Byline: Carmen Borgonovo
PARIS — Chic, witty and romantic, fall accessories made a sparkling sensation in the City of Light. In styles ranging from Edwardian-inspired boots and shoes, to whimsical handbags and glittering jewels, the final details added a striking panache to this season’s fashion lineup.
In the shoe department, designers took a romantic flight back to the early 1900s, offering feminine round-toe, lace-up boots. At Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs played with the Russian theme and showed charming boots that laced up the side, while Tom Ford at Yves Saint Laurent added a touch of gypsy glamour to the look, featuring two terrific styles with intricate braided leather details and provocative black silk ribbon lacing. On a more contemporary but equally enticing level, the cowboy and motorcycle boots are back this season. At Christian Dior, John Galliano paired wildly colored cowboy boots with his wispy evening dresses. And at Loewe, Narciso Rodriguez offered his own sexy version of the combat boot with a sky-high stiletto heel and a dangerously sharp silhouette.
As for bags, designers took flights of fancy, showing everything from a whimsical boom-box bag at Dior to a nautical-inspired denim messenger bag at Celine. Karl Lagerfeld did an amusing take on the Chanel bag, decorating it with pearl, camellia and bow accoutrements, while Christian Lacroix showed a super-hip, Seventies-inspired shoulder bag with long fringe and ruffle details. On a more luxurious note, Hermes showed terrific fur bags and Valentino glammed it up with colorful feather evening bags.
The Tour Eiffel wasn’t the only thing sparkling this season in Paris, as jewelry also made a glittering sensation on the runways. At Cacharel, there were charming rhinestone brooches that decorated everything from the bags to the sweaters as well as humorous trompe l’oeil pearl and brooch designs painted on the shoes and clothes. Jean Paul Gaultier in his homage to Prince and Eighties fashion showed great star and moon brooches that looked best when clustered together on the side of a jacket; while at Emanuel Ungaro, there were great shoulder-dusting jade earrings perfect for a glamorous night out.
The milliners must have been busy for fall, as designers topped off their looks with a great selection of hats. At Ungaro, there were fab pageboy leather hats; and at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs continued with the Davy Crocket theme, but spiced it up, offering the furry numbers in soft pastel shades. At Dior and Chanel, there were also colorful wool-knit hats that are sure to keep one feeling warm and fuzzy during any winter chill.