Take a cue from top designer collections such as Prada, Chanel, Versace, and Valentino and add sparkle to any ensemble with a beautiful brooch. Jackets, sweaters, scarves, handbags, and dresses are just a titch prettier when adorned with a pin (or two or three). Rummage through the family jewels for vintage scores, or grab a gilded gem from Eiseman Jewels or a thrifty treasure at Lula B’s. You can’t go wrong—or unnoticed—with the season’s must-have accessory.

Carolyn is wearing a turquoise velvet jacket by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent ($320/Elements) over a sage beaded cami by Plenty ($128/Elements). Brooches: (clockwise from top) Valentin Magro aquamarine and diamond embedded gold brooch ($31,275/Eiseman Jewels), vintage (stylist’s own), and Iradj Moini scarab turquoise and jade brooch ($615/Stanley Korshak).

 Photo by Matt Cooper


Designing Women
Meet five Dallas fashion designers under 40 who are fast making a name for themselves.

Everett Parker silk top ($253).

Clair Parker, 25,and Erika Everett, 24
COMPANY: Everett Parker
DESIGNS: Silk clothing and one-of-a-kind bags
STYLE: Vintage luxe
TRAINING: Parker interned with clothing designer Michael Kors in 2000; Everett interned with jewelry designer David Yurman in 2001. Both studied jewelry design in San Miguel, then switched their focus to clothes.
LOOK FOR: The duo presented their designs—seven pieces in five colors, mostly silk charmeuse tops—at Dallas Market for the first time 
earlier this year.
PRICE RANGE: $180-$260
AVAILABLE AT: Forty Five Ten, Sussie’s, Elements


Loot gold and purple gemstone necklace ($146).

Joy Coit, 30
DESIGNS: Jewelry
STYLE: Contemporary and delicate, all handmade by her personally
TRAINING: Coit learned casting and metalworking from local jeweler Lindy Brown, but Coit has been making jewelry since she was a little girl.
LOOK FOR: Pearl strands with vintage brooch necklaces and hammered silver and gold accessories, plus her traditional geometric designs
PRICE RANGE: $50-$300
AVAILABLE AT: Elements, Tootsies, Premium 93


Anyaa hand-painted scarf (price upon request).

Elizabeth Anyaa, 37
DESIGNS: Women’s ready-to-wear
STYLE: Wearable art incorporated into jackets, tops, dresses, and scarves
  TRAINING: Anyaa studied
textiles and manufacturing in Finland at Rovaniemi Institute of Industrial Arts & Crafts, and fashion design at El Centro in Dallas.
LOOK FOR: Pieces made of hand-painted fabrics mixed with industrial fabrics such as wool, silk, and silk blends
PRICE RANGE: $200-$700
AVAILABLE: By special order for now, but she hopes to sell through Stanley Korshak and Tootsies in the future.


Seirc by Jordan McMillan handbag ($225).
Abby White, 27
COMPANY: Seirc by Jordan McMillan
DESIGNS: Handbags
STYLE: Classic, architectural, functional, and fun
TRAINING: White studied studio art and interior architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, then went on to work for a prominent architectural firm before experimenting with textiles and handbags.
LOOK FOR: Chocolate brown and toffee suedes paired with rich colored ribbons in her signature classic structures
PRICE RANGE: $98-$450
AVAILABLE AT: Tootsies or www.jordanmcmillan.com

Are you a Dallas designer who is having trouble getting started? In 2002, Leslie Carpenter founded a nonprofit organization, the Dallas Fashion Incubator, to aid aspiring designers. For more information, call 214-485-7020 or visit www.dallasfashionincubator.org.

Photos: Designers: Scott Womack; Bag: Courtesy of Seirc; Scarf and Necklace: Abel Sanchez; Blouse: Courtesy of William Couture