NEW YORK — The hottest spring accessories for juniors might just mirror the ones targeted at contemporary and even bridge consumers.
Across the board, accessories makers say there’s been a fusion in the marketplace, where mom wants to dress like her daughter and vice versa. “I’m appealing to both a mother and daughters,” said accessories designer Helen Welsh of her spring collection. “With what’s happening with [the consolidation of] department stores, there’s nobody else to sell.”
Franco Franchi, president of Franchi handbags, said the junior market isn’t quite so junior anymore due to the influence of stylists like Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig and Arianne Phillips, who dress celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie in hot-off-the-runway clothes. “Kids are conditioned by the celebrity world,” said Franchi. “Whatever the stylist chooses becomes popular. Junior is a mind-set, but I hate the word junior.”
Spring’s accessories are divided into two camps for juniors: the Mod Sixties appeal of Marlo Thomas’ “That Girl,” with optic prints and subtle feminine colors, and the neutral, slouchy hobo look, perhaps a nod to Jessica Simpson’s Western moment last spring.
— Sophia Chabbott