Accessories at New York Fashion Week Look to Bring Optimism, Newness

Shoes marked the spot for many designers at New York Fashion Week.
Following years of “It” bag cycles, designers who showed in New York turned a particular focus to innovations in shoe design. Designers and buyers also mulled how New York accessories can compete with European houses in matters of trend influence and luxury volume.
Kitten heels were the biggest trend call out for shoes this week. The other biggest accessories trend, unrelated to footwear, was the fanny pack — spotted cinching the waists of multiple runway collections.
Labels from both the luxury and emerging middle price point showed kitten heel styles — claiming the heel’s curt, feminine dimensions offer a sense of optimism and mobility for dark socioeconomic times.
“It was time to go a little experimental for me with different styles — I was looking for something fresh. This new kitten heel felt very light. We’re in a moment in the world where everything is so heavy, I just feel like we needed lightness and brightness,” said designer Mari Giudicelli of her spring 2018 designs, which include multiple iterations of the kitten heel, largely priced around $500.
Paul Andrew said of the kitten heel styles — his offered in varying colorways, prints and

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