Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

As summer and Fashion Week are behind us, and the brisk fall weather begins to settle in, fashion mavens can celebrate the new season by donning the best and brightest of the Fall/Winter collections. The season is full of great wardrobe essentials and a new array of eye-catching styles. This fall, it is all about the accessories, from mixed textiles to exotic skins, bold pop colors and accented fur trims, these pieces not only complement but standout as a creative expression of one’s wardrobe.


The surest way to have an attention-grabbing look is to pair any of your fall basics with a bold and unique handbag, shoe, hat or pair of gloves. A prominent fashion trend seen on the fall runways and racks alike has been the blending of colors and textures, resulting in refined yet lavish textile combinations. Sprucing up a basic dress or blouse and denim is as easy as throwing on a bright mixed textured tote or color-blocked knee-high boots.

Burberry’s Raffia & Leather Satchel is a versatile yet luxe structured bag mixing mustard calfskin leather and woven raffia. Available at, $1,395. Diane von Furstenberg’s Harper Day Bag combines zebra-print haircalf and white and black diamond-weave jacquard for the perfect fall accent bag. The exotic multi-patterned handbag is available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $895.

Add a playful touch to a black pencil skirt and neutral blouse with Miu Miu’s glitter and peach suede peep toe ankle boots. The silver glitter-finish leather and curved heel will give a very chic-edge to any look. Available at For a fun twist on a fall sandal, consider picking up a pair of Elizabeth and James leather colorblock sandals with a chunky wooden heel. These are stylish sandals to wear with trousers and a tailored blazer or throw on a pair of opaque tights and a flirty mini skirt for a night out. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $295.

Exotic skins are in! — found on ankle boots, totes and clutch bags alike; the bold pattern is a statement maker and can be bought in bright hues and many different styles

Giuseppe Zanotti’s gray and white snakeskin peeptoe pumps are designed in a classic slingback silhouette with a twist. Pair the exotic textured pumps with a bright silk shift dress and a neutral clutch for the perfect cocktail attire. Available at Try the eye-catching style in a cross-body bag designed by Derek Lam. The python saddle bag with its signature ram hardware and adjustable strap is a fashionable piece without over powering your look. Available at Barneys New York, $890. Get the look without the exotic-skin price with the Zara two-tone tasseled sandals in color blocked leather. The snakeskin leather heel and camel-toned front make for a fabulous statement heel. Pick up the heels at Zara, retailed at $129.


No matter whether it is faux or the real deal, fur trim and embellishments adorned the likes of shoes, handbags and gloves at all the major Fall Collections from fur-trimmed sunglasses at Alexander Wang to fox fur hats at Oscar de la Renta. Luxuriously contemporary and will turn any fall/winter look into a chic ensemble, these fur accents will perfect your accessories collection. Alice + Olivia’s Penelope Suede and Fox Fur Ankle Boots, $495, are modern and add an easy-luxe feel to an otherwise basic boot silhouette. Burberry’s Fur Collar Scarf, $895, is constructed of a fox fur neck and plush shearling trim for a stylish accessory for the brisk fall and winter weather. For those who prefer to wear something more animal friendly, the Marc by Marc Jacobs, $398, faux fur and leather drawstring bag is a lush carryall for day or night. All accessories are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Originally published October 2011
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