Byline: Marc Karimzadeh
NEW YORK — While there isn’t a specific must-have item, such as last year’s hoop earrings, many vendors are banking on equestrian influences to lead trends overall this fall.
Solid handbags, often in soft leather, are also increasingly important as the embellishment trend continues to be on the decline.
“In handbags, there is a big trend toward equestrian-inspired looks, with chunky hardware, saddle colors and burnished leather,” said Reed Krakoff, executive vice president and creative director of Coach. “People are returning to things that are less techie looking.”
“The whole softer influence looks right, now, with bags that are not so structured and feature functional pockets and zippers,” said Helen Welsh, president and chief executive officer of The Helen Welsh Group, a new multiline showroom.
For jewelry, vintage or “Moulin Rouge” looks, with details such as Victorian cameos and enameled pictorials depicting religious images will be a key trend.
“Scale and boldness continue to remain strong,” said Patricia Stensrud, vice chairman and ceo of Victoria + Co. “The category is getting a lot of exposure among high-profile and high-influence venues, such as on television and celebrities.”
Belts saw a resurgence for spring and many said the momentum will continue, mainly due to the popularity of jeans and low-cut pants. Pashmina shawls continue to be on the decline, and some noted that fur as a neck classification is likely to replace that trend for fall and holiday.