Accessories Please

From Art Deco clutch bags to decorative brooches, Harriet Quick shares the accessories at the top of her wish list…


In this era of expressive, individualised fashion, accessories are witnessing a renaissance with a whole array of joyful, playful pieces that add a sense of character to any look. Hunt for designs that are meaningful to you, whether that’s a crystal hair clip or a tapestry handbag.

Right now, personal, symbolic jewellery should be top of any wish list with badges, brooches and pins decorating everything from jackets to heels. More is more – so go for excess with a multitude of crystal clips to ‘do up’ tousled locks and an array of brooches to soup up utilitarian jackets.

Fur purses
Enjoy the visceral appeal of a faux fur or sheepskin handbag. Once worn, you will never forget how friendly they feel to the touch and how effective they can be as icebreakers in social circles. The only word of caution is to keep these furry wonders out of the rain.

Vintage revamp
Fashion is delving through a whole history of style to retrieve long-lost styles that look intriguingly ‘out of time’. Tapestry carpetbags, clutch bags with Art Deco patterns, shagreen purses (polished sharkskin), 70s-style executive briefcases, Mary Jane heels and gentleman’s velvet slippers will soon appear like your personal heirlooms.

Bovver boots
With mid-calf lengths and floaty breezy trapeze dresses on the horizon, there is no better way to anchor down those looks than with a pair of bovver or storm trooper boots. Hefty corrugated soles, multiple lacings and buckles add to that sense of tough elegance. To note: the biker boot is defiantly back and in the front row.

While summer saw us striding around on sky-high platform heels, winter is leading us back to the delicate charms of the pointed stiletto pump with expertly sculpted toe cleavage. As women have known for decades, the higher and slimmer the heel – the better you feel.


Autumn favourites

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Bag set by Coach at Wertheim Village
€230 €119*
Three-piece bag set
Men's shoes by Peter Kaiser at Wertheim Village
Peter Kaiser
€190 €133*
Men's shoes in brown
Clutch by Longchamp  at Wertheim Village
€490 €340*
Clutch in yellow/black
Women's shoes by Lloyd at Wertheim Village
€149.90 €104.95*
Women's shoes in gold
Backpack by Aigner at Wertheim Village
€569 €399*
Backpack in beige
Women's boots by Baldinini at Wertheim Village
€650 €329*
Women's boots in camel
Wallet by Aigner at Wertheim Village
€199 89€*
Wallet in ochre
Bracelet by Thomas Sabo at Wertheim Village
Thomas Sabo
€279 €139*
Men's bracelet, black/silver
Clutch by Dorothee Schumacher at Wertheim Village
Dorothee Schumacher
€279 €189*
Patterned clutch
Pocket square by Eton at Wertheim Village
€40 €27.90
Pocket square in purple
Sneakers by Converse at Wertheim Village
Converse/O’Neill footwear
€114.95 €76.95*
Converse sneakers in gold
Women's scarf by Roeckl at Wertheim Village
€99.90 €69*
Patterned women's scarf
* Items available while stocks last.

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