Gold fever is no longer strictly for rap stars and aging divas -- pricey, gilded leather trenches; sequined gowns; and plenty of belts, hoops, and bangles stole the show at the fall collections. If your gold card is mined out, try these very unpreciously priced stand-ins.
Gold clothes are most sophisticated in trim, classic shapes. Pair EXPRESS's matte leather jeans with black, white, or even khaki ($198 at EXPRESS stores). Or, if you can wait, pick up Club Monaco's fab lurex turtleneck, which will land in stores in November ($99 at Club Monaco stores). At night, dress up dark-denim with Nine West's sequined sandals ($70 at Nine West stores) or franchi's mirrored clutch ($85 at Verve).
Give your chunky silver-toned jewelry a rest this season -- gold trinkets are a must, and the big stores are packed with winners. Try DKNY's mesh bracelet ($38 at Bloomingdale's and Lord & Taylor) or Givenchy's necklace ($25 at Macy's) with a black blouse. Cinch Henri Bendel's chain-link belt over a skinny sweater ($48 at Henri Bendel). Not convinced? Slip on Nine West's sunny shades -- a gilded world can look very, very chic ($28 at Lord & Taylor and Macy's).
Verve, 353 Bleecker St. (212-691-6516).
Picks of the Week
Barneys New York Warehouse Sale is here again, with 50 to 80 percent off zillions of cool clothes and accessories. 236 W. 18th St.; A.E., M.C., V., checks.; Mon.-Fri. 10-9, Sat.-Sun. 10-7 (opens at 8 on 8/24 and 8/25); 8/24-9/4.
Steven Stolman's first sample sale has preppy-casual wear and snazzy gowns for about half off, from $58 for a camisole to $288 for a taffeta evening dress. Sizes 2-14. 22 E. 72nd St. (212-249-5050); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-6; 8/21-8/25.
Olive & Bette's warehouse sale has trendy designer goods from Shoshanna, Theory, Nanette Lepore, and Lilly Pulitzer -- for $99 each. 155 W. 72nd St., fourth floor (212-712-9761); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Wed. 8:30-7:30; 8/21-8/23.
Christofle and Christian Lacroix's rich table linens are up to 40 percent off, from $30 for four napkins to $240 for damask tablecloths. 680 Madison Ave., at 62nd St. (212-308-9390); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon-Fri. 10-6, Sat. till 5:30; 8/21-9/2.
Laura Beth's Baby Collection's high-end, custom-ordered crib linens (chosen by an ex-Barneys buyer), are now a third off. Toile bumpers are $200; handmade quilts are $110; mobiles are $44. 300 E. 75th St. (212-717-2559); checks accepted; by appointment; 8/21-8/27.
Additional reporting by Brooke Showell.