It’s time to welcome the new season with an edit of your wardrobe portfolio and a review of your investments: bags and sunglasses. Such smaller elements are the easiest way to update a look, and summer 2016 is filled with options. From drawstring bags and clutches to mirrored sunglasses, investments: bags and sunglasses. Such smaller elements are the easiest way to update a look,
and summer 2016 is filled with options. From drawstring bags and clutches to mirrored sunglasses, the choices are endless. Wanted takes a closer look at four of the key accessory trends


The Briefcase

Louis Cartier document holder in caramel calfskin, R43 100, Cartier; limited edition sunglasses in responsibly sourced horn, R15 995, Giorgio Armani
Louis Cartier document holder in caramel calfskin, R43 100, Cartier; limited edition sunglasses in responsibly sourced horn, R15 995, Giorgio Armani
Image: Judd van Rensburg

Strong lines dominate this business must-have. Using natural materials that hint at sustainable luxury, the soft briefcase has become serious. Adventurous creatives will favour cases with stamps and appliqué. Flat lens sunglasses made from natural materials will instantly update your view. Essential tip: shades of tan and caramel add summer lightness.


The Structured Bag

Bauletto bag in pomegranate woven calfskin, R39 995; Sunglasses R3 795, both Giorgio Armani
Bauletto bag in pomegranate woven calfskin, R39 995; Sunglasses R3 795, both Giorgio Armani
Image: Judd van Rensburg

Compact top-handle bags with structure were seen at major shows. Feminine, boxy shapes appeared in punchy colours, adding zestful fun to this serious bag. Pay attention to details such as texture and hardware, key elements to look out for. Bigger frames not only protect your delicate eye area, but the round shape is vital for summer. Essential tip: attach the bag’s extended strap and wear it cross-body.


The Metallic Bag

Dionysus shoulder bag in suede, R33 900; Sunglasses with rhinestones, R14 200, both Gucci
Dionysus shoulder bag in suede, R33 900; Sunglasses with rhinestones, R14 200, both Gucci
Image: Judd van Rensburg

Metallic elements add toughness to summer’s frivolity. Distinctive hardware in silver or gold decorate and become the major focal point. You’ll want chains, studs, and spikes adorning your bag. Give chunky sunglasses the metal effect too, with a delicate sparkly texture. Essential tip: silver metals work on cold colour tones, while gold metals prefer warm shades.


The New Monogram

Twist MM Epi Leather hand bag, R56 000; Willow Crystal Sunglasses, R8 850, both Louis Vuitton
Twist MM Epi Leather hand bag, R56 000; Willow Crystal Sunglasses, R8 850, both Louis Vuitton
Image: Judd van Rensburg

Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s playful take on the classic monogram sees stickers adorning luxury bags, and has everyone taking themselves less seriously this season. The convertible chain handle can be casually worn cross-body, or hung gracefully from the shoulder. Pair it with understated sunglasses with clear frames that allow the handbag to shine in
all its glory, while still attracting the right amount of attention to the rest of your look. Essential tip: combine with fur pom-pom charms hanging on your bag to give luxury a little more spunk.


STOCKISTS

Cartier 011 666 2800; Griorgio Armani 011 326 7853; Gucci 011 326 7928; Louis Vuitton 011 784 9854

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