Accessorize This: Accessories Go Out on a Limb at New York Fashion Week

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Accessories Editor, Denise, scoured images from New York to give us this wonderful roundup of trends fresh from the catwalk. She'll be heading to London Fashion Week this weekend, so watch for her report from across the pond...

Accessories Go Out on a Limb at New York Fashion Week
by Denise Grayson

There’s no doubt about it, socks and gloves are over. Over knees and over elbows, that is. Nearly every mainstage designer sent high socks or long gloves – sometimes both - down the catwalk, with leather being the fabric of choice for gloves and black dominating the palette for both arms and legs. So start practicing pushing your mobile phone buttons with covered fingers – you’ve only eight months before your upper extremities will be bound in second-skin leather!

Marc Jacobs sealed the deal on the trend for bicep-length leather gloves come fall, which he used in a range of natural shades to complement his more textural looks, such as those with fur.

Shorter versions were also popular. School girl knee socks both slinky and thick knit added a youthful kick that will either win fans or alienate those who’d rather not be that girl. So those cute ankle socks with demure shoes seen at Marc Jacobs may serve as an attractive compromise for those looking for sweetness that doesn’t border on fetish fantasies. Short wrist gloves were tough in black leather fingerless racing styles or ultra feminine and ladylike with lace trims. And let’s not ignore the forearm, there was something for them, too, from knitted arm warmers to oversize work gloves. Let’s just say the arms and legs were well and truly covered!

TSE's knitted arm warmers and textural scarf give a simple sleeveless dress a unique "cosy glam"

Necks, ears and wrists were generally bare of jewelry; it would seem the statement pieces from last fall’s looks were all but forgotten in favour of a more streamlined look, barring some large string art-type neckpieces from VPL by Victoria Bartlett and some beautiful messes of twisted chains from Vera Wang.

Vera Wang and VPL were among the few who used statement jewelry to accent their looks

Heads went mostly uncovered but hats did make a smattering of appearances, mostly in the form of the smart and classic beret at Cynthia Steffe and St. John and that comfy, ageless winter favourite, the toque, which topped Tory Burch’s cosy knits in a fun pom-pom version while a more fitted skullcap softened up Nicole Miller’s edgy layered looks.

Cynthia Steffe made the schoolgirl pinafore smart and sexy with beret and over-the-knee socks combination

It was ‘anything goes’ with boots: ankle, knee high and over-knee were all represented and even the Wellington made a brief appearance at Ports 1961 and Wendi Reed. Escada went against the black and showed saturated blues, purples and reds.

Patterned tights were back at Cynthia Rowley who’s getting to be known for a beautifully embellished pair of legs, and Vivienne Tam, Rachel Comey and Rodarte took the opportunity to take the texture of their outfits all the way down to the foot.

Rodarte showed knee socks on bare legs and layered over tights, embroidered tights (that were actually loose) and short gloves with soft wool trims to match the textures in the clothes

What is fall without the requisite scarf? Oversized knits and muff-like furs will ensure necks won’t go cold and outfits won’t go unnoticed.

Karen Walker won't let necks catch a chill but she's not so concerned about knees and fingertips; Tory Burch's luxe winter looks are made playful with pom-pom toques and fingerless knitted gloves

Belts cinched in the waists of coats, dresses and sweaters, carrying on the neat and proper look of the 1930s.

The waist was the focal point at BCBG, Peter Som and Michael Angel

As for bags, there was nothing out of the ordinary from the usual shoulder and clutch styles in sizes that are mostly back to regular proportions, with the exception of mini pouches from Rag and Bone that hung from a belt in multiples, should you find yourself unwilling to choose phone over makeup over money. I suppose a single big pouch would have looked silly?

Rag & Bone's trio of mini pouches offer a hands-free alternative to the handbag

Denise is our Accessories Editor and also blogs about fashion at The Swelle Life.


My Passport to Style said...

Hi sweetie, adore look number two, keep up the good work your blog look fabulous! Sharon (UK) XX

amy-mills said...

Hey, nice write-up. I am a big fan of ankle socks but not so much of the long socks. Hope the ankle socks really take off this spring!

Scientific Housewife said...

Fur is apparently the new thing for Fall, I feel like it was in most runway shows.

Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

Cynthia Steffe was just amazing.

PinkBow said...

i love cosy accessories, like huge scarves

Dream Sequins said...

Scientific Housewife: I agree with you-- I've been seeing a lot of fur on the runway! It's kind of shocking, especially since PETA descended on the Denis Basso show recently!

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sweet thursday, Deanne!
I adore especially the Rodarte collection, so many lovely enchanting pieces!!! Awesome!

Enjoy the rest of NYFW and have a lovely day ahead!!!

Jaime said...

Great wrap up! Loved the scarves at Tracy Reese too.

apparellel said...

i love all the fur, leather and metallics i've seen so far. yum. thanks for this post!


xoxo Kellz* said...

i love these pieces!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I love the fur and especially the fur trimmed bags at Marc Jacobs and Micheal Kors. Hope Denise has a great time in London, I will be town on Sunday.

Kristin said...

SO wish I could have seen the Rag and Bone show!! And I'm glad to still see so many OTK socks. I heart them!

Abbie B-C said...

I love your blog so much!

You must work really hard on each post because your blog screams dedication, and a love for writing.

Your writing style is lovely :)

xx A xx

stacy said...

Knee socks and gloves! Love them. Nice recap, thanks.

Brigadeiro said...

Ah! Great 'accessories summary'! :) I fell in love with Vera Wang's twisted pearl necklaces...gorgeous!!!

E said...

Totally in love with the socks and gloves in Marc Jacobs and I am THRILLED about the return of capes!!

VersaStyle said...

VPL by Victoria Bartlett has awesome boots that made me go bonkers... great write up!

Alani Catleya said...

Ahhhhh.... I love everything that you posted on. So far best coverage of fashion week by a blogger! You have fantabulous taste.

MizzJ said...

Fanny packs are back?! Oh good lord.

Kate said...

The Vera Wang dress is gorgeous.

Kimmy Davis said...

Amazing recap!! Love all your takes/picks! I'm soo torn by fur...I want it all to be faux, but the best and lots of vintage is the real thing. Hmph..

Denise @ Swelle said...

About the fur, it always shocks me when I see it all over the collections each year, it seems to be gaining in momentum again. They really don't need to use it, do they?

Denise, Dream Sequins Accessories Editor

drake @ Purple Handbag said...

i like the fashionable and artistic..your blog is really fabulous!

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