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By Shelby Deering

Ahhhhh, fall. Is there a more glorious time in the fashion world? Fall means the unveiling of brand-new trends for the coming year, the ability to throw on a tent-like sweater and long pants on those “I feel bloated and I haven’t shaved” days, and, best of all…the mammoth-sized September Vogue that we fashion gals wait for with bated breath to hit newsstands.

To navigate this fall’s trends, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 accessory trends seen on the runways, along with suggestions of accessories that are so on-trend for fall, you’ll look just like you stepped right off the pages of your beloved September Vogue and on to the street.

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9) On the Other Hand. It seems that hands are getting their moment in the spotlight this fall, as seen in the unique hand-held clutches on the Prada, Jil Sander, and Hermès fall runways. They’re being called “muff clutches,” and are either held by placing your hand in a strip of fabric (as seen at Prada) or are literally bags that double as muffs (seen on the Hermès runway). To try a version of this trend that’s a bit more street-friendly, check out Hayden-Harnett’s “Mercer” clutch ($320 at HaydenHarnett.com).

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7) Electric Avenue. Bags in day-glow colors electrified the fall collections and stood out among fall’s blacks and grays, as seen on the Chanel and Dior runways. Give your fall ensembles a shock of color with Goldenbleu’s “Mini Parker” patent leather tote in yellow ($264 at Yoox.com).

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4) Gimme Structure. Those huge, floppy bags of last season are long-gone thanks to this fall’s structured frame handbags, seen on the Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton runways. Based upon the ladylike frame bags of the 1950s, today’s structured bags have been made modern with animal prints, like L.A.M.B.’s “Cheetah Kingston” tote ($675 at eLuxury.com) and chain-link handles, like this chain-handled doctor’s bag from Bing Bang ($745 at Barneys.com).

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2) Geometry Class. You might as well store your flowery, feminine jewelry. This season, jewelry is becoming shapelier with abstract, geometric details, seen on models in both the Marc Jacobs and Marni shows. To find these ultra-modern, attention-grabbing pieces, look no further than Kenneth Jay Lane’s geometric multi-stone disc necklace ($125 at Shoptwigs.com) or Peter Som’s oval-embellished embroidered necklace ($355 at eLuxury.com).

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Originally published August 2007
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