The womenswear world is obsessed with “it” pieces — clever statement accessories that all the bloggers, stylists and ~influencers~ flaunt all over Instagram, giving the item must-have status before they move on to the next trendy novelty. Fendi’s hairy keychains were all the rage for a bit, and the internet lost its mind when Louis Vuitton unveiled some iPhone cases shaped like its legendary trunks. The big players know the power of a witty, well-designed accessory: something that looks dope and stays true to the house identity, while being affordable (compared to a luxury cashmere coat or leather jacket, anyway).
The men’s world is, luckily, a lot more resistant to this sort of one-season mentality, but every now and then some genius designer conjures up a piece so clever that it’s bound to be a smash hit with the male side of the high fashion clique when it drops. Gucci’s kangaroo-lined horsebit loafers were all over the fashion week streets last season, and Alyx Studio’s amazing Rollercoaster belt has all the hallmarks of a “must-have,” too.
Over the weekend, Prada unveiled its FW17 collection in a stunning concrete-meets-leather paradise designed by OMA architects. The house’s FW17 season was, supposedly, a homage to all things normal and low-key, although Miuccia’s smorgasbord of furry, shaggy-haired pieces weren’t exactly chill. Included in the symphony of brown and beige was a selection of extra-hairy belts that looked like beloved Star Wars icon Chewbacca had been sacrificed in the name of high fashion. Prada’s luxe belts appeared in a buffet of colors, from harmless caramel to risky pink.
Hairy, shaggy and furry fabrics were a big vibe in 2016, and Prada’s accessory squad seems to have taken notice, boiling the trend down into an easy-to-wear statement piece (it’ll probably still cost a fortune, though).
They look pretty ridiculous, but that’s kinda the point in a statement piece. We’d style it with loose, light-washed jeans (ripped knees optional) or some baggy wool pants, for some luxe- casual-cozy vibes.
For more trend reports from the front line of fashion week, get familiar with Gucci loafers and bowling shirts. They were both all the rage last season, but don’t let that bother you: they’ll look just as sick in 2166 as they did in 2016.