SHOES, MEET BAGS

The ultimate guide to this season’s most sought after shoe and bag trends.

Photography by Rio Romaine, Styling by Harriet Gregory

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While some contend that matching one's shoes and handbag is somewhat passé, this season’s abundance of wish list worthy accessories moves the concept into chic new realms. Identical partners though they may not be, these are the pieces that are just simply better together. Fact.

Left- Right: Abaya by Azzalia; Dress by Preen; Bag by Chloé; Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana. Abaya by Azzalia; Dress by Prada; Bag by Gucci; Shoes by Sanayi 313

The Big Hitters

These uber-luxe, ultra-chic game changing pieces elevate even the most basic ensembles into undeniable style sensations, from Chloé's highly covetable Nile bag, to the artisanal embroidery of SANAYI 313’s plush velvet slippers.

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Urban Traveller

Sport couture meets globetrotting chic in this match made in accessories heaven. Think must-have sneakers with bold backpacks boasting beautiful detailing and mainstay status.

Left- Right: Backpack and Trainers by Balenciaga; Jacket by Gucci; Skirt by Alexis. Top by Alexander Wang; Pants by Prada; Backpack by Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood; Trainers by Stella McCartney
Left- Right: Backpack and Trainers by Balenciaga; Jacket by Gucci; Skirt by Alexis. Top by Alexander Wang; Pants by Prada; Backpack by Bulgari x Nicholas Kirkwood; Trainers by Stella McCartney

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Soft Touch

Perfect plumes, exquisite exotics and fabulous furs are the front runners of this season’s titillating trimmings and textures, providing a sumptuously luxe touch to boots and bags alike.

Left- Right: Top by Stella McCartney; Skirt by Hellessy; Bag by Bottega Veneta; Boots by Jimmy Choo. T-Shirt by Prada; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Valentino; Shoes by Marskinryyppy
Left- Right: Top by Stella McCartney; Skirt by Hellessy; Bag by Bottega Veneta; Boots by Jimmy Choo. T-Shirt by Prada; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Valentino; Shoes by Marskinryyppy

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Left- Right: Jeans by Monse; Bag by Miu Miu; Boots by Balenciaga. Abaya by Abeer Al Suwaidi; Pants by Moschino; Bag and Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Heavy Metal

Minimalism takes a backseat in the run up to party season. Get a head start with the most outrageous, glamorous metallic handbags and hyper shine boots and heels for delightfully distinguished style.

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Primary Colours

Go bold or go home with standout shoulder bags and fabulous footwear in luminous yellows, ravishing reds and beautiful blues - the key ingredients for a colour clash boasting serious clout.

Left- Right: Cardigan by Alanui; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Theory; Shoes by Gianvito Rossi.  Dress by No.21; Jeans by Miu Miu; Bag by Etro; Boots by Gianvito Rossi
Left- Right: Cardigan by Alanui; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Theory; Shoes by Gianvito Rossi. Dress by No.21; Jeans by Miu Miu; Bag by Etro; Boots by Gianvito Rossi

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Viva Velvet

Our never-ending love affair with velvet doesn’t have to end at a plush pyjama suit or dress. This season’s must-have fuzzy texture takes shape in iconic arm candy and fabulous footwear.

Left-Right: Robe by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Top by Roksanda; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Stella McCartney; Shoes by Marco De Vincenzo. Shirt by Off-White; Skirt by Dion Lee; Bag by M2MALLETIER; Shoes by Gucci
Left- Right: Robe by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Top by Roksanda; Jeans by Rag & Bone; Bag by Stella McCartney; Shoes by Marco De Vincenzo. Shirt by Off-White; Skirt by Dion Lee; Bag by M2MALLETIER; Shoes by Gucci

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Left- Right: Top by Poca & Poca; Skirt by Prada; Bag by Gucci; Shoes by Dries Van Noten. Shirt by Hellessy; Skirt by Off-White; Clutch by Bulgari x Nichloas Kirkwood; Boots by Gianvito Rossi

Madame Monochrome

This season, monochrome finds power in its purity. At its most effective, the discipline of strict black and white is always a winner. Utilise black and white accessories to create beautifully graphic looks and chic contrasts.

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Instagram Stars

If you’re living for the ‘likes’, these pieces will get you more followers than you can keep up with. Think infamous street style snapped shoes, sell out clutches and luxury logos for days.

Left-Right: Top by Tibi; Jeans by Stella McCartney; Bag by Dolce & Gabbana; Boots by Off-White. Top and Skirt by Ganni; Bag by Les Petits Joueurs; Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
Left- Right: Top by Tibi; Jeans by Stella McCartney; Bag by Dolce & Gabbana; Boots by Off-White. Top and Skirt by Ganni; Bag by Les Petits Joueurs; Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana

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Jewel Purpose

It’s time to shine in exquisite embellished bliss. Be it bejeweled, be it bling, designers went wild this season, bedazzling beautiful bags and shoes with sensational sparkle.

Left- Right: Top by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Pants by Rosie Assoulin; Bag by Elie Saab exclusive to Ounass; Shoes by Prada. Top by Poca & Poca; Pants by Prada; Bag by Alexander McQueen; Shoes by Roger Vivier
Left- Right: Top by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers; Pants by Rosie Assoulin; Bag by Elie Saab exclusive to Ounass; Shoes by Prada. Top by Poca & Poca; Pants by Prada; Bag by Alexander McQueen; Shoes by Roger Vivier

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Words by Connie Chamberlayne, Art Direction by Sophie Gerritsen, Hair and Make-up by Mel @ TheAgenC, Models are Nastia and Vika @ The AgenC