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Spring’s hottest accessories by Elizabeth Gillett

March 21, 2010

Serendipity is a funny thing. For designer Elizabeth Gillett , it all started with a lost scarf. When Gillett couldn’t find a replacement for a favorite scarf, she simply made her own and within months the same velvet piece was being sold at Barney’s New York!

Today, 18 years later, Gillett’s designs include not only gorgeous scarves, but also luxurious wraps and cover-ups. Updated seasonally, her line includes creations inspired by the diversity of the world around her – from films, to museums, to the unique sights and sounds of New York City. Gillett also incorporates key trend forecasts to keep the collection fresh and may include tribal-printed cottons and silks, wool gauze with sequins and beading, and draped viscose sweater shapes – all in one collection!

One of my favorites for this season is the Lucianna in an ethereal, turquoise blue. The scarf’s chiffon ruffles and frothy lace border are the perfect addition to any spring outfit. This lovely 100% silk confection measures 20” x 93” and in addition to the turquoise pictured, is available in simple black, chic ivory, and a delicious pink. Retail $50

I also adore the glamorous Xinia , shown here in metallic silver. This scarf would be perfect dressed up for a night on the town or as a splash of sass paired with jeans and a tank. The Xinia was just featured in Lucky Magazine this fall and is also available in classic black, and ivory. An added bonus – right now the Xinia is on sale! Retail $42.

Another coveted addition to the spring wardrobe is the Kyra cover up , pictured here in vibrant coral. This is a fabulous piece to wear on a chilly evening dining al fresco, in an over-air conditioned office, or even as weekend wear. The waffle knit is crafted of spun viscose and is offered in three sizes — Small (fits sizes 2-4), Medium (sizes 6-8), and Large (sizes 10-12).The coral is my personal pick, but the Kyra is also available in warm ivory, a yummy chocolaty brown called bark, and a trendy royal blue.

Elizabeth Gillett’s gorgeous designs have received incredible feedback from the industry, and they have been featured in top magazines including Marie Claire, Glamour, In Style, and the hit TV show “Gossip Girl.”

Want the look? Gillett’s scarves, wraps and cover ups can be found at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and at fine boutiques nationwide. The line is also available at .

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!


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