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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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