Dust off that bedazzler — it's going to be a shiny holiday.
New York's accessories trade shows held last week saw an influx of firms touting all that sparkles for next season. Metallics are still faring strongly in hosiery and handbags, while oversize, colorful wrist pieces round out fall and holiday jewelry.
At AccessoriesTheShow at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, novelty legwear remained in high demand for holiday, while socks were turning out to be a major player for spring.
"Our biggest news is the trouser sock with fancy tops," said Ed Miccinati, design director for StockinGirl. "All these starlets I've seen out and about in L.A. and here are wearing them. They're wearing only one at a time or pairing them with sandals or a pump. It's very California."
Miccinati offered the girlish ruffled socks in 10 styles. He expects socks to make up 70 percent of his spring business. Other top trends at StockinGirl include metallic over-the-knee and thigh-high socks, as well as sheer tights with a heavy, layered leg.
Spring will see an abundance of the firm's novelty footies, such as Look From London's legwarmers over metallic hose.
"We love the long-short look on the leg," said the company's creative director Tony Taylor.
For spring, the Brooklyn-based brand will push striped and metallic ankle socks the fashionable girl will wear with flats.
Sana Yassin, owner of the store Fleurt in Dubai, browsed Look From London's collections, hoping to extend the legwear trend into Middle Eastern territories.
"Hosiery isn't big in Dubai yet, but we follow what's going on here," said Yassin. "Fashion is fashion everywhere."
Melissa Lawson of the Shoe-in chain perused Levante's selection, looking for some new legwear offerings to complement her stock of Chloé and Michael Kors shoes.
"We carry footless from DKNY and Calvin Klein and we used to carry Wolford," said Lawson. "But we're trying to find some novelty items, more contemporary. There are so many dresses for fall plus all the booties, so we know legwear is going to be big."
In handbags, patent leather and metallics are still hot trends for fall, along with animal prints and embossed leather."We're working a lot in prints like zebra and giraffe, and snake patterns," said Gil Mannarini, brand director for Elite Models' Fashion Bags, the retail division of the agency. "Patents are also strong for us in reds and blacks."
At Accessorie Circuit, Cynthia Rowley also went animalistic this season, showing calfskin leather cross-body bags with splashes of cheetah print.
In the clutch category, Lorelei's natural python pieces in rose gold and pewter palettes are the big sellers for resort and holiday.
"Our texturized metallics are strong, as well as our bow python bags," said designer Laurie Kaufman.
Retailers are finding metallics versatile.
"Metallic is the new neutral," said Stacey Pecor, president of retailer Olive & Bette's. "Before, it was a fashion item. Now, people are so used to it, it's seasonless. It looks great with white jeans in the summer and sparkles up holiday."
Jewelry brands took a cue from the runway for fall by presenting strong collections in gray, black and white. The bracelet is also the season's major jewelry piece, with firms offering the wide cuff in a variety of styles, as well as stackable bangles.
"This holiday is about the wrist," said Brad Frey, president at showroom DP Accessories. "People are doing multiple cuffs or one big statement piece."
Sisters Emily and Ashley Green, designers of their new brand Emily and Ashley, are putting out hematite oversize cuffs. "We like to work with a lot of grays and sapphires," said Emily Green.
Susan Hanover, designer of her one-year-old eponymous brand, can't keep enough stock of her stackable bangles made simply from wire and stones. Each bracelet wholesales for $22.
"I started with wire and thought, how could I make a bangle with this," said Hanover.
Sparkling Sage's wide metal cuffs come in all colors, each with a fleur-de-lis-inspired design.
Gerard Yosca's eponymous jewelry house is working gray pearls into his cuffs for holiday. The designer's bracelets are bigger and more daring than in previous seasons.
"People want something big and fabulous, and the cuffs are selling great," said Yosca. "Big and over the top is what it's about. It's a costume jewelry moment. Women who haven't discovered it are discovering it, so it's new and fun."But not everyone wants to go over the top. Suzanne Levine of the Newton, Mass., store Jubilation, is looking for fall and holiday trends' middle ground.
"I'm looking for accessories with quality, and that are moderately conservative and not super-edgy," said Levine.
Michelle Stone, designer of Citrine by the Stones, is also layering up with her gold Peace Bangles, while Alexis Bittar decorated his signature Lucite bangles with studs and crystals.
Lee Angel also showed bangles in swirly blue, white and green enameled styles. Designer Roxanne Assoulin noted bracelets make up 50 percent of her Lee Angel business.
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