It All Started With Vetements…Now ThisAccessory Is About To Blow Up Everywhere ForAW17

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25 Aug 2017
by: Henrik Lischke

Intro Deck: 

Are you still on the search for the absolute accessory? Look no further. We got what you need…

Wonder Woman has one, Joan Collins in her Dynasty glory days couldn’t live without one and Madonna’s read ‘Boy Toy:’ Of course, we’re talking about belts.

Brace yourself for the cold season and, more importantly, for the resurgence of this fashion classic. From furry to frilly, to chunky and ropy, the belt is basking under fashion’s lucky star and although it most probably won’t equip us with any magical superpowers (thanks Wonder Woman for that illusion), it’ll give us that pinch of cool to step up our winter wardrobe fashion game.

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As with so many trends recently, belt-mania began somewhere in the genius mind of Demna Gvasalia. Spotted first at Vetements’ Autumn/Winter 2016 show, leather belts cinched in the waist and added to a very 80s body shape in interplay with broad shoulder-pads. The collection to follow held on to that trend: oversized belts wrapped around an all-denim look and technical straps to keep the massive puffer-jackets on the models, set the tone.

And as the designer progressed to become the creative director of Balenciaga, so did his vision of the new defiant fashionable form. The Summer/Summer 2017 collection, infused with the fetishist idea for body-hugging garments (see Spandex and sock boots), featured clunky d-ring belts, slung around shirts as well as statement trench coats that had been tied up like a waist trainer. 

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Elsewhere, Raf Simons literally tied a knot around the PVC-coated coats at Calvin Klein. Paco Rabbane opted for a thinner version to keep the low-waisted skirts on the models’ hips. Miuccia Prada and Simone Rocha delved into the depths of fluffy materials and showcased furry belts made of sheep-hair, velvet and synthetic fur and the Olsen twins took a minimalistic approach for their label The Row, belting the models up, not once, but twice around sleek maxi coats.

And as for your own accessory-legacy, if you’re considering buying into this trend, don’t be too scared to invest. As mentioned, there are almost as many ways of styling it, as there are belts to buy. Here are our favourites…

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