Every season, we all see a massive onslaught of new products during the pageantry of fashion month. New clothes, bags, shoes, glasses, hats, toys, trinkets, apps, NFTs (barf), and everything else, it never ends! So we’ve sought to sort the wheat from the chaff and cite a few particularly good snippets from the Spring/Summer 2023 menswear shows held over the past month.
But, this being Highsnobiety, why bother doing the exact same thing as everyone else and just celebrating the obvious things everyone has already seen on Instagram? Instead, we’ve selected hidden gems and standout accessories that we’ve glimpsed during the deluge of content.
Yes, we also loved the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2023 collection, the detritus of JW Anderson and the scholarly ambitions of KENZO, but we only have a short time in the day and they can’t all be firecrackers, even when they are all a bit.
Versace Medusa Travel Mug
Versace’s blingy takeaway mugs have been around for a while, but they’re enjoying renewed relevance when faced with fashion’s Y2K craze. Paired with a velor tracksuit, Versace’s crystal-encrusted chalice lends major energy to “Britney Spears on a Starbucks Run” — and there’s nothing more to the early 2000s than flipping through paparazzi photos of Britney and Paris holding Frappuccinos. – Alex Pauly, style editor
I’m absolutely crazy about sunglasses – obsessed, even. Always on the lookout for new pairs, I can always be sure that Fashion Week will have plenty of drastic frames for me to feast on. Matthew Williams’ Givenchy SS23 collection is…interesting, and these sunglasses are nothing short of madness. They give Shark Boy & Lava Girl, spy kids 3, Ratchet & Clank, and a whole host of other childhood obsessions from the early 2000s. Honestly, I hate them, so much that I can’t help but love them. – Sam Cole, Style Editor
Large Hermès bags
In a dream world, I’m really rich and I can afford Hermès. The Spring/Summer 2023 collection featured a handful of iterations of the brand’s Haut à Courroies bag, which is essentially the men’s Birkin (or Merkin, if you will). For me, there’s something very luxurious yet casual about this bag, especially with its new graphics, and it’s one I’ll be spending a lot of time thinking about in the months to come. – Tora Northman, Senior Manager of TikTok
Y/Project middle finger earrings
Y/Project is not just a master of trompe l’oeil, but a provider of relatable moods. Glenn Martens’ Y/Project SS23 middle finger earrings are attitude gold for unimpressed fashionistas who think their plump fingers just aren’t enough. Style tip: pair it with an RBF for a complete look. – Morgan Smith, Style Editor
Junya Watanabe MAN x Seil Marschall Tote Bag
This probably looks like the least interesting collab in a collection full of good ones, but hear me out. In fact, too bad, it totally is. But that’s kind of why I chose it. Junya is so good at walking his menswear brand to the top of that weird line between workwear-y denimhead style and CdG fashion weirdness that even his tamer business has me in crisis. I won’t buy this rubber tote bag branded with the logo of a century-old German manufacturer but I love it for its idiosyncrasies. – Jake Silvert, Editor
Tabi knit socks KENZO
For me, the most important thing for an accessory is neither its look nor its design, but ultimately its usefulness. I loved that NIGO offers different color options for the KENZO SS23 tabi socks, and in a refreshing textured knit for spring. Sign me up for socks and sandals this summer – or better yet, socks and flip flops. – Elaine Lee, Editor-in-Chief