One of the season's most popular accents -- quilting -- provides a welcome warm touch to all sorts of outfits, from everyday to evening wear.
The warm, snug, protective feeling that's part of the charm of quilting -- most of us cuddled up in quilts as children -- is emphasized by the materials that are being quilted. Rayon, silk and even the soft, soft calfskin of Chanel's classic quilted handbags add to the tactile, just-reach-out-and-touch-it quality of the stitch.
Beverly Matthai, owner of Femme, believes the Chanel influence has much to do with quilting's new popularity. Not only are quilted handbags more prevalent, but belts and other accessories are showing the detail.