Fashion: Accessories drive a midseason reset

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Special to The Washington Post.

Get ready for a midseason reset. Change the focus from investing in new clothes to splurging on accessories. Here, we uncovered the season's best new accents — with fur, fringe and shine.

Designers had a field day with fringe for fall, reinventing the look associated with flappers and gunslingers for modern bohemians, as in Michael Kors' fringe-trimmed suede skirt and Amina Rubinacci's lush, fringe-edged cashmere scarf. On Joseph Altuzarra's fall runway, the sharp elegance of a double-face cashmere skirt suit goes more casual with a rustic fringe scarf. Miuccia Prada, meanwhile, layered extravagant shades of shearling over sheer dresses, mixing the tough and the delicate.

The go-to fur of the moment, shearling is not only on trend, it will keep you warm in the event of another no-good, very bad winter. Vince's asymmetric, zip-front fur-trimmed vest plays nicely with Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) suede booties and a petal scarf from artist Nellie Rose. Ready for the polar vortex, a model from Tommy Hilfiger's fall 2014 runway collection layered a shearling-trimmed leather coat over a knit sweater. Shearling also starred on Miuccia Prada's fall runway; the designer paired voluminous jackets with delicate silk dresses.

Ready for a festive night out, a deGorter International one-of-a-kind Mongolian white lamb fur coat and Shourouk gold-plated Aigret Tiger Comet necklace with Swarovski crystals add some glamour over a little black dress.

According to Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, fashion's a supermarket. Trade your stilettos for more practical but luxe-looking sneakers and shiny metallic trousers to wander the aisles.

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Where to buy

_ Zip-front fur-trimmed vest ($1,495, at, with SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) suede booties ($455, from Nordstrom stores and and Nellie Rose petal scarf ($105, and several galleries, including The Barn Swallow in Charlottesville, Va. )

_ Michael Kors merino wool cable-knit sweater ($1,195) and fringe-trimmed suede skirt ($3,995, both from; Amina Rubinacci fringe-edged cashmere scarf ($445, from her Washington boutique).

_ Our version of the little black dress is a Ports 1961 wool-and-cashmere slip dress ($925, from the Julia Farr boutique in Washington). For a splash of dash, deGorter International Mongolian lamb fur coat ($1,200, from Julia Farr) and Shourouk Aigret Tiger Comet necklace with Swarovski crystals ($1078, from

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Kelly is editor of, a Washington-based women's-eye view of fashion, design and culture. A version of this story appeared in Fashion Washington, a Washington Post fashion and lifestyle monthly magazine.

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