NY Fashion Week: Wrap Up with Kimonos and Belts

Shoulder Pads on Models

The most unusual accessory from designer Elisa Jimenez? Angel wings that were cut like a football players shoulder pads. Piper Carter hide caption

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I kicked off my Fashion Week in Harlem on Fifth Avenue, where Essence Magazine's Black Style Now Gala was taking place at the Museum of the City of New York. This event, hosted by Diddy, told the story of Hip-Hop Fashion through the past 20 years. The museum exhibited legendary hip-hop accessories — from the The Kangol, made famous by LL Cool J in the 1980s, to the blinged-out Kimora Lee Simmons Hello Kitty pendant.

Downtown in Chelsea I caught up with Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff. Her models were accessorized in laceless, sparklingly white Keds. They also had two-toned bouffant hairstyles, effortlessly mixing a retro style with modern kicks. Other noteworthy accessories included stuffed animal wristbands, bite-sized silk messenger bags, funky colored leggings and floor length kimono jackets.

Over at Mixed Greens Gallery, we entered the fairytale world of designer Elisa Jimenez, where we were greeted by dancers who tangoed, jumped and pranced down the swirly runway. This collection included models with actual curves wearing biodegradable pieces done in all white. The most unusual accessory? Angel wings that were cut like a football player's shoulder pads.

In Midtown at the DC LAB Show, I was pleasantly surprised at the mix of clean, fun pieces on display. I saw shorts with cropped jackets mixed with gold, silver and white strappy sandals, wide belts that sat on the hips —not the waist— and chic chignons wrapped in ribbons and silver bells.

The watches were predictable at TAG Heuer's Beauty and Strength exhibit. They featured diamond chips, gator skin and basic silver, gold and platinum designs. The most interesting accessories were the variety of celebrities on the white carpet — like race car driver Jeff Gordon, rapper-turned-TV-producer Eve and the stunning Uma Thurman.

So what can you expect to accessorize with next spring?

*Both over-the-top and subtle hairstyles

*Basic '80s and '90s items like Keds

*Kangol Bright belts that sit high or low on the waist

*A waist-length shoulder bag or simple scarf

But in the meantime enjoy the fall. After all, any styleaholic will tell you it's the best season for individual style.



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