As a magazine editor, I’m constantly obsessing over details. I have spent more time on thesaurus.com searching for the perfect word to describe a pair of trousers than I have actually shopping for trousers. When we’re putting the finishing touches on an issue at deadline time, I patrol the wall where all the new pages are pinned up, monitoring how the magazine is coming together. Does that juicy feature have a stop-and-stare headline you just can’t flip past? Does the cover font add precisely the right pop of colour? I do this because I know that little things, even a single word (should we really be describing spruce blue as a “saturated” shade?), add to the entire experience, from photos to captions to grammar.
Details matter in fashion too. Accessories act as the punctuation marks for an outfit. An extraordinary handbag, a delicate gold pendant necklace or even just a great red lipstick is how a style sentence is finished. Take the edgy yet elegant Off- White c/o Jimmy Choo collaboration stilettos, which serve as a very bold exclamation point to anything worn with them. This month’s Accessories Special brings you some of the best accent pieces on the market, from monogrammed slides to a checkerboard backpack.
The accessory I’m most excited about is the teeny-tiny ’90s-era-with-a-twist sunglasses that have been popping up on runways from Alexandre Vauthier to Alexander Wang to Balenciaga. No, these micro-shades won’t forgivingly cover pre-coffee puffy eyes in the morning; nor will they do much in the way of quality UV protection. And…their size seems to be best suited to supermodels. But that doesn’t matter at all to me. I love that they show more of your face to the world. Having nothing to hide is the best accessory of the year. Period.
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.