The faint of spirit may be wondering how much more merriment their wardrobes can take. We're only midway through the holiday party season and the big one--New Year's Eve--still looms ahead. Everything in the closet, you suspect, already looks tired.
Time to test one of fashion's oldest fables: Can accessories really save the outfit? With an eye to recharging dress-up clothes--especially the basic black that's been crowding the party circuit--we've looked around town for a few special touches of glitter and whimsy.
Rhinestones, tulle and sequins are the most frequently seen extras this holiday--which, incidentally, is shaping up as one of the dressier fashion chapters in recent memory. In fact, there couldn't be a better year for those intending to strike a ladylike pose: Witness the spate of gloves, subtly glittered scarfs and demure evening hats available at the moment.
Pearls and a variety of estate jewelry contribute to the elegant tone many are choosing. But the baroque fashion influence of Christian Lacroix also is arousing a more playful mood in accessories, says Broadway vice president and fashion director Lee Hogan Cass, who notices a run on all kinds of baubles "from subtle pave rhinestones--to all-out flash."