Every season, what I most look forward to are the accessories we see on the streets. Some of those of course are entering the shows. Now, it is true that of a few of these are given by the designers to the wearers and represent the runways. However, the unique interpretations we see outside each fashion week keep us smiling and inspiring. I love what the the models wear in between shows, their own interpretations, the writers, the editors etc. It’s not about the “trend”, but about how everyone makes their own looks using these little accessories gems. There were some definite themes and some fun inspiration possibilities this season. Designers were mixing it up with straight off the runway fall collection availability and change was in the air. We saw metallics shoes and accents, cat eye styles and mirrored sunglasses (hail to the 80s and 90s -yes I remember these- as a baby;) #iwish #oldish), stripes, things also were a bit punk or studded, light denim was about, handbags are smaller and belts are big again, just to summarize a few things we spied. What I love about street style, is in the way everyone seems to be in a rhythm….giving us hints about fashion weeks to come….Yet showing us what can be made wearable. Yes it is a high stakes game, but there are true flashes of brilliance and realism there too.
This time we wanted to pull together some looks we spotted and coveted by accessory type, giving readers some alternatives as to where to find those piece or something similar they desire. There is always a lot of vintage used during fashion week which I applaud, so we will do our best to discuss a few options! One thing is for sure this fall and coming spring seems to be all about the shoes. Embroidered, colorful, metallic, studded, metal details…..it’s time to pamper your foot.
THE SHOE CUT:
New York Fashion week F/W 2016-17 brought new looks as fashion goers braved the frigid temperatures and still managed to bring lots of style to the streets. Rachel Guillaume and Hannan Saleh captured some accessorizing via the streets for us. We decided to post a plethora fashion accessories and “visual stimulation”. The examples on the runways certainly did not disappoint either. We seem to be in a transition here back to black for the next season, which let’s face it in New York- black never really goes away….One could really see a sort of chic urban gender neutral and a bit punk inspiration coming from Lynn Ban for Fenty Puma. These accessories are modern and fashion based, yet wearable. The layering possibilities are endless….. While I personally see accessorizing as finding yourself and style via these pieces daily, one can embrace their own look. Fashion week brings themes, but also people who march to the beat of their own drum as well. I love looking at the colorful show. The purpose here is to provide inspiration to the viewer, keep them updated on what is going on in the streets. Although, inherently I love to see someone who adds inspiration into an already understood personal way of dressing and accessorizing as well as the trailblazers Perhaps, you’ll find something that speaks to you. Enjoy……
However, color is here as well, as is the case for Alexis Bittar’s 80s modern accessories for Jeremy Scott! While that is one of the styles shot on the street as well, the runway did also seemed to support the grey black white themes, there was plenty of color in the form of fur/faux fur scarves and accents. Fendi brought everyone this last week in Europe. In fact Fendi’s looks included accessorized black, textured colorful coats as well as boots. Boots will be higher, but for those who prefer extreme comfort, larger soled sneakers are still strong. In fact, a more laid back city chic look seems to be taking over as well. Let’s see what secrets the streets are giving up:
Fade to Black- Here I’m just going to describe the trend as having four main types (chic edgy almost goth), (street smarts-they also enjoy grey), (black and white) and the (optimist-they need a touch of color with their black).
Warm and Furzy:
The Accessorized Coat (belts over winter wear and texture, color/pattern to the coat).
The Modern Miss Lauper-
How to apply these styles you love- I have to admit as an accessories gal, I like black. I like to wear it with silver and gunmetal style accessories. I also like big pieces full of color. Win Win… So as for the fashion jewelry and bag game this coming season- you have options. A bag with texture, print/pattern or color can’t be wrong. Metal bags, smaller structured sizes, embellishment seems central to the bag game too. Or you can go with a simpler style bag with black or metal details and embrace the oversized colorful scarf or “fur/faux fur” accessory with it. There are some interesting silver options in chain mail bags and such out there for the upcoming season, the vintage answer to this would be a Whiting and Davis mesh bag 1920s-70s examples.
Jewelry to wear with black- chokers with silver accents, leather jewelry. Also, as we saw on the runways via Fashion Hong Kong; sunglasses with attitude and hair accessories are also an option to experiment with.
I like the idea that outerwear is important this season as well- the patterns, colors and such almost make the coat a “fashion accessory”. Great modern shaped earrings can compliment this “coat centric” look, add a chunky scarf or a belt.
What about the Men?
While our focus was primarily upon women’s fashion accessories, some men are embracing a more laid back approach: fashion styles actually overall seem to be more gender neutral so to speak, but the trends still apply as we see below with Jeremy Scott. Men we know you love your jeans and it’s all about denim, but you can’t go wrong mixing it up and adding some great eye wear as well. It’s never a bad idea in terms of men’s accessories, to go with color on the foot, while embracing all these darker hues for the upcoming f/w 2016-17 season. Not to forget, the classic black and white sneaker never dies. Don’t get me started on man bags…..
When one thinks of Rebecca Taylor, designer and brand, they envision modern feminine wearable clothing. As of late, Princess Kate in her suit might come to mind. Don’t get me started on RT’s Spring and new Fall/Winter 2015 looks. Upon closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the they have quite a collection and focus on accessories of the same make. What I love is that she sources items from New York designers, LA and abroad; curating a selection that compliments her clothing and speaks to her “it girl”. In a world where we increasingly shop online, it’s great that she has some of these available via Rebecca Taylor -the website.
However, as this fashion jewelry lover soon learned, when I stopped in her Mott street storefront in Soho, that wasn’t half the story…. Plus, there are literally more unique pieces in the drawers waiting to be put out. The store itself, has an ambiance that is quite clean, yet nature inspired. From organic jewelry style sculptures to the lighting.
Store manager Christina Mercurio, was lovely, showing us pieces new to the store-even giving us a peek at that mysterious drawer full of coming pieces….. The store’s collection gives one the sense that the owner understands what accessories a modern women will enjoy wearing. She has chosen easy to wear items and has a knowledge of fashion trends. Staples in the shop, but not online- included various 14k gold earrings which could be mixed or matched. A very contemporary concept that I enjoy! If I want to buy one earring I can!
Examples include, Jennie Kwon or Adina Reyter diamond studs which could easily be worn alone or mismatched. The earrings were not the only items that could be stacked, new arrivals to the store and online include the cool and modern Meridan cuff.
Prices ranging from 110-140 for the silver items. Most of her offerings include quality 14k gold, sterling, and also brass pieces at great price points. Possibly my favorite earrings, besides the Faris earrings (now on SALE), were the stake style Collette Ishimaya earrings, $90 in the Soho store. Collette, a New York designer, is now stocked at the shop.
If you are in the mood for some international inspiration and some energy harness crystals, the store also stocks Krystle Knight jewelry. Look no further, with geodes-(in demand, yet again and really never seeming to go out of style) as well as stackable rings, you are covered.
The central point concerning the way Rebecca curates accessories, is that you have access to the rising jewelry stars. Yet, they are done with an eye for what will remain classic. The pieces are unique and editorial- you won’t see yourself coming and going on every street corner. This allows you to accessorize her clothing in a thoughtful way. Not to forget the sunglass line, Sunday Somewhere, she carries is also modern and chic.
So, next time your are in the mood for some new threads, remember the JEWELS!
With the what feels like longest February ever, which still has not totally thawed and a freezing fashion week behind us in New York, I wanted to do a post on all of the looks caught via Hannan Saleh’s lens. Not just the current and coming trends, but the creative looks seen on the streets during this NYFW FW 2015. She snapped the style of well known attendees, from bloggers, editors to models- like Man Repeller, Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment, Susie Bubble, Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar, Eva Chen of Lucky, Gigi Hadid, as well as Zanna Roberts Rassi and Nina Garcia as they zipped in and out of the shows. Too many really, to list, but you will recognize many fashion faces below! Hannan is becoming known for her street fashion photos. She has a keen eye and is a quick shot. There are definitely lots of winter colors, coats, bags, scarves, glasses, shoes and hat inspiration. These ideas can most definitely be used as we ride out the last cold weeks of winter into spring. And the bags and sunglasses well, those are fair game all year!
Not to mention most of those accessories can be applied next winter, as the looks worn by many were in the spirit of the season being shown on the runways aka Fall/Winter 2015. Besides, The Cut, just awarded their best looks to winners and gave out the peacock award, so it seemed like there was a window to talk street style again! I’ve tried to compile a series of her images, that I know you’ll enjoy and items I’d love to wear. (*All images Hannan Saleh, rights reserved). They capture perfectly the spirit of New York fashion week -so without further ado- Who would you choose for best accessories? Hit the Continue Reading link below to see the complete slideshow!
I’m in a bit of a new affair with Warby Parker, a socially conscious eye glass company with fashionable and modern frame designs and a decidedly vintage appeal. Their “buy a pair, give a pair” philosophy is really quite inspiring. There is something very “American sporty” about it all! With stores in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, Boston and beyond they are also becoming easily accessible. Their vintage roots, available colors and instant attitude are appealing to me. By instant “attitude”, I mean the designs have personality, you can use them as an accessory. To me some of the glasses say: well traveled French literature student, others speak the language of a sexy Clark Kent and in another, I see a stylish hard working accessories editor on the run…
To celebrate their five year anniversary, they are launching their new “half decade” collection today. The 5 designs are the first ones they ever created, newly resurrected- well 5.5 styles exactly, but you can check that out on their site via this link. Plus, I enjoy the quality of construction ( Part of the frame materials are sourced from a 150 year old Italian company) and the pricing is easier on the wallet than you would think. When they asked me to create a look to celebrate, it was a fun challenge. Here is my favorite style from their half decade collection – the Wiloughby. I paired it with my new dream jean, these star jeans by Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler PS1 backpack and Eva Fehren diamond earrings for a photo worthy street style look.
Possibly my favorite accessories find from their site are the sunnies, which at times feels like Marilyn Monroe hitting the beach in the 1950s, with a bit of today’s gal. Take a look at the Banks or Reilly and you’ll get what I mean. The best news for the opposite sex is that they have so many options for men (both sunglasses and eye glasses) and many are unisex. Here is a taste of the various ways you can express yourself.