City Pulse

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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Images courtesy of Style.com

10) Tough Glove. What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of long, elbow-length gloves? Prom? Bad bridesmaid’s dresses? Well, long gloves are prim and proper no more thanks to Burberry Prorsum’s Fall 2007 collection, which showcased tough-looking black patent gloves, surprisingly subversive for the typically-tame Burberry. To work this “dominant” trend for fall, try Neiman Marcus’ long black patent gloves ($175 at NeimanMarcus.com).

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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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8 ) Cloche Call. Hats inspired by 1920s flappers were all over the fall runways. Cloches at Proenza Schouler, fedoras at Marc Jacobs, and berets at Ralph Lauren. To pick up these Great Gatsby-like chapeaus, visit Saks Fifth Avenue for their “Lola” wool felt beret ($149 at Forzieri.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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6) A Bold Statement. Jewelry this fall is bigger and bolder, with large costume stones in rich, rainbow hues, such as red wines (as seen on the Lanvin fall runway), burnt oranges, even bright blues, pinks, and yellows. You can rock these bold baubles by wearing Erickson Beamon’s “Angled Stones” necklace ($580 at ElectricLadyLand.com), a rectangle faceted jewel bangle ($45 at ShopIntuition.com), or Anthropologie’s “Colores” bracelet ( http://www.beautynewsnyc.com/home/uploads/2007/08/studs.jpg‘ alt=’studs.jpg’ />

5) What a Stud. Black leather with metal studs and spikes?! Sounds more like the wardrobe of a biker than a trend for fall. But nevertheless, fall runways took a tough turn, as witnessed in the Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti collections on anything from gloves to belts to bags. Warning: this trend is not for the shy or those afraid to look a little powerful. To work the biker-chick look, check out Be & D’s “Brando” stud pocket tote ($980 at Net-a-Porter.com) or Isabella Fiore’s “Shir Lux Claudet” bag in black ($381 at JCMadison.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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3) Chasing Farrah. Big, round, 1970s-inspired sunglasses were seen all over the Gucci and Michael Kors runways. To look like you’re ready to disco the night away at Studio 54, make like Farrah Fawcett and pick up these round, vintagey shades from Oliver Peoples ($285 at ScoopNYC.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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1) Belt It Out. Statement belts were prevalent this season on the fall runways; wide, detailed belts pulled together ensembles in the Missoni and Versace collections. Think wide obi belts, belts with rope detailing, and uniquely shaped belt buckles. To make this trend look like a cinch, wear Cynthia Rowely’s leather obi belt ($78 at Nordstrom.com) or Loeffler Randall’s “Esme” ruffle belt ($175 at PinkMascara.com).

Originally published August 2007
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