City Pulse

By Shelby Deering

Spring can make any girl a little giddy. Is it those pleasant, rising temperatures? The flowers bursting into bloom? The newborn baby animals at the Central Park Zoo? No, silly! It’s all the cute new accessories for spring she’s been dying to break out ever since March 21st hit. Here are the top 10 trends in accessories as seen on the spring runways and how you can score them at non-runway prices.

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Marc Jacobs Metallic Bag

10) Bags of Steel: Metallic bags have been around for a few seasons now, but they’re still showing their strength in the spring collections of Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Luella. The basic silver or gold bag of past seasons is now more detailed. DSquared2 shows an oversized bag with gold, silver and copper patchwork, and Diesel’s collection includes a brushed gold handbag with fancy embossed floral designs. Show your steely fashion sense with Kathy Van Zeeland’s “Status Top Zip” silver handbag with a chain link handle and python detailing ($45 at www.kathyvanzeeland.com).

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Oversized Beads

9) Bigger is Better: With the oversize trend dominating the runways (ironically, on undersized models), it’s no surprise that Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney broke out some monumentally-sized bead necklaces in their spring collections. The trend may look a little clownish on the streets, so instead, try wearing a smaller version, like Francesca’s Collections’ oversized lucite bead necklace ($34 at www.francescascollections.com).

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Prada Fringe Bag

8) Fringe Benefits: Yee-haw! Fringe is back in a big way. Prada’s leather fringe bags from the spring runway are an unexpected and fresh addition to a season filled with futurism. The large handbag version goes for over $3,000, but you can look just as stylish riding off into the sunset with Melie Bianco’s leather-fringed hobo bag ($130 at www.fashionflairs.com).

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Tory Burch Giraffe Scarf

7) Wild Thing: Models took a catwalk on the wild side this spring as they toted wicker elephant-shaped handbags at Christian Lacroix and donned giraffe-print scarves at Tory Burch. Chanel has an adorable charm necklace with kitties, bunnies and butterflies, and Cartier has a gold ring in the shape of a leopard’s head in its current collection. To tap into your animal instincts, try A.P.C.’s “Cat” brooch ($46 at apc.fr) or Boudoir by Disaya’s super-cute rhinestone-encrusted owl earrings ($120 at www.electricladyland.com).

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Proenza Schouler Sunglasses

6) Grease Lightning: Sunglasses inspired by en’s shades of the 1950s appeared on the Luella and Proenza Schouler spring runways. You don’t have to be Danny Zuko to rock these geometric shades, so pick up a pair of Fantas-Eyes’ “Surfrider” sunglasses and party like it’s 1959 ($18, www.fantas-eyes.com).

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Marc Jacobs Newsboy Cap

5) Mad Hatter: For those of you who love a fashion risk, the whimsical hats shown on the Marc Jacobs, Prada and Ralph Lauren runways may be perfect for you. It might be tough to pull off Prada’s jewel-tone turban out in public, so it’s probably more realistic to try a version of Marc Jacobs’ jeweled or metallic newsboy cap or Ralph Lauren’s wide-brimmed fedora. Check out LuxuryDivas.com’s “Indy Style Wide Brim Fedora Hat” ($23 at www.luxurydivas.com) to get the Ralph Lauren look, or a white, glittery Marc Jacobs-inspired newsboy cap from E4Hats.com ($18 at www.e4hats.com).

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Gucci Corset Belt

4) Of Corset’s In Style: Corsets making a comeback? They may not resemble their pain-inflicting ancestors, but corset belts (with multiple buckles) were seen everywhere on the spring runways, from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana. They follow last season’s trend of cinching in the waist when wearing a flowy blouse or loose dress and will instantly create an hourglass shape. Try JC Madison’s Linea Pelle leather metallic woven corset belt for that perfect final touch on a simple white eyelet dress ($120 at www.jcmadison.com).

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Chanel Bangles

3) Bracelets with a Bang: Bangles were still prevalent on this spring’s runways as seen in Chanel, Kenzo, and Pucci’s collections. But the difference this season is that there were so many bangles stacked on a model’s wrists, you wonder how all 85 pounds of her could handle the weight. To tone the look down, only layer three bangles at a time, at the max, four, and try them in an alternating rainbow of colors, like the ones available at Aldo Accessories ($12 each at www.aldoshoes.com).

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Louis VuittonMarket Bag

2) From Market to Market: Whether you carry them to the beach or for their intended use (at the supermarket instead of a plastic or paper bag), “market bags,” typically in materials that ward off stains like plastic or canvas, are becoming increasingly popular in today’s green, green world. Louis Vuitton featured a plastic plaid version on the spring runway that would work in the grocery store as easily as it could at the beach. Shopintuition’s plaid Market Bags by Jaye Hersh are a great alternative to that high-priced Louis bag ($85 to $155 at www.shopintuition.com).

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Oscar dela Renta Clear Lucite Necklace

1) I Can See Clearly Now: One of the most innovative trends seen on spring runways was the use of clear lucite in jewelry, as was seen in the Oscar de la Renta spring show, and follows the season’s prevailing futuristic theme. To look more chic than space-agey, choose a single strand of this clear material, like Target’s “Chunky Bobble” necklace ($10 at www.target.com).

Originally published May 2007
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