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Francesca Federico is a senior undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Classical Music and French. She has been studying in Paris since August 2012, at NYU's campus as well as with the Paris Conservatory. An opera singer and harpist, Francesca is interested in pursuing both fashion and classical music in her later life. She created her blog, The Minx, in 2009, and uses it as a visual diary of her travels and evolving personal style. Her favorite designers include Marni, Dior, Rochas, Theyskens Theory and Tsumori Chisato. Francesca is also an avid writer of both poetry and prose, having been published in Mexico City's Ofi Press magazine, as well as the Jacket2 experimental poetry journal out of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on her third novel. She is glad to have moved back to New York this fall, although her wanderlust is eternal.

Elie Saab: Accessories Pre-Fall 2013

The Fall 2013 accessories coming from the house of Elie Saab are nothing short of spectacular. With a new line of handbags, shoes and jewelry, Saab has created the perfect compliment to his outstandingly chic gowns and separates. Foregoing prints for pops of color and luxurious materials, the collection will take you from the Hamptons to Napa Valley, and everywhere in between.

To celebrate the arrival of the Pre-fall 2013 collection in-store, Elie Saab presents a new short film: REFLECTIONS 

Elie Saab Pre-Fall Reflections Collection ( Photo Credit: Elie Saab)

Elie Saab Pre-Fall Reflections Collection (Photo Credit: Elie Saab)

The seductive play between her delicateness and her confidence contrasts like day and night, a hidden spirit captured within the lucid reflections of endless mirrors.

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An oversized satchel in bright teal with gold hardware perfectly toes the line between understated and standout. Large enough to hold everything from your tablet to an extra pair of shoes (perhaps even a small dog), it’s perfect for a woman on the go who still wants a handbag with pizzaz.

Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 1.51.41 PM Collar necklaces have been seen everywhere, from the Chanel runway to your local Zara. But instead of the overly bedazzled versions gracing the necks of teen pop stars, this one is exhibiting just the right amount of bling. Wear with a pair of cropped trousers and a loose white blouse for an effortlessly chic summer look.

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Art Deco earrings are back in style this season and this pair is surprisingly versatile. Gold is the perfect summer metal that will compliment every skin tone and these are the perfect statement piece for summertime weddings. Wear them with your hair in a loose bun, a summer tan and a smile, and you’re sure to wow.

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There’s no denying it; these shoes are ridiculously sexy. Offset the sharp stiletto and gunmetal grey leather with a floaty dress and matching gold accessories. You’re sure to make a serious statement, from the office, to after-hours drinks, to a weekend getaway.

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This boxy little purse is insouciant in its apologetic shade of red, yet still ladylike with its modest shape and chain detailing. It’s a bit like Audrey Hepburn meets Edie Sedgwick. Channel your inner jetsetter by pairing the bag with a white shift dress and wooden sandals with metallic detailing. Who says you need a yacht to have fun?

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This clutch is less Southern France, more Studio 54 reboot. Its jewel-studded body is a statement-making piece of jewelry in itself, so keep the rest of your look sleek and minimalist. All you need is a credit card, lipstick and keys, and you’ll have less to worry about and more good times to look forward to.

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 Last, but not least, this flirty shoe is just begging for an outing – a night of dancing under the stars, perhaps? With its classic shape and deep jewel-toned shade, it would look amazing with one of Saab’s Ikat-printed summer dresses and a chic topknot. The best part about all these accessories? They can be mixed and matched together without looking cheesy; in fact, you’ll look laser-sharp. That’s the magic of Elie Saab. All photos via Elie Saab

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