By their very nature, accessories are not the main affair. For spring 2021, clothing is hewing functional, beautiful, and exuberant, favoring comfortable silhouettes over the irony and/or escapism the industry once celebrated. The role of quirky costar falls to the season’s shoes, bags, hats, and wraps.
It’s an exciting proposition, and a freeing one, because in truth, you don’t really need any accessories this season. But you will still want them. Liberated from functionality, logic, or ideas of what makes something “essential,” this season’s plus-ones share a sense of irreverence and levity. For our feet, there are soft and silly slippers from Molly Goddard and Balenciaga or gigantic boots from Rick Owens and Paco Rabanne. Our bags might be homespun knotted sacs from Simone Rocha or Valentino, or maybe they will be slim, fuss-free phone cases like those shown at Versace and Coach. There are plenty of new face masks from Collina Strada and Anna Sui, and for the very dramatic, bold hats like Burberry’s sou’wester and Marine Serre’s chapeau-cum-plastic face shield.
The most salient accessories of the season might be the survivalist ones: Water bottles, camping-style bags and packs, and different modes of transport, like bikes and boards. We’re definitely going somewhere…maybe the devil-horned hats at Maximilian and Givenchy are a sign of where. Might as well look great for the journey!