Push the power but­ton

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Fashion - - THE INSIDER’S GUIDE - Tilly Ma­cal­lis­ter-Smith

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?

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