Whether you like this season for the rock-and-roll look, the motorcycle chic, the Western thing or the profusion of black, one thing that spans the trends is an emphasis on materials. Functional hardware and hardware that simply looks purposeful are embellishing our boots and shoes. Frye has a lock on the harness ring. Nicole's studded rands are exciting to see and wear. And Jeffrey Campbell ... well, let's just say the Legal zips up any dissenting votes.
The studs and rings and grommets have migrated to accessories as well. We're seeing them on scarves, leggings, bracelets, headbands and, of course, bags. We're liking the mix of pyramid studs and nailheads, or working some black leather with hardware back to a hot plaid scarf to layer in texture and color.