Originally published September 24, 2007. See which accessory trends actually caught on.
Lauren Dimet Waters
The only accessory that truly jumped out at almost every show during New York Fashion Week Spring ’08 was the belt. Okay and the hat. Jewelry really ran the gamut from chunky bangles, to large medallion necklaces to jewel encrusted works of art. However, did any one really stand out? No. Here are the six accessory trends that popped on the runway for Spring ’08. Then we promise, we are finished talking about spring until well, spring.
Belts were everywhere and with everything. Over dresses, over summer weight sweaters, with shorts and even one-piece jumpsuits. Your best bet is to purchase a wide and skinny black patent belt, because you will wear them with everything! Come to think of it, grab a dark brown one too. BCBG showed long brown leather belts that were simply tied around the waist with the buckle left hanging. Reem Acra showed wide belts in bright colors and floral patterns.
Jason Wu, Temperely, Milly, Lela Rose, BCBG, Peter Som, Malan Breton, Reem Acra, Rachel Comey, Abaete, Anne Klein, Badgeley Mischka, Bill Blass, Cynthia Rowley, Donna Karan, J. Mendel, Lela Rose, Malandrino, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Sari Gueron, Temperley, Thakoon, United Bamboo, Vena Cava, Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Tibi, Joanna Mastroianni
2. High Strappy Sandals
This may sound vague, but that’s because there were so many variations heels for spring. There were however, no cork, no wood and no platforms to be seen. And forget the gladiators, it’s back to stilts. Break-neck heels were everywhere. We Particialrly loved the open-toed, strappy, Oxford sandals shown at Peter Som and Rachel Comey
Calvin Klein, Anna Sui, Rachel Comey, Phillip Lim, Anne Klein, Carolina Herrara, Donna Karan, Doo.Ri, Peter Som, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez
3. Fedora hats
Here’s looking at you kid. Fedoras were mostly straw with the exception of DKNY.
Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Just Sweet, Tommy Hilfiger and Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, Ralp Lauren, Behnaz Sarafpour, Thakoon, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Rag & Bone, Milly, Tracy Reese, United Bamboo, Yigal Azrouel, Zac Posen
Some of the capes were even attached to the dress itself. It’s the modern version of the pashmina.
Tadashi Shoji, Reem Acra, Malan Breton, Joanna Mastroianni, Just Sweet by Jennifer Lopez, Behnaz Sarafpour, Maladrino, Tracy Reese, Zac Posen
5. Large Envelope Clutches
What we love most about this must-have accessory is how the classic, clean lines compliment the tailored look of spring’s fashions.
Calvin Klein, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Tadashi Shoji, Tory Burch, Zac Posen, Custo Barcelona
Some used them around the head, others around the neck.
Cynthia Rowley, Rag & Bone, Nanette Lepore, Vena Cava, Malandrino, Anna Sui, J. Mendel, Michael Kors, Tuleh, Vena Cava
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