Style & Beauty: Accessity


by Qiana M | ARCHIVES

This fall, fashion has taken to towering heights with sky high heels, over the knee riding boots, lengthy gloves, over-sized weekender bags and statement clutches to mark a return to tough decadence. Buckles, spikes, studs, baroque and ornate jewels decorate everything from footwear to purses to gloves presenting a variety of looks that are anything but dainty and ladylike. While a great outfit can turn heads, Style & Beauty knows that the key to taking a trend from the pages of your favorite fashion magazine to ready to wear lies in killer accessories. Splurge worthy or to die for at fraction of the cost, whatever price point tickles your fancy, Stunnerbaby has your Accessity Fall 2012 Trend Report on this season’s “must-have” accessories.

Weekender Bags

Over-sized and embossed are two things that immediately come to mind when thinking of this season’s weekender bags. The off the runway staple can be seen on the arms of fashionable celebrities, corporate chic business professionals and stylish savvy moms alike. Whether it’s an exotic animal skin embossed bag for the office, a bold colored leather bag for running errands or a suede bag for a luxurious getaway, the weekender bag is the perfect combination of the roomy comfort of duffel bag and streamlined chic of a cross body bag.

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(Brahmin Morgan Double Bag, $325; Tory Burch Robinson Weekender Bag, $850; Marc Jacobs Venetia Suede Weekender Bag, $2,580; Reed Krakoff Atlantique Alligator/Python Weekender, Price Upon Request.)

Collar Necklaces

Previously only seen on only the most adventurous or eclectic of fashionistas, the detached collar has collared its own niche among must-have accessories this fall. Variations of the collar crazed trend range from pearl adorned and chain embellished to studded and fabric constructed have popped up on blouses, dresses and sweaters everywhere. Try the detached embellished collar or collar necklace as a substitute to the popular bib necklace when looking to create a stir.

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(Gemstone Bib Collar Necklace, $29.90 Zara; Sequin Peter Pan Collar, $28.00 Topshop; Pearl Peter Pan Collar, $30.97 Asos; Adia Kibur Gold plated Collar,$50)

Smoking slippers

Unlike their cousin the ballerina flat, the smoking slipper is reminiscent of casual luxury minus the Hugh Hefneresque playboys and Cuban imported cigars. Pair the masculine smoking slipper with a mini skirt and graphic tee or sweater for a casual yet not overly done look with a girlish charm or play up the simplicity of the slipper’s silhouette with fun patterns combined with easy breezy tonal separates.

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(YSL Gold Metallic Tip Leopard Print Calfhair Slippers $795; Vince Camuto Quilted Leather Loafers $98; Kelsi Dagger Tabitha Blue Suede Slippers $49.99; Christian Louboutin Plaid Spike Toe, $895)


We’ve got you in our clutches and there’s no escape! Minimalistic, embellished, trimmed in hardware or gone wild, the “It” bag day or night makes a bold statement that can make a break your outfit. A clutch can add a pop of color for those gals who like to play it safe or flirt with personality for those gals that are more adventurous.

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(Jason Wu Daphne Warrior Clutch, $1,595; Brahmin Alexis Clutch, $245; Zara Gemstone Clutch, $50; Matthew Williamsen Green Suede Embellished Clutch, $1,615)


Designers want you to do one thing this season, reach for the sky. Boots with dangerously high heels stormed down runways and were a prominent feature on boots from booties to ankle length to mid-calf length to over the knee. Ride high with the equestrian trend, take a walk on the wild side with thigh high stilettos or channel your inner bad ass with motorcycle boots. Whichever style satisfies your boot fetish, you’ll be stepping in style.

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(Pierre Hardy Leather & Suede Boots, $1,095; Cole Haan Riding Boots, $498; Givenchy Tall Leather & Suede Boots, $1,750; Oscar de la Renta Two Tone Boots, $1,795)


The short or long of it all is that gloves have made a return to the accessories’ scene. Often reduced to a simple yet stylish outerwear means to keeping your hands warm, gloves have regained their high society status as an extension of the cocktail dress or a conversation piece to a peplum blouse or top. Whether adorned with fringe, studs, zippers or painted two tone, in animal print this lady like accessory has edge.

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(Gold Studded Leather Gloves, $20; Echo Fringed Leather Gloves, Asos $78; Diane von Furstenburg Red & Black Leather Opera Gloves, $395; Olive Leather Zipper Gloves, Topshop, $38; ALDO python gloves, $15)

Sources: Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar

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