CALENDAR CHECK: We’re just a few days away from Labor Day and then, coming right on top of it, Patriot Day dawns, commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Buildings in New York City. This is a great time to show your national love and loyalty, so why not bring out all your Americana for display? For example:
- Little American flags (they’re always fun to wave).
Accessories and apparel designers are recently expressing tri-color patriotism year ‘round, so why not join them?
A RUNDOWN ON HOT FASHION ACCESSORIES FOR AUTUMN
Trends: They are always exciting, always sought out by designers, manufacturers, retalers and their customers. They answer the big questions on every fashionista’s mind: What is important now? What is big now? What is happening in the world of fashion?
Several years ago, a reader of a magazine I edited asked me if fringe was up-trending. It wasn’t. He was unhappy about that, because he liked fringe and wanted to use it in his products but he didn’t want to go contrary to the “trends” of the moment. A couple of years later, fringe roared in and quickly became a major factor in fashion, especially in accessories. Then, just a few months later, it was again out. Gone, in a lightning flash.
That’s how it often is with trends, you’ve got to get in at the beginning, ride them hard and fast, and then, just as rapidly, get out. Trends aren’t known to have a sustainable lifespan.
Of course, there are some trends that do last, and others that never seem to go out. We call them classics. But no self-respecting list of trends-of-the-moment would think of leaving them out. Like hearts. They’re a lot like Everlast batteries. They just go on and on and on…
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A COMFORTABLE CACHE OF HEARTS ON HAND FOR WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS, VALENTINES DAY, AND MORE! HERE ARE SOME YOU’LL LOVE!
- Elegant brooch with simulated heart-shaped stone crowned with silver plated lacy filigree. Choice of colors.
- Dramatic heart-shaped pendant in turquoise epoxy surrounded by silver plating.
Fringe Leads List of Trendy Items
RIGHT NOW, HOWEVER, THERE ARE some important trends washing across the fashion field. This is just a beginning list; we’ll continue it in the near future. Here, then, are some hot subjects to pay close attention to as we enter the Autumn season:
Fringe. Ummhmm. It’s back! And it is hot! Look for it on handbags, especially as good looking hang-off pieces to match the bag itself. Fringe is also showing up strongly on scarves, on bracelets, and in pins. Much of the fringe is material, some is metal. It is all very handsome!
Glass beads. They make everything look richer! Particularly popular are different colored or sized glass beads braided together. A really gorgeous example of trendy glass beads comes from Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel in the form of blue and gold, and white and gold clustery-beaded bracelets.
Gentrified Glitz. See it in shiny silver and gold handbags … and almost everything and anything else. These metallic-washed bags take on a remarkably expensive look, very Egyptian, very Tutankhamen-inspired! A metallic goatskin bag from Chloe is a perfect example of this exquisite, gentrified glitz. It is quieter, less in your face. But still with plenty of impact.
Keys to Sales Action
Keys. Mostly old fashioned, long keys. Check out the new Tiffany & Co key collection and you’ll be right there! You can wear them as pins, let them dangle from a charm bracelet, or put them on a chain around your neck along with a few other pendants.
Classic Charms: We mentioned these before, but what we didn’t say is that while they are always IN, they sometimes spike up to become Super-Trends-of-the-Moment. That’s the case right now with hearts and stars. Stars are just about everywhere, as handbag appliqués, hanging off chains as pendants, etched into metal bracelets, you name it. Hearts are just as pandemic. Use either one and you’re automatically on top of the trend mobile!
YOU CAN ADD SOME TERRIFIC TREND ITEMS TO YOUR JEWELRY COLLECTION WITH THESE “RIGHT-NOW” PRODUCTS:
- Heart and stars hematite bracelet. Charming!
- Rhinestone earrings with graduated dangling stars.
THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS ALWAYS awash with stories, overall subjects into which a whole category of products can fit. Romantic stories are among the most common, and the most popular. All sorts of girlie, pretty, sweet, and gentle accessories come under this category. It’s a rare Spring season that doesn’t have a Romantic story ringing clear on the fashion accessories stage.
This Autumn, we have a bundle of stories to relish, some expected, some surprising:
A Nautical and Ships-Ahoy Story is one hot idea for the season, but it is unusual for this time of year. Still, it is here, and it looks good. Designer Tommy Hilfiger is big on the subject, with some dynamite red/black/white striped Tees, along with ship-worthy boys caps, and red leather banded watches.
— Look also for some wonderful black and white stories here: beaded necklaces and bracelets in very trendy colors that effectively blend warm-temperature products with cool climes.
The big Hardware Story in jewelry now gives an industrial design allure to jewelry of all sorts. Think of hammered dull-silver bracelets. And big metallic necklaces. And pieces that might, in another time and place, be used by a construction crew in the middle of Manhattan. Some of these pieces look like outsized screws from the hardware store –where else? Other pieces look like standard products from the same shop. The pieces are generally cleaned up, polished up, jazzed up. Some have a 1930s mystique But they still look like hardware and they are really going strong.
—Ben Amun has a great looking deep Sea-of-Galilee blue bracelet with gold and silver triangular forms embedded. Burberry is hot for super-long (we mean wayyy below the waist) dark gray chain necklaces.
A whole new Material Girl Story breaks on the fashion scene with eighties jewel tones, biker jackets, and wild, fetish boots. Purple and black are the big colors here. Add to it great-looking biker jackets fitted out with plenty of grommets and zippers and shine. In the Accessories arena, add some hot metal circle bracelets (preferably silver or gold-plated), and pendants rich in color and attitude.
—You don’t want to be too nice here. In many instances, this is an angry-girl story, with plenty of punk attachments.
–The story is also open to spikey shapes and, if it’s your thing, a sprinkling of black cords and rope and chain for a bondage effect. Eeeeks!
STORIES KEEP EVERYTHING IN HARMONY, WHATEVER THE STATEMENTS. LOOK AT THESE PRODUCTS FOR SOME STORY-EFFECTIVE ACCESSORIES THIS YEAR:
- Wide geometric cuff bracelet in flat silver-toned wire with hammered finish.
- Fashion scarves in nautical theme with ship-savvy rope pattern.