By  on August 4, 2008

Accessories are a bit like Monet’s water lilies: The details can be impressive, but to gauge the total picture, you have to step back for a broader view. The message thus revealed this fall? There’s something for everyone, and while some trends at first may seem familiar, delightful differences permeate the collections. Take the classic pump: It’s updated with the look of a loafer, or reinvented as the new stiletto. Suede returns but is paired with metals and trim, and also looks fresh in patchwork designs on heels. Embellishments such as fur and crystals continue to make shoes and bags fresh. And jewelry is having a moment: The must-have accessories for fall are bold and dramatic necklaces and cuffs. In a nod to things to come, Marc Jacobs seemed to design under the influence of Terry Gilliam’s cult classic film, "Brazil." The Forties-meets-future sensibility of shapes seen in Jacobs’ shows felt reminiscent of Gilliam’s over bureaucratized dystopia. In “Shadow State,” we pay homage to this dark and visually dramatic film, highlighting some of the season’s best architecturally inspired pieces. In our “Character Building” story, we explore some classic fashion personalities, offering the freshest takes on these iconic styles. Whether you fancy yourself to the manor born or a hopeless romantic, fall offers accessories to fit your shtick. There is also plenty to explore on the news front—everything from hot hat makers to election season accoutrements and designer desk sets.

Think you’ve seen it all before? We guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Just remember to take a step back first.And then dive in.

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