New York Capsule Show 2013

After New York Fashion Show, the Capsule Show for Women’s RTW takes center stage; held this year from February 22nd through 24th at Basketball City. If you haven’t heard of this event, it can simply be explained as a fusion of high-end contemporary brands, it’s independently owned designers, and premium street wear labels all in one progressively organized trade-show.

It is here that you are able to see the latest up and coming trends and inspirations out of over 500 brands registered to attend. I found these labels in accessories to be particularly awe inspiring. Enjoy.

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PARABELLUM – We’re over disposable fashion – trends come and go, synthetic fabrics pill after only a few wears; enough already. This is an LA-based brand that intentionally harkens back to an age of artisan craftsmanship with its range of luxury leather goods. The brand sources hides from free-range American bison ranches and processes them at their family run micro-tannery. Copper hardware (sometimes handcast) is crafted in America, and some hardware elements are comprised of military grade ceramics (this stuff is used in anti-ballistic plating for vehicles, so you know it’s tough). They also design totes, wallets, medicine bags, belts and more that incorporate rich suede interiors in deep saturated colors. Three cheers for modern products built to last a lifetime.

ImageUNEARTHEN – While many jewelry designers aim to simply create accessories that look pretty, the pieces created by Unearthen founder and designer Gia Bahm takes into consideration some loftier goals; namely, harnessing the innate properties of crystal to clear your mind, focus your heart and provide comfort during difficult times.  It doesn’t hurt that the jewelry is also nice to look at, with Bahm’s background as a wardrobe stylist apparent in the careful selection of the semi-precious stones that serve as the focal point of statement necklaces, rings and earrings.  Made in the USA, Unearthen has already found a following among aesthetes who look for something a little bit more in their daily look.

And Finally, Taylor Davies of  Shut Up, I Love That Shirt On You., stopped by the Capsule NY Women’s show this weekend and pulled some of her favorite pieces from the booths to share here. Check out her top looks below:

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1.  ”This bag practically screams, “Take me away for a weekend!” The colorful, embroidered design is stunning and I could see myself packing it full of the other items I’ve selected here and running away somewhere warm and breezy this summer.” [Stela 9 bag]

2. “The sharp angles and graphic look of this bracelet make it a stand-out statement piece, but the classic, shiny gold metal makes it incredibly wearable with anything from a denim shirt to a cocktail dress.” [ Tom Tom gold bracelet]

3. “The beauty of a dress like this is it’s both bold and simple. The cut is relaxed and comfortable, and the color scheme is bright and the design is fresh / slightly mod; it reminds me of Proenza Schouler’s SS11 collection.” [Shona Joy  dress]

4. “I’m easing into the idea of wearing smaller, more rounded frames this spring, and these are ultra-flexible and come in dozens of fun color combinations.” [Etnia Barcelona sunglasses]

5. “In keeping with my bright color theme, this cozy crew neck sweater is right up my alley. I love the neon pink detailing on the hem, and the cream and gold makes for a fun take on the classic fair isle knit.” [Mads Norgaard  sweater]

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HARE+HART – The origin of Hare + Hart is a Hollywood-caliber meet-cute. While in Buenos Aires, two college friends, Emily Harrison and Jennie Engelhardt, are inspired to mix the precision and craft of Argentine leather work with contemporary fashion. Splitting their time between Buenos Aires and New York, the internet plays a huge role in their design process and communication. As a bonus for the eco-conscious, Hare + Hart uses naturally tanned hair calf and naturally tanned nappa leathers locally sourced from family owned producers in Argentina.

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2013 Manufacturing Trend: Tech Accessories

For the tech savvy, it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to zero in on this trend, especially when we all know what a pain it is to carry around our boring, uninspired, one-noted gadgets. I personally would love to jazz up my USB Flash Drive, iPhone, iPad, etc. to beautiful, utilitarian masterpieces of art. Wouldn’t you? Stylesight.com highlights just a few of the latest:

1. Built-in audio accessories and speakersImage

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The above photo highlights include Google’s augmented reality glasses that display information like a smart-phone via internet and voice commands (center, left), Pebble’s personalized smart watches that connect to iPhones and Androids via Bluetooth to alert you on e-mails, incoming calls and messages all through seamlessly integrated apps and GPS (bottom, right).

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Transparent plastics, holographic and metallic shiny stuff, oh my! You may have been around when those tacky plastic handbags and purses were in (eek!), but this sheds a whole new light on how to stay timeless and fashionable. Thanks to Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and other not to big name designers, your gadgets can now be even more high-tech with these modern, sleek silhouettes, materials and designs.

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But I guess if you’re really going to bring back the plastic trend (or fad), here’s how to really do it justice.

Window Displays Galore

A good place to start for trend inspiration are window displays. Here, I feature a few from the more high-end stores located in New York.

1. Chanel (on East 57th Street, January 2013) – Baroque and pastel embellishments on white, crisp dresses with classy hobo bags give a nice, elegant touch.

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2. Louis Vuitton flagship store (on East 57th Street) – Vibrant, bold colors give this display the ‘all or nothing’ attitude. I especially love the cork wedges, but alas they’re $1,800. Anyone willing to donate?

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3. Bergdorf Goodman (on 5th Avenue, January 2013) – Expect to see a lot more whites mixed with block colors. Orange is also very in.

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These are just a few of my favorites. You can find more, regularly updated here.

Accessories from NY Fashion Week 2013

Here are the top ten must-haves from New York Fashion Week. These accessories have yet to be released to the public, but when they do, make sure to snag one before they’re gone!

1. Y-3 sneakers and wedges from A/W 2013

Photo: Mixing elements of technology and tradition: Y-3’s conceptual women’s sneaker with Geisha inspiration. #Y3show #Y3

2. Joseph Altuzarra thigh-high sandals for Spring 2013

Altuzarra Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear

3. Rachel Roy’s heels for Pre-Fall 2013

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4. Rachel Zoe’s first jewelry collection for Fall 2013

5. Oscar de la Renta jewelry for Fall 2013

Accessories backstage at Oscar de la Renta @OscarPRGirl

6. CND Shellac nail art for Spring 2013

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7. Alice + Olivia clear clutches from Spring 2013

8. Jason Wu’s Daphne shoulder bag in black or white

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9. Derek Lam‘s shoes for Spring 2013

10. Alexander Wang’s sandals for Spring 2013

Alexander Wang Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear