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Designer Accessories Remain Versatile for Spring

New York – A mix of sparkle, tribal, neutral tones, lucite and denim will be just some of the major trends seen in accessories next spring, said the Neiman Marcus accessory team in their latest presentation in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

When it comes to tribal, think looks that would pair well with Yves Saint Laurent's safari classics, like arms covered with stacks of bangles by Lee Angel, or a floral fabric covered wooden heel from Baldan. Or take Balmain's status gladiator sandals, which come in a woven tribal print version in spring, while the lace up buckle boot will come in a safari-ready olive green.

This new earthier mood will also get some play in the form of fringed sandals and classic wedges and platforms in brown leathers from must-have designer brands like YSL and Prada. Also on the neutral end of the spectrum, for the second season in a row at Neiman Marcus, pale beiges and pinks continue to be a strong look.

"Nude is the new black for us," said Roopal Patel, Neiman Marcus' women's fashion accessory senior market editor.

Denim also gets an haute facelift in the form of quilted bags by Lanvin, denim-covered ballet flats by Chanel and a denim version of YSL's Tribute platform sandal, which "goes great will all these safari looks we're seeing," said Patel.

But fans of more elaborate embellishments will still have plenty of options, too.

"Sequins and shine and sparkle have become almost a classic," said Patel. "You can wear it for day now. Miu Miu and Prada always has sparkle. It's fun and different from what she already owns."

For Spring 2010, Prada will lead the way with clear crystal looks, from PVC inserts in sandals to Lucite claps on metallic handbags, while jewelry by Lee Angel, a Neiman Marcus go-to for sparkle around the wrist or neck, offers many ways to shine, though it's the wrist in particular, said Patel, that will be focus for Spring.

"We're moving away from the statement necklaces and putting more focus on the wrist," said Patel, also pointing to bangles by John Hardy and Alexis Bittar. The look with bracelets, she said, is to stack them up.

And the studded motorcycle look, for those with less glitzy yet still statement-making tastes, can get their fill with the unofficial reigning champion of the look, Balmain - a studded black leather purse is sure to make waves.