the best accessories for spring 2012: london

by Valerie on October 14, 2011

in fashion

Fashion “week” finally ended last week with the shows in Paris. I thought I’d share my favorite accessories from all the runway shows, starting with London.

I’m starting with London, because my favorite show was Burberry Prorsum. I am officially obsessed with the idea of a trench dress! (All runway images from


turquoise leather trench, Burberry Prorsum, spring 2012 striped trench dress, Burberry Prorsum, spring 2012

trench coats from Burberry Prorsum
This striped trench is my #1 favorite. As if a perfectly proportioned coat dress isn’t enough, they had to add these amazing wide belts. What’s not to love?!

The Burberry show was full of different permutations of their famous trench (they invented the trench coat, did you know?), but the dresses were my favorite.


oversize clutch, Burberry Prorsum, spring 2012 oversize clutch, Burberry Prorsum spring 2012

clutches from Burberry Prorsum
You know how much I love the envelope clutch in general. But these in particular got me excited! The size and shape are so chic, and the giant buckles and surface details really make them special.

There were lots of oversized and brightly colored clutches on the runways, but these were my favorites because of the texture.


Antonio Berardi, spring 2012 Antonio Berardi, spring 2012

shoes from Antonio Berardi
The man who gave us the heel-less shoe is at it again. These shoes caught my eye because of their strappiness, particularly around the ankle. It makes them look a little bit severe, but still ladylike.

These little delights were shown in white, silver and gold, but also bright metallic red, green, and blue!


Mary Katrantzou, spring 2012 Mary Katrantzou, spring 2012

more shoes from Mary Katrantzou
Strappy, spindly AND shiny, what’s not to love!? I especially love the purple and green together.

She also showed snakeskin heels in the same silhouette. Love.


Osman, spring 2012 Holly Fulton, spring 2012

The IT color: yellow.
Although there was lots of bright color all over the runways, I noticed lots of yellow, both pale and ladylike, and bold and brassy. My favorites were paired with black or gray (left: Osman, spring 2012; right: Holly Fulton, spring 2012).

Next spring, look out for versions of Burberry’s trench dress and large, brightly-colored clutches. I’m sure you’ll also see more yellow than you’re used to.

While I’m sure the ubiquitous nude patent leather shoe will still be around, perhaps you’ll also see some jewel-toned metallics on the feet of some more daring fashionistas.

Stay tuned for my favorites from New York, Milan and Paris!


so, what do you think? leave a comment & let me know.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara October 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

OMG!!! Lovely fashions…I especially like the black and yellow outfits.

2 Valerie October 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thanks Barbara! I love those Holly Fulton pants, too. The black pattern around the calf really makes it for me.

3 Sonya October 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

With these images on my mind there will be no Winter! Your new collection is amazing. Thanks for keeping us on our fashion toes.
Love your stuff.

4 Valerie November 4, 2011 at 4:12 am

Sonya, I know what you mean…it’s hard to look at those strappy sandals and then think about going outside when it’s in the low 40s…!

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