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Friday 28 July 2017

Selfridges Loves: Wear-now-wear-later accessories


With a slew of designers jumping on the see-now-buy-now fashion bandwagon and creating 'seasonless' collections, it was only a matter of time before accessories followed suit. Cue a fresh crop of shoes and bags that work equally as well right now as they do in deepest, darkest winter. Versatile, perennially chic and oh-so loveable - meet our favourite new accessories with serious staying power. Love, wear, repeat…

Introducing a fresh crop of shoes and bags that work equally as well right now as they do in deepest, darkest winter. Versatile, perennially chic and oh-so loveable - meet our favourite new accessories with serious staying power.

Valentino Rockstud bag; Saint Laurent Nano bag

Show your metal

From the futuristic appeal of cool silver to the old-world charm of glistening gold, few hues have the year-round staying power of metallic. So what's new this season? We say, ditch matching metals in favour of a more pick 'n' mix approach. Whether it's a molten-gold knit paired with Saint Laurent's silver tote or a sleek gunmetal blouse with Valentino's gleaming Rockstud bag, you're guaranteed to shine all year round.

Dries Van Noten velvet boots; Gucci velvet clutch; Jimmy Choo velvet heeled sandals

Velvet crush

Once confined to ballrooms and Christmas parties, velvet is enjoying the newfound status of unexpected summer staple, with everything from plush slip dresses to tactile tailoring stepping into the light. Proving that there's no area of your wardrobe that velvet can't infiltrate, this season's clutch of jewel-toned accessories are a transitional dream, looking just as good basking in the summer sunshine as they do lighting up gloomy autumnal days. How to wear them? For now, with sleek satin separates in matching gemstone hues, and, when the temperature drops, with oversized tweed coats and vibrant autumn florals.

Stella Luna Turnlock slides

Slide on

Here's some good news for you: those summer slides we're all loving right now can still have a life beyond your breezy shirtdresses and lightweight tailoring. All it takes is some savvy (not to mention cosy) styling - cue chunky turtleneck jumpers and wide-leg wool trousers - to take them through autumn before the threat of frostbite becomes too severe. New to Selfridges this season, Stella Luna's chunky Turnlock slides are weighty enough to see you striding through the months ahead in comfort and style.

Chloé Nile backpack; Maison Margiela patent-leather boots; Jimmy Choo Lockett bag

Blank check

Fresh, optimistic and fashion's favourite palate cleanser - white has become a year-round wardrobe mainstay and the inspiration for a clutch of gleaming new accessories. Not only are, say, chalky ankle boots and an off-white bag the dream match for summer's floaty floral dresses and faded-blue denim, but they're also the perfect tonic to autumn/winter's darker, more sombre palettes, from navy cable knits to rich maroon and emerald-green suiting. All white? All right.

Saint Laurent sequined backpack; Gucci embellished mules

Bling me more

Minimalists, look away now! This crop of accessories requires an emboldened approach to all things spangly, whatever the weather. Whether sequined, jewel-embellished or studded, these pieces are the perfect foil to AW17's clean lines and pared-back palette, while adding decadent charm to summer's laid-back looks. Who needs diamonds when you can get your sparkle from Saint Laurent's shimmering backpack or Gucci's gemstone-encrusted mules? Our motto: bling it on.

Balenciaga City Classic tote and Race Runners trainers
Balenciaga - City Classic tote (coming soon) and Race Runners trainers

New to Balenciaga

Since taking over as creative director in October 2015, Vetements co-founder Demna Gvasalia has injected the iconic French house with a brand new lease of life. One of the brand's iconic designs we're happy to see make it through the creative shake-up is the supremely wearable studded tote. And that's not the only piece from the new collection with evergreen appeal - Balenciaga's colour-block trainers will see you through every season in effortlessly cool style.

Valentino Resort 2018
Valentino Resort 2018

Sock it to me

Banish all thoughts of your geography teacher's knee-high socks and Velcro-strap sandals - this stylish update on the socks-and-sandals combo is about to bring newfound longevity to your favourite summer sandals. At Valentino and Gucci, striped socks brought a sporty vibe to strappy heeled sandals. The key to pulling it off? Match your colours to create an all-in-one sock boot effect.

All tied up

All tied up

From Gucci's granny-chic knotted neck scarves to Rockins' 'I'm with the band' vintage-inspired styles, the silk scarf is having a renaissance as the transeasonal accessory du jour. While the printed styles tie perfectly into an eclectic layered look for autumn (think striped suiting and leather biker jackets), see out the last days of summer with yours knotted at the neck over a band tee and denim cut-offs. Discover the full Rockins collection (including a number of exclusive-to-Selfridges styles) at the brand's dedicated shop-in-shop in the Denim Studio at Selfridges London (open until 18 October).

Mulberry Lily shoulder bag, Camden hobo bag, Bayswater tote

Supporting British makers

Any conversation about timeless accessories wouldn't be complete without a mention of the master of modern classic styles, Mulberry. Plus, by choosing Mulberry not only will you have a piece with endless appeal, you'll also be doing your part to support local British manufacturing (thanks to the brand's two Somerset-based factories, it's the largest leather goods manufacturer in the UK). As part of our ongoing Buying Better, Inspiring Change initiative (helping to preserve time-honoured homegrown skills and support local communities), we've created an edit of our finest British-made products.

Image: William Klein
Photographed by William Klein

70 years of Christian Dior

For more time-spanning style inspiration, head to Paris this summer as the stunning Musée des Arts Décoratifs hosts a major new exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior. As well as over 300 haute-couture gowns, you can expect to see a wealth of bags, shoes, hats and jewellery from across the brand's illustrious stable of designers including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons (that is unless, like us, you forget to check the opening times and turn up on a Monday to find it closed - fail!).