The New York fashion shows are nearly done and the vote is in for accessories.... the more the better.
Reuters fashion writer reports today:
"If you can't buy a new outfit, you'll spend on a statement necklace or stacked bracelets," said Nina Garcia, fashion director at Marie Claire who is known for her role as a judge on Bravo television's "Project Runway."
"It's an immediate fix" that suits the fashion-conscious and budget-conscious consumer, she said.
So big are accessories for spring that scarcely a delicate piece or a bit of fine jewelry could be found, said Robert Burke of Robert Burke Associates, a luxury consulting company.
"We're not seeing anything small," he said. Instead, he added, "look for very signature items."
Many in the fashion world see bold, chunky jewelry as the new 'it' bag, said Judy Licht, a television co-host of Full Frontal Fashion.
Designer Nicole Miller's long swinging necklaces, which hung well below the waist, were decorated with amulets evocative of voodoo, which the designer said was an inspiration for her spring collection. Australian designer Tony Cohen's models also wore long gold chains.
Where once the dress was a woman's fashion staple, the accessory has moved in and taken over, said Stan Herman, former head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America whose designs sell on QVC television and online shopping site.
"This is an accessory time, no doubt about it," said Herman. "Accessories are where the money is." read more of this article here.