The spring/summer 2021 collections were all about the OTT accessories

There are a few inevitabilities you can expect from each and every bi-annual fashion month.

Among them are a gaggle of fashion press and influencers dressed to the nines, a stream of outré ensembles all with unattainable price tags attached and a serious surge of sartorial envy.

And not even a global pandemic could rain on fashion’s parade this year, as across the four major fashion cities, the It crowd descended in their Sunday best ready to attend the first-ever ‘phy-gital’ fashion month.

The highlight of the four-week hybrid spring/summer 2021 event? Accessories.

alice + olivia Spring/Summer 2021 (IMAXtree)

Matching masks

Matchy-matchy face coverings made a solid showing in all four cities. In New York, alice+olivia’s creative director Stacey Bendet matched masks with outfits in a fun 2020 twist. A technicoloured dreamcoat was styled with a co-ordinating mask, as was a monochrome ensemble, which was modelled by a violinist. Collina Strada and Christian Siriano similarly crafted co-ordinating face coverings. While eschewing matching masks, Kenzo’s collection, deftly named Bee a Tiger, was a riff on traditional bee-keeping outfits and model’s faces were covered with hats and veils.

Big on bling

Keeping accessories Zoom-friendly was imperative for designers and so logo bling was big news. Raf Simons’ debut collaborative collection with Miuccia Prada featured a re-imagining of Prada’s iconic triangular logo in bling-form, while Dolce & Gabbana – as ever – embraced the more-is-more mantra with its accessories, which it layered on top of its already clashing collection.

Funky Footwear

Counterparts to our well-worn slippers came in the form of funky footwear. Queen of tulle Molly Goddard unveiled a fluff-tastic collaboration with UGG, while David Beckham rocked his signature socks’n’sandles combo for an appearance at wife Victoria’s show. For the less adventurous, at Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia vamped up bog standard slippers with demure kitten heels. A perfect prelude to fashionable footwear, Matthew William’s debut collection for Givenchy, made the case for thigh-high socks in a handful of primary colours.

Scroll through the gallery above for more of the wackiest – and coolest – accessories of spring/summer 2021 fashion month.

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