Accessories Designers Grab Some Fashion Week Heat

With the cameras trained mostly on the catwalks, it is easy to forget that the accessories designers who show during fashion week also have the power to turn heads.

Take Paul Andrew, a charming Briton and a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award winner whose shoes are found on the feet of New York’s industry elite.

Mr. Andrew, a former designer for Alexander McQueen in London and Calvin Klein in New York, who showed off his first men’s shoes just two weeks ago, infused this season’s offerings for women with Byzantine color and flair. At his presentation, in a penthouse on the West Side Highway, editors swooned over jewel-toned velveteen pumps with heels encrusted with semiprecious gems, leather ankle boots with a gold lattice finish, and turquoise peekaboo boots with silver military-inspired hardware.

Over at the Swiss Institute in SoHo, the walls were lined with the latest candy-colored bags and shoes from Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel, the handbag label that has become a favorite thanks to its outside-the-industry status. After the frenzy that surrounded their best-selling bucket style in 2014 (and six months after the debut of their footwear), the designers, who nine months ago won the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, introduced two new bags and five new shoe styles.

The Sun tote comes in mini, medium and large sizes, and a choice of suede, calfskin or patent leather. The square-shaped Elegant, with both a top handle and a clasp, appeared to be a foray into more formal territory for the designers.

Their prediction for the label’s next sellout item: light-hued, shearling-lined suede ankle boots. “The boot we always wished we could have,” Ms. Gavriel said.

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