It’s finally a wrap for the Spring 2018 shows. While we’re busy determining what the trends will be for the upcoming season (New York alone already gave us a pretty clear picture), it’s only right to take a moment to fawn over the oddballs of the group.
And there were a lot of oddballs. From the quirkiest of handbags (Mary Katrantzou’s blowup flamingo and Maison Margiela’s plane pillow, just to name a few) to sponge-style kitten heels, we definitely witnessed some sartorial gold make its way down the runways. Of course, we can’t fail to mention the wildest headpieces we’ve seen in some time, with everything from clear plastic boater hats to princess crowns making appearances.
To celebrate all things weird, we rounded up the 21 coolest accessories we saw over the past month of collections. These pieces might not become the next big thing (Junya Watanabe’s chokers seem a bit—err—dangerous) or be very practical (Balenciaga’s platform crocs are a tad much for our taste, though we’re sure Mario Batali is swooning), they certainly have viral appeal.
Below, check out our favorite pieces from New York to Paris.
What better ode to summer than an inflatable flamingo purse, like this one from Mary Katrantzou?
Who needs an umbrella when you can wear a waterproof Chanel boater hat?
Is this an accordion, or a handbag? We’ll have to ask Gabriela Hearst.
It doesn’t get quite more magical than these white horse earrings spotted at Brandon Maxwell.
We hope these foam sponge Christopher Kane kitten heels are as comfortable as they look.
Could anything be sweeter than Delpozo’s quirky woven bows?
Florals for spring? Yeah, we've seen 'em. But floral-encrusted thigh-high boots for spring, like the above from Cushnie et Ochs? Revolutionary.
Well, it doesn’t get much fringier than this Calvin Klein bag.
Alexander Wang’s Spring 2018 headbands and crowns are sure to make you the life of the party.
It looks like Margiela has us covered the next time we’re flying international; its series of pillow purses, neck pillows, and eye masks are perfect for midair naps.
At Fendi, even the bags have bags.
We might have mixed feelings about Crocs, but we can’t deny that these platform Balenciaga versions are, well, interesting.
We’re swooning over this John Galliano princess tiara.
Leave it to Marc Jacobs to send the most party dad sandals we’ve ever seen down the runway.
Indian-American designer Naeem Kahn looked to traditional Indian jewelry for the absolutely stunning septum ring chains many of his models wore.
How to ensure proper sun protection? Wear one of Adam Selman’s denim visor capes.
For the second season in a row, Alessandro Michele sent knockoff-inspired “Guccy” bags down the Gucci runway.
In case you were wondering, punk’s not dead. Just ask Junya Watanabe and his army of spike-wearing models.
This wavy bag from Mansur Gavriel is the perfect combination of minimal and quirky.
Why wear a regular hoop when you can wear a Fenty x Puma yin-yang hoop?
Nina Ricci’s feathery crowns are one part princess, one part leader of the marching band.