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Under The Influence

From The Beatles’ center-seamed, pointy-toed black leather boots to Elton John’s eclectic eyewear to Madonna’s black rubber bracelets, accessories historically have been integral to a celeb’s image.<br><br>Today, it’s the...

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From The Beatles’ center-seamed, pointy-toed black leather boots to Elton John’s eclectic eyewear to Madonna’s black rubber bracelets, accessories historically have been integral to a celeb’s image.

Today, it’s the likes of Avril Lavigne with her oversized men’s ties and J. Lo with her diva-worthy sunglasses and earrings. Even journalist Katie Couric inspires some accessories aficionados.

With that in mind, WWD surveyed accessories store owners and trend consultants and asked who they think has the most impact on shoppers. “Many of our customers come in asking for an item they saw on their favorite celebrity,” said Cora Hysinger, owner of the Girlprops.com accessories boutiques in lower Manhattan. “For the younger shoppers, inspiration often comes from the music world, while for older customers it usually comes from actresses.”

Here, the top 10 trendsetters:

Jennifer Lopez

Sarah Jessica Parker

Gwen Stefani

Avril Lavigne

Jennifer Aniston

Cameron Diaz

Christina Aguilera

Kelly Osbourne

Pink

Katie Couric

This story first appeared in the February 18, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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