-For Footwear News fashion assistant Brittany Sullivan, working around fabulous shoes and accessories never gets old. It also doesn’t hurt to have a healthy obsession with sky-high stilettos and gladiator flats. “Each season, I look forward to seeing the elaborate creations strutting down the runway and becoming the hottest trends,” she says. “My favorite trends for spring are the crazy heel treatments and geisha-girl platforms.”

-Paris-born photographer Antoine Verglas began his career on the other side of the camera, working as a host on a popular French TV show after graduating from France’s prestigious ESC school of business. In 1990, he moved to New York and started working behind the lens. Shooting intimate portraits of top models such as Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford helped him develop a signature style, which is apparent in the vampy, campy shoot he did with actress Becki Newton for WWD Accessories.

-West Coast bureau chief Marcy Medina, who has worked at WWD since 2000, has seen accessory trends come and go, but says Irish jeweler-designer Tom Binns defies the norm. “What I love about Tom’s pieces is that they always look chic, whether they are from the current season or from 10 years ago. They never look dated or trendy.” Medina visited Binns in his Venice Beach, Calif., studio for “Merchant of Venice,” where he shared his favorite local spots as well as his design ethos. “He loves the beach culture, but he said he’d rather visit his own extensive archives for inspiration, since so many other designers copy him. I suppose it’s quite efficient.”

-Greg Broom, a New York–based still life and beauty photographer, shot “Great Escapes” for WWD Accessories. “We were really inspired by Benetton ads from the Eighties and the love of travel,” he says. Broom studied photography at Spéos in Paris, lives at the South Street Seaport and is always happy to go to South America.

-For as long as she can remember, Marcie Young has enjoyed listening to people from all over the world talk about their passions. No wonder, then, that the Footwear News associate women’s footwear and accessories editor was intrigued by what drives six of the shoe industry’s hottest young designers. “When someone is willing to sit down with you and let you see how they tap into their inspiration, it’s amazing,” Young says.

-An avid TV watcher, fashion writer Jessica Iredale admits she didn’t have to do much research when it came to interviewing WWD Accessories cover girl and Ugly Betty star Becki Newton. “Sadly though, Ugly Betty is probably a more accurate portrayal of life in fashion than, say, The City,” says Iredale. Midinterview, Iredale and Newton discovered they’re kindred spirits when it comes to baubles: The actress gushed about her latest favorite accessory—a Marc Jacobs cuff. As for Iredale, she’s still waiting to get her hands on a bit of Lanvin’s costume jewelry.

-Marcie Quintana says traveling to the 2008 Beijing Olympics as an NBA cheerleader put trendspotting in a new light. “Although there are many different cultures and languages, the great thing about fashion is that it doesn’t require any translation,” she says. This is Quintana’s second season working as sittings assistant for WWD Accessories, styling pieces and working with photographers.

-Scouring the fine jewelry market for the precious baubles that add sparkle to these pages was gratifying for fine jewelry market editor Nicole Keating. “I especially loved finding those hidden treasures, such as Ricardo Basta’s Indian headdress brooch. It’s a fun market, and honestly, who wouldn’t love to be surrounded by diamonds and sapphires all day long?”

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