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Come nightfall, the dress isn’t the only way to dazzle. One’s evening bag often makes just as much of a statement as one’s clothing.

Especially this fall. The autumn’s crop of bag are equal parts functional objects and objets d’art. For instance, Alexander McQueen showed a white leather version decorated with a fairy-tale scene of a unicorn under a shooting star. Oscar de la Renta offered a hot-pink satin number, heavily embellished with jet beading. At home or in hand, either would be a conversation item.

Check out our other callouts among the season’s best trends, from footwear — tall bootschunky-heeled shoes, mary janes, men’s-inspired shoes — to accessories — top-handle bagssmall shoulder bags  and clutches — to jewelry.