Monday, March 11, 2013

Fall 2013 Accessories: Paris

I try very hard not to overuse the words OMG, but in this instance, it was my first response when viewing this grouping of accessories. It started with the Eddie Borgo scarab necklace and went on to Nicholas Kirkwood, Sophia Webster, Shourouk, and Pierre Hardy...certainly not for the faint of heart! Anyhoo, moving on....

 Accessory designers were inspired by everything from fairy tales to the Queen of the Nile, sending out shoes, bags and jewelry sure to spice up any wardrobe. (WWD)

Alessandra Lanvin of Aperlai used a bone motif for graphic and colorful shoes.

Inspired by the glamorous poolside culture of the Thirties and Forties, Aurélie Bidermann re-created ivory using traditional Bakelite techniques for pieces such as this tusk necklace.

Christian Louboutin expanded on the popular Pigalle 120 pump by raising the vamp and slenderizing and lifting the heel for a more secure fit.

Cesare Paciotti designer Marco Calcinaro’s lineup of sexy shoes packed a punch of sophistication as seen in this pale pink suede pump with sword hardware detail.

Known for collections full of whimsy, Charlotte Olympia explored the world of fairy tales depicting book spines on shoes and Rapunzel on a sandal.

Creative director Christina Zeller of Delvaux expanded the Brilliant family of bags to include clutch and double-strap versions along with one made from white astrakhan fur.

Enthralled by Stacey Schiff’s book “Cleopatra: A Life,” Eddie Borgo celebrated all things Egyptian, including a black onyx scarab motif and jade and onyx pieces reminiscent of the ancient queen’s elaborate headpieces.

Bigger is better for Tom Binns, who had royalty on his mind with this regal collection of oversize gems.

Nicholas Kirkwood used a handmade leather rose to accent a group of patent leather and suede shoes and booties with a mod feel.

Longchamp’s creative director Sophie Delafontaine was inspired by interior designers like David Hicks for this graphic poppy print on bags.

The graffitied walls of New York subways in the Eighties were the jumping-off point for Brit shoemaker Rupert Sanderson’s funky booties.

Iridescent leather and feminine embroidery worked well together in these open bootie sandals from Sophia Webster.

Swarovski creative director Nathalie Colin’s bejeweled pieces were inspired by a journey along the silk road from China to Siberia, India and Venice. The brand also showed pieces from a first-time collaboration with Shourouk Rhaiem of Shourouk.

Pierre Hardy’s signature squares were still in force, but the designer also explored the use of a “curvy silhouette that was still graphic” as shown in these pink suede peep-toe pumps.


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