With the fashion world always being six months ahead of the incoming trends, brands such as Alex and Ani, Dr. Martens and Hillberg & Berk are continually given the opportunity to take on the role of both teacher and advisor for the fad-hungry consumer. It’s a tradition that involves showing the public a thing or two on how to style and accessorize their new collections and what the upcoming season has to offer the fashionable individuals who forever use the sidewalk as their catwalk.

Always showcasing the latest in watches and accessories, the WATCH IT! Canada retail outlet debuts the latest in time gear from notable designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, GUESS and Diesel. With the reoccurring colour of navy blue making its rounds around the accessory circle, and the accompanying details of chrome and dark wood, both men and women can rock the dark hues from day to evening while remaining sleek and stylish throughout.

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Being around for decades hasn’t slowed down the creative process of Dr. Martens Canada. By reinventing themselves every season, true fans and style lovers alike are always looking forward to what the leather-based brand has to offer. “For Fall/Winter 2014 you’re going to see a lot of beautiful rich colours,” says Sara LaHaie, US brand marketing and PR manager for Dr. Marten. “You’re going to see a lot of reds, really rich browns, you’re going to see some camo print throughout the line, some really great rugged looks, really durable leathers looking really worn in, and some winter floral, so very vintage looking.” The upcoming line includes the Eclectic collection, lightweight footwear aimed at handling the colder seasons with nimble ease. This is a welcomed contrast compared to Dr. Martens’ staple heavyweight style. Eclectic brings an added sense of comfort and sleekness to the line. With nylon being of the key materials throughout the collection, the lighter weight and waterproof fabric make it a comfort to be worn throughout those brisk autumn mornings and windy nights.

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Spreading positive energy is the root motivation for jewelry brand Alex and Ani and its Fall/Winter 2014 collection continues to spread this continued mantra of positivity, individualism and togetherness through a selection of bracelets, necklaces and rings.

“Fall/Winter is called Indie Spirit, so we really wanted to go back to more earth tones, very naturally trying to play off of that hippie, free style,” shares Laura Lundin, public relations coordinator for Alex and Ani. “With the incorporation of feathers, exotic beads, and rustic gold, Alex and Ani truly want to bring out your inner spirit animal and have fun with layering the collectable bracelets that each have their own independent meaning and calming symbol.”

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Despite having a business dealing directly with expensive jewels, bling isn’t a term commonly associated with the elite jewelry brand Hillberg and Berk. Glistening crystals are being utilized in statement pieces from necklaces to earrings. It’s also clear that the brand’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection is aimed at taking a different approach to its notable line by introducing darker stones to pieces. Regality plays a prominent part of the collection as most of the selections were inspired by the Queen of England, who was photographed wearing one of Hillberg and Berk’s broaches. The remaining pieces of the collection stay true to the brand’s use of statement stones and aim to make every woman feel like royalty.

If the previews of these select collections are any indication, Fall/Winter 2014 is geared up to be a showstopper. These lines offer something for the stylist in everyone. And the cold weather won’t seem like such a bother with all the positivity and warmth these accessories bring.

Words By. Aliecia Brissett + Photos By. Candace Nyaomi

Aliecia Brissett is a creative and fun writer from Toronto, who loves dance, fashion and getting to know her city. Having come from a single parent home, she was constantly involved in activities to keep her busy; such as her years of professional dance training in ballet, hip-hop and jazz, and her love for fashion and drawing that transcended into her becoming a stylist and overall visionary. Having always been a storyteller, and overall chatter box, Aliecia, who joined Urbanology Magazine in 2012 as a journalist and stylist, loves to speak with the movers and shakers of the industry to get a gist of her next story.

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