A recent issue of Vogue not only has the gorgeous model turned humanitarian Christy Turlington on the cover but also has a spread of English supermodel Lily Donaldson at a Manhattan eye doctor’s wearing only the latest and greatest accessories for autumn. The blond beauty shows off pieces from Tiffany’s, YSL, Balmain, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, Michael Kors, Emilio Pucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and Prada.
I don’t know about you but I can’t exactly afford any of the names listed above… but I sure know where to get pieces like them that are just as nice but nowhere near their French showroom prices. Fall’s accessories are all about chunky jeweled baubles, studs on anything and everything, of course anything Chanel, bulky cuffs, and long chains.
Last autumn, we were welcomed with large blue gems from Balenciaga as well as long dainty chains and jagged metal mirror ribbon necklaces from Lanvin. Gucci suggested we try a Bohemian chic take on fall with what looked like bottle caps on a chain. Paul Smith went Jackie O on us and gave us our grandmother’s pearls and the ever created Marc Jacobs designed a huge cuff necklace to lock our necks into. Let’s not disregard Prada’s bed pan looking chain link piece or Cavalli’s owl head charm. And we can’t forget Burberry’s take on bulky autumn hued gems of all shapes and sizes. They are all wonderful pieces that are making a return this fall.
Already we are being gifted with falls delightful return of the chunky necklace. John Galliano’s circus for a mind constructed a large vintage feeling circular diamond necklace. Michael Kors has made a dull looking and unimaginative chain necklace that you could actually go to Home Depot and make yourself for about ten bucks. Also, Donna Karan welcomes the return of autumn pearls but in deep purples of different shapes, this kind of piece looks fun and new. My Italian loves Dolce and Gabbana clustered together rock and bling to create delicate vintage looking necklaces. Lanvin’s new pieces are appealing too. One piece in particular reminds me of a bear trap. I’m longing to try it on but I’m afraid I’ll never get it off. And Marni deserves props for its awkwardly interesting pieces constructed of rocks and bows.
I went looking for look-a-like pieces that were ten times cheaper and came across many of the items that are exact pieces from Urban Outfitters.com. The cascading hoop earrings for $24 from UO are dangling pieces of metal that look like they belong on the Lanvin runway.
And the metal knot earrings for $12.99 are chic and resemble the Givenchy’s collection.
Also great are the spike drop earrings from Urban Outfitters for $14.
Forever 21 has pieces to offer to like the twisted pearl flower necklace for $12.80 that bear a resemblance to Paul Smith
…as does the braided rhinestone chocker for $25.
It’s actually one of the most expensive pieces F21 has so you know it has to be a great buy. The fancy faceted bead bracelet for $9.80 will dazzle up any bare wrist.
And you have just got to pick up the gorgeous Irina rhinestone floral ring for $4.80, it looks like a true Galliano piece.
This fall is so close to last fall’s pieces you can get away with all your gems and chains from last year’s wardrobe. Perhaps sexier pieces that require chains and pearls will get you more attention than just drab chains alone. Keep in mind that as the months go on, it’s going to get colder so try to pick up statement making earrings like daggers or clusters of pearls instead of bracelets and necklaces being people will see your earrings more than they will your chunky necklace being it will tucked away under a coat or scarf. Fall hasn’t begun yet but it’s going to keep creeping up on us and thanks to designers like Jacobs and Balenciaga we will be prepared with fashion’s greatest fall gifts of pearls, clusters of rocks, and chains.