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They sell seashells: Designers often look to nature for inspiration and for spring accessories they’ve turned to the natural beauty of seashells.

NEW YORK — There’s nothing quite like a day at the seaside collecting shells, and accessories designers seem to have spent the summer doing exactly that. This season, they’re using them as trim or allover patterns on handbags, jewelry and shoes. Here, Oscar de la Renta’s shell and turquoise-detailed suede pouch and Emanuel Ungaro’s metallic leather, suede and plastic high-heeled sandal. For more, see photo spread “Shell Sensation.”

This story first appeared in the November 24, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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