Accessories continue to sizzle at retail, and whether in the luxury, midtier or mass markets, they provide consumers with a jolt of fresh fashion, instant access to the latest trends and, in many cases, a piece of a designer dream.
According to WWD's shopping survey, 73 percent of consumers polled reported that they've purchased accessories in the last year. That's only second to casualwear, which 83 percent of those surveyed said they purchased in the past year.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"