If you have been following the latest in trends that were spotted on the fall/ winter 2015-2016 Fashion Week runway shows, from New York to London, Milan and Paris, then you have noticed that there are quite a few pieces that have been recurring so often, we cannot help but call them a trend. While the clothing and the colors, the prints and the hair, the make, the shoes and the handbags, along with the nails have all been covered in previous trend reports already, we have yet to look at the fall/ winter 2015-2016 accessory trends and boy there were plenty to find!
There were so many new and fresh ideas, while others were recycled from decades past that we were staring astounded at the wide array of choices placed before us as the ladies traipsed onto stage with that perfect garments and even lovelier additions to the outfits that really set them out from the rest of the crowd. There was jewellery and there were headpieces, there were belts and a whole slew of interesting products, which were meant to keep us warm from the cooler winter weather and the stinging winds of autumn. Plus, we are stoked to see all the different styles of scarves and gloves that were worn onto the runway throughout the different Fashion Weeks.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Jewelry Trends
#1: Chokers Round the Neck
We had fallen in love with choker designs years ago when we wore them to look almost gothic, often black beading placed low against the neck that somehow now we compare with slavery and BDSM, depending on which route you go and which years you are thinking of. It appears that the lovely fashions are back though, hopefully without any master and slave connotations, play or real, and we found their appearance on Ohne Titel to be especially intriguing.
Choker chains in gold also appeared in a slightly looser fashion at A Detacher, adding a touch of futuristic sophistication to the outfits, particularly when the head was adorned with massive wigs. The choker looks also extend to more sculptural jewelry in the shape of twisted metal around the neck, a rather intriguing look that appeared on the Narciso Rodriguez runway. Balmain’s golden chokers looked pretty amazing on the ladies as well, alongside the bamboo style oversized hoop earrings and golden bangles that were stacked high on the wrists.
Leather collars were used at Louis Vuitton in the collection by Nicolas Ghesquiere featuring colored leather patched and ‘60s tailoring. Swarovski crystal statement chokers were very much a big deal on the Balenciaga runway show with their graphic edginess and touch of punk that rivalled the sophistication seen throughout the collection.
Crystal collars were also spotted at Givenchy, pieces that were fine and supple as lace, with colored jewels and a magical touch against the backdrop of exotic animal skins. Tassels and tribal motifs are combined at Etro for a rather intriguing jewelry design for fall/ winter 2015-2016, while we are also treated to gold plated double stranded styles.
#2: Breastplate Necklaces and Other Stylish Forms
Making a statement wearing a powerful necklace is big for the fall and winter seasons and our favourite fashion designers show enough appealing options for us to fall in love with. We are head over heels in love with the golden breastplate necklaces from Giambattista Valli resembling a big bird or an abstract motif that will look especially catchy on the background of the naked skin or a neutral clothing piece.
Tory Burch offers us ethnic breastplate necklaces, while Dries Van Noten stays away from the metallic designs and uses fabric and feathers to design the beautiful floral necklace in autumnal shades. We also love the minimalist necklaces from Dolce & Gabbana, the chain designs from Dries van Noten, the massive retro options from Dsquared2 and others.
#3: Drop Earrings and Other Trendy Styles
Plated earrings in general are in, but when they come in dropped looks we pay extra attention for that draws the eyes to the side of the face, the shape of the ears and the gentle curve of the neck. At Tadashi Shoji, we were especially captivated by the earrings that appeared to be plated crystals or mock swords that hung from the lobes of the models walking for this year’s fall and winter collections.
Drop earrings appear as single pieces at Anteprima, Isabel Marant and Christian Dior as well, while they grace both ears with huge stones at Miu Miu and the extra-long versions spotted at Gucci. Those bejewelled Marni adornments were also quite compelling, even though our eyes were more acutely trained on others throughout the Fashion Week runway shows. Single golden earring drops offset the use of leather in the Louis Vuitton collection, bringing some bling to the exotic looks displayed throughout the line-up.
Jewelry was huge at Marni, as always, with earrings assembled from rhinestones, onyx orbs and metal wires to create a beautiful, mobile style face framing pair of earrings. Really big drop earrings were worn at Balmain that almost looked too painful to have donned onto one’s lobes. Here, Lanvin’s tassel earrings also fit the category and have us wondering at all the different looks we can be rocking over the cooler seasons for best effect.
#4: Bauble Bracelets
Bracelets in general have been in for the whole year, coming in multiple types for the spring season and translating well into the fall and later winter looks. The bauble bracelets seen at Victoria Beckham were earth toned in color, with one especially appearing to be grapes turned into pearls set against a green background that is reminiscent of a leaf.
Thick bracelets made it onto the Proenza Schouler collection and looked rather terrifying with their heavy looks, despite the touch of femininity. Lovely bauble bracelets were very much a thing for Kenzo, with huge egg-like stones placed in the middle for added effect. Burberry’s pom-pom bangles were as interesting as bracelets can get and we might find the idea so amusing as to invest in a piece.
#5: Single Earrings
Single statement earrings appeared all over the place on the runway shows throughout the different runway shows that took place around the world, in 4 of the biggest metropolitans for fashion. They came in all shapes and sizes, but what captured the most attention was the use of statement earrings that were large and attention-grabbing, often in abstract but always with special decorum. The ones seen at Tibi were intriguing to say the least, appearing to be pieces of art on their own that belong in a museum more than emulated into a jewelry piece for the ears.
We have seen the single earring look for a few seasons now and certainly were expecting to see it again. It is here to stay so if you have lost any single piece from a pair, you are in luck! You can wear them in fun geometrical shapes like at Anteprima. Equally stunning are the pearly designs falling from models’ ears at Isabel Marant, Balmain’s huge round pieces and the looping designs dangling from lobes on the Christian Dior showcasing of the fall/winter collection.
Single charm earrings at Celine counter balanced the use of masculine lines within the collection itself, adding a kick to the straight cuts throughout.
#6: Geometric Jewelry Designs Hanging About
Geometric looks in general have been in, particularly when it comes to the fall 2015 handbags and the shoes. We’ve seen them appear all over the place and certainly are not surprised to see them take over the jewelry business as well, appearing as a necklace on the Zimmermann runway for starters. We see geometric shapes hanging from ears as single earrings as well, as we noticed as clearly shown up at Anteprima, looking quite awesome with the hair above the ears slicked back.
Geometric earrings also included 3D shapes that had been created out of strips, intertwining and adding a rather futuristic feel with it. Golden triangles were used on the lobes of the Saint Laurent ladies, along with other forms of geometric earrings that the light bounced off as they sauntered onto stage looking rather like experienced ladies of the night.
Balls were worn as dropped earrings with lots of spheres in sight at Elie Saab. Huge disks in a slightly oval shape hung off wire necklaces at Carven, really bringing the focus to the chest region.
#7: Lots of Pearls
Whether we are talking about Victoria Beckham bauble bracelets or drop earrings in pearl spotted at Jason Wu, we know that there are a whole lot of pearls to contend with come this fall and winter. It is an awesome trend for us as it uses the classier options of the past and can be morphed into something modern while still appearing quite sophisticated. Pearls are incredibly beautiful and can be both on the inexpensive side and really bank-breaking, depending on the quality of the pieces used. The man-made is cheapest, while the freshwater comes in second and the saltwater has its own categories, incredible products of nature that appear in different colors and textures and sizes all over the world.
The Jason Wu pearls also translated into double rings that looked perfect with the little solitaires on each digit, the middle and the ring fingers. Pearls appear in earrings that drop from the lobes of Isabel Marant’s models as well. Balenciaga’s models had ears covered in pearl earrings, from the dangling designs to the ones placed on the cartilage. It was truly a fantastic sight.
Stella McCartney rings ranged through all the fingers and included man-made versions of pearls that stuck out against the nails especially. We also saw funky choker necklaces created out of double stranded pearls twisted about around the base of the models’ necks for a chic but modern effect.
#8: Beads Added to the Mix
There were lots of beads added to the necklaces especially as well, little round things that were certainly not as magnificent as pearls but could be created by hand as well. These beaded options, particularly the floating style, appeared quite nicely at Suno, paired with high necked sweater dresses in white, black and yellow that looked pretty cosy from our ends. Beads are added to single earrings as well, bringing in an ‘80s touch to the average ‘70s outfits. Beaded necklaces were found falling low and almost like body chains at Chanel, using clear and white and grey options to complement the traditional tweed looks.
#9: Multiple Rings On One Hand Or A Single Statement Ring
One of the biggest accessory trends for 2014 and 2015 has been wearing multiple rings on a single hand, often with double rings stuck to one another. This was also seen on the fall/ winter 2015-2016 runway shows, particularly at Jason Wu when we spotted the double pearl rings that looked incredible with their golden bands. Rings with double bands were spotted at Proenza Schouler as well, twisting and turning around the pinkie and ring fingers.
Multiple fingers as well as whole hands were encompassed in silver leaves as the beauty of Sarah Burton pieces was presented on the Alexander McQueen Fashion Week runway show. Those hand bracelets were simply divine in their own rights. Stella McCartney included multiple rings per finger as she presented models with ballooning fake pearls protruding out from around the nail areas on the digits appearing on the runway.
Gucci’s Art Deco rings are also worn on multiple fingers at once, as separate pieces stacked together to add to the effect these pieces of jewelry have in general. On the other hand, Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab and others used just one big statement ring for a higher impact.
#10: Buckles and Cuffs on the Wrists
Going with the touch of punk look, perhaps even the bondage ideals that have appeared here and there, we see buckled cuffs appear on the A Detacher runway shows to really spruce up the looks. Coming in burnt orange leather, they certainly do appear to be the fashionable way to mark a slave these days. Bright and fluid golden thread cuffs appeared on the Chloe line-up, looking positively incredible and swaying to the rhythm of the girls’ walk down the runway, the fringes hanging low and bringing back the ‘70s full force.
Fendi kept playing with the idea of adding fur everywhere, which included the alligator skin cuffs that combined fabric and metal to form beautiful jewelry. Balenciaga featured some serious sparkle with spiky cuffs in Swarovski crystals that really caught our attention from the moment they were worn onto the runway. Clean, Art Deco lines on cuffs by Elie Top for Lanvin really provided a really good contrast on the wrists against the extravagance of the garments worn.
At Christian Dior, Raf Simons brought to the stage his ideal of ladylike sensuality right down to the accessories with figurative cuffs in Matisse-like colors, looking rather interesting as well as quite womanly down to the very last enamel. Veronique Leroy’s squiggly cuffs cannot be forgotten either, as they looked so very interesting against the more sophisticated designs and tailoring of the clothing worn.
We fell head over heels in love with the Roberto Cavalli floral cuff bracelets though, finding the piece that is the perfect combination of bold and feminine. We also love the gorgeous floral cuff bracelets of Elie Saab and the elaborate designs from Chanel.
#11: Bringing on the Brooches
Brooches were big for a while and then died off into oblivion. We had associated them with our parents and grandparents especially for so long it is almost bizarre to see them gracing the bodies of young models on the runways. Yet brooches are such lovely pieces of jewelry that stand out so much with their ability to draw the eyes towards the chest. They appeared bejewelled and embellished and sometimes quite plain, often as oversized accessories that really completed the whole look. They can be bold and they might feel fresh as well, full of possibilities and adding interest to collars and dresses of all types.
We saw trees growing at Fausto Puglisi, very plain designs at Edun, bejewelled insignias at Balenciaga, pretty flowers at Prada and embellished dragonflies at Luisa Beccaria. It is a trend you can wear at all times and we certainly do recommend starting from now, with your spring fashions in place. Absolutely funky paperclips gone wonky designs made their way into the MSGM line-up, matching nearly perfectly without geometric style 3D fun earrings in multiple colors.
#12: Old-World Jewelry Pieces
Since the focus has certainly been on the older eras and many decades past, it makes sense to include pieces that are reminiscent of the times of our grandparents where more was certainly more and ornate was very much in style at the time. Ready to wear pieces can also have as much fun as haute couture in this sense as top fashion houses like Celine, Givenchy, Miu Miu and others take on pearls and paste and all forms of ornate designs.
Balenciaga includes pearls all over the ears as well as bejewelled oversized brooches. Old world embellishments were added to the Celine shoes as well for dramatic effect. Miu Miu’s earrings and necklaces were certainly statement pieces from the past that made it big for the present and the future. Chanel’s buttons lining the lapel and one side of the tweed jackets looked rather intriguing, complementing the use of beaded necklaces.
Those Erickson Beamon necklaces held their own old-world charms that we simply could not get enough of. We also saw crystal flowers blooming on the set for the contemporary fairy tale created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, making the statement necklaces look like enchanted Sicilian flowers. In Paris, the Dries Van Noten twisted chains in bulky figures were the objects of much attention as they spruced up even the least interesting of woolly sweaters.
#13: Sculptural Jewelry
Ornate accessories aside, we saw a whole lot of substantial, sculptural jewelry pieces for fall 2015 that were low on embellishments and fripperies and very high on the impact they had on our senses. These include those coiled Narciso Rodriguez choker necklaces and bracelets that look like a thick piece of metal has been twisted by hand to create the look, the gaudy bracelets and twisted metal rings around double fingers, as well as the Kenzo baubles around the wrists that held huge egg-like stones in the center.
Strange leafy designs were in almost abstract form on the earrings presented by Eddie Borgo, while rings and ear cuffs were given an interesting twist at Charlotte Chesnais. At Prim by Michelle Erie, we found ourselves staring at very geometrically shaped jewelry pieces in golden plating, while Jennifer Fisher loves to have twisted and rippled effects.
Fine metal threads were used to knit up a statement bandana neckpiece at Isabel Marant to match the simple black sweaters and the 1990s flashbacks we keep having. John Galliano’s jewelry pieces were simply out of this world themselves as we were unable to wrench our eyes away from the funky geometric designs mixed with stones that took over the runway show.
#14: Lots of Fringe
As the 1970s have been the biggest inspiration, the whole year has been full of fringe effects and funky designs that bring back memories of decades long past. Tassels are the latest way to show off the fringe and they appear not only on shoes and handbags and dresses and shirts but also on earring and necklaces to add a bit more of a ‘70s kick to our styles. Between the earrings at Alber Elbaz and the necklaces as well as the embellishments for the lobes at Lanvin, we were mesmerized by the use of the trend on jewelry.
Tassels also appeared on collars at Etro with colored resin cabochons that brought the Silk Road to mind. At Nina Ricci, the fringes are in gold and fall rather low, showing off the bling while appearing to be the most expensive broom screwed onto a hand ever made. Lanvin’s tassel earrings also include lots of fringe that has us intrigued by the gaudier looks that have taken over the runway alongside the daintier and more feminine overall.
#15: Massive Facial Piercings
With the 1970s having a big moment in the fashion industry now, we have seen many stylish interpretations of this particular fashion era in the fall/ winter 2015-2016 accessory trends as well. Those punk references come back with a big power now through the use of massive facial piercings, like those pieces we spotted at Givenchy this year. While Acne Studios used a single nose ring to illustrate the trend, Manish Arora made a bold statement using a big punk rock nose accessory that definitely isn’t for the faint hearted.
Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Accessory Trends
#1: Ear Muffs and Regal Headphones
Aiming to both keep you warm and uber-gorgeous, unique ear muffs and regal headphones form a separate accessory trend for fall 2015 that we adore so much. While the flirty flower resembling ear muffs from Olympia Le Tan will appeal to all those girly girls, the bejewelled and fur-trimmed regal headphones from Dolce & Gabbana created in collaboration with Frends are the ultimate accessories for the modern queen. Those are opulent and gorgeous enough to accessorize even evening looks and we can’t wait to see our favorite IT girls wear them soon.
#2: The Perfect Scarf
We have scarves appearing throughout the Fashion Weeks as a staple accessory for any outfit presented. They come in super slim designs, as well as the super silky, those hitting way below the waist and those hanging tight around the neck. Scarves have made a huge comeback for the fall and winter seasons and we could not be happier with the results. They add the perfect touch of femininity to any combination of garments, from the lovely dresses to the slouchier oversized men’s tailoring that has been such a big hit in womenswear.
Matching scarves and dresses were spotted at Tory Burch, while the really slim versions were tied a few times around the neck at Chloe. They appeared silky and wider in berth at House of Holland, worn over high necked plaid mini dresses thrown over longer sleeves and legs clad in tights that match the scarves.
Balenciaga’s striped scarves certainly looked as if they added a whole lot of warmth to any outfit and had us drawn in with the black, red and white color combinations. Zac Posen’s tiny fur scarves are beyond beautiful and feminine, available in shades matching the clothing pieces they came to finish off.
#3: Fur Stoles Steal Our Attentions
We see a whole lot of fur stoles appearing on the runway shows from New York to Paris, London and Milan in between. We see a lot of fur in general, but it is the idea of a stole that intrigues us. They come in faux fur as well, or furless furs as Stella McCartney likes to call them, making them an awesome idea to invest in no matter what your stance is on furs in general.
They are nice and soft and thick at Tod’s, while they appear rather foxy on the Michael Kors lineup, paired with knit two piece outfits and comfortable masculine style shoes. They are belted on many of the line-ups by many of the designers, but look lovely at Donna Karan, while they take on the look of scarves at Dries Van Noten and fall with actually fox tails at Givenchy.
With all the colors and fun styles seen at Roksanda Illincic, we were not expecting the stoles to be worn criss-crossed in a classic manner with the belt keeping it firmly in place either. No matter how you decide to wear them, slung over nonchalantly or worn in a classic manner, fur stoles are a perfect representation of all that the new seasons are all about, emphasizing ladylike sophistication.
#4: Wide Turtleneck Chokers
They appeared as jewelry and they are certainly appearing as their own little knit pieces that fall against the neck in wide berths and warm ideals. Designers have decided to take the turtleneck and the choker trends to new heights and combine them, Altuzarra being big on that fact. It is the perfect colder weather staple and has all the appeal of the turtleneck itself while also allowing you to show off some décolletage as well. You can also use a thick and stretchy black headband to double up as a collar that emulates this trend.
This look appeared on runway shows like at Tome, and in brighter colors at Ohne Titel. They looked nice and cozy at Christophe Lemaire as well, having us also enjoy the skin below it as the ladies donned off-the-shoulder garments for maximum effect. Tod’s had its own version of these chokers and offered to the public its take on the trend with fur snoods that looked very warm and cuddly while still managing to look positively chic.
#5: Big Buckled Belts
We love the belts. We have always loved them. They cinch in the waist and make us look like the hourglass princesses we are on the inside. The waists were hidden for too long and now they are being glorified once again, to our great pleasure. These silhouettes are huge at designer houses like Balmain and those big and bold belts really help maintain the shape properly. Since they like to feature big buckles as well, the need for any other piece of jewelry becomes generally nonexistent. They look incredibly gorgeous on the bright Roberto Cavalli dresses, while doing wonders for the wraparound pieces spotted at Versace.
#6: Elbow Length Gloves Are In!
We have generally always loved the princess looks that are achieved when we wear elbow length gloves on our hands, appearing sophisticated and wealthy, beautiful on the inside and out. They were certainly everywhere of late on the red carpet as well, gracing the limbs of many a celebrity. On the Fashion Weeks, we saw some incredible alternatives to the classical opera versions as well, such as the Dries Van Noten ones made with supple leather, coming in kooky color combinations and with full arm lengths that have us wondering how hot it must get under there. They have as much grunge and punk about them as they have chic and posh.
At elbow length though, we see lovely black classic leather at Marc Jacobs, while Prada likes to use pretty pink and go longer, with added texture and shine. At Elie Saab, the elbow length gloves melded into the jumpsuits worn by the ladies showing off the incredible designs of the Lebanese artist, while Prada’s incredible colored pieces did much to inspire us in trying aqua tweed pantsuit designs.
#7: Other Styles of Gloves
In addition, the fall/ winter 2015-2016 accessory trends bring other styles of gloves as well, particularly leather options that are cut at the wrist like the Marc Jacobs option that is so versatile and elegant. Some designers like Ralph Lauren and Matthew Williamson experimented with suede gloves using chunky fur trimmings to add texture and warmness to the pieces. In case of Fendi we saw suede gloves complemented with hairy motifs that turned the designs into the ultimate pieces for making a big sartorial statement come fall.
#8: Feeling the Fancy Belts
We know that there have been lots of buckles going around, but it is the idea of wearing a fancy belt that really appeals to our senses. It isn’t the only wide style of belts that is trending either, nor just the buckled versions. We witnessed the appearance of all types of belts on the different runway shoes, looking skinny and wide, twisted and straight, rope-like or embellished, all at once. They cinched in the waists perfectly while really turning out to be the center of attention in many a collection.
There are zigzag style leather pieces that appeared at Salvatore Ferragamo, fun and large mirror style versions appearing at Roksanda Ilincic, as well as looped rope versions that held wraparound pieces in place on the Sportmax runway show. Nothing can really be fancier than a metal bow belt in a wide design, such as it appeared on the Vionnet catwalk.
#9: Reptile Skin Products
Reptile skins have certainly been rocking the fall/ winter 2015-2016 runway shows with their awesome style and better texture. They appear on clothing and on bags, on shoes and now on the fall 2015 accessories, including wrist gloves spotted at Balenciaga with circular ringed holes in the center to ensure some modern and futuristic fun is added to a classic piece brought back into the fashion world. Mock reptile skin gloves in leather were worn at Haider Ackermann’s show, looking a bit off but still including the trending prints. Marni’s wide belts also came in colorful snakeskin, which made us extremely happy for that is the one reptile whose prints are the most intriguing to stare at.
From the trendy jewelry designs to the decorative brooches and feminine scarves, the fall/ winter 2015-2016 accessory trends bring the perfect details for spicing up your fall outfits with elegance and sophistication. While the punk rock facial piercings might not be for the faint hearted, there still are those gorgeous gloves and scarves we all want to acquire right away!
Photos courtesy of Stylebistro
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