We’ve covered the ever-growing Fendi Bag Bug phenomenon a couple times before, but if you ever doubted how much luxury consumers absolutely love the weird, cartoonish, absolutely adorable little accessory monster that Fendi introduced a season ago, consider this: Net-a-Porter got a $1,500 pair of double-monster Fendi Bag Bug Earmuffs in stock over the holiday, and as quick as they showed up, they were completely sold out.

If you thought $700 was a mind-boggling price tag for Fendi’s perpetually sold out bag charms, then you’re probably somewhat dazed right now. I know I am, and I’ve been staring at the product page for these earmuffs for like a week. The rich, they’re different from you and me. They can spend north of a G on novelty earmuffs. For comparison, a pair of Gucci fur earmuffs costs about $400. (Does anyone actually wear earmuffs?)

Maybe they’re not so different, though; the Fendi bag bugs (both the charms and the bags that look like monsters themselves) have sold well because they have a sense of fun to them. Fashion can be an endlessly self-serious interest to have, but these cute accessories value irreverence as much as they do luxury. That combination, when done well, can be endlessly enticing, and Fendi seems to have hit the nail on the head. If you’d like a pair of these muffs reserved for you when they come back into stock, you can add them to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter.

Let’s be honest, fall weather makes our hair look great and skin look dry. With the cooler temperatures and dryer air, our faces require a little more TLC around this time of the year, which is why we never leave home with our favorite beauty products. The problem, of course, is that loose beauty products in your handbag can turn out to be a HUGE disaster (just ask the Louis Vuitton we lost to a tube of tinted moisturizer), which is why we ALWAYS stuff everything in our makeup bags.

Normally, a bag just big enough to fit your essentials does the job, but when you’re needing to stuff a makeup bag full of a pot of Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream, a bottle of hydrating face lotion and three sticks of Baby Lips, your bag is going to need to get a big bigger. We’ve rounded up our seven favorite beauty products this season and 10 makeup bags to fit them all in. Now if only we could fit our aesthetician in there as well.

We love accessories as much as (or maybe more than) anyone, but accessories can’t exist in a vacuum. Handbags, shoes and jewelry are powerful because of the ways that they interact with each other and with the clothes that we wear, and orchestrating a look sometimes feels like trying to fit the last pieces into a jigsaw puzzle.

You could say that we have a little bit of experience with puzzles, and we’ve teamed up with Oscar de la Renta to explore the brand’s beautiful fashion jewelry and figure out how to display it to its fullest potential. After all, if you’re anything like us, you tend to start your outfits with the accessories first. Shop the full selection via Oscar de la Renta or head directly to the new accessories arrivals.


Asymmetrical Neckline

If the unusual shape or cut of your dress’ neckline is one of the main design features of the dress, you’re going to want to let it stand on its own – no necklaces allowed. A lovely way to draw attention to your unique look, though, is with a pair of long earrings that draw the eye down the neck. If your dress is a solid color like the Oscar de la Renta One Shoulder Slim Fishtail Gown below, you can experiment with color and shape.

Oscar de la Renta One Shoulder Slim Fishtail Gown
$6,890 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta One Shoulder Slim Fishtail Gown

Oscar de la Renta Lunar Drop Earrings
$375 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de La Renta Lunar Drop Earrings

Open Neckline

On the other hand, an open neckline provides the perfect frame for a glittering statement necklace. Few women look at their shoulders and décolletage as a “problem area”, and this is an ideal way to accent them.

Oscar de la Renta Long-Sleeve V-Neck Jacket
$2,190 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Long-Sleeve V-Neck Jacket

Oscar de la Renta Sunburst Multi Crystal Necklace
$990 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Sunburst Multi Crystal Necklace

The Little Black Dress

When your dress is solid and dark, that’s the perfect time to try a piece of bold, bright jewelry in a hue that complements your skin tone. Because of the detail of this particular dress’ neck, we’d recommend going with a truly stunning pair of big, beautiful earrings.

Oscar de la Renta Crepe Sleeve Sweetheart Slim Dress
$2,390 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Crepe Sleeve Sweetheart Slim Dress

Oscar de la Renta Resin Chandelier Earrings
$295 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Resin Chandelier Earrings

A Printed Dress

Bold prints are tricky – do you pick jewelry that matches, or simply coordinates? Can you do a necklace, or is it best to give your jewelry a little bit of distance with a pair of earrings? We’d advise you to stick with one of the neutral shades that appears in the print itself; in this case, a beautiful mulberry earring.

Oscar de la Renta High-Low Ball Gown
$7,490 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta High-Low Ball Gown

Oscar de la Renta Pavé Teardrop Earrings
$390 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Pave Teardrop Earrings

Boat Neck Dress

For a boat neck, opinions vary wildly. Traditionalists won’t want you to interrupt the delicate line of the dress, but a short necklace can serve you well in this situation – fortune favors the bold, after all.

Oscar de la Renta Sleeveless Boat Neck Dress
$1,990 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Sleeveless Boat Neck Dress

Oscar de la Renta Vine Design Collar Necklace
$895 via Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Vine Design Collar Necklace

A lot of people have a particular type of animal on which they obsess. For me, it’s bulldogs – I prefer English, but a Frenchie will do in a pinch. I’ll cross the street and chase someone down in order to pet their bulldog, even if there’s oncoming traffic. For our operations director Shannon, it’s pandas. She may not have as many opportunities to pet random pandas on the way to the grocery store, her love for the lovable bears is still strong. She already has a panda case for her iPhone, and I think she should add this Loewe Panda Coin Purse to her collection next. (more…)

Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant. Most of my classmates, who received their laptops at the beginning of their college careers in 2003 or 2004, couldn’t bear to lug those eight-pound behemoths around campus and settled for pen and paper, thus we required no laptop cases. An iPad wasn’t even a thing yet, not by a long shot. Going to college or grad school now requires a whole host of tech accessories, though, so we’ve stepped up to help 2013′s new and returning students with a guide to the season’s best tech accessories. (more…)

Fendi’s Fall 2013 runway was full of fur used in inventive ways, from neon zebra-striped bags to shoes that feature multicolored mohawks for your ankles. If it had surface area, Karl Lagerfeld probably found a way to make it fuzzy. If you’re not such a maximalist, though, you can always pick up a Fendi Fur Monster Charm to spike up an existing bag in your collection. (more…)

No one wants to wear layers of clothing in the summer, which can make it difficult to build an ensemble that feels finished – accessorized, full of personality and true to your personal style. Jackets, scarves, even a too-large leather handbag can seem oppressive in the midst of a heat wave, so a style-savvy woman has only one place to turn in the middle of July: jewelry. Jewelry, especially that of the Christie’s Summer Jewels Online Auction, will never let you down. (more…)

Confession: I don’t carry a wallet. I haven’t in years, perhaps even since college. In my bag, I have a slim Proenza Schouler billfold for cash and a Marc Jacobs card case that’s attached to my keys, and because I’m something of a minimalist when it comes to what I put inside my handbag, I usually leave it at that. I did not inherit this trait from my mother, who carries no fewer than four wallets at a time, but I feel as though I’m qualified to pontificate on the subject anyway. She raised me, after all.

Yesterday, a friend asked if I had any leads on a good wallet under $300 that would hold all the essentials, and I realized that, actually, I didn’t. That seemed to mean that I was in dereliction of duty as an accessories writer, so I set out on the journey to the perfect (and perfectly accessible) wallet yesterday, and this is what I found. These wallets are all “long” or “continental” – the most space for your wallet dollar, as it were. If you prefer something more compact, the good news is that basically all these brands make similar styles in a smaller footprint. Check out the spoils of my search below.

The sheer volume of product that Chanel manages to put out six (6!) times a year never ceases to amaze me, particularly when it comes down to the brand’s yearly Metiers d’Art collections, which are all perfectly thematic around a place or city that Karl Lagerfeld finds particularly exciting. For Chanel Metiers d’Art 2013, that place was Scotland, and more specifically, Edinburgh. We explored the collection’s bags, which have recently made their in-store debut, last week, and now we’re here to take you on a short tour of the collection’s small leather goods.

In these simpler, smaller forms, some of the Scottish-inspired details really sing, like the tartan-embossed buttons and delicate leather finishes, which range from metallic to ever-so-slightly distressed. Because of those details, these workhorse accessories are likely to wear well; if you’ve been jonesing after a new wallet or key case, now might be the time to make that happen. Check out the collection below and contact Chanel at (800)550-0005 for price and purchase information.

For a trend that’s going to be very easily identifiable as “so last season” in a year’s time, holographic bags are expensive. With brands like Celine, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler leading the way into a more iridescent future, getting the look for a price that feels commensurate with the trend’s staying power (or probable lack thereof) has been challenging. Plus, what if you just want a little bit of holo accent, instead of a whole bag? There has to be a reasonable way to achieve that without breaking the bank, right? Enter Marc by Marc Jacobs. (more…)

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