Like all good things, Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 has come to an end and with that marks the start of Paris’. The fashion world isn’t quite done with raving at the Italian offerings for next season though. Jennifer Lopez’s Versace moment is still trending on Instagram, and the credibility of Gucci’s mental health campaign is still being debated till today. Still, all that kerfuffle hasn’t stopped eager eyes from noticing accessory trends that are still fresh from the runway.
Like the ready-to-wear range, the accessories for next season are just as light and wearable. Micro bags are still a big thing — so it’s not too late to downsize — and bucket hats continue to dominate runways after taking over the streets. Floral prints continue to bloom, albeit in tropical notes, while platforms take over chunky sneakers and boots to become the footwear of choice as the mercury rises.
Here, your guide to getting your accessory game right next season.
First popularised by Jacquemus’ Le Petit Chiquito, these teeny tiny carriers are still runway staples at Milan this year. While far from actually serving their purposes as carriers, micro bags continued to render some of the labels’ most significant offerings into cute, doll-approved proportions.
At Fendi, Silvia Venturini’s first womenswear collection included minute beaded bags, while Emporio Armani’s resembled cassette tapes and were slung casually around the neck with chains. Tod’s vision for the baby carrier however, saw a leather pouch be accompanied by coin purses and iPhone holders, all clipped together onto wrist straps to become the ultimate accessory for the grocery run.
Jungle fever might’ve hit Dolce & Gabbana, but the duo too have shunned the practicalities required for outback exploration to offer leather and animal-printed iterations that both sit on the waist or across the body.
Florals are hardly a surprising trend for Spring/Summer, but this season’s blooms are less dainty and more tropical. J.Lo might’ve stolen the show at Versace, but Donatella’s bold take on florals were just as Insta-worthy, offering frangipani-bedecked necklaces and sandals that matched her unapologetically extravagant separates.
Alternatively, do like Marni did and plonk two exotic blooms right into your hair.
Designers might’ve kept their bags small, but they’ve compensated by expanding the rest of the accessory front. At Marni, asymmetry was celebrated as models strutted down the runway with oversized earrings worn only on one side, while Gucci challenged proportions with angular sunglasses that were attached to equally chunky chains. Meanwhile, the girls at Agnona and MSGM had their waists cinched by oversized belts.
While far from being a new footwear trend, the popularity of platforms in Milan reached new heights this season. Inspired by the punkish “wren boys” from Ireland, Simone Rocha translated their devil-may-care attitude with her trademark femininity, giving stacked espadrilles an edgy makeover with metal spikes and blood red sequins.
The hippies rejoiced as Missoni brought forth a collection worthy of the most discerning bohemians, which of course included frilled floral swimsuits paired with suede platform sandals. Amidst the boxy skirt and utilitarian coats at Fendi were not boots or chunky sneakers, but equally chunky platforms for an insouciant air.
No one would have thought that it’d be the humble bucket hat that would single-handedly elevate street style while bringing a wearable edge to the runway, but it did and will continue to do so next season.
Peter Pilotto and Blumarine chose to play on their collection’s relaxed silhouettes by adding a wee bit of spunk with the headwear, while Giorgio Armani added textural sophistication to his.