Accessory Apiary Black Tie Not Optional NYFW Edition

New York Fashion Week is almost upon us, which means, whether or not you’ll be attending, fall is officially in swing. Soon formal events at work, annual parties, and other chic events will demand your sartorial attention. (Or, you’ll just wake up one morning and feel fancy.) So, this week on Accessory Apiary, Black Tie is Not Optional.

Piece #1: Look at that (T)ass(el)!

Accessory Apiary - NYFW Edition - Tasseled Earrings Topshop

I’m not a big believer in fashion aphorisms, but “less is more” is a useful mantra. These slight but confident tasseled earrings from Topshop certainly do the trick: they pack color, sophistication, and best of all, a little drama. Slip these on with a LBD and (comfortable) heels, and you’ll be ready to smile in the faces of all turned heads.


  • Length: 21 cm.
  • 100% metal
  • Imported

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Piece #2: Clutches 101

Accessory Apiary - NYFW Edition - Scallop Beadwork Clutch Ricky Designs

Full disclosure: clutches make me nervous. If I can’t hang a handbag on my body I’m almost certain to lose it. This sleek scallop beadwork clutch from Ricky Designs solves both problems: its gold-tone glimmers just enough to complement your party frock, and the chain is removable. Partying is easier if you know your wallet and phone are safe.


  • Fold-over clutch
  • Metallic beadwork
  • Scalloped edges
  • Removable chain
  • Length: 9-1/2” x 5″
  • Chain length: 43″

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Piece #3: Your Meta Moment

Accessory Apiary - NYFW Edition - Camera Earrings Betsey Johnson2

Imagine pulling up to a red carpet event, your discreet gentleman (or woman) friend opens the door of your town car, and out you step, gliding seamlessly into the barrage of flashing cameras. Then imagine the adoring crowd’s surprise when dangling from your ears are adorable vintage-style camera earrings from Betsey Johnson. It’s a moment of self-reflexive fashion, and the flash, if you will, from the central rhinestone will twinkle through the night. (You can also just wear these to dinner with friends, if the Grammys aren’t on your schedule.)


  • Length: 1 1/4″ drop
  • Width: 1/2″
  • Lever-back closure
  • Gold-tone plate/glass
  • Imported
  • Available online only

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Piece #4: Mrs. Bojangles

Accessory Apiary - NYFW Edition - Embellished Bangles ABS by Allen Schwartz

I really like jingling – that is, I love bangles, because it’s a very graceful and feminine way of heralding your status as a woman. (This might be because I grew up listening to the clink of my grandmother and mother’s wedding bangles, which they always wear, and find comfort in the sound.) And what better time to be feminine than a fabulous party? I love the tangerine pop of these embellished bangles from ABS by Allen Schwartz; the set is also sized well, and would insert some gypsy whimsy into an otherwise restrained outfit.


  • Materials: glass, stones, beads
  • Gold-tone
  • Diameter: approx.. 1.75″
  • Slip-on style
  • Imported

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Piece #5: You Deserve a Medal

Accessory Apiary - NYFW Edition - Embellished Pin Cara

Ah, possibly my favorite piece this week: in my book, if you’re wearing glamorous medium-sized studs but don’t want to bother with a necklace, add a brooch. They’re a no-muss, no-fuss accessory and will complement whatever you’re wearing. J’taime this embellished pin by Cara: it gets its zip and sparkle from silver-tone beads, and I love its nod to actual medals with its cheeky cut. (That the pin doesn’t bother with rhinestones is an added bonus.) Clip to your outfit and hold your head high: you’ve done well, soldier.


  • Size: 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Metal with gold-tone, silver-tone and hematite-tone
  • Burnished beads
  • Materials: Plate/acrylic/glass/polyester
  • Imported

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What do you think of our NYFW inspired accessory selection?