Fashion Facets

Fashion? Think AccessoriesIf you keep up with fashion news, you’ve probably been reading about the revitalization of the accessories category. As a consumer, if you’ve spent years carrying one black bag but suddenly find yourself changing handbags with every outfit, then you know there’s something in the air. Whether it’s hair jewelry, pashmina shawls, fine jewelry, or handbags, accessories are defining fashion more and more.The Fashion Group Inter-national, an association of executives in the fashion industry, recently hosted a discussion about accessories and the bottom line. And with good reason: Accessories are contributing an increasingly large sum to retailers’ profits. Panelists included jewelry designer Karen Erickson; millinery designer Catherine Malandrino; Rise Gerber, fashion director of accessories for Bergdorf Goodman; and Richard Lambertson, president of handbag

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