The show goer seal of approval
This London Fashion Week may be all about the designers’ SS19 collections (there’s lots of buzz around Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckhams’ first fashion shows in London), but if you’re really looking for style inspiration, then you need to look off the catwalk.
When it comes to new brands and trends, fashion editors, influencers and celebrities are always in the know, and trust me when I say that once a brand is spotted on a handful of them, it’s about to sell out – see last season’s STAUD bags and trench coat 2.0 for reference.
As for this season, there are already a few key pieces I’ve spotted over and over again on the cobbles, which is a sure sign they’re well worth investing in. From the next ‘it’ bag to the hottest sunglasses for spring, here are the accessories to shop now.
The snake print boots
I’m calling it: if you’re going to invest in one pair of shoes this season, make it a pair of ankle boots, in snake print preferably. Many designers and high-street brands have taken on the trend, but Chloé has been the standout style on the cobbles, whilst Mango have a purse-friendly option for you too.
Don’t be put off by the Western vibes, they’re surprisingly easy to wear. Pair with a 70s style denim suit, a floral dress or colour block trousers and an oversized mohair knit.
Shop now: CHLOÉ Rylee snake-effect leather ankle boots for £785 from Net-A-Porter
Shop now: Snake-effect ankle boots for £69.99 from Mango
The shell anklet
In case you were wondering if shell jewellery was just a fad, I’m pleased to tell you it looks here to last. Rather than wearing them on their ears or their necks, editors are now wearing them on their ankles with a cropped trouser and mule. Chic.
Shop now: Shell anklet from £15 from Etsy
The 70s sunglasses
This London Fashion Week was mainly sunny (unheard of), and as such all the fashion editors whipped out their sunnies. The style of choice: whilst last season was all about the slim cat eye, this time round, it’s bigger, bolder and more retro.
Shop now: CHLOÉ Poppy square-frame acetate and gold-tone sunglasses for £265 from Net-A-Porter
The mum mule
Despite autumn being round the corner, when the style set hasn’t been wearing boots, their next shoe of choice has been the mum mule. Think kitten heel (sculptural look preferred), bold colour and minimal to bold strap according to your mood.
Shop now: NEOUS Shom leather mules for £435 from Net-A-Porter
The pearl earrings
Last season was all about mismatched gold earrings, but this time round, there’s more of a baroque vibe, thanks to statement pearl earrings. Into it.
Shop now: SIMONE ROCHA Pearl earrings for £195 from Selfridges
The micro bag
Who needs an oversized bag, when you can have a perfectly cute – if completely impractical – micro bag. I’ve seen a few STAUD beaded pouches around, faux croc Rejina Pyo box bags, as bejewelled D&G styles and more minimalist Roksanda pouches.
Shop now: STAUD Lance beaded canvas pouch for £160 from MatchesFashion.com
Shop now: Rejina Pyo black Olivia crocodile embossed leather box bag for £495 from FARFETCH
Consider yourself Fashion Week street style ready.
Until next season…