MFW AW18 accessories and footwear trend report

Discover the must-have accessory trends for next season, straight off the Milano catwalks.

There’s no event quite like Milan Fashion Week, major houses such as Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana lead us through their opulent, surreal worlds – and here we report on what you need to buy next season. From trainers to cowboy boots, aviators to baby dragons, there’s something to suit all tastes. Take a look at the gallery below for autumn/winter 2018 inspiration.


Cowboy boots
The cowboy boot gets an updated look for next season. Metallic colours, block patterns and bejewelled examples were all the rage in Milan, from the likes of Fendi, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. These boots were made for walking.


Not that I classify pets in any way as an accessory, but after the Instagram frenzy sparked by Tod’s models holding adorable puppies on the catwalk, I decided they were much too cute not to include in this report. Elsewhere, Gucci featured a dragon puppy (sure), while Dolce & Gabbana sent a cuddly toy panda down the catwalk. Say what you want about fashion gimmicks, but this doesn’t stop us from desperately looking up dragon puppies.


Tasselled bags
Adding a little extra opulence to your handbags, tassels are the next big thing in cocktail attire. Emporio Armani, Alberta Ferretti and Aigner are all fans of the curtain rope, as will you be.


Inspired by the Riviera of the 50s and, quite possibly, Queen Elizabeth, choosing your head scarf couldn’t be easier with Gucci’s silk number, Versace’s red Grace Kelly look or Vivetta’s cute polka-dot number.


Cowboy hats
Western influences were all over the catwalks, most obviously in headwear. Alberta Ferretti, Elena Mirò and Dolce & Gabbana are clearly all big fans, so get ready to tip your hat come September.


Old school aristocratic or military, brooches are the new must-have accessory to update your look with a little sparkle. Choose from Dolce & Gabbana religious references, pearls by Au Jour Le Jour or a design from Vivetta themed around what the brand refers to as the ‘all-seeing eye’.


Updated for 2018, aviators in various shades and shapes were seen all over Milan. From tortoiseshell Perspex by Sportmax and rose-tinted lenses by Genny to oversized frames from Tod’s, 70s style never looked so cool.

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