Saturday, April 19, 2008
I know, I know...it's April. Hardly the time to be thinking of fall, but in the world of fashion I'm already late. I sort of missed Fall 08 fashion because I had some personal/family things happening and it was the first time I haven't gone to cover the shows in a few years. Lately my mind's been buried in my Spring/Summer 09 designs and so I decided to take a little break this morning and check out all the fall accessories, plus it's always nice as a designer to see where your ideas lie in the overall continuum of fashion. Candy Pratts Price did an amazing job putting together the best of bags, boots, and jewels for fall over at Style.com-- 571 picks altogether(!) Believe it or not, I went through every single one and picked out my favorites. It was impossible to even think about making it a Top 10 list, so I thought it might be fun to leave you with a little weekend eye candy. For better or worse, here are my Top 30 picks for fall:
There's a lot of sea-inspired jewelry for fall--coral, shells, and other maritime motifs, mostly shown in gunky clunky clusters around the neck. Maybe it's me, but having heavy things bunched up around my neck makes me feel claustrophobic. I thought this cuff captures a lot of the essence of the trend in a more wearable form.
That said, if you are going to wear something big around your neck, why not wear your heart?
This lavender bracelet will compliment all of fall's deep purples.
I love oversized rings and this is the best one I've seen for fall.
There's something about this and it's weighty texture that just looks it would feel good on.
I love everything about this--it's the kind of conceptual novelty piece that's rare--it (like totally) works!
These are a lady-like take on the multi-strap trend for fall. Pretty!
Funny, circus colors are around for fall, and who better to do it with than Manolo?
With the right dress this is a great evening shoe!
Blingy, I know. But with a beautiful simple black dress, these could be stunning.
These would make you fall for your favorite little black dress all over again.
I just love these. They would work even with jeans.
Spats are big for fall and not my favorite look, but these are subtle spats and the knot gives the boots just the right amount of je ne sais quois.
As it turns out, in the season of "the shoe", my favorite looks are all boots. These three (#16-#14) are amazing in my opinion, each one better than the next!
These would just make every day boot-wearing so pretty...
Ugh. I just hate it when fashion gets to me like this--I think I might truly suffer if I don't get this pair!
On to bags now. Sorry everyone, I know shoes trump bags these days, but I will always be a bag lady at heart. This one just squeaked into the line-up, I've never approved of logo fabric, but it's pretty cute, right?
Another big logo (eek!) but somehow Pucci can get away with it, at least in my book. It feels more happy than your usual fall bag, maybe it's the summery shape combined with bright purple patent and great handles.
A great black bag with a little punch.
A bag to brighten the dreariest of days!
Another great day bag.
This is a super cool take on your grandma's bag.
I like it. It's simple and the baby pink will really pop against fall's textures and deep colors.
I can't imagine saying no to this handbag.
This is where it gets hard because each one of these could be my #1 choice for best Fall 08 accessory. I'm rating this one #5 only because the colors and utilitarian shape may seem a little boring to you--although it pains me because it's so my cup of tea--a real working bag that's also luxurious.
The color, the leather + patent, and the size--it's altogether fantastic.
Who cares that skulls are over? This clutch is insanely fabulous!