This story first appeared in the April 4, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Like many French expressions, it sounds more highfalutin than it is. It simply means “ahead of time.” In this issue of WWD Accessory, we bring the best bags, shoes and jewelry for pre-fall to offer the first look at the season ahead. With a renewed focus on luxury and a revamped look, we’ve scoured the market, edited and photographed the most important pieces in all sorts of accessory categories.
In New & Now, read the latest news from all points of the globe: Hit bags right off the fall 2011 runways in New York, Milan and Paris; a behind-the scenes look at a storied Belgian luxury house; celebrities’ must-have accessories of the moment, and more.
Trends distills the 10 most important directions for the season and the stellar items from each.
The love of luxury isn’t something for mere mortals alone, as young Hollywood tends to be equally obsessed. In this issue, we caught up with Jamie Chung, whose star is rising with the recent film Sucker Punch and the soon-to-be-released The Hangover Part II. A self-described “girl’s girl,” she was an eager subject who thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in the season’s top of the crop of clothing and accessories.
In Bold Measures, wildly colorful jewelry runs from costume to fine with the most important message being “the bolder the better, and the more the merrier.” These pieces are not for the faint of heart.
Bright Lights, Big Color also works the theme, with plenty of shine, as two perennials in the world of luxury—color and metallic—join for a fresh spin on the look with pieces that will take you through this season and beyond.
Once you finish perusing these pages, we’re sure you’ll be raring to get out and shop. And this season, there’s no excuse to wait to choose your must-haves—after all, we’re giving you a good head start.