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Editor’s Letter: Opportunity Knocks

Right now, accessories might not seem to be among life's necessities. But those who live and breathe fashion know better.

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WWD Accessory issue 02/09/2009

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 story first appeared in the February 9, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.


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.

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