Trend Alert: Faux Gems

What: Big faux-gem jewelry and embellishments on everything from handbags to footwear to skirts and tops.

What the fashion heads say: This, from Ellen Tien on the New York Times Style page: “As the weather becomes duller, retailers are turning up the sparkle and shine. Thinking bigger than mere sequins or beads, designers are putting chunky stones and jewel-encrusted embellishments on bodices and waistbands, handbags, shoe tops, boot heels and even sunglasses . . . Just don’t wear them all at the same time.