In the last decade, accessories have eclipsed clothes as the preferred fashion statement. From It bags to the designer shoe and now to the era of bold bijoux, it’s no surprise that we feel an affinity for our extras. After all, dress size is never an issue and age is nothing but a number. And that’s why we’re bringing you the season’s best pieces in this special issue, our third in a series of straight-from-the-runway reports.
Once an afterthought, accessories are now the financial drivers behind many successful labels. To help you navigate this ever-expanding market, we’ve identified the key names you need to know, including Tabitha Simmons, a stylist-turned–shoe designer with an enviable fashion repertoire; Delfina Delettrez, who is not only fashion royalty but a respected jewellery designer in her own right; and globally in-demand Canadian labels such as Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, Fullum & Holt and Arielle de Pinto.
Admittedly, sometimes the hardest part of being an editor is the actual editing process. When tasked with choosing our favourites from countless showstoppers, we were overwhelmed. But after sifting through the fall’s boldly embellished, brightly coloured, highly textured standouts, we’ve found the best of the best—including a selection of the season’s most modern essential: the i-gadget case. Not to be left out, our beauty team created a lavish shoot spotlighting the statement manicure. What better accompaniment to a new handbag than fabulous nails?
We also asked Canada’s own Tommy Ton and The Coveteur gang to document the phenomenon that is personal style. A cast of sartorial superstars show us that fashion is the best form of self-expression, and this season, more is definitely more. Maximalism is having a moment and the best place to start is with your accessories. So layer on the arm candy, carry two clutches and step into the most brazen of shoes.
We hope you find a host of new things to lust after (and maybe even buy) in this special issue, but most importantly, let it inspire you for the season ahead.
Watch Now: Go behind the scenes of our red hot fall accessories shoot