Before NYFW gets off to it's official start tomorrow, I got a preview of some of the accessories collections that are oft-overlooked in the hubbub of all the shows.
Christian Stroble, a well established stylist, debuted his line of men's black leather bags, which were strongly structured, very roomy, and just minimal and masculine enough to avoid any man-purse connotations.
One of my favorite local jewelry lines, Naked Label, presented a collection inspired by the lost-city of Atlantis. I always love the way that designer Allison Press mixes laser-cut metals with holographic acrylic and plastic tubing to create an entirely futuristic assemblage, and I was particularly obsessed with the multifarious geometric cuffs that look so perfect stacked on top of each other.
Lastly, the Jewelers of America put together an expansive preview of fine jewelry from a diverse range of designers. As a jeweler and a gem enthusiast, I was impressed to hear that all members of the group are required to adhere to fair-trade and fair-practice guidelines. This is of course of paramount importance in an industry that's acquired a bad reputation for its questionable mining and labor practices, and its lack of outside regulation. While there was a wide variety of designs on display, highlights included Alex Woo's New York inspired charm necklaces, and Zaiken's alter ego rings that features parts that move to create two different alternative ring designs.
Zaiken "Alter Ego" rings
Alex Woo silver charm necklaces