‘Accessory’ after the Fact

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I didn’t need the email from IMG Fashion, announcing that, “early registration is nearing an end for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York” to remind me that the spring collections are fast approaching. In fact, I was reminded of the shows (specifically one show) just the other day.

As I was going through my closet, one large bag fell out from a top shelf, and with it, little bits of gold, silver, blue and red ‘confetti’ stars. It instantly brought back memories of one of Marc Jacobs’ shows a few years back, which ended with a shower (actually ‘avalanche’ is more like it) of those little metallic stars falling from the ‘sky’ of the New York State Armory. They quickly covered the runway, the models, and the audience. For days and even weeks, they were in my hair, my eyes, and seemed to stubbornly cling to almost every part of my body (I kid you not). No matter how many times I turned my bag upside down and tried to clean it out, the stars would not completely disappear. Talk about a ‘memorable’ show. By the way, I’m sure you know that Marc is going back to his traditional time slot — Monday evening at 9 p.m. for his upcoming spring 2009 collection, to be held on September 8th. No more of that last show of the week stuff. (I guess one can also assume the show will be back to it’s traditional late late start).

And speaking of the show schedule, can it really be ‘that time of year again’ ? (Yikes, where did the summer go?) With one month to go, all the major fashion websites have begun to report on news of the upcoming spring collections: the schedule, who is showing and who is not, venue updates, and other bits of useful and (or useless) information and gossip. Though nobody knows exactly what the designers will be proposing for next season, the one thing that is for sure is that September and October promise to be jam packed months for members of the fashion community who make their biannual trek from New York to London, to Milan, and then to Paris.

Of course, the hectic back to back and often conflicting schedule is not the only challenge facing the fashion flock. Ever since the shows were moved down from November to the week after Labor Day, it has posed a number of problems with regards to one’s wardrobe. What do you wear when summer is technically over (and you’re sick of your summer clothes plus they don’t pass muster when you want to look pulled together and chic and not as though you’ve just left the Hamptons), and yet, it’s still downright sultry?

Add to that mix the need to be comfortable, to effortlessly make the transition from day to evening, and factor in the desire (or necessity) to look as though you know what’s ‘going on’ vis-a-vis fashion. Whether that means being ‘on trend’ for fall 2008 which is now hitting the stores, or staying one step ahead of the pack for spring 2009 (which will be shown on the runways during this time period).

Perhaps the easiest way to make a statement, instantly go from drab to divine, and add instant pizzazz and individuality to even the most basic of basics is through accessories. The transformative powers of accessories can never be overstated; plus, they are ‘seasonless’ (you can even wear a fur bag with your white jeans). These days, it’s seemingly ‘all about’ accessories (forget ‘accessory after the fact’ – accessories ARE the fact). And as luck would have it, finding great items (at truly every price) is very easily accomplished.

Coincidentally, this evening, the Accessories Council, (their motto is “Where accessories are necessities” and their mission is to “stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products and to serve as the advocate of the $30 billion accessory business in the U.S.”), will play host to a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ in the fashion industry as they host a cocktail soiree, “100 Years of Accessories”. The red carpet event, which takes place at Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, is in celebration of 100 Years of Accessories Magazine and will feature an exhibition and video montage highlighting memorable accessory moments from past century. Tickets are $150. For more information, call 212, 947- 1135, or e-mail Deborah@accessoriescouncil.org

Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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