On Our Radar: Ann Taylor Accessories-------
Last night, Ann Taylor hosted editors and celebrities alike—including Maria Bello, Bridget Moynahan, and Bebel Gilberto, who performed—at a preview of its Fall collection. The office-friendly, working-girl separates that have long been AT staples were in evidence here, like a long sleeveless trench cinched with a double-wrap belt, and the retailer nodded at trends with outerwear like the sporty olive parkas with fur collars. But the real draw for fashion watchers was the accessories table. It’s there that the brand’s designers were most successful at translating top-tier styles into affordable, everyday versions, from the python clutch ($138) to the sculptural silver cuff ($68). The standout was a pair of cheetah-print haircalf “shootie” platform heels (left): at $228, at the upper end of the Ann Taylor range, but reasonable—even for the working girls.