Every season a fresh crop of accessories emerges on the fashion landscape. The statement piece reigns supreme this season and every designer has his or her rendition of statement highlights. Accessories have a very Parisian quality about them. What we love about them is theje ne sais quoi, indescribable but charming effect they can have on a look. 

If you think you’re in a fashion fix trying to stock up on trends du jour, think about the task at hand as the Accessories Director at Neiman Marcus, where you’d have to dive in and scope out closet-worthy finds the year around and keep your eye on the ball for the newest talent on the block.

We got a sneak preview from a brief tête-à-tête with Ana Maria Pimentel directly from the scene of action: the Neiman Marcus’ Manhattan office last month.

Just two weeks ago, Pimentel visited Neiman Marcus at Town Center at Boca Raton and Bal Harbour and talked about the freshest finds and how to adorn them. Pimentel has a business background but clearly her passion for fashion lead her down another path—starting a fashion career with Elle Magazine to becoming the Accessories Director at Harper’s Bazaar and now the Accessories Director with Neiman Marcus, suffice it to say she knows the art and science of the business.

The transition from the editorial realm to the retail world per Pimentel has been seamless.  

“The fashion world has changed so fast, magazines are evolving and exploring an ecommerce component. Every retailer needs a strong website.” she said.

Isn’t that what it all boils down to? How do shoppers take to a trend or perhaps start one? Fashion is so cyclical and inspiration freely transpires from the street to the runways. 

According to Pimentel, “When you’re in retail, you look at collections in a different way, you need to hone in aspects from a business standpoint, you think about not just what’s the next thing or who is the next big talent but also about production and how things will ultimately reach the customer.”

And now for the best part— Pimentel’s inventory on top trends consolidated from New York, London, Milan and Paris.

“The tone is very 'Downton Abbey', very English and aristocratic. There is a perfect mix of the masculine and the feminine, designer and contemporary,” she said. 

Here is her hot list for the perfect cache in case you missed her sage advice at both Florida stores:

1. Baroque and the brooch:Nothing says statement more. Embellish bags, blazers, and pants—anything. This is a classic piece of jewelry.

2. The slipper: The Charles Phillip smoking slipper is the new update on the ballet flat. Tuxedo slippers are the season’s favorite.

3. Over the top handbags and earrings: Prada and Fendi have brought out the brights that add the finishing touch to any outfit. The Fendi 2Jours bag adds to the it factor well.

4. Touch of print: Scarves, shoes, handbags look tres chic in print. We love this Tory Burch seasonless scarf.

5. Exquisite earrings: You can go for the Oscar de la Renta’s famous Tassel earrings or Eddie Borgo’s much talked about bejeweled spike earrings.

Want to know what to keep an eye out for in spring 2012? Pimentel said:

1.    Bejeweled sandals

2.    Menswear inspired printed jackets

3.    Return of the lady like pump

About Jo:

Jyoti “Jo” Peswani is a fashion maven. As a Chanel-obsessed, published fashion and lifestyle journalist, she definitely has a nose for everyday style. In addition to being an award-winning copy girl, Jo runs her own marketing and writing consultancy, The Idea Is {In}. Jo currently curates her inspirations, observations and ideas on her recently launched blog www.theideaisin.com/blog. She’s a strong advocate of living (and dressing) creatively and takes great pleasure in denying the existence of “the box.”