Most importantly, The Accessories

25 February 2013

New York Fashion Week has come + gone leaving me to wade through the wreckage of blogs, magazines and street-shots pondering what ever will I wear next Fall? I decided to start with the most important – The Accessories.  And for one who is partial to cliff-notes, I’ve tapped Cameron Gardner, one of the most talented handbag and accessories designers in Manhattan.  Cameron is Midwestern raised, Los Angeles schooled and  most recently designed accessories for the Empress Tory Burch. Here are his picks for me, you + everyone else.  Follow his adventures on instagram.

Who is running this game? PROENZA is, still.

From graphic leather gloves to not so sweet bows on pointy toe heels, there was a refreshing tidiness to the collection. I’m not usually a fan of kitten heels but I found the simple sleek shape of the upper-toe a modern update to the usually stale style.  This was by far my personal favorite accessories collection in its entirety.

It’s getting SEVERE up in here (up in here.)  

The graphic moment hit a peak  last season courtesy of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton and since happy to indulge in the severe and over-the-top, I continue to welcome this trend.

It comes as no surprise that a few highlights of the graphic moment came from Calvin Klein Collection: a beautiful haircalf portfolio clutch punctuated with a matching stiletto which carried an unexpected hit of brushed gold hardware.

Continuing with the modern heritage of his brand Narciso Rodriquez provided some gorgeous additions to his young handbag business. Simple modern shapes with beautiful tonal piecing of snakes, suede, and smooth leathers.

Building on his ever-expanding business Reed Krakoff provided us with new additions; the highlight? An optic white gusseted clutch with a shaped hardware top handle. Gimme!

The Business Lady gets REAL.     

It’s important to balance your personal collection of bags with pieces that also serve a practical purpose. Some of the successes of beauty and function came from the debut of the Elizabeth and James’s  handbag collection. The trapezoidal tobo (that’s a tote + hobo hybrid) with clean hits of hardware was my personal favorite.

The T-Strap, mildly chunky heel at Marc Jacobs Collection was a beautifully practical shoe for any woman’s collection. For the business lady who wants to push the envelope Alexander Wang offered the downtown girl an option, a beautiful boxcalf multi-gusseted shoulder bag stood out as one of the it-bags for the season.


Girls love a little sparkle and a touch of whimsical.  It’s a great way to elevate a simple look for day, or transition into the evening. Tory Burch stayed true to her roots with one of my favorite evening bags of the season – a cigarette case with a giant metal cricket highlighted with embedded cabochons.

With their trademark irreverence and wit Rodarte added some whimsy to a simple if not serious, suede + patent pump by styling with a nude ankle sock with a placement print of a rose.

If it’s a wild night out you’re looking for slide on Thakoon’s multi-metallic ankle boot, and if that wild night happens to be cold include the skunky oversized fur by Altuzarra.

Another lady that knows how to stick to her heritage: Anna Sui provided a perfect technical needlepoint-y shoulder bag to add color to any drab fall day. This isn’t your grandmama’s handbag.


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