L.A.’s Latest: Accessories Designers

A look at three up-and-coming accessories designers.

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Little Doe
Chase Cohl’s fashion-forward hair accessories with a homemade hipster edge include headbands, headpieces and miniature headdresses. Cohl began by stringing together delicate silk pansies and sewing them onto a velvet ribbon. Each handmade piece takes about seven hours to complete.

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Floral and feathered headbands start at $300, and taller headpieces and crowns are $400. For fall, Cohl is experimenting with tie-dyed velvet, braided silks and gold and silver painted feathers. Custom and special orders are available at oeislove.com, and ready-made styles are sold at Satine in Los Angeles.

Costume Dept.
This summer’s “Mama Mia! The Movie” is ushering in a new generation of Abba fans, bringing with them Lycra spandex leggings as the latest retro trend to make a comeback. Costume Dept. (costumedept.com) offers leggings made from dead stock fabrics from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties in wild patterns, from outrageous ethnics to leopard-print crushed velvet to turquoise tiger prints. Prices range from $35 to $59.

Garland Collection
This jewelry line specializes in nameplate pendants in white, yellow and rose gold. The flat, egg-shaped pieces are bordered by an intricately engraved crest with a space in the middle for a name, initials or a special date.

Designer Nicole Mann Novick came up with the idea after seeking a keepsake of her own wedding. Now, even “Gossip Girl” Blair Waldorf sports one.

Starting at $480, they come with 16-, 18- or 30-inch chains, as well as the option of a “diamonds by the yard” chain. Updated ID bracelets also are available. Novick predicts the next “It” piece will be a 57-carat lemon quartz stone “ring pop” modeled after the nostalgic candy. Garland sells at Fred Segal, Rose Ark and garlandcollection.com.

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