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Capitol Contributor: Eddie Borgo

Accents for ladies who roar with style.

“Women today understand that jewelry helps to define your look—without taking it over,” says jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, who creates bold accessories that call for a chic and confident canvas. Case in point: Borgo outfits the inimitable Effie Trinket with many of her favorite pieces such as gunmetal cuffs with arrows, silver jointed rings, long spike earrings and a silver ring with a stunning lozenge of lavender glass, (all pictured left).

New York-based Borgo, who got his start by fabricating couture pieces for major stylists and went on to launch his first collection in 2008, recently showed a guerilla feminist-themed look for next spring. Zipper pulls on a cuff became geometric tassels as weaponry; a necklace featured a grenade pin. The punk edge contrasts perfectly with sleek, glossy metals. Yes, you can check your lipstick with a shiny, silver dog tag.

“I am most singularly attracted to metals but love to discover new ways to use semi-precious stones and crystals,” says Borgo, whose devotees outside the Capitol include grand damsels of style like V’s Cecilia Dean, Julia Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia of L’Uomo Vogue. His definition of a style icon? An “empowered woman.”

Capitol Couture covets Borgo’s pave pieces for fall such as the bear trap bangle in rose gold ($550) and his simple and strong rhodium-plated door latch cuff ($450).   And right now, a few of his looks for escort Effie Trinket like the rhodium-plated pyramid ring with lavender stone ($130.50) and the matching cuff ($140) are selling on The Outnet. Chins up, accessories on!

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Capitol Contributor: Gaspar Gloves

Check out Effie’s favorite accessories.

Gaspar Gloves are not for the faint of style. Just ask sartorial sylph Effie Trinket, who rarely makes an appearance without a pair on hand—literally.  Designed by L.A.-based Dorothy Gaspar, these look-at-me accessories nod to old Hollywood glamour but always with a modern wink of detail like flocking, buckles or gold studs.  “In my Spring 2014 collection, a notable part of the line is composed of sheer and leather gauntlet gloves,” says Gaspar, who is a third generation accessories artisan originally from Hungary. “It was extremely exciting to put these gloves together because many of the designs took on inspirations from the Hunger Games universe.”

Trinket, a Gaspar devotee along with Madonna, Katy Perry and Beyonce, opts for elaborate, couture cuffs on her gloves. (Designer Trish Summerville collaborated with the glove maker on the details.) The strong silhouettes pair perfectly with her couture frocks nipped at the waist and dramatic Elizabethan ruffs.  “My goal was to inspire iconic visual details that would really bring out Effie’s outrageous and outspoken character, as well as create designs within the vein of her costumes,” Gaspar tells Capitol Couture.

Ready to take a bold cue from Trinket? A few directions to ponder: Marc Jacobs showed lace-paneled, leather gloves with ladylike blouses and hot pants for fall, while Wes Gordon accessorized mod looks with classic black satin opera gloves.  Gaspar’s own ready-to-wear collection includes fingerless leather and crocheted driving gloves, opera-length gloves in suede or satin and feather-light sheer creations flocked with gold.  The designer even credits our own stylish city as inspiration. Says Gaspar:  “The citizens of the Capitol have such colorful and vibrant wardrobes.”