Bold NY Fashion Week accessories for urban warriors

Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:11am EST
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By Jan Paschal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women's accessories will be big and bold for fall 2010 with designers at New York Fashion Week showing body armor-like jewelry, gauntlet gloves, militia boots and bags big enough to tote the day's survival gear.

Designers ranging from emerging talents DANNIJO and Prova to runway veterans Ports 1961 and Custo Barcelona and couture favorites Badgley Mischka showed accessories combining megawatt glamour with practical luxury.

"Each season, accessories seem to become more and more important because it's less expensive to buy accessories than to buy new clothes," said Ruth Finley, publisher of The Fashion Calendar since 1941.

While women's accessory sales fell 11 percent to $37.5 billion in 2009 during the worst U.S. recession in decades, market research firm the NPD Group forecasts growth of 2 to 3 percent this year.

"The key is that accessories have become the new primary outfit and the outfit has become the accessory," said NPD's chief retail industry analyst, Marshal Cohen.

"The urban warrior around the world" is the woman DANNIJO had in mind for fall, said Danielle Snyder, who launched the jewelry line with her sister, Jodie Snyder, in March 2008 during the recession. Since then, sales have grown from just one retail account to more than 90 stores worldwide.

DANNIJO's stacks of bangle bracelets in bright blue and black stingray leather and dark gold and silver metals, plus "messy" chain necklaces, appeared on the Luca Luca runway with designer Raul Melgoza's lean fall clothes.


<p>A model presents a creation during the Badgley Mischka Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>