It’s a great time to be an accessories person. From Y2K denim-on-denim mini bags to sci-fi silver moon boots and sculptural heels, Barbie pink to balletcore, the Spring/Summer 2023 runways were brimming with inspiration. In a dream world, we’d have a pair of Simone Rocha ballet flats strapped to our feet and a Blumarine micro bag hanging from our arm, but there’s just no way our budget is stretching to these luxury fashion prices. Luckily for us — and for you, fellow accessories magpies — we’ve stumbled across the perfect alternative.
Charles & Keith is a Singapore-based accessories brand whose designs take direct inspiration from the runways and look ten times as expensive as they really are. They’re so good that designers like Chet Lo are even kitting out their models in Charles & Keith’s statement footwear for their fashion week presentations.
Read on for the brand’s best and discover how to dabble in some of this season’s biggest trends without the hefty price tag.
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Only a few designers dipped their toes into the past this season (Raisa Vanessa, Rowen Rose and Egonlab, to name a few) but thanks to the runaway success of Daisy Jones & The Six, we can tell that the ’70s are going to be big news this spring and summer. For your own slice of retro style, you’ll need a pair of aviator sunglasses (naturally) and you can’t go wrong with this daisy print in various shades of blue denim.
Charles & Keith Gabine Floral Denim Studded Clogs – Blue, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Oversized Wireframe Aviator Sunglasses – Gold, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Gabine Floral Denim Shoulder Bag – Blue, $, available at Charles & Keith
Thanks to the summer’s most highly anticipated pop culture moment — the release of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie — shades of pink will be everywhere this season. Charles & Keith has nailed it with almost unreal-looking, doll-like accessories. It’s all about the exaggerated buckles, top handle bags and chunky heels.
Charles & Keith Sinead Woven Buckled Loafer Mules – Pink, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Este Printed Trapeze Bag – Fuchsia, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Rubina Slingback Mary Jane Pumps – Light Pink, $, available at Charles & Keith
This season is all about the Canadian Tuxedo.
Charles & Keith Bryn Denim Chelsea Boots – Light Blue, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Denim Cut-Out Penny Loafers – Light Blue, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Aberdeen Denim Checkered Platform Boots – Multi, $, available at Charles & Keith
Blinged out silver
Gold has had its moment in the sun; it’s time for silver to take over. Simultaneously sci-fi and classic, glamorous and futuristic, silver accessories work so well with the season’s other top colour trends: vibrant purple and cobalt blue.
Charles & Keith Holographic Leather Gem-Embellished Pumps – Multi, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Sequinned Double Handle Tote Bag – Silver, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Transparent Heel Strappy Mules – Silver, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Tie-Around Canvas Ballerina Flats – Black Textured, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Tie-Around Ballerina Flats – Black, $, available at Charles & Keith
Charles & Keith Tie-Around Canvas Ballerina Flats – Orange, $, available at Charles & Keith
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