New York – When compiles their list of the season’s best trends, it’s time to sit up and take some style notes. Whether or not your fall budget can accommodate a new pair of Louboutin stilettos, the key is knowing to buy animal print-anything. It’s as essential in your wardrobe as a little black dress.
Here’s a few more important trends highlighted at Neiman Marcus’ latest accessories preview on Thursday, May 13 in New York:
Military influences. From army green to epaulettes, brass buttons and with camouflage prints, tough military details are still going strong.
Fur. A controversial material, yet designers can’t seem to get enough of it. Go for the faux if your conscience and your wallet preclude purchasing the real thing. Look for fur-trimmed booties, curly astrakhan-style fur purses and “Nanook of the North” fur vests.
. Leave it to the European designers to give us the best takes on lace, whether it’s a spectacular lace print rubber rain boot by Valentino (could soggy weather be more fashionable?) or a delicate Victorian-esque lace bootie by Dior.
Feathers. sophisticated d’Orsay sandals flutter with feathers, while ostrich plumes look luxe on everything from a Lanvin handbag to an exclusive-to-Neiman’s feather stole by Ilana Wolf.
A wardrobe of boots. That’s right, not a pair, but a full wardrobe of boots are necessary for fall. Why? Because there are too many fantastic pairs to choose from, from tall wedge boots by Chanel and Marni to anything-but-boring flat boots with a killer sculptured heel. And Givenchy is still making splurge-worthy buckled booties that are guaranteed to be on every fashion editor’s must-have list for fall.
The structured handbag. Bulky hobo bags are banished and sleek is chic with these proper purses.
Pearls. Conservative, boring pearls are a thing of the past with chunky, layered designs by Vera Wang, Alexis Bittar and . But the best pearls, mixing edgy black chain links with the pale glossy baubles, are Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel, though any mixed-media pearl concoction can work, too.