Saturday, October 11, 2008

DEVI KROELL – Splurge-worthy accessories and ready-to-wear to lift your mood

Text & Images of the spring 2009 collection, Vivian G. Kelly
Image of the Devi Kroell bag for Target, from

TIME& PLACE: New York Fashion Week,
Wednesday, Sept. 10, late afternoon
Offsite at Milk Studios, 450 West 15th St.,
The Forbidden Zone, NYC

We didn’t see as many accessories on the runway as we would have liked, not really that much of a surprise as lately Europe has really dominated in that area. All of that changed when we arrived at Milk Studios and walked into what we can only describe as accessories Nirvana.

We got a major accessories fix at DEVI KROELL, which kept us going for the rest of NY Fashion Week.
While we’re fans of masstige collections, [Devi did a fine job for their GO Target collection which launched on July 14, 2007 and received favorable press] if there is ANY way possible, save your pennies and buy the real this time.

There were animal skin clutches, classic hobo bags, the wooden clutch, and bucket bags and some mouth wateringly luxe envelope bags.
An envelope bag is like an exaggerated clutch with a box chain that gives it extra versatility.
The one that everyone was pointing their fingers and cameras at the most though was the JET BAG in fuchsia glazed python.

The shoes were crowd pleasers too, Some of the heels actually had embedded swaths of mesh layered with opaque gloss, making them much more than just a heel on a shoe.
Gladiator sandals are still popular and the CHAPS models in black stingray or sea snake is a knockout. Gladiators can be tricky, but here’s an example of
Gladiators “done right”!


The RTW 23 look collection echoed the Devi Kroell accessories aesthetic – simple forms, architectural even, cut from attention getting fabrics such as pebbled, circular woven silk, cotton organza voile and sea snake.
Look for some great wide-leg pants and wrap skirts, like the one in saba snake, when you’re looking to add a special piece or two to your spring wardrobe.

In this climate, who couldn’t use a hot pink python clutch to hang onto until things calm down? While we’re just as guilty as any other member of the fashion industry of routinely wearing black or gray, a pop of color like Devi’s clutch or one of her sleek solid dresses might be just what’s needed.

To see more Devi Kroell, visit the official website,

To read more about the Devi Kroell Target collection, visit