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Since not all of our readers can get the latest accessory trends straight from fashion central (NYC, of course!), Dish has done the leg work for you. We attended the Intermezzo Circuit Accessories Fair in the cavernous piers along the Hudson River, filled to the brim with imaginative designers showing off their original wares. It wasn’t easy to decide upon the top ten accessories for this summer, because so much of what we saw was truly fabulous. Still, we had to make a choice, and some items really did stop us in our tracks. Some are new and some are unexpected, but once you take a look, you’ll realize you can’t live without them!

Beverly Feldman
With the slogan, “Too much is not enough,” Beverly Feldman has created a glamorous line of shoes and handbags for anyone who is looking to spice up their summer wardrobes. Can a woman truly be sexy and comfortable at the same time? Feldman thinks so, and her high glamour (and high comfort!) heels are great for work or play. To Feldman, it’s not about what’s in or out—her accessories make a woman feel timelessly elegant. “My designs are more like legal mood elevators than ordinary footwear and bags,” she declares. And we couldn’t agree more. Be happy while wearing these elegant golden ballet flats or gorgeous metallic sandals! ($150-$250)
www.beverlyfeldmanshoes.com.

Ipa-Nima
After one glance at these luxurious handbags, you won’t want to live without them. Since 1997, Ipa-Nima has created exciting purses in all different sizes. Using interesting fabrics, leathers, and intricate beading, Ipa-Nima gives you the sense that you are carrying a one-of-a-kind. The fabulous Renee Tweed and leather handbag, shown in raspberry, also comes in rust and khaki green. ($150-$270).
www.ipa-nima.com.

Lee Angel
Jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin has had many challenges in her life, but her role as a mother has taught her something new about simplicity. She has brought this sensibility into her new line Lee Angel. Her designs are fun, but always casually elegant as well. You will want to be caught wearing them (in fact, you can’t be missed!), especially this large, fun golden bauble necklace that would be great for an evening out or dressing up a flirty tank top. ($100-$300)
www.leeangel.com.

KKEY Charmed
One of a kind is the name of the game with KKEY Charmed. Each set of bracelets (you wear ten of them at a time) is handmade, so no two are alike. The designers, who used their initials to create their company name, wanted each charm to have a meaning or a history, and the charms that they use are certainly out of the ordinary. Perhaps your bracelet will have the Hamsa charm, which will protect you from the “evil eye”, or perhaps it will have a butterfly charm, which symbolizes the ephemeral nature of life. And with so many different colored beads, leathers and charms to choose from, you can wear a different set everyday! ($100).
www.kkeycharmed.com.

Exhibitionist by Michael Spirito
Looking for jewelry with an edge? Look no further than Michael Spirito’s line Exhibitionist—even the name is exciting! Spirito’s medium of choice is sterling silver, which he combines with precious stones to create hand-forged pieces with a rock-n-roll twist. His line includes gemmed bangles surrounded by spikes, jeweled snakes and skulls, and even lightning bolts. ($100-$750).
www.exhibitionistnyc.com.

eyebobs
When Julie Allinson found it impossible to buy hip reading glasses at a decent price (and not wanting to sacrifice style for cost), she decided to start her own business. Voilà! Her company eyebobs was born! Each pair of ‘readers’ is smartly designed to give the wearer the appearance of modern style. Allinson finds most of her inspiration, though, from old movies, and she prides herself in creating each pair of readers with a specific buyer in mind. At such a great price, from a surprising $60 to $90 a pair, you will want to buy them in a rainbow of colors and patterns.
www.eyebobs.com.

weaveTree
Feather-light scarves and shawls are definitely in this season, and where better to get yours than weaveTree, a company that specializes in silk scarves in every color and pattern you can imagine. They are decorated with eye-popping beading and embroidery work, specially created for the company in India, and they will definitely dress up any outfit. These scarves are truly gorgeous, and we are not exaggerating! ($150).
For more information, go to
www.weavetree.com.

Frank and Kahn
Headbands are hot this season, but you haven’t really seen a headband until you have seen the ones designed by Frank and Kahn. They include headbands intricately embroidered with flowers and crystals, silk headbands, and even headbands with delicate tropical flowers made from leather. ($98).
www.frankandkahn.com.

Pasotti Ombrelli
In French, it’s called le parapluie. In Spanish, it’s el paraguas. In English, we just say umbrella, but in Italian, it should be called fashion! Don’t let the spring showers bring you down—just get yourself a designer umbrella by the Italian connoisseurs at Pasotti Ombrelli, and you will be doing a rain dance everyday! With dazzling colors and patterns, on the inside and out, these umbrellas could brighten even the cloudiest of days. You will be delighted by the careful craftsmanship and the intricate detail of the handles, some even adorned with Swarovski crystals! An elegant Pasotti Ombrelli umbrella can be yours for $120.
www.pasottiombrelli.com.

Jheri Richards
Never dread a rainy day again. With rainwear by Jheri Richards, you will feel chic and stay dry in his outstanding line of raincoats and ponchos. This rain apparel comes in great colors and many different styles; it also includes slacks and hats that will match your rain jacket or poncho perfectly. You will like your outerwear so much, you might catch yourself wearing it even when it’s sunny! ($49-$152).
www.JheriRichards.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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