1. The Septum Piercing
Givenchy made the loudest case for the nose ring (and cheek studs, and chin jewels, and inner ear piercings) but Acne’s arty add-ons looked just as cool.
2. All the Pretty Thing
AW15’s ladylike trend comes complete with a wardrobe of elegant accompaniments. Twisted pearl necklaces, prim headbands and pretty brooches topped the debutante dresses at Prada, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and more.
3. Riding Caps
Our favourite hat shape of the season was spotted everywhere from Kenzo to Pucci. Most desired? Lanvin’s black felt number, embellished with feather-like sequins.
4. Arty Heels
Acne’s molded gold heels are a thing of beauty, while Dior, Simone Rocha and Roberto Cavalli have all been playing with Perspex. The best block heels of the season are really quite sculptural and really quite special.
5. Treasure Boxes
Uber-embellished or even gilded, AW15’s object of desire is a bejeweled box clutch. Chanel’s mosaic-covered 2.55 bags are top of our lust list.
6. Animal Magic
Once a dirty word in the fashion world, leopard print is having a renaissance for AW15. Well you would too if you’d been made-over by design heavyweights from Louis Vuitton to Marc Jacobs.
7. Mismatched Earrings
This one’s all in the styling – J.W. Anderson’s geometric ceramics lead the trend for asymmetric bling – spotted on even more lobes at Balmain and Balenciaga. Buy a perfectly odd pair from the new collection, or just play swapsies with your own favorites for free.
8. Must Touch
Gucci’s goat hair slippers require regular blow dries, and Fendi’s shearling booties need fluffing round the clock. Who knew accessories could be so high maintenance?
If you ever doubted the importance of the little things, well, let us set you straight: From Prada to Balenciaga, from Chanel to Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, the emphasis was on all things shiny, pretty, and easily pinned, whether onto an elegant twisted updo or a party frock. Tuck a brooch into your ensemble for just the right amount of sparkle for the season ahead.
Promoted from a simple sartorial focal point, the waistband is having a moment. Cue bold bars of colour, glossy strips of leather and striking black sashes, each one clearly marking out fashion’s new erogenous zone.