Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Top Ten Accessories - F/W 2006

Today, the Fashionable Kiffen is going to do what Vogue, W, Harpers, and just about every other fashion magazine do - pick the top accessories from the fall shows. So without further ado, here are my picks:

Bottega Veneta: This distressed woven leather bag has incredible hardware - look at the detail! It looks like it could have been carried by a Medici or a Borgia, and it would work just as well with jeans and a crisp white shirt today. Bottega Veneta has come a long way in a few seasons - I have really enjoyed their last few collections.

Alexander McQueen: His entire collection was gorgeous, and these feathered beauties were the perfect finishing touch to his romantic dresses. They are definitely not practical, but don't you just adore them?

Anna Sui: These knee boots are covered with intricate embroidery in a modern geometric print - a great way to make a bohemian style a little more grown-up, and the purple and gold certainly stand out.

Roberto Cavalli: As I've said (many) times previously, I'm a sucker for anything leopard print, and this Cavalli clutch is no exception. With its elegant shape and classic hardware, this would be an incredibly versatile evening staple.

Rochas: The fashionista Holy Grail has been found! This black patent pump from the Rochas catwalk is the perfect basic shoe. It's sleek, feminine heel and almond-shaped toe are immune to trends, and it works well with pants and skirts of all lengths.

Narciso Rodriguez: Graphic black and white make this bag stand out, and the size and shape make it a perfect everyday bag. It's functional without being boring - a great combination.

Michael Kors: Little knit caps showed up on quite a few runways, but Michael did it the best. Some kind of hat is a winter necessity in most places, and these are more flattering than most.

Chanel: Belts (cinched at the waist) are more important than ever, and this girly Chanel number is a perfect way to soften a hard-edged ensemble, and you can never go wrong with classic black and white.

Gucci: We all know that the perfect pair of sunglasses is a wardrobe essential, so look to Gucci this season for yours. Big, dark, and oh-so-seventies-glam, you'll be reaching for them daily.

Dolce and Gabbana: Last but not least, the Italian duo's classic boot is covered with lavish embellishment - it definitely brings a new meaning to basic brown. Fit for Napoleon, these will definitely liven up a dreary winter day.

Now, I have always been of the school of thought that all fashion is good; we all like different things, and that is what makes fashion interesting. But every once in a while I see something so bad that I just can't understand - what could the designer have possible been thinking?

Dishonorable Mention: This Louis Vuitton bag (by Marc Jacobs) just has me wondering one thing: who will ever wear this? It looks a cheap stuffed animal!

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