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Bags are making it big in the fashion world. Waiting lists for the season's "it" bag are common, while celebrities place their handbags in positions of prominence when on the red carpet. Whether you're buying your bag at Fendi or Forever 21, make it silver. And, hey, the silver is not simply in the hardware or embellishments; it is in the DNA of the bag. Silver is an ideal accessory hue because of its versatility. It looks fabulous with gray, navy, black, lemon yellow or red. It even pairs well with other metallics such as gold or bronze. Just be sure to eschew the silver shoes — matchy-matchy is so passe.

~Paula Rath

Yves Saint Laurent "Medium Downtown,"
$1,595, YSL Waikiki.

Simply silver

B. Makowsky "Delano Hobo,"
$198, Macy's, Ala Moana.

B. Makowsky shoulder bag,
$148, Macy's.

Chinese Laundry "Scrunchable,"
$51, Linea, Ward Warehouse.

Louis Vuitton "Lockit Monogram Miroir Anniversary Edition,"
$1,540, Louis Vuitton, Ala Moana.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY NORMAN SHAPIRO