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Monday, March 22nd 2010

A Nice Complement: New Accessories from Jill Stuart & Milly

Where would fashion be without the trademark quilting of a poised Chanel handbag, the rosettes on a sumptuous pair of Valentino sandals, or the quirky woodland critters that animate a Marc Jacobs ring? When clothing designers choose to complete their artistic vision with an accessory collection, often the accessories earn their own place in the fashion history books.

This spring, beloved brands Jill Stuart and Milly are following in these legendary footsteps, venturing beyond feminine frocks and sprightly separates to bring us handbags, belts, and jewelry to complement their looks. A dramatic single earring, metal-mesh bib necklace, and studded pouchette amp the edge of Jill Stuart’s downtown goddess, while chunky gold baubles and sugary-sweet crystals make Milly’s girl-about-town muse even more radiant. 

I’m smitten with both collections, but what about you? Is there a designer accessory that adds a little joie de vivre to your closet?

--Suzanne

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