Push the power button
Buttons are having a moment. How do we know this? Because Phoebe Philo says so. Or rather proved it so at Céline, with glossy black ones in various sizes that fastened the sleeves on to the bodies of padded cream coats. Barbara Casasola mismatched matt and shiny discs on blazers, which then migrated northwards to become earrings. Derek Lam’s discography included smooth grey circles like coasters, while Acne used them in red and cobalt to enliven tweed coats.
So what do buttons have to offer? A neat trick for freshening up a successful idea without giving it a total overhaul, for one. All those dots become a sort of Morse code for the style insider: ‘Ahh, you have that Céline coat with those buttons – that one is really new.’ What’s more, fashion purists will be doubly happy in the knowledge that this fanciful little indulgence is entirely functional and nothing at all like those superfluous accessories such as phone charms, bag scarves and shoelace tags (ask your nephew). But the real question is, can buttons outdo the statement earring as the accessory du jour?