If a dress is like a Christmas tree, then accessories are definitely the trimmings! Bags and jewelry are small pieces that can have a big, dramatic effect on the overall look of an outfit, as we saw on a number of celebrities this year. From Katy Perry’s Gummi Bear ring to Kanye West’s bold, gold BET Awards necklace, it appeared that accessories could be just as attention-grabbing as the main outfits themselves.
LADY GAGA’S WHITE BIRKIN BAG: Lady Gaga showed some love to her Japanese fans in a unique way in April when she landed at the New Tokyo International Airport in Japan for her world tour stop. Gaga carried a white Hermès Birkin bag, which had the phrase “I love little monster, Tokyo love” written in Japanese characters with black marker.
Lady Gaga arrives at Narita International Airport on April 13, 2010, in Narita, Japan.
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STEPHANIE PRATT’S ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CLUTCH: Stephanie Pratt jazzed up her little black dress with a fuchsia eel-skin knuckle-duster clutch by Alexander McQueen at a “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” party in August. The finger loops, which were adorned with huge baubles and metallic skulls, added major glam to Stephanie’s otherwise basic outfit.
Stephanie Pratt arrives at the 5th Season Party of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” at Trousdale on Aug. 19, 2010, in West Hollywood, California.
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ALEXA CHUNG’S ALEXA MULBERRY BAG: Oh, Alexa Chung. Oh, leopard print. How we adore you both. The “It Girl” rocked this Mulberry bag (named after her!) during New York Fashion Week in February, and it was the perfect accessory for her low-key but gorgeous outfit.
Alexa Chung attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 17, 2010, in New York City.
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NATALIE PORTMAN’S BOOK CLUTCH: Natalie Portman showed off a look that was brainy AND beautiful for the New York premiere of Black Swan in November. The actress carried a gorgeous green “Lolita” book clutch made by Olympia Le-Tan.
Actress Natalie Portman attends the New York Premiere of ’Black Swan’ at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov. 30, 2010. in New York City.
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RACHEL BILSON’S RED CHANEL PURSE: The other Gossip Girl (Blake Lively) may have landed the endorsement deal, but that didn’t stop Rachel Bilson from sporting a red version of Chanel’s iconic quilted bag with chain straps to Paris Fashion Week. The pop of color made her stand out in the sea of other fashionistas.
Rachel Bilson attends the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on Oct. 5, 2010, in Paris.
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KATY PERRY’S ACCESSORIZED HANDS: Katy Perry wore a ring that was downright delicious before a performance in Berlin this September. The ROMEiNGPANDA 3 Finger Multi-Colored Ring featured five colorful Gummi Bears! A few days later at the MTV Video Music Awards, Katy modeled mini-portraits of her beau Russell Brand on each of her nails.
Katy Perry at Postbahnhof Arena in Berlin on Sept. 5, 2010, and the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2010.
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KANYE WEST’S BIG GOLD JEWELRY: The gold necklace Kanye West rocked at the 2010 BET Awards was so huge, it went all the way down to his waist. The rapper’s bling, a pendant of Egyptian deity Horus, looked amazing teamed with his bright red suit, and just-as-large double-pyramid ring.
Kanye West performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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NICKI MINAJ’S CHANDELIER NECKLACE: To say that Nicki Minaj’s fashion statements are over the top may just be the understatement of the year. But somehow, the singer makes it work every time. At the BET Awards, Nicki decorated her beige dress with a huge, dangling chandelier necklace with oversize crystals that almost outshined her bright orange ’do.
Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2010 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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JARED LETO’S STRIPED SUNGLASSES: Jared Leto showed that animal print isn’t just for the ladies (or for clothes) when he wore zebra-striped sunglasses to an MTV press conference in August. The pink and black frames looked hot with his bleached blond hair and bright blue jacket.
Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars takes part in the 2010 MTV World Stage press conference at the W Mexico City on Aug. 25, 2010, in Mexico City.
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