EXTRA, EXTRA: In another sign of the growing importance of accessories in the mix, Ralph Lauren is staging a special spring 2012 accessories preview during New York Fashion Week. It’s the first of its kind, and this being Ralph, it won’t be standard showroom fare. For the Sept. 14 affair, the company is flipping the first floor of the women’s flagship at 888 Madison Avenue into an accessories salon, showcasing bags and shoes and other accessories for the season to come. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., will also give international editors in town for the week — and locals who haven’t had a chance yet — to see the women’s flagship, which opened last October in a limestone, Beaux-Arts mansion the company built from scratch.
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