9 Accessory Trends From The Catwalks Of Milan Fashion Week: From The Shoulder Bag Comeback To Rainbow Snakeskin

24 February 2014 by

With Prada, Gucci, Armani and Co. on the schedule, Milan Fashion Week is always heavy on the accessory front. Made In Italy quality and an almost never-ending source of top-notch materials, these designer houses know the power of the luxury add-on - such things make BIG business. This season there's a divide between classicists and maximalists - will it be a simple, cream pull-on boot or the most decorative knee-highs you've ever seen? A luxe tote in tan or a highly embellished minaudiere? Futuristic heels or a spindly court? The fashion createurs have covered the gamut and devised some major trends along the way, too.

There's a distinctly autumnal colour palette - forest and lentil greens, muddy browns, maroons, russets, navy - often highlighted with that oh-so-Milano gold. Snakeskin - especially of the colourful variety - has slithered onto almost every catwalk via clothing, but also in boot, shoe and bag form, too. Joan of Arc is the accessory heroine for the season - so say Dolce & Gabbana. But there's a new essential extra in town - and it reminds us of... erm, Pharrell. Could the big felt hat be a big number for next season? Well, they're certainly a number one choice for the FROW fash eds who want to get noticed. Pepping up the most sombre of wardrobes comes a selection of super-silly things - from a mini Karl Lagerfeld doll (could that be the new furry friend bag charm?) through to Jeremy Scott's Moschino meets MacDonalds snap-back caps, iPhone cases and plastic jewels. There are furry shoes and matchy mitts for adventurous outfit flourishers but a very ladylike return to the classic SATC-style shoulder bag - even if it is covered in more intricato lace, leather and studding-work known to man. Those factory lines are gonna be kept very busy indeed.

Scroll through the gallery above for the hot tickets in the Milanese accessory world thus far...


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