NEW YORK — The runway shows might be in full swing, but accessories designers and houses have also been making statements about town.

It began with an event celebrating the launch of Eileen Shields shoes in the East Village at the Issue Project Room. Shields, who designed for Donna Karan and was instrumental in the launch of DKNY Footwear, also plans to open a store in her native Dublin in July, which will be a combination shoe store and art gallery. Shields served cosmos and chocolates to her guests as she offered wholesale prices to buyers and anyone else wanting to place an order. It was truly a family affair, as Shields’ husband, Mark Orange, a curator at the Spencer Brownstone Art Gallery, hung shoes art-gallery-style on the walls with red strings, and her brother Kevin Shields, who wrote the music for “Lost in Translation,” provided the tunes. Judging from the parade of little ones at the party (new mom Shields encouraged her guests with kids to bring them) perhaps a children’s line is not so far off.

Over at Henri Bendel, Brazilian designer Costanza Basto arrived to show her latest collection, which included boots this time around. “In Brazil, it is usually too hot for boots,” Basto said. “But in New York, they are a must-have.” Costanza Basto, of course, are still the only shoes sold at Bendel’s.

Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti also exploited boots for fall. Known for his outrageously sexy sandals, this time Zanotti worked boots in all possible styles, from brightly dyed crocodile to mink-lined silk satin and “corseted” cutout suedes. And, as he does every season, he adorned lasts with shiny brass enamel panther heads and rhinestoned crocodiles.

Meanwhile, at Delman, the news for fall is color, color and more color — in both suedes and patent, while looks ranged from tasseled loafers and high boots to revamped vintage Delman styles done for Dior. At Hollywould, its fall 2004 shoe and bag collection was inspired by Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief.” Details included miniature handcuffs, oversized rhinestone jewels and laser-cut ruffles.

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey, Rafe Totengco unveiled his collection in his store replete with hanging lanterns and Asian cocktails. He showed his signature matching bags and shoes in great tweeds and suedes as well as leather and patent. The mauve, purple and green color palette make this a collection to go ape over.

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