Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Accessories Council Holiday Gift Picks 2015

Here are my top ten favorite highlights from the Accessories Council holiday preview. There are some great gift ideas for shopping for those last-minute or post-holiday gifts, along with some items you may want to pick up for yourself! 

During the Ace Awards last month, MR. was announced as the winner of the 2016 Emerging Designer competition. Heather Hubbard presents an exciting holiday collection, featuring leather and suede fringe bags and colorblock clutches. You can find MR. handbags at Bloomingdale's and Ssaks Fifth Avenue, 

Nothing feels like winter like chunky hand-knit accessories. I love the fall/winter accessories that can add to your edgy look, including cabled infinity scarves, fingerless knits, cowl scarves with a fringe border, beanies and headbands. Or if you prefer DIY gifts, you can create your own designer pieces! On their website they offer knit packages that include a downloadable patterns. 

Luxchillas has expanded their line to offer bucket mochila bags embellished with crystals and leather fringe for a luxe, boho-chic look, handcrafted by Wayuu Indigenous of Columbia. 

Pluma Jewelry creates gorgeous statement pieces made with gemstones and geodes like azurite, malachite and apopthyllite. I lvoe the whole look of pairing stones with metal, and even layering the pieces to create a bolder look. This is definitely on my own list to shop!

Black Lace Skin Jewelry is the luxe version of flash tatoos! They are made of the finest glitters, Swarovski elements, silks and satins and metallic gold and silver foil inks. The designs are inspired by Medieval times, with a modern, edgy twist. Their designs include Fleur de lis, royal crowns, roses, hearts, gothic crosses, crystal beaded snakes, thorns and feathers. They are hypoallergenic, self-adhesive and waterproof!

3D printing is taken to a hole other level, with jewelry designs by John Brevard. His rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces are inspired by natural geometries and phenomenology. 

Christina Greene jewelry is made of unique one of a kind handmade designs, incorporating natural stones from all over the world - amethyst, black onyx, labradorite, lapis, orange quartz, pearl, pyrite, red quartz and turquoise. Lapis and pyrite are some of my favorite stones - her designs definitely make beautiful gifts!

Deondra JereĆ© handbags are made of luxurious leather, with red being a prominent color this holiday season. Her designs are available as a backpack, clutch, crossbody, bucket bag, small leather goods and more. Her collection includes colorblocking, tassels and gold tone studs. 

Laudi Vidni reminds me a lot like Shoes of Prey except for handbags! A custom gift is the perfect gift to treat yourself to and play designer. With pouchettes starting at $75 and wristlets starting at $95, you can create your own accessory, choosing from 21 styles, 50 leathers, luxurious finishes and hand-brushed hardware and beautiful linings. Your custom designed bag arrives at your door within 4 - 8 weeks! One of my favorites is the Legato Fringe, starting at $195. 

I have already gotten so many compliments on the Rave Metal Clutch in Silver by Glass Handbag. I wore it to the International Emmy Awards last month and also used it for a recent style post (coming soon)! This limited edition bag is so unique, since it has a built-in electroluminescent lighting system and also comes with the batteries. 

The light panel built into the bag lasts about 25,000 hours. The battery life of the bag depends on the use, but typically if you use your bag every day the battery should last one month. In addition to this clutch there are a number of different handbag styles available, including crossbody, satchel, evening and vegan bags. 

I am always saying how I wish I had a bag equipped with a light when you open it up, and it looks like I got my wish! 

- Kim Weling

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