And the Biggest Accessory Trend For Summer 2018 Is…

If you need a brain break because it is Friday and for whatever reason, time is moving by like it has adopted the mobility of a snail, I invite you to consider the following hypothesis: if last summer was all about the kosher crustacean (kosher because, you know, we weren’t eating them, we were just wearing them), the one ahead of us will belong to the seashell.

Maybe by summer 2019 we will observe, think and talk about animal shells, like those of tortoises and turtles. Who knows. The world is crazy! But for now, the manifold designers took a page from Prada’s book of style, (see: Fall ’17, Spring ’96) and off they went.

Of course, the usual suspects continue to manufacture their best wears independent of what’s trending: Aurelie Bidermann (slide 1) is nary a stranger nor visitor when it comes to the neon puka shell. Rosie Assoulin (slides 2, 8, 10), has been drawing faces in the sand and calling them “Shell McFIERCEon” like the weirdo that she is with augers and tritons and clam shells since well before last summer.

(Restaurant tables are not safe either.)

But why the hooternanny must you wait until summer 2018 to begin indulging in the offerings of Rebecca de Ravenel and the aforementioned Rosie or Sanayi 313, etc?

You know as well as I do that the only way to accelerate the time it takes between winter and summer is by pretending that winter is already over. So, yeah, wear your earmuffs — wear them proud — but make sure that when you take them off, you have a couple of conchs (my favorite are from Albus Lumen, slide 7) to clip into your lobes. (We also DIYed a pair using Amazon gold hoops and some shell charms we found.)

Thank your sweater for keeping you warm, but freckle it with Venus shells, like the gilded ones by Tohum Design (slide 7). And lest I forget the semele bobby pins (from Etsy and just $4)! If that’s not an excuse to take a risk and get bangs, I don’t know what will be.

But back to the brain break portion of this post. Please enjoy the eye feast of a slideshow above, artfully crafted by our visuals team for your consumption’s pleasure. Only 134 more days until #LoveSummerHateEverythingElse…

Photos by Edith Young. Creative direction by Emily Zirimis. Prada insert by Vogue Runway. 

Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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