By Heidi Arenberg, Lifestyle Editor
I’ll admit it—I was a tad dejected while reviewing the Spring 2013 runway shows. You see, after drooling over last spring’s rainbows of ensembles (where pastels and neons ubiquitously displayed themselves on the catwalks), this season’s lack of color took me by unfortunate surprise. But that was only at first glance, because the second time around, I started picking up on countless unabashed details in the looks. If I’ve learned anything from the Spring 2013 shows (aside from the fact that Core Crunch class attendance is going to soar—have you seen how big midriffs are for spring?!), it’s that, yes, the beauty is in the finer details. So without further ado, the biggest trends in accessories for Spring 2013.
In terms of footwear, there’s no denying the competition between broad, chunky sandals and modest, ladylike pumps. While Chanel and Michael Kors boasted translucent heels with graphic cap-toes, fashion houses like Bottega Veneta and Erdem grounded floral dresses with strong platforms.
But my favorite new arrival? The sandal boot. Seen everywhere from Altuzarra to Tom Ford to Proenza Schouler, this flat or heeled sandal/boot hybrid has tapped into a whole new frontier of footwear. Whether strappy like those at Alexander Wang or solid with a peep-toe like those at Salvatore Ferragamo, one thing’s for sure – they’re unparalleled in their cool factor.
Simplify the contents of your purse before spring if you haven’t already, because tiny, compact handbags are here to stay. Balenciaga, Dior, Armani, Marc Jacobs, you name it – almost every designer chose to pair their ready-to-wear with the small, boxy shape. Even Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian wicker made an appearance on the classic silhouette.
However, not too distant in design is my personal favorite, Jason Wu’s mini hatbox-like purse, a feminine contrast to his abundance of unapologetic leather. Oh, and one more note – you may not be able to sneak snacks into the movie theater come spring due to playful translucent purses, like those seen at Burberry and Stella McCartney. But maybe I’m the only one who does that to begin with.
After you consolidate your many lip balms in order to fit more into your itty bitty purse this spring, you may want to consider expanding your jewelry box, because dainty necklaces have been replaced with heavy metal in the form of chokers. The stark blacks and whites at Lanvin and Givenchy were elevated in seriousness with the addition of thick metal chokers, while Proenza Schouler accented models with simple, black-banded chokers. Even Dior adopted the look by tying short black scarves around necks for a very 50’s Barbie feel.
But if that tightness around your neck is too daunting for your everyday style, try a long pendant necklace like those at Tory Burch, or even a formidable cuff, clean or embellished. Oscar de la Renta paired cocktail dresses with the bracelet style, while Pucci, Marni and Giambattista Valli used it to complement busy patterns.
Hats & Belts
At Chanel and Temperley London, the anticipated spring sun was shielded with (extremely) large sunhats, while the wide-brimmed black versions seen at Victoria Beckham and Saint Laurent may have been solely incorporated as a chic addition.
But it’s the belt that’ll be doing the heavy lifting in terms of making an outfit this spring. Corsets cinched loose blouses at Saint Laurent; suspenders brought androgyny to Jason Wu’s flouncy skirts; harnesses gave danger to floaty dresses at Nina Ricci; low-slung buckles accompanied Ferragamo’s military jackets. So let’s face it: the accessory has come a long way from merely holding our pants up.
If there was one standout accessory at the spring shows, it was by far the scarf. Whether it sat atop heads like a turban as seen at Rochas and Dolce & Gabbana, curled around waists at Marc by Marc Jacobs, looped around necks at Saint Laurent, or even completely covered bodies in the form of dresses at Altuzarra, the scarf asserted itself on the runways. Spring is a breezy time of year, after all!
And Just For Fun: The 3 Most Outrageous Accessories of Spring 2013
1) Chanel’s hula hoop purse (for use at the beach, according to Karl Lagerfeld)
2) Celine’s fuzzy slipper heels
3) Alexander Wang’s glow-in-the-dark headpieces
Click through the slideshow above to see more iterations of the various styles!