>> In honor of her debut Fashion Week presentation in February, Lindsey Thornburg collaborated with friend and Bing Bang designer Anna Sheffield on sterling silver, diamond, and onyx jewelry, replete with cross motifs. Select pieces from the collaboration can now be had at Bonadrag, including a tear drop-shaped bangle dripping in chains and a four-in-one hammered sterling silver ring set.
>> A year and a half into his creative directorship at LL Bean's younger-bent heritage line, LL Bean Signature, Alex Carleton is turning out polished, modern versions of the Bean archives more than ever. Fans of the Givenchy Rottweiler sweater and the Balenciaga German Shepherd sweater will appreciate Carleton's own take — the duck sweater; other highlights for Fall 2011 include a sporty wedge boot with contrast piping, a mustard-highlighted field coat (left), and a roomy drawstring bag. The collection launches online Aug. 1 — we've highlighted the top looks in the slideshow.
>> When Coach first re-launched its heritage Classics collection with Net-a-Porter back in June, it stuck to a '70s color palette of mahogany, tan, navy, and deep red. The popularity of the collection must have made Coach more daring, because they're just released a new set of the bags — this time in bolder colors like candy red vermillion, lime, and white.
>> Hey, boxy lady. Lanvin, Celine, and Kenzo all showed hard-structured bags for Fall 2011, and ever since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turned up to last month's CFDA Awards sporting a pastel pair from The Row (left), this retro-inspired silhouette has been topping the hit list. Polished enough to go from office to evening, and streamlined enough to look chic with almost anything, this compact style will also take you straight from Summer to Fall with ease.
While Fall 2011 collections won't hit stores until August, that doesn't mean you can't capture a little box magic right now — J.Crew, Alexander Wang, and Akris all have similar ladylike options available now. To get in on the trend, look for super-structured satchels with single top handles, cross-body straps, and sleek, minimal hardware — or just click through to see a few of our favorites.
>> Fresh off the heels of the success of Prada's Spring 2011 Baroque sunglasses, Givenchy is introducing its own line of retro-inspired glasses for Fall 2011: the Panther collection. The '50s-inspired cateye glasses come in yellow, charcoal, plum, navy ($574 each), or trimmed with black fur on the frame ($640), and feature a panther on each temple piece.
>> For Fall 2011, Michael Kors teamed up with Fossil — which has produced his watch line since 2004 — to launch his jewelry collection. The chain and buckle-centric line of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings hits stores in August and runs $45 to $395. "I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit," Kors says. "Now, with my jewelry collection, I can deliver the full spectrum of the Michael Kors vision for a truly fabulous look."
>> The new Mulberry Carter has already been spotted on the likes of Lily Donaldson, Emma Watson, Kate Bosworth, and Kirsten Dunst — and now it's finally available to purchase online. Featuring a retro-boxy shape and a double-lock plaque, the Carter comes in either suede, croc, or snake-embossed leather. Ranging in price from $1,000 to $1,550, the new bag is available in three sizes: the Mini Carter Camera Bag, the Camera Bag, and the roomy, tote-like Double Handle bag. Click through to see the whole selection — all in a Fall-perfect palette of fox, midnight, black, and bird's nest.
>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen can now add shoes to their ever-growing repertoire. The duo has teamed with Toms to offer three takes on the brand's classic espadrille — all with a luxurious, Olsen-cool slant, of course. Made from Italian-sourced wool, leather, and/or cashmere, the Toms + The Row shoes come in an urbane palette of soft greys and plaid.
Retailing at either $140 or $150 — about three times the Toms mainline collection — the selection isn't quite as affordable as your usual pair of slip-ons, but, just like the main line, each pair sold will also benefit a child in need. "Toms + The Row customers will have the ability to give back and create change with a single purchase," expains Ashley. Mary-Kate adds, “Having the opportunity to be a part of something so meaningful has made the collaboration with Toms special to everyone at The Row.” Click through to see the three new styles, available online now at Toms.com.
>> 1940's film noir inspired the new batch of Miu Miu sunglasses for Fall 2011. Shot on Hailee Steinfeld by Bruce Weber for the Miu Miu Fall 2011 ad campaign (as seen in the gallery), the new frames feature oversized, angular cat-eyes and lots of retro-glam colorways — think ochre tortoise shell and metallic glitter-acetate. Click through to get an up-close look at the full collection available in stores this September.
Images courtesy of Miu Miu
>> Last night, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen feted their new handbag collection for The Row at Barneys, both wearing The Row — Ashley in a colorfully embellished gown and Mary-Kate in a blue blazer. The range, which hits Barneys mid-August, features everything from a lizard clutch to the $4,700 Twin Mini crossbody bag — which Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks wore for the occasion — to a $39,000 crocodile backback. “We didn’t want too much branding; we didn’t want an It bag,” says Mary-Kate of the nine-style collection, which runs $2,350 to $39,000. After the intimate cocktail, where they were joined by sister Elizabeth Olsen, the twins headed to uptown restaurant Crown for an even more intimate celebratory dinner.
Images via Billy Farrell Agency