Creative layers, joyful colours, playful materials and kitsch motifs drive the design direction for S/S 23 accessory trends. Joyful Expression and Noughties Nostalgia play a key role in these trends, that look at ear-to-ankle items.
The statement drop
The statement drop continues to add drama to fashion assortments, with proportions increasing to supersized scales inspired by luxury designer collections. Brands should focus on supersized florals that incorporate hyperrealistic 3D forms using fabrics or colourful enamel. Designs that include contrasting pearls should also be noted for a new take on Regency styling, which redefines the romance of the Regency period with a diverse and modern twist.
The layered necklace
Mixing Joyful Expression and pieces that evoke nostalgia for past decades, layers remain a key consideration for brands. The choker is set to re-emerge as a key item, while the mixing of beads, chunky chains and playful icons in dopamine bright colours adds dimension and self-expression.
The ear party set
Updating A/W 22/23's opulent ear stacks, curated set styles including studs, hoops and ear cuffs are downscaled to complement statement layers and play into the trending Joyful Expression theme. Brands should combine bold colours with kitsch motifs, including updated food in fashion icons. Florals and butterflies are also key emblems, updated in 3D or hyperrealistic forms with painted details.
The kidult ring set
This accessory sits in line with S/S 23's Kidult theme, which taps into nostalgic childhood themes including kitsch motifs, novelty shapes, playful slogans, fun prints and colourful components. A key design direction for Gen-Z consumers looking to echo the 1990s and 2000s, ring styles that evoke childhood memories and nostalgia for Y2K will have a big impact on mass-market fashion collections.
With 1990s styling remaining on the agenda, the anklet returns to provide a fashion update for S/S drops. Styles are versatile and instantly elevate day-to-night outfits. Working in sets or as a standalone piece, revive this item with chunky chains, bold beading, decorative talisman charms, cup chain and personalised monogram initials.
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