Revved Up Spring Accessories
April 09, 2012 | by —laurie brookins | Style & Beauty
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Merry-Go-Round mule in patent leather and suede, Louis Vuitton ($1,460). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-3887. Vernice leather clutch, Prada ($2,280). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-9111. Mint YSL Cardinal pump, Yves Saint Laurent ($1,695). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-4424
Pastel shoes and bags as staples of your spring wardrobe always run the risk of seeming a bit too precious, as though you never quite got over the idea of being 10 years old and dressing up for Easter Sunday. Designers are hip to this notion, which is why this season you see so many icy undertones injected into otherwise-sweet shades for a hint of fashionforward edge. A much-talked-about hit when it debuted on the runway, Yves Saint Laurent’s Cardinal pump is crafted in a sorbet-like mint green, with a brilliant gold accent that no doubt contributed to its status as one of spring’s most coveted shoes. For his strappy Merry-Go-Round mules at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs sent out a variety of icy shades, mixed with a metallic silver that likewise imbued the look with modernity. But for artful whimsy, it’s tough to top Miuccia Prada, who opted for iconic ’50s influences such as flame-fendered cars (said autos adorned leather skirts, while the flames also found their way onto sling-back sandals), as well as pinup girls—hence the use of brilliant yellow bows on posh clutches in pale blue. Rarely has sweet looked so sophisticated.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
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