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Accessories: What’s Selling Now

Top performers at key stores around the globe.

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WWD Accessory issue 08/13/2012

It’s a topic that always matters. WWD polled 18 top multibrand retailers for their current bestsellers across accessory categories. As expected, function proved paramount.

Comfort and sensibility continue to be a draw for shoe shoppers. Flats dominated the footwear results, with Alexander McQueen’s Leather Skull Charm flats and Sequin Skull smoking slippers going strong at Lane Crawford, and Sam Edelman’s Aster loafer performing at Bloomingdale’s. Moto boots also remain a fall staple, with Jimmy Choo’s Biker boots making both Net-a-porter’s and Tokyo’s Isetan’s lists. Chic sneakers, like Balenciaga’s Resille Low Trainers and Isabel Marant’s Bekket high-tops, are also gaining traction.


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“Every season there’s a piece that defines how we want to dress. There’s no doubt that Isabel Marant’s high-tops are the chosen ones for this summer,” says Helen Attwood, buying manager for shoes at Selfridges. “High street is awash with replicas. Women can’t get enough of them.” Handbags also veered pragmatic, with satchels, including Proenza Schouler’s PS1, and totes, such as Mulberry’s Del Rey, taking the lead for day. For evening: assorted styles of Alexander McQueen’s minaudières, which made the ranks on Neiman Marcus’, Lane Crawford’s and Saks’ lists.

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