The old adage goes, “When one door closes, another opens.” Accessories right now, during the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, might not seem to be among life’s necessities. But those who live and breathe fashion know better. What’s a better pick-me-up during rough times than a fresh pair of heels or a smart new bag? For some, a new purchase may be the result of brown-bagging it at work and Netflixing instead of running out to the latest premiere. And others may be lucky enough to be able to splurge on the very best. Either way, there’s plenty waiting outside one’s door.
This season, we’ve pulled together the best accessories out there in every price range. At the top are fabulous couture shoes by Christian Louboutin, a Harry Winston necklace with more than 245 diamonds and one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton shoes.
For those scaling back, there is no shortage of great finds to lend a jolt of style. From Erickson Beamon jewelry at Target to a snappy little Anya Hindmarch clutch or the brightly woven platforms by Report Signature, $195. There is a bounty of shoes, bags and jewelry that give your look a lift without breaking the bank.
In this issue, we speak with Becki Newton, Ugly Betty’s Amanda Tanen, the subject of our cover story, “The Cat’s Meow.” Newton wears fashion as easily as any runway model. Her character may just inspire budding fashionistas much in the same way Sarah Jessica Parker did on Sex and the City.
In “To the Rescue,” we imagine the world of a modern-day superheroine. The featured pieces teeter somewhere in that rarefied air between outer space and great style. Finally, in “Great Escapes,” we set out on a vicarious round-the-world journey in search of international style. For the best spring 2009 accessories, we’ve opened the door. And it’s just waiting for you.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye