By Tina Smithers, Guest Blogger and Fashion Week Correspondent
Strolling into Amanda Pearl‘s Empire Hotel suite for her Fall/Winter 2011 presentation was akin to setting foot inside a brightly colored candy store for accessory-obsessed adults. Amanda’s gorgeous necklaces, earrings, handbags and mini clutches sparkled and shined as evening descended upon the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week merely two blocks away.
The intricate details on every single piece were truly astonishing, with glittering gemstones, pearls and beads applied by hand, framing the couture clutches. Invitingly rich fabrics like satin, brocade and raffia begged to be touched, while Amanda’s popular Alessia gold-plated cage clutch remained a front runner in new hues, along with the stunning micro-sparkle “Octo” clutch. And just like on the runways, leopard prints and bold color combos paired with luxe chain links will be a mainstay for Fall 2011, which can be found on everything from handbags to oversize beaded necklaces and drop earrings.
Every piece was so stunning, it was tough to blame Amanda when she struggled to settle on a favorite piece. “Oh, that’s like choosing your favorite child! I love all of my designs,” she told me. When pressed, she settled on the glittery “Octo” clutch. Celebrity followers of Amanda Pearl’s accessory line include Taryn Manning, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts and Gabrielle Union.
Editor’s Note: Amanda’s line of dazzling accessories impresses us every season, and this one is certainly on different. I have to say, I’ve been caught by the “leopard bug” for the upcoming fall season already, so I’m def checking out those bags for myself. And the jewel-toned jewelry is any girl’s dream (plus, it’s the perfect pop of color for all of the black seen on the runway!). Congrats to Ms. AP on an outstanding (and fun!) collection.
[Photo Credit: Tina Smithers]
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