How This Throwback Accessory Became One of Fall’s Coolest Trends

Scarves are all good and well, but what about their sophisticated and unexpected sibling, the stole? It’s a garment that admittedly may have enjoyed its heyday several decades back, but is having something of a runway renaissance, with boldfaced cameos on catwalks from Marc to Lanvin. Maybe it’s designers making up for lost time when it comes to this statement-making piece–or perhaps it can be chalked up to another fashion force. Back in early 2014, Rihanna hit Paris Fashion Week wearing a faux stole (graphically emblazoned with the word Fear) from young gun Antwerp talent Hyein Seo. We can’t help but think that perhaps that much-lensed outfit has been rattling around in the industry’s collective unconscious ever since.

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Whatever its origins, this is one revival we’d deem long overdue. Here, our roundup of the season’s best takes.

Stripes and stole make for a winning combo on the street in Paris. Photo: Tommy Ton

Stripes and stole make for a winning combo on the street in Paris.
Photo: Tommy Ton

Fox finery, as envisioned by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind. Photo: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

Fox finery, as envisioned by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind.
Photo: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

Whether this Céline number falls strictly in stole territory is up for debate, but when it looks this good, we’re willing to expand our definition. Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Whether this Céline number falls strictly in stole territory is up for debate, but when it looks this good, we’re willing to expand our definition.
Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Phillip Lim’s decidedly unfussy, grunge take. Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Phillip Lim’s decidedly unfussy, grunge take.
Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

The piece felt purely classic at Max Mara’s homage to Marilyn. Photo: indigitalimages.com

The piece felt purely classic at Max Mara’s homage to Marilyn.
Photo: indigitalimages.com

Watch your step; the dove gray take at Akris is extra long. Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Watch your step; the dove gray take at Akris is extra long.
Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Fur on fur from Jason Wu. Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Fur on fur from Jason Wu.
Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Marc Jacobs paid homage to Diana Vreeland with catwalkers trailing long skunk stoles. Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Marc Jacobs paid homage to Diana Vreeland with catwalkers trailing long skunk stoles.
Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Junya Watanabe translated the trend in singular fashion, making what’s typically plush downright spiky. Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Junya Watanabe translated the trend in singular fashion, making what’s typically plush downright spiky.
Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

One of Alber Elbaz's soigné nomads at Lanvin. Photo: Kim Weston Arnold /Indigitalimages.com

One of Alber Elbaz’s soigné nomads at Lanvin.
Photo: Kim Weston Arnold /Indigitalimages.com

This crimson stole adds a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic moment from Ellery. Photo: Courtesy of Ellery

This crimson stole adds a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic moment from Ellery.
Photo: Courtesy of Ellery

Say it loud, say it proud; Lindsey Wixson as Philipp Plein’s “Warrior” woman. Photo: Yanni Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Say it loud, say it proud; Lindsey Wixson as Philipp Plein’s “Warrior” woman.
Photo: Yanni Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Seeing red on the streets of Paris. Photo: Tommy Ton

Seeing red on the streets of Paris.
Photo: Tommy Ton

Rodebjer’s faux furs were so plush, you might never suspect they weren’t the real deal. Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Rodebjer’s faux furs were so plush, you might never suspect they weren’t the real deal.
Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

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