The Best Bet
Fall’s clothes are edgy, tailored, a bit austere; in other words, now is not the time to pile on a lot of chattering accessories. One is sufficient, but make it matter. This 36-carat pink champagne tourmaline ring from Nancey Chapman—a relatively new name whose sculptural, weighty designs are now available at Bergdorf Goodman—is a perfect statement piece. Sure, you could buy a dozen of the season’s “It” bags for the price of this gem, but what’s the fun of saying the same thing as everybody else? ($16,000; 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th St.; 212-753-7300).
If There’s Any Doubt About That Eighties Revival
The reappearance of gold bathroom fixtures should put it to rest. This brass-and-horn set created by interior designer Jamie Drake is both dignified and a little glitzy ($2,536 at Davis & Warshow, 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-688-5990).
The Nano, Dressed to the Nines
Update its protective sleeve by swathing it in gold-tone (and mercifully logo-free) leather ($68 at Coach, 595 Madison Ave., at 57th St.; 212-754-0041).
Bring Back the Wristwatch
They’ve been on the wane since phones, PDAs, and iPods took over telling time, but this eminently practical and well-priced style should be ubiquitous ($64.95 at Target, 139 Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-290-1109).
Some Things Never Age
Japan’s tradition of lacquerware is more than four centuries old, but as this cup, saucer, and spoon demonstrate, it refuses to look dated ($165 at Moss, 146 Greene St., nr. Houston St.; 212-204-7100).
Preppy, Meet Midas
Sperry’s line of matte-metallic slip-ons and lace- ups add a bit of flash to fall’s slightly geeky styles ($160 at Jeffrey New York, 449 W. 14th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-206-1272).
A Little Bit Disco, a Little Bit Versailles
This two-tone flatware from Villeroy & Boch looks as though it could have been used by Donna Summer or a modern Marie Antoinette (“Pegasus,” $165 per setting, to order at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000).