On Monday, Elizabeth, Lyndsay and I got up well before dawn and made our way to New York for the ENK Accessorie Circuit. Elizabeth and Lyndsay had 8 hours to select the jewelry, bags and other accessories you will see trickle into The Shoe Hive over the next few months. As a newcomer to this experience, it was both overwhelming and exhilarating. I mean, what girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by piers of jewelry, bags, clothes and shoes?
2013 is going to be the year we attempt to help you make sense of the trends we see at shows, in magazines, on the street and finally at the store. So, while I will post the bulk of the photos of our trip on Facebook, here I wanted to pinpoint a few trends that stood out to us. Some you will find at The Shoe Hive this spring or summer. Others, we chose to pass on.
It seems that oxblood and chartreuse have been replaced with pastels such as lavender and mint. In fact, mint was present in almost every handbag collection we investigated. Even when we embrace a trend at The Shoe Hive, we recognize that not everyone will go for it. So, we included a solid selection of very chic and basic black bags, we restocked on Annabel Ingall bags (both the large and a mid-size now!) and ensured that we had a few great summer totes. We did, however, incorporate pastels in a few of the pieces we purchased. I can’t wait for you to see what we came up with!
To my recollection, we passed on the studs/pyramids/spikes trend even though it was everywhere in both handbags and jewelry. These bags are by Rebecca Minkoff–notice the pastel colors! While we love the trend, it was done not that long ago, and particularly in accessories, we try to offer more timeless pieces. We did just get in a pair of very cute studded shoes for those who want to dabble in the trend again in 2013. If you’re really into the look though, let us know and we can recommend some of our favorites from the show.
Do you remember that incredible Alexis Bittar jaguar cuff we had this fall? Everyone went gaga over it. Well, the trend remains in full force. We picked up a number of new Alexis Bittar animal pieces including a pair of mixed metal jaguar earrings that may need to come home with me. This ring is from a new line we are going to carry: nOir. Good stuff, trust me. Fashion should never be taken too seriously, and these animal pieces are a great way to make any outfit fun and interesting.
While we were making our way quickly through the second pier–mostly apparel–I lingered a little at the Ali Ro set up because, well, it’s Ali Ro. Surprisingly, Elizabeth lingered a little longer. She came up with the genius idea of carrying these classic anoraks in a host of spring and fall colors (notice the mint color again!). This isn’t really a trend per se, but I couldn’t help but share. I’m so excited, you are all going to love them.
In discussing the trends of the day with Elizabeth and Lyndsay, Lyndsay made an important point. While trends permeate most everything about fashion, they are much less distinct with jewelry than with shoes. Every jeweler has his/her schtick. Pono does Italian lucite links. Alexis Bittar has his three signature lines. But there is no high-top wedge sneaker equivalent in jewelry. So, we did our best to select what we think you will love. Looking forward to showing it to all of you in person!