“With a massive return to the office and a jam-packed social agenda, our accessories are back to work harder than ever for us,” says British voguethe commercial director of Naomi Smart. “From revisited classics (hello Miu Miu ballet flats) to celebratory pieces reserved for legends, the fall/winter 2022 accessories offer adapts to all areas of our lives.”
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The main message of the shoe this season? Ballerinas and Mary-Janes are back in force. At Bottega Veneta, Matthieu Blazy debuted a sexy take on the latter style, featuring a curvaceous silhouette, stacked sole and chunky buckle fastening. Liane Wiggins, head of womenswear at Matchesfashion.com, sees them as a “key new statement platform”, while Rickie de Sole, director of womenswear and editorial at Nordstrom, has her eye on the Dusty pink Mary-Janes from Prada. Ballet flats were another hit on the runways of Miu Miu (her satin styles are to die for), Simone Rocha and The Row.
Heels after dark
Matchesfashion.com has increased its purchases of party heels by 400% for Fall/Winter 2022, says Wiggins, who has bet big on styles from Valentino, D’Accori and Aquazzura. Party rigs aren’t for everyone, though — as Sole knows. She’s already invested in Saint Laurent’s low heels stamped with rhinestone buckles, which are a more wearable alternative to the sky-high styles on the market. “I’m happy to see the little heels making a comeback, because my bandwidth for high heels has diminished since the pandemic,” she admits.
The appetite for crystallized bags is also on the rise. “We expect fully embellished accessories to do very well this season,” says Tiffany Hsu, vice president of women’s and kids’ fashion buying at Mytheresa.com.
Boots that mean business
“Boots are the new pants!” says de Sole, who cites look-at-me boots as a heroic trend of the season. Balenciaga’s stretch ankle boots were the boots of the day for a while, but eye-catching styles from Courregès, Paris Texas and Khaite are the ones to watch for Fall/Winter 2022. Ryan Klemen, Accessories Director at Moda Operandi, is obsessed with Jimmy Choo’s knee-high boots “Not all things that glitter are gold, but these boots will earn you a fashion medal.”
New era bag shapes
Fall/Winter 2022 saw designers add contemporary twists to classic bag shapes. Hsu describes Matthew M Williams’ Givenchy hobo as a “timeless classic with a modern twist” and expects the new fall colorways to be a hit with customers. Wiggins and de Sole, meanwhile, appreciate Matthieu Blazy’s new approach to signing Bottega intrecciato manufacturing – especially the new slouchy Sardine bag.
For Libby Page, Market Director at Net-a-porter.com, Loewe’s deliciously spongy Goya bag deserves our attention. “I love an investment bag,” she says. “They’re still a mainstay of our purchase, and the Loewe Puffy Goya is currently at the top of my wish list because it’s a classic with a twist.”
Bold and cheeky styles
Fall/Winter 2022 of course marked the debut of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Pink PP, which has since dominated red carpets and Instagram feeds around the world. Holly Harding, purchasing manager for non-apparel at Browns, reports a knee-jerk reaction from customers to Piccioli’s skyscraper platforms: “The incredible hot pink platforms that paraded at the Valentino show were unforgettable. We had customers pre-ordering them the same day. Klemen calls them “the ultimate #Barbiecore shoes.” Also on buyers’ wish lists? The playful heart-shaped pumps from Alaïa and the gargantuan silver bow pumps from Loewe. “Playful shoes are a key theme for the season,” concludes Page.
The bigger the better
“Going back to the office means the bags are getting bigger again,” notes de Sole. Its standout chunky accessories come from Chloé, Proenza Schouler and The Row – the latter specializing in roomy, minimalist bags. It’s a story similar to Moda Operandi. Klemens credits “the return of long days at home and the need to pack everything from laptops to beauty products” as the reason behind the bigger bags on the catwalks.