No new fashion
season would be complete without a stylish splurge. Here are fifteen
items that will launch you into falltry to get away with just
BY AMY LAROCCA
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANTONIS ARCHILLEOS
FASHION EDITOR: MONICA SCHWEIGER
1. Geometic Jewelry The bold geometry of this gold Bulgari
necklace is a perfect complement to fall's seriously graphic printsthink
Louis Vuittonand the deep-V Ossie Clark necks that showed
up on tunic dresses at Prada. It's not just status jewelry, it's
style jewelry. $2,700 at Bulgari.
Watch In the mood for a watch that'll be more
grab-the-moment than timeless? Channel your inner Hilton sister with
the Bedat & Co. No. 7 watch, which says "look at me" with two rows
of pink diamonds and a silky turquoise band. It's a girly, Legally
Blonde look that brilliantly evades such rationalizations as "It goes
with everything." $9,000 at Saks
Fifth Avenue and Tourneau.
3. Oversize Purse The beauty of a handbag is that it doesn't
ruin the lines of that perfect jacket or bunch up your favorite cashmere
sweater the way shoulder bags do. But Versace's Tortellini bag gives
you the best of both options: It's roomymade with miles of soft
ruched leather and looser than last fall's ladylike bags, which
looked like giant vanity cases. Toss in some oversized shades, your
tiny pooch, and you're ready to do some shopping . . . in Milan, of
course. $1,200 at Versace.
4. Fur Bag The problem with a fur coat is that
you have to bid it farewell at the coat check. But J. Mendel has come
up with the ultimate fuzzy investment: mink hobo bags, which can stay
close to you always. They are big enough to carry whatever you need
and so fabulous to touch that you'll be tempted to carry one around
empty. Or snuggle up with it while you're watching TV. $3,500 at J.
Mendel and Bergdorf Goodman.
5. Modern Mary Janes The thirties aren't exactly Wall Street's
favorite decade, but in fashion, at least, they are fun to revisit.
The shoe to accompany the trend (and lend some sass to more sedate
looks) is Marc Jacobs's jewel-hued, stacked "Ofelia" Mary Jane. It
gives you the look of a girl who's just arrived in the city with a
typewriter, gloves, and an excellent collection of hats. And that's
in style whatever the economy. $465 at Marc