Accessories Talk: It’s all in Your Head

Sita at Yeezy. Rachel G photo.

That’s a wrap. Another fashion week in New York comes to a close. February 2017 was quite a trip for the eyes. Rich, overdone, embellished, and yes accessorized. From the Nicholas K runway collection to Georgine, it was clear that gold and metallic was in the cards….I don’t think the athleisure /street/ punk/grunge influences have gone anywhere either, as alluded to on the runways (Desigual,Hakan Akkaya, Nicole Miller), although a few have gone decidedly militant.


Rachel Guillaume NYFW Feb 2017, shot for us. All images on the streets by RG unless otherwise identified.

There was a nod to the overdone 80s and embellishment in all forms. Rich hues and deep red tones were sometimes dotted with earthy carmels…. Oversized layers and off shoulder looks allowed for belt play. Lots of large furs in a kaleidoscope of colors seemed to be everywhere. Overall, pink, black,metallics, red, gold, black and white, and well just an exuberant 80s use of the color white.  Yes, 1990s florals in velvety rich combinations were on designer’s runways everywhere…… Anna Sui, who was an originator of some of these looks (let’s not forget), brought new incarnations in her show which did not disappoint.

Libertine, highly accessorized spider web jacket.

Mixed prints, embellishments, “jewelry clothing” and textures made my review of this week a little fashion drunk, I blame you Libertine. Libertine had what I call jewelry packing its own clothing. It was so embellished and shiny, the accessories were tailored into the garment!  Their show was one of my favorites and I feel a sick need for that hand coat dress….

Overall, there seem to be a dual personality: on one end we have the soft, velvets, flowers, and the other the hard, black leather, studs, tailored atheleisure sweats, gym bags as handbags… Maybe this is more realistic, in terms of how the style of real people exists. With many layers and incarnations.

Jeremy Scott Headdress. Phone image. NYFW the shows.

Yet, the vintage drama queen in me loved Chocheng’s 40s Noir setup, the old hollywood glamour of Badgley Mischka and the decidedly classic showgirl style of Jeremy Scott’s head gear. At the Blonds there was also a bit of the showgirl vibes in the sequin jumpers that came with a dash of Grace Jones! However, let’s get back to hair jewelry because it is sure to continue to please….and yes it was on the streets too. Jeremy please send the gorgeous headdress here to the showroom #WANT.

Jeremy Scott Feb 2017, phone shot from live NYFW coverage online.

What Tales the Streets Had to Tell:

I am always surprised, for some unknown reason how much photo time we devote each NYFW to the sunglass habit. I don’t know why I am taken aback, considering I use mine all the time…. I even try to make them a constant headband. I truly need help. So, there were definitely a lot of sunnies out there and some pretty examples. Playful bags point to a probability, that next season will also be a highly pop art adorned, embroidered, textured, and colorful extravaganza. It’s definitely all in your head, well on the head this month! Attention was definitely paid to hair too, in all of its wide variety of hues.  The hair game was key and I think we saw head gear/jewelry beginning to really take off (even though we saw some last season) with more bands, crowns, headdresses both on and off the runway.


Giovanna Englebert.

Natalie Joos in a fun and comfortable looking set up.


Zanna in her kicks and leopard. Lots of leopard used in many attendees street style outfits.

Gucci bags are still going strong outside the runways. Lots of dyed fur. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Outside Coach, New York Fashion week. Feb 2017.

Street style outside Yeezy. Feb 2017. Loving that Chanel Bag!

Coach bags, street style. Feb 2017.

Closeup on the bags and shoes, Feb 2017.


Rachel Zoe really kept a sort of Hollywood Glamour to her looks. Love these earrings!

Giovanna accessorizing her legs in dot tights.

More modern geometric and colorful earring example were found and these are also appearing even more in the editorials.

Hair jewelry via Chiara at Coach.

Political messages in the form of fashion. We saw quite a few of these t-shirts and accessories. It was nice to see some definite gal power out there. Caroline Vreeland.

In my mind this is Debbie Harry #fan. If someone knows who this stylish New York we snapped is for sure let me know. The hat is cool as ice.

Paris and Nicky at Oscar.

Leomie Anderson, Adesuwaaighewi, Duckie Thot giving us a crew to be reckoned with.

Chiara at Jeremy Scott.

Outside Jeremy Scott. Feb 2017. Rachel Guillaume photo.

Menswear on the streets. Yeezy. RacheGuillaume photo.

What appears to be a vintage Moschino belt caught on the streets. Feb 2017. Rachel Guillaume photo.

Ending street style with a girl squad who gave us something to chew on and well were very well accessorized. Fashion week Feb 2017. Rachel Guillaume photo.


What I am personally taking from this season, is some courage to go back to mixed textiles, patterns, and colors. In my home I use this credo and my closet is full of texture and color waiting for a reason to get out. This can seem tricky, but what’s life without some color.  Also, the geometric earrings in larger sizes are really flattering (Annie Costello Brown). I don’t think it’s about the brand logo. Gucci is having a moment, but even in their embroidered clothing its not all about the label text. Right now you can get away with casual finds, abused denim, artist made jewelry, and even more vintage textiles.  I guess, actually it is about having your own voice, an awakening, an expression of your identity or what means something to you. We’ve moved out of your body as a billboard for a brand and into making it a billboard for you.

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