the business of fashion, accessories are simply the icing on the
clothing that comes down the runway. This year’s spring collections
showcased plenty of different accessories. Gwen Stefani debuted
her new L.A.M.B. handbag collection, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de
la Renta sent out items such as hats and sunglasses, respectively. For
its Global Luxury Accessories Survey, ACNielsen asked more than 23,000
online consumers around the world which designer accessories (not
including jewelry) they are currently purchasing. Below, a ranking of
female respondents’ answers and a look at the designers who are taking
these categories to new levels.
Percentage of female respondents who are currently buying the designer accessory: 46
just can’t live without their Jimmy Choos and their Manolos these days.
Jessica Simpson and Nicole Kidman are just a few celebs who have helped
raise awareness of Christian Louboutin’s collection by showing up at
red-carpet events donning a pair.
Marc Jacobs to Fendi, Coach to Michael Kors, designers are rushing to
come up with the key bags for the season. Ralph Lauren made a push into
the category earlier this year with its line of Ricky bags. YSL’s Muse bag (above) is also
a hit: For the second quarter ending June 30, Jean-François Palus,
chief financial officer of parent PPR, said the brand’s leather goods
sales improved 43 percent on the strong performance of the Muse bag.
is a fashion house known for its accessories. And Jean Paul Gaultier
made sure to doll up his models with plenty of items on his spring
runway, namely sunglasses. Marc by Marc
Jacobs will soon have its line of sunglasses beginning this month in
the U.S., priced from $80 to $120. Former Gucci creative director Tom
Ford introduced his own line of sunglasses last spring, produced under
a license with Marcolin Eyewear.
Priced from $75 to
$195, Nike-owned Cole Haan is definitely in the business of wallets.
Its leather French Purse, for example, is detailed with shiny gold
hardware and contains a hand-pieced flap with a magnetic snap closure
and logo tassels. This is how
the Paris-based Goyard’s elegant wallets are described on its Web site:
"With its iconic chevrons, the wallet stylishly safeguards identities,
especially those of organized travelers."
shapeless volume seen in fall and spring runway collections has been
feminized and updated with cinched belts as an added accessory. Karl
Lagerfeld’s spring 2007 runway had models cinching their Eighties-style
dresses with wide belts (left). Miuccia Prada sent out belted blouses
paired with briefs on the runway. Dolce & Gabbana’s belts often
carry the "DG" brand: Its Leopard-Print Belt has a gold-tone logo plate
buckle. And Chloé’s black leather Padlock Pouch belt shows off tonal
6. STATIONERY (PALM PILOT HOLDERS, ETC.)
paper? Designers Kate Spade (left) and Vera Wang have both
gotten in on the act with their own stationery lines. In Vera Wang’s boxed stationery, she includes stylish
custom-designed envelopes that contain lining inspired by her
ready-to-wear collection. Other accessories in the category include
holders for items such as Palm Pilots, CDs and iPods. IPod holders are
being made by high-end companies like Louis Vuitton and Coach.
those professional women who want to look fashionable — yet still be
taken seriously — their briefcase options are rapidly growing. Tumi’s
Elements collection is a sleek choice, while Cross, a $110
million firm, is now accessorizing professional women with modernized
tote bags, laptop holders and other products.
noted that nothing conveys the jet-set image like a matching suite of
leather designer luggage. "The Louis Vuitton luggage set is iconic —
both in the world of fashion as well as in travel," said Frank Martell
of ACNielsen Europe. Luggage brand Samsonite has opened a number of Black Label
boutiques worldwide, which feature different upscale collections,
including its premium Black Label products.
9. KEY CHAINS
you can’t afford a bag, how about settling for a designer key chain?
Gucci has quite the selection of them, all of which carry some version
of the company’s logo and are made with leather, brass and steel. Prada
has its own barrage of key fobs, including ones for children.
Burberry’s leather-trimmed canvas key chain contains silver-tone
hardware and retails at Saks for just $85. Other names dabbling in key
chains: Louis Vuitton, Coach, Cartier and Bottega Veneta.