The Fashion Memo

How To Style This Season’s Coveted High-Shine Accessories

A glossy, metallic accessory is the quintessential pairing for a party-season look – and with some directional styling, the glamour can extend well beyond the dance floor, says KARA KIA

Styling Connie Parkinson
Clockwise from top: bag, Bottega Veneta; pumps, Saint Laurent; bag, The Attico; slides, JW Anderson

Ultra-modern, high-shine accessories are a defining feature of dressing up. But while metallic pieces match the mood for evening events, these sartorial treasures can elevate off-duty outfits with a touch of sparkle, too. The FW22 runways debuted sleek collectible accessories in gold and silver leather, as well as lustrous pink and green fabrics that retain a soft tactility, despite their glossy exterior. The key to styling metallic shoes and bags is to keep the rest of your outfit tonal: dress up neutral, matte fabrics with flashes of silver and gold, or wear high-shine details with a head-to-toe iridescent look. Inspired by ’20s glamour and the bright lights of discos, metallic accessories lend an avant-garde, futuristic appeal to any look.

Whether you’re heading out for dinner and drinks, or dancing until dawn, consider new-season offerings from The Attico and Versace. The Attico co-founders Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio created a range of bags for each day of the week, and the aptly named ‘Friday’ leather tote demands to be taken ‘out out’. Crafted from gleaming chartreuse leather in a sculptural shape, it will enliven LBDs and add an irreverent touch to tailoring. Meanwhile, Versace’s vertiginous ‘Medusa Aevitas’ pumps are the perfect party shoes. Beloved by everyone from Beyoncé to Ariana Grande, the cult platforms ensure an unforgettable after-dark look. Style them with a crystal-embellished mini skirt and a shimmering tank top for the ultimate dance-floor outfit.

If your style leans more towards the classic, Bottega Veneta’s metallic-green leather mules add subtle shimmer. Their slip-on design ensures effortless styling, while the signature quilted finish guarantees on-trend cool. Pair with indigo high-waisted jeans and a timeless white shirt for a chic lunch-date look. For sunset soirées, reach for Loewe’s gilded version of its coveted ‘Flamenco’ clutch. The sartorial embodiment of golden hour, this piece looks as elegant with an evening gown as it does with a slinky slip dress and kitten heels.