Fashion has shifted. When it comes to accessories, more is more. Style icons who didn’t bother to wear panties underneath their baby-doll dresses are now buying hats and gloves. “I have 5,000 hats, and none of them moved until Mischa Barton bought a cloche from me in spring,” says Doris Raymond of the vintage boutique THE WAY WE WORE (334 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323-937-0878). “That was the beginning of the turnaround.” Barton’s brown-and-beige topper pointed to the polished, accessorized look taking hold on the East Coast. Will it play in L.A., where socks can feel superfluous? SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211) sold out of the black patent leather three-quarter-length gloves it had stocked for fall, and a surprisingly young clientele has gravitated to the store’s Philip Treacy cloches trimmed with oversize buttons and vintage ribbons. Gossip personality Janet Charlton saw brisk sales of her vampy vintage and modern Martin Margiela gloves at a recent yard sale. She says lean times lead women to get creative with their wardrobes. “Gloves have been neglected for a long time and can change your appearance for not a lot of money.” Women haven’t yet appeared on the streets en masse looking like first ladies of yore, but LAMBERTSON TRUEX (8459 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, 323-951-9622) sold two pairs of leather gloves the day they arrived in the store this fall—in 85-degree heat.
Jewelry is bucking the princess-perfect trend this season, with statement pieces pushing a jagged edge. Elyse Jeanne believes hunks of turquoise (1) sometimes need no alteration ($188 at elysejeanne.com), and the chunky amethyst ring by Gigi Garner (2) could double as a weapon ($250 at fredala.com). Robyn Rhodes sets rugged mookite (3), also known as Australian jasper, inside delicate sterling silver hoops ($94 at robynrhodes.com), while SN Queens’s raw diamond-slice pendant gives “ice” new meaning ($8,000 at SN Queens, 601 S. Hill St., Ste. D1, downtown, 213-629-1340).
Illustration by Serge Bloch