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2014 Fall RTW Fashion Week Round Up

We know it’s only February and it’s still brutally cold outside, but after seeing what’s in store for fall fashion, we can’t wait for the newest styles to hit stores!

Fall accessories seem to be all about variation this year. Expect to see bags of all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures—including fur! For the girl that loves to accentuate her waist, you’re in luck. Big belts are back and better than ever.  Also, with the multitude of fabulous hats that sauntered down the runway, having a bad hair day will be a worry of the past! As for jewelry, gone are the days of chunky layering. Instead, experiment with layering dainty pieces or wearing a single statement piece that gives off a cleaner, fresher look.

Check out some of our favorite looks from the past week!

Clutches Fall RTW 2014

Photographed from left to right: 2013 ACE Award honoree, 3.1 Philip Lim; Accessories Council member, Kate Spade; 2013 ACE Award honoree, 3.1 Philip Lim. Photos courtesy of


Fur Trimmed Handbags Fall RTW 2014

Photographed from left to right: Accessories Council member, Kate Spade; Accessories Council member, Tory Burch; Accessories Council member, Kate Spade. Photos courtesy of

Shoulder Bags:

Shoulder Bags Fall RTW 2014Photographed from left to right: Accessories Council member, Rebecca Minkoff; Accessories Council member, Kenneth Cole; Accessories Council member, Kate Spade. Photos courtesy of


Satchels Fall RTW 2014

Photographed from left to right: Accessories Council member, Rebecca Minkoff; Accessories Council member, Tory Burch; Accessories Council member, Kate Spade. Photos courtesy of


Statement Belts Fall RTW 2014

Photographed from left to right: 2013 ACE Awards honoree, 3.1 Philip Lim; Accessories Council member, Tory Burch; 2013 ACE Awards honoree, 3.1 Philip Lim. Photos courtesy of


Hats Fall RTW 2014

Photographed from left to right: Accessories Council member, Kenneth Cole; Accessories Council member, Kate Spade; Accessories Council member, Rebecca Minkoff. Photos courtesy of

We know what styles we’ll be experimenting with come September, do you?

Pre-Fall 2014 Accessory Trend Report

Expect to be making a bold statement with your handbag next year! Pre-fall 2014 collections have been strutting down the runway since the first week of December, and we are loving the overwhelming presence of gorgeous bags in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Intricate patterns, rich colors, stark white, and structured crossbodies, satchels, and clutches were designer favorites for the season.

Although handbags seemed to be the main accessory focus this season, we can’t help but mention the gorgeous pieces that debuted in Dallas at the Chanel show. Fingerless gloves and fringe played into the country western theme of the show and collection. Chunky multi-strands of pearls and statement necklaces, bracelets, and rings in rich jewel tones set in dark metal tied each of the ensembles together so perfectly that they gave the illusion of being a part of the actual clothing.

Take a look at some of our favorite looks to come down the Pre-fall 2014 runway so far!

Clutch Love

Pre-Fall Clutches

Photographed from left to right: Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Opening Ceremony. Photos courtesy of

Satchel Chic

Pre Fall Satchles

Photographed from left to right: Jason Wu, Alice and Olivia, and Burberry Porsum. Photos courtesy of

Chanel: Western Meets Glamour

Pre Fall Chanel Accessory Favorites

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Top Handle Perfection

Pre Fall Top Handle Bags

Photographed from left to right: Alice and Olivia, Opening Ceremony, and Gucci. Photos courtesy of

Crossbody Craze

Crossbody Bags Pre Fall 2014

Photographed from left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Tory Burch. Photos courtesy of

What styles will you be wearing next year?

Valentino Spring/Summer 2014: Roman Opera Regality Meets Bohemian Chic

It seems that Paris Fashion Week may have saved its best shows for the last two days. Tuesday brought us Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection and we have to say, each piece that came down the runway was more fabulous than the next.  Drawing inspiration from the Roman Opera, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered one of the most memorable and intriguing shows of the season.

Romantic, opulent pieces were offset by fringed bags, chunky gold jewelry, and gladiator sandals to give the collection an almost bohemian feel. The collection featured rich jewel tones and neutrals gave us the feeling of spring without relying on the safety net of typical spring pastels to create a gorgeous collection. From tote bags and clutches to zodiac necklaces, a pinky ring, and a single chunky bangle, each look was accessorized perfectly, and proved that the right accessories paired with an outfit will blend and tie the ensemble together rather than one outshining the other.

Here are some of the standouts from this week’s show!

Paris Fashion Week Valentino AccessoriesPhotos courtesy of Vogue.


Paris Fashion Week Valentino TotesPhotos courtesy of Vogue.


Paris Fashion Week Valentino CrossbodiesPhotos courtesy of Vogue.


Paris Fashion Week Valentino ShoesPhotos courtesy of Vogue.


Paris Fashion Week Valentino ClutchesPhotos courtesy of Vogue.


What were you favorite looks from Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection?


Milan, It’s Your Move: Fashion Week Accessories Round Up

Now that New York Fashion Week has ended, it’s time to set our sights on our European neighbors  across the Atlantic. Just when we were feeling depressed that the initial excitement of all the new bags and belts and baubles to fawn over had come to a close, Fashion Week hit the streets of Milan, Italy! There are some who consider Milan to be the fashion capital of the world, so you can imagine the decadence of the accessories being seen thus far. We didn’t know what to expect, but we certainly weren’t disappointed. So far, here are some of our favorite sightings

Fashion Week Accessories Roundup: Milan

Flirty in Fur

While we expected the Milan designer shows to be vastly different from what saw here in New York, one accessory that was widely unexpected was fur. It made an appearance numerous times in the Fendi collection, being seen on bags, hairpieces and even on the jewelry. Well, that’s one way to add a unique jolt to your outfit!

Fendi adds fur to rings to add some spunk.

Fendi adds fur to rings to add some spunk.

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Stop, Drop… Earrings

Drop earrings never are out of style when it comes to high fashion. Let’s face it, they’re one accessory that will instantly glamorize and sophisticate any outfit. Nothing was different this year, as they’ve been spotted a few times already on the runway. From crystallized patterns (that we saw here in the Big Apple) to tribal prints to religious symbols, they aren’t lost in variety. Check out the beautiful ones from DSquared 2 below!

D2 Squared wows the crowd with electric blue

D2 Squared wows the crowd with electric blue

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Not Your Grandma’s Under the Arm Bag

We saw a plethora of clutches and under the arm bags at New York Fashion Week, so it was no surprise that they’ve made their way on to the runways in Milan! From the soft, lovely tones featured in Emporio Armani’s collection to the wild and outspoken ones in Prada’s, they’ve hit the runways this year with an unstoppable force. We say the more the merrier! Antonio Marras displays how this casual and chic look can match any outfit below.

A clutch can bring a casual classiness to any outfit

A clutch can bring an understated classy sheen to any outfit

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Have you been keeping up with Fashion Week’s sweep through Europe? We’d love to hear your personal highlights!

London Calling: London Fashion Week Round Up

Another London Fashion Week has come and gone, and we love everything we’ve seen! From floral patterns with a modern twist to heavily textured shoes and bags, the central theme coming out of London for Spring 2014 was edgy meets femininity. Colors ranged from soft pastels to rich, bright pops to the ever classic black, white, and grey. What was lacking in jewelry was made up for with the amazing and intricate handbags and shoes we saw coming down the London runways.

Clutch Love

London Fashion Week Burberry Porsum, Matthew Williamson, Mulberry

 Photos courtesy of Vogue.

Slightly over-sized clutches littered the runways in London. Matthew Williamson went for bold punches of color with the clutches in his collection, Burberry Porsum stuck with the modern flower trend that could be seen throughout its entire collection, while Mulberry kept it modern, sleek, and neutral.  The common factor with all of the clutches: versatility.

Stilettos, Flats, Chunky Heels.. Oh My!

London Fashion Week Manolo Blahnik, Christopher Kane

 Photos courtesy of Vogue.

Whether you prefer flats, stilettos, or a chunky heel, Spring 2014 has enough gorgeous shoes to suit any style!  Two of our favorite shoe moments came from Manolo Blahnik, who played with mixed textures on both his heels and flats and Christopher Kane, who brought an edgier look to a classic pump.

Daring  Heights

London Fashion Week Tom Ford, L'Wren Scott, Matthew Williamson

 Photos courtesy of Vogue.

We love how daring many of the LFW Spring 2014 designers were with their shoe designs. Like Manolo Blahnik, Matthew Williamson was fun and funky, playing with textures and layering. Tom Ford’s collection could be described in one word, sexy, from head to toe– literally! L’Wren Scott featured a variety of Japanese influenced wrap around platforms, each more amazing than the next.

What were you favorite looks from London Fashion Week Spring 2014?




New York Fashion Week Accessories Round Up

Part of what makes fashion so exciting is its never ending ability to take an old trend or tired accessory and make it completely new and revitalized. Suddenly last season’s ankle strap sandals have morphed in to the newest trend for heels and, come March, we find ourselves clamoring the sale racks to buy a pair for our spring wardrobes (a prediction for the future after this week). Enter the magic of Fashion Week.

      As most of you readers probably know, New York City just celebrated Fashion Week 2013 this past week, early September. What better way to kick off the fall season than a new batch of beautiful accessories to lust after and save up for all winter? That’s why we decided to feature some of our favorite emerging accessory trends from Fashion Week 2013! So, here we have it: The Fashion Week 2013 Accessories Roundup.

     1. Opposites Attract: Black and White mixed make for a lethal and classic combination

From Marc Jacobs to Manolo Blahnik, we saw a pop of this mixture somewhere on most runways. Even designers with a recognizable (to put it lightly) pattern have included this powerful combination to create a chic look that, if we’re being honest with ourselves, will probably always remain timeless. If Louis Vuitton is stepping away from his usual brown and gold hues to jump on this trend, then so can we!

Checkered Louis Vuitton

Checkered Louis Vuitton

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2.  Gladiator: Revamped

Remember the phase when gladiator sandals made a comeback in 2011? Well, they made a huge return to the runways last week in not just the sandals, but bold heels. Some may consider this to be an accessory that’s over the top. However, after seeing them in basically every show, we say they’re well on their way to becoming the norm. Check out Salvatore Ferragamo’s sleek version in a whimsical blush tone below.

Salvatore Ferrgamo Shin Boots

Salvatore Ferragamo Shin Boots

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3. Crystal Clear

A trend we’re not used to spotting in the past few years has been crystal. However, this was a trend featured in top name shows such as Gucci, Michael Kors and Chanel, amongst many others. Expect to see much of it this in your selection of Spring 2014 accessories from bracelets and bangles to hair pieces and shoes.  One of our members, Kotur, showcases it in this festive bag! Perfect to spruce up those summer nights, no?

Kotur wows with crystal and gold embellishment

Kotur wows with crystal and gold embellishment

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4. Feminine Links and Chains, Finally!

A big break out of the upcoming season’s jewelry collection is links and chains. They took on a more feminine look in Pomellato 67′s show, as well as Wilfredo Rosaldo’s, incorporating diamonds and jewels to up the ante.  The pop of color from the Ca and Lou collection is proof that chains and links can be chic, classy and casual all at once.

Ca and Lou

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5.  Cut It Out

Cut Outs have emerged widely over the past few seasons. Even in winter, designers just throw a sheer coverlet in between the cut outs on their dresses and we’re good to go. However, we haven’t seen it be as prevalent in our accessories; namely, our shoes. Luckily, Oscar De La Renta hit it on the nose in his collection.

Oscar De La Renta captures cut outs

Oscar De La Renta captures cut outs

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It was difficult to choose just 5 of our favorite trends here at The Accessories Council. What were some of your favorite accessories from Fashion Week? Let us know in the comment section!

Spotlight on Paris to End Fashion Week Around the Globe

It seemed only fitting that Fashion Week around the world closed out in the city of lights and simple, yet chic glamour. While we found that the accessories were much more understated (think monotones) then their fellow shows around Europe and America, there is always something to be said for one piece in an outfit that makes it mesh; always something so pleasant and put together when there is just that one accessory to bring an outfit to cohesion (clearly, we love a great accessory).

While we’re saddened to see it come to an end, we’ll take solace in the fact that, well, “We’ll always have Paris.”

Meow: Kitten Heels Have a New Flair

While kitten heels can sometimes give off a nerdy librarian vibe, they were revamped and seductively seen strutting on the Paris runways. Paired with a pair of tights and a monotone patterned fit and flare dress, Olympia Le Tran gave a new flirty edge to the old style that we thought had lost its touch! Look at these silky white heels below.

Olympia Le Tran

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Poppy’s in Paris

Bags are obviously necessary not just as a way to safeguard our belongings, but they also complete a look. Some could venture to say that the bag is the most important accessory out there. For those days when you want to brighten your look or are wearing all one color, we look to brighter bags or patterned ones. Graphic poppy print patterns were seen on bags across the Parisian runways this week, which will be welcomed in all of our closets come Spring 2014. Carven got it just right with his subdued blue bag with pops of pinks and neon greens. Not too over the top and definitely not too understated; need we say more?


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Embellished Footwear

Who doesn’t love a little bit of detail on their shoes? Having some embellishment on your feet can make you feel like you really amped up your look for the day. From booties to gladiator sandals to heels to flats, we saw embellishments all over during the different fashion weeks. True to the Parisian sophisticated style, Isabel Marant absolutely dazzled us with one simple detail. Her suede beige heel adorned with a big, bone colored bow is the perfectly feminine spring look.

Isabel Marant

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Shoulder Bags: Out, Satchels: In

It’s out with the old and in with the new this year, as we’ve seen satchels literally across the globe. A satchel is more edgy and makes more of statement then a regular shoulder or cross-body bag anyway, so we’re not opposed to jumping on this trend! Check out the beautiful Alligator print Rochas satchel below.

Rochas Satchel

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Each fashion week brought us a refreshed excitement and hope for Spring 2014′s slew of accessories to wear. What were your favorites overall?

The CMO Club & Accessories Council Fashion Show

This Thursday, April 11th, the Accessories Council will be partnering with The CMO Club to present its first ever Accessories Fashion Show. On Thursday evening at The Plaza Hotel, CMO Club members will be walking down the runway showcasing the latest accessory trends, styled by Founder and Fashion Director of Alison Lang Style and long-time celebrity stylist, Alison Lang. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson, and with a final grace down the runway by Evie Evangelou, the face and leader of cultural diplomacy and founder of Fashion 4 Development, this catwalk is guaranteed to be entertaining!

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Accessories Council Member, Rebecca Minkoff, Spring/Summer 2013

Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to find out which accessories will be featured on the runway!

Mad about Monochrome

Accessories Council member Valentino wowed on the Fall 2013 runways with a monochromatic palette that matched from head to heel.

Neutral heels were paired with varying shades of neutral lace and studded accessories.

valentino mary janes

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In between neutrals were shots of primary colors, paired impeccably with matching accessories.


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Photos courtesy of Valentino

What do you think of Valentino’s monochromatic look?