistas to conceal or reveal, depending on the occasion. Exemplifying this is Miuccia Prada’s astonishing headwear. Prada is known for her advocacy of women’s empowerment through intellectual designs, and this Milanese designer’s fur-trimmed headpiece is a nod to the chic blowouts of femme fatales of 1960s Bond movies. Regardless of its cinematic connotations, this glamourous item will enliven anyone’s day with its electric blue shade.
The mighty mule has also returned this autumn, with Givenchy offering a furry interpretation of the heel-exposing style. The French label also carries the elegant “Patricia” that features a pointed-toe and a restrained band across the front that is suitable for everyday wear.