Fashion Facets

COCKTAILS AND CONSERVATIVE CHIC The return to ladylike apparel has helped to fuel a return to classic accessories such as shaped handbags, contoured belts and cocktail rings. Women's Wear Daily reports rising sales in handbags, belts and jewelry at stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue; retailers expect the trend to continue as feminine dressing remains strong for fall. Elsewhere in WWD, Vicki Haupt, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for fashion accessories at Bergdorf Goodman, said fine jewelry has sold well all year. She predicted close-to-the-neck pearls, diamonds and rhinestones would remain popular into fall. She also said color is important in jewelry paired with the rich hues of cashmere and velvet clothing. The fashion press also has highlighted fashion and bridge versions of fairly classic "gem"-intensive cocktail rings. JC
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