Paris Fashion Week: Accessories

Moving on from Milan to Paris, accessories are able to highlight just any look. Aside from the continued profiling of fur details adorning several garments, there were a few other recurring accessories seen at the Parisian runways.

Wide belts: This season features a comeback of both the traditional wide belt borrowed from the 1980s, as well as the obi-belt, seen strutting down the runways of Ann Demeulemeester, Rochas and Haider Ackermann as well as many others. Showcased mainly in black leather, the wide belt functioned as an unexpected twist to ordinary looks. It was worn smartly way to contrast both color and material without making things too complicated.

Harness: Leather structures, reminiscent of different form of harnesses, was another way of adding an interesting element without completely violating the style of the look. It made for a futuristic, yet oddly vintage feel. Strapped over the chest in an asymmetrical swirl as seen at Lanvin, or over the whole body, recalling a cross body bag, as seen at Céline or just presented as a leather detail around the upper chest as showcased at Balmain. The harness effect created the illusion of layering without actually adding another layer, bringing the piece to a more postmodern fashionable time.

Victoria Edman