Gotta Have it! Must have show stopping accessories from the fall 2017 runway

One interesting thing that most people don’t know about is that many of the world’s most beloved brands and fashion houses actually make the majority of their profits through accessories. Brands like Prada and Dior are tasked with creating new and exciting bags, shoes, jewellery, and more to drive sales through the roof.

Some brands are even blessed with the gift of having almost their entire yearly revenue derived from the sales of their non-clothing goods. That just goes to show how important accessories really are to the fashion industry itself. They aren’t just afterthoughts or cherries on top to add “a little something” to the collection. They’re there to seal the deal on whether one loves a collection or skips it. Here are Novella’s top picks for best accessories of fall/winter 2017.

The Bags

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Prada, Miu Miu, Jacquemus, Chloe, Altuzzara

Prada: As she does every year, Miuccia Prada released a coveted selection of bags that are sure to end up on everyone’s must have list. Ranging from all black and all baby blue shoulders bags, green ostrich feather handbags, nylon satchels, and python skin to fur-covered confections and printed leather bags, Prada outdid itself once again in creating an innovative and versatile collection of handbags for every occasion. However, one bag stood out from the pack. A bag that clearly played off the brand’s fall 2017 collection of book bags. Like its predecessors, this new bag resembles a leather bound book, but this time the entire bag is comprised of velvet, giving the bag a quirky 70’s feel.

Miu Miu: Just like her bags at Prada, Miuccia’s Miu Miu bag collection is another beautiful example of how well-rounded a designer she really is. This season, Prada’s younger sister released a groovy collection of bags that mirrored the collection’s feminine 60’s flare. There were bags with fur handles and bags with large glamorous brooches. But the most interesting pick of the collection was a selection of bags that had “Miu Miu” stitched all over the bag in a stunning psychedelic swinging 60’s font.

Jacquemus: Simon Porte Jacquemus has been one of the only designers of late to actually produce worthwhile collections. And although the statement may seem a little extreme, it’s completely called for in Simon’s case. For his fall 2017 collection, Jacquemus gave the fashion world one of the most creative and innovative bags to date. Gone are the days of his “haricot” bags and wallets — his newest offering comes in the shape of an upside down envelope, mirroring the bags a bourgeois woman of the 1950’s would have worn in Paris. The greatest thing about this bag is that it carries (no pun intended) all of the things that define French clothing (like the gold chain and old world shape) and literally turns it on its head, thereby making the bag distinctly Jacquemus yet still very much French in design.

Chloe: Chloe has always been a staple in exceptional bag making and this season just another testimony to that statement. This season’s it girl bag has to be Chloe’s white sand coloured circle crossbody bag. The adorable bag is the perfect run around bag that matches any outfit, plus the brass coloured metal handle adds that perfect bohemian touch that Chloe has always been known for. And the best part is that the bag looks as if it will be available in a multitude of neutral and dark colours to suit any preference and need!

Altuzzara: The last bag on the list is by far the most traditional of the bunch, but that isn’t to say the bag is in anyway doughty or matronly. This Altuzzara handbag came in a stunning array of complementary colours that suited every look in the collection perfectly, which is also a plus. But the best part about this season’s Altuzzara bag had to be its simple design and decoration. There were no gimmicks here. Just a beautifully designed leather bag with an accompanying flower that would make even the most elite of New York’s Upper East Side squeal with delight.

The Shoes

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Gucci, Tory Burch, Maison Margiela, Rochas, Thom Browne

Gucci: Leave to Alessandro Michele create a cowboy inspired 80’s ankle boot that actually looks amazing. During his latest Gucci show, Michele sent out a real throwback of a shoe that was completely off colour to what has been going on at Gucci. The bright white bootie comes complete with an almost Wild West/almost Eastern European embroidered floral design that fits the brand’s outstanding new vision perfectly. On top of that, the boot itself is perfect for the 80’s revival trend that has been sweeping the fashion world this season.

Tory Burch: Tory Burch is a brand that has more recently been associated with wealthy soccer mom chic, rather than high fashion fallal. But this season, the American brand looked as if it was trying to shed its current plateau and engage new customers. And the shoe of the show did just that. This beautifully ornate Tory Burch heel burst onto the catwalk with one thing in mind — to make a statement. And that it did. The stunning heel pulled out all the stops to command attention; the sculptural heel, European style brocade pattern, and a beautiful oversized bow harked back to imperial French court glamour. It’s safe to say that Tory Burch is finally making fashion and that’s a wonderful thing.

Maison Margiela: The incomparable John Galliano has made a new name for himself at Margiela since his arrival at the iconic Belgian house. Every season it seems that Mr. Galliano has fresh and innovative ideas for his clientele’s eyes to feast on. For this season’s Margiela show, Galliano presented a knee length boot in an ever-so-relevant 70’s inspired silhouette. The boot, which features an ultra feminine pencil thin heel and deep ochre coloured python print, resemble the same heeled boots that independent and fashionable women wore back in the 1970’s, making it an instant buy on any trend followers must have list.

Rochas: Rochas has always been spot on when it comes to gloriously elegant women’s clothing. This season at Rochas, viewers were treated to the most darling of pumps one could ever imagine. The shoe, which looked to have taken inspiration from 1950’s fetish heels and Marie Antoinette court shoes, are as prim and proper as any shoe can get. And that beautifully placed heel makes the entire shoe look even more delicate and glamorous.

Thom Browne: Thom Browne has never been one to shy away from designing things that many would consider outlandish, but that’s exactly why he’s on this season’s “best of” list. For his winter wonderland inspired show, Browne created a heel that features his trademark all-American brogues crossed with an interesting hollow wedge heel made to look like a figure skater’s blade. The shoe is a testament to how amazing a designer Browne is. Not only is the shoe perfectly designed to fit, it also carries one of Thom Browne most easily recognizable trademarks. On the front of the shoe, a small shirt and tie can be seen peeking out from right under the ankle, showing any potential customers that Thom Browne’s quirky suiting is never too far away.

The Hats

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Christian Dior, Loewe, Coach, Adam Selman, Marc Jacobs

Christian Dior: Berets have been the go-to headpiece of the season and the hardworking ateliers at Christian Dior were definitely paying attention. For fall 2017, Dior had berets coming down the runway in full force. Part French go-to, part pro-feminist statement. The berets conjured up images of strong warrior women ready to fight for female freedom and independence.

Loewe: Jonathan Anderson has been wowing audiences in London and Paris for quite some time now, so it comes as no surprise that the British wunderkind presented another spot on collection for Loewe this season. The collection itself is a mishmash of all of the most beautiful things that Anderson has designed in the past, with the tiniest hint of European village life. This is where the hat comes in. The darling straw hat isn’t overbearing and ostentatious like many straw sunhats that have been shown on the runway. This adds to Anderson’s rendition’s charm. Rather than making the hat comical and theatrical, the small brim size gives the sunhat an air of authenticity and realness.

Coach: Coach is another one of those brands that ran into an extremely commercial plateau for quite a while. However, recently the brand has beefed up their designs and created relevant and exciting collections to lure would-be buyers in. For fall 2017, Coach has managed to design a wonderfully trendy hat for the young streetwear wise dressers of the world. With its fluffy shearling outer layer, the hat seems like the perfect alternative to a beanie for those chilly New York nights.

Adam Selman: Now this may not be the most traditional hat, but that doesn’t take away from how interesting a topper it is. At Adam Selman’s show during NYFW17, audiences were treated to a quirky little birdcage fascinator that was equal parts adorable and badass. Like 1950’s motorcycle gang chicks, the models stormed out with powerful little flowers on their heads and the best part about them is their versatility. Not only could you wear them with jeans and a leather jacket, but you could easily pair the fascinator with a beautiful black cocktail dress for more formal events.

Marc Jacobs: Marc Jacobs has always been fashion’s little rebel. Taking everyday trends from past and present and turning them into high fashion concepts. For his fall collection, the inspiration was clear. 70’s and 80’s urban and hip hop culture reigned supreme on the runway and it was perfectly evident in Jacobs accessories. This puffy hat is a perfect alternative to your traditional winter beanie. Instead of having a regular old boring knitted winter hat, you can have this interesting oversized retro beanie instead.

The Shades

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Anna Sui, Acne, Anya Hindmarch, Fendi, Sacai

Anna Sui: Anna Sui is one of those designers who has and will always march to the beat of her own drum. Since the early 90’s, Anna has been creating collections that are distinctly her own. This season’s Anna Sui sunnies follow in her great tradition of doing her own thing. The blue sunglasses feature a theatrical angular cat eye that is only further enhanced by their bright cobalt shade. The glasses also perfectly compliment the collections 1920’s/1970’s bohemian chic aesthetic, giving the wearer the glamour of a traditional cat eye with a bright pop of a mod colour.

Acne: The beauty of Acne is in its simplicity. While other brands thrive off of creating elaborate shows and collections, Acne has blossomed into a fashion powerhouse by infusing Swedish minimalism with high fashion appeal. And this is perfectly evident with this season’s sunglasses. The shades for fall/winter 2017 were simple in their construction. Two thin silver arms hold the angular coloured lenses in place to create a psychedelic feel to the glasses. Think John Lennon à la 2017 high fashion mod. But the quirky simplicity of these sunglasses aren’t the only selling points here. The glasses are actually quite versatile. They can be paired perfectly with a casual pair of jeans and a band t-shirt or glammed up with a silk neck-tied blouse, wide leg pant, and a floppy summer hat.

Anya HindmarchAnya Hindmarch’s entry into the industry as an accessories designer must be what pushes her to create an interesting range of accessories that are completely relevant, on-brand, and desirable outside of her own already spectacular clothing lines. Her fall 2017 sunglass collection just goes to show that she understands what her customers want. She could have easily made a pair of sunglasses with a simple frame and lens for her collection, but instead she chose to create a fur trimmed pair of sunglasses that more closely resembled a pair of skiing goggles. The fun, fur trimmed sunglasses add that perfect wintery feeling to an accessory that’s usually associated with warmer weathers and the summer months, giving the overall look a high fashion après ski feeling.

Fendi: Fendi is an accessory giant. Like its other Italian contemporaries, Fendi owes much of its success to its sales in trendy and in demand accessories. Usually known for its outlandish designs, Fendi presented a surprising take on sunglasses by creating a clean and perfectly polished pair of circular sunglasses. The posh specs fit spectacularly with the cool and composed vibe of the collection. It just goes to show that sometimes simplicity really is key!

Sacai: Sacai is a brand that has garnered a huge following over the years. And it’s easy to see why. This season’s sunglasses are in fact the most visually stunning, adorned with a number of butterflies framing the arms and lenses. These Sacai delights are perfect for commanding total attention when walking into a room. The one possible downfall of these sunnies may be their theatricality, but that’s also their the biggest allure. The beautifully decorative butterfly wings add an old world whimsy to the glasses that has slowly been coming back into fashion. And why not enjoy these shades all year-round? They would make the perfect winter pop of summery colour and the perfect summer conversation piece.

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5 Wonderfully Surprising Collections at London Fashion Week

Fashion has always been a fast paced environment, with new designers popping up season after season. It seems that recently, designers are more concerned with flinging out as many collections as possible, with as little substance as possible. However, London has always been a safe haven for forward thinkers and risk takers, who are willing to sacrifice mass social media appeal for quality storytelling and solid concepts. Here are a few designers who may have not been on everyone’s radar, but will be thanks to impeccable design and outstanding collections.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch started her eponymous label as an accessories brand; specializing in luxury handbags. Anya is world renowned for creating some of the most interesting (yet still wearable) leather goods in contemporary fashion. Her love for design has recently led her to launch a clothing brand in hopes of translating her creativity in handbag design to garment design. Anya’s latest collection has proved she has something to bring to the London fashion scene. Models circled her spiral shaped runway in the most adorable and quirky coats, complete with leather circular accents adorning cut out shoulders, pockets and sleeves. The idea was there in full force. Anya was inspired by the power of the circle, the softness, the malleability, the feminine undertones of round shapes. This softness was perfectly executed in Anya’s collection. Her take on outerwear is surprisingly fresh and perfect for spring. The almost spongy appearances of the garments are directly influenced by Anya’s take on circular shapes and a possible nod to Miuccia’s fall 2015 collection, which feature similar expressions of softness and texture. The beauty of the collection was Anya’s choice to move against the grain of what is currently happening in fashion and adopt a playfully fun take on merging sportswear and outerwear in a way that’s modern, yet retro in it’s own beautiful way.

Highlights of Anya’s collection include a pastel lime coat embellished with emerald and white leather circles, a sleeveless coat dress in lilac, a tangerine coloured skirt and jacket, and any of the playful swimwear presented throughout the show.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

Mother of Pearl

There comes a point in everyone’s life when you walk down the street and notice the most wonderfully dressed person you’ve ever seen. They look impeccable, they look put together, they look effortless. This was the first impression made at Mother of Pearl this season. The collection boasts some of the most clever use of denim blues and tweed to date. The ruffles and simple slip dresses hit the nail right on the head trend-wise, but the real selling point of the collection is how nonchalant the entire collection appears to be. This isn’t a collection created for the fussy or the pretentious. It’s a collection created for the hip British girl who values smart design and luxury over theatrics and impracticality. Another wonderful surprise Amy Powney’s collection has to offer are the quaint florals used throughout, creating a wonderfully understated sense of 70’s retro that solidifies the collection’s roots in today’s top trends.

The best looks at Mother of Pearl had to be a complete head to toe denim outfit consisting of a bell sleeved button up shirt, denim tank top, and denim trouser, a voluminous knit t-shirt tucking into a pair of relaxed fire engine red trousers, a translucent white frock with a dropped waist and embellished collar, and a tweed skirt suit that comes paired with a hoodie rather than a formal blazer.

Photo: Umberto Fratini
Photo: Umberto Fratini

Erderm

Erdem Moraliaglu’s spring / summer 2017 collection packed a punch at London fashion week this season. Not only did the collection take inspiration from a dress found aboard a sunken ship, it did what not many collections were able to the do this season, create an epic and unimaginable tale of lost and found. Erdem’s story of a dress that inspired an entire collection of extremely strong and wearable pieces, is one for the history books. His usual staples of soft, flowing florals are evident throughout, but the real kicker comes from unexpected details that transport the audience to another time. Everything from the pie crust collars heavy brocade prints, velvet bows, and mournful hats help to further inspire the idea that this collection wasn’t something that was thought up in a London design studio. Rather, a collection of perfectly preserved clothing that has been brought to the surface after centuries of being trapped under the cold North Sea’s waves.

Although Erdem had many standout looks this season, the most effective looks at getting his message across were the brocade skirt and shoulderless jacket held together with black velvet ribbon, a floral print maxi dress worn with a black hat, a striped – long sleeved maxi dress up by black velvet ribbon straps, and a wonderful take on the modern pantsuit featuring delicately embroidered flowers in both the jacket and pant, black ribbon, and a floppy black hat.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Burberry

Christopher Bailey gave everyone what they’ve been waiting for with Burberry’s “see now, buy now” collection at LFW. The collection, which was inspired by poet Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” is a polar opposite to what Bailey is used to showing for the historic British house.  With eccentric Elizabethan and Edwardian influences. Christopher manages to capture fashion’s biggest go to’s trends of the season without overworking any ideas or making the collection look repetitive. Like Erdem’s collection, the styling and details at Burberry help push a sense of legitimate vintage glamour. This isn’t just a collection that’s meant to look like it came from Woolf’s time, this collection was found in vault belonging to the late writer. It served as her inspiration and now it’s available for today’s fashion forward consumer to purchase straight off the runway. The beauty of Bailey’s collection is the wearability of every piece. Often times, when a collection takes direct historical inspiration from before the 21st century, the pieces may begin to take on a theatrical life. This theatricality can either hurt or help a brand, depending on the house’s DNA. This is something Bailey took into account. Rather than directly recreating pieces from Woolf’s era, Burberry put forth contemporary pieces that featured a historic flare. The easiest way to see this is the mix and match ease seen throughout the collection. This sense of vintage pattern blocking mixed with contemporary silhouettes like sharp shoulders, oversized proportions, smart layering, and easy wear knits create the perfect blend of old school glamour and youthful cool that will carry the wearer from fall to spring and back again without missing a beat.

Although Christopher Bailey’s collection was astounding, there were some extremely important pieces placed within. The shearling outerwear is an absolute knockout when paired with the various vintage inspired pieces, a blush pink men’s sweater worn over a crisp blue shirt and black pant, a long teal gown worn under a silk robe in forest green, a structural white sweater worn over navy silk pyjamas, and a navy military-inspired jacket worn over a stripped pie crust collar men’s shirt.

Photo: Luca Tombolini
Photo: Luca Tombolini

Roksanda

This season, designer Roksanda Ilincic created a modern metallic dream for her audience. At the show, models walked out in a slew of flowing gold and copper silks that helped emphasize the overall earthy tone of the show. The collection itself is very warm in the sense that it follows the drastic colour changes seen during the autumn months. Rich coppers are paired with soft creams and royal blues and deep navy’s, while metallic gold is paired with soft velvety blacks to create the perfect picture of luxury. This isn’t just a collection for a young and bubbly fashion “it” girl. This is a collection designed for the fashion elite, a woman who’s honed her personal style to a refined pinnacle. Another charming aspect of Ilincic’s collection is the subtle use of quirkiness seen throughout the collection. Colours that would almost never be seen together work in perfect harmony with one another alongside blown up prints and mix and match fabric choices. To create a sense of modern dishevelment, but that’s not to say that Roksanda’s woman is in any way less put together, on the contrary. This helps her push the notion that she knows exactly what she’s doing and she isn’t afraid to take risks with her fashion choices.  One very important and noticeable feature of the collection is the fit of the garments. Every piece, even the most voluminous, seem to hug the models’ bodies perfectly. Giving the collection a further sense of luxurious wearability.

Standouts at Roksanda include a long copper coat worn over a white blouse and blush pink trouser, and orange and metallic copper gown, a gold silk trench coat worn over a plaid grey jumpsuit, and a copper knit sweater paired with a knit maxi skirt and thick striped belt.

What Novella Loves This Week #1

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Drew Brown – Editor-In-Chief

Before Frank Photography Book

Before Frank is a photography book that portrays the artist Amy Winehouse in the months leading up to the release of her debut album FRANK. The book consists of images from two shoots, one in London and the other in New York. Only a few of these pictures have been seen previously; the majority have remained unpublished — until now.

Celia Fernandez – Managing Editor

Lia Huang Silk Peplum Top from Sashion

From Lia Huang, this peplum top is made with grade-A silk that is soft, high-quality yet easy to take care of.  The second we saw this piece, we knew we had to share it with you—it’s just that good. This style also comes in pure cotton.

Isabel Mundigo – Fashion & Lifestyle Writer

Vaseline Lip Therapy, Rosy Lips

I discovered this lip balm while living in Scotland and was heartbroken to find out that we didn’t have it in Canada when I moved back. I would desperately ask anyone I knew to ship it to me or bring it back from a holiday. I even ordered a ten pack on Amazon! At long last, Shoppers has finally come to its senses and begun carrying it. It has the moisturizing quality of original Vaseline, with a touch of pink, and the tin is super sweet. For me, it’s the best lip balm on the market.

Jennifer Lee – Marketing Coordinator

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

Juice Beauty recently became closer to our reach at Holt Renfrew and Sephora beauty counters. This 12-in-1 multi-tasking CC Cream protects nourishes and transforms the skin with consistent use. Derived from the brand’s organic plant cell technology, the benefits of this cream include evening skin texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and improving elasticity. It’s the dream solution to your morning- a primer, moisturizer, colour corrector, and UV protectant with SPF 30 in a single tube. On top of that, it is also available in a range of five shades, and 100% anti-oxidant-rich vegetable juices.

Liat Neuman – Fashion & Trends Writer

Anya Hindmarch Tennis Sneakers

There is no doubt that white sneakers are a staple wardrobe item that never go out of style. It is one of the most versatile pieces that any woman needs to have in her closet. They suite perfectly almost any outfit, so I would suggest to invest in a high-end pair of sneakers, such as the ones by Anya Hindmarch that I picked.

Natasha Grodzinski – Arts & Culture Writer

Pomegranate Scrub, Lovefresh.

Gorgeously scented, obscenely rich and made from all-natural ingredients. The Toronto-based beauty brand Lovefresh crafts lotions, deodorants, body scrubs and more in nine signature scents. A particular stand out is their body scrubs, especially for those with rough skin. Their products are always available at the One of a Kind show, but can also be found in select local stores, such as Polish Nail Bar and The 10 Spot.

Snigdha Koirala – Arts & Culture Writer

Athena-inspired Hair Band

This gold Athena-inspired hairband from Call It Spring has made a feature in nearly every one of my outfits since I’ve purchased it. It’s the perfect way of adding a feminine twist to jeans and a t-shirt or complimenting a frilly A-line dress. The gold enhances nearly every colour palette, whether it be black and white or pink. And it’s the easiest way to make it look like you’ve put some effort into doing your hair.

Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Trend Report

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Photo Courtesy of We The People

The snow is melting and the sun once again shines into our souls, which not only means Spring is here, but also that we can try out new trends for Spring. Hurray! The anticipation of a new season is a chance to give trending looks a test run and is one of the greatest sensations of fashion.

RUNWAY TRENDS

THE HAUTE HOODIE

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L to R: Vetements, Alexander Wang, Vetements | Photos Courtesy of Indigtal via Vogue UK

Yes, hoodies are now acceptable on glamorous nights out.

ORANGE YOU GLAD

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L to R: Anya Hindmarch, Opening Ceremony | Photos Courtesy of Indigital via Vogue UK

Two adjectives for this season: fresh and orange. Brighten up your day and everyone around you (as you’ll be hard to miss in this shade).

THE ANKLE CROP

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L to R: Acne, Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony | Photos Courtesy of Indigital via Vogue UK

An elegant trend that harkens back to the 50s. If you are nervous to show the bare ankle, have fun with matching socks and accessories.

BARE SHOULDERS

L to R: Eliza Faulkner, Apiece Apart | Photos Courtesy of Eliza Faulkner, Indigital
L to R: Eliza Faulkner, Apiece Apart | Photos Courtesy of Eliza Faulkner, Indigital

This is arguably the biggest trend of the season and will continue into Fall.

STREET STYLE TRENDS

HEMMED PANTS

Photo Courtesy of ShoeTease
Photo Courtesy of ShoeTease

Oh yes, this one. Seen on every fashion blog and Instagram from San Francisco to Tokyo. You can easily customize your regular jeans into hemmed jeans by slicing off above the seam, rubbing the edge with a pumice stone, and pulling out a few strings yourself.

INSIDE OUT BOTTOMS

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Photo Courtesy of News From the Cosmos

Gigi Hadid (world famous supermodel) recently wore a pair of jeans inside out while a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, so naturally we must expect this to take off.

What trends are you looking forward to trying out this Spring?