My Want It Wednesday this week is the entire look and feel of this photograph of Marion Cotillard. From Vogue July 2010, French siren and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard was featured on the cover. (more…)

When we wrote about Proenza Schouler’s Pre-Fall 2010 accessories collection a month ago, a lot of people were excited about the brand’s upcoming paper bag tote. (A lot of people also hated it, but hey, that happens.) It was only a matter of time before it hit stores, and as of today, it finally has.

The tote, which is made out of treated leather instead of actual paper, is now available via Net-a-Porter for $615. I’m sure that some people will complain about the price for what is a fairly simple bag, but for the size and material, it seems pretty fair to me.

If you’ve been anticipating this tote’s arrival, check it out via Net-a-Porter.

Bigger picture after the jump! (more…)

Even for a dedicated lover of Balenciaga handbags like me, it can sometimes be hard to remember that the brand makes purses other than their famed motorcycle bags. When the brand is mentioned to me, I always conjure up an image of a City or Day bag with giant silver hardware, but there’s much more to Balenciaga’s accessories that just that. If you haven’t seen (and felt) the Balenciaga Chaine Bag in person, you’re missing out.

BlueFly claims that this bag is made of calfskin and I have no real reason not to believe them, save for the fact that it might be the softest leather that I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I’m not one to exaggerate needlessly, so believe me when I say that you’ve got to feel it to understand just how divine this leather really is. (more…)

When I predicted a week ago that Diane Von Furstenberg’s first box clutch wouldn’t be her last, I couldn’t have guessed how quickly she would prove me right. Soon thereafter, DVF’s Resort 2011 collection surfaced with two clutches that used the exact same clasp hardware as the twig-topped Fall/Winter 2010 clutch.

We know now that the clutch will come in a shorter version to go with the elongated shape that we first saw and, similar to box clutches from Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen, the clutches will be rendered in a variety of colors and materials. A picture of the shorter leather version is after the jump. (more…)

I have been eying this bag ever since Dianna Agron (actress from Glee, which is a show I am obsessed with but that is an entirely different story), was spotted wearing it. There is something so appealing about the long adjustable shoulder strap (the shortest drop is already 15.5″). And right now I am absolutely loving army green.

The Savvy Must Have this week is the Botkier Aiden Crossbody Hobo. (more…)

During the ongoing World Cup, we at PurseBlog all feel just a little (ok, a lot) South African in spirit. The Gucci Joy fits the theme well with its Safari-like feel.

As much as fringe handbags continue to come in style and then back in style, I am always sitting on the fence between strongly disliking them and having a slight bit of curiosity towards them. Sure, some designers are able to create a much more subdued fringe bag, while others are all about fringe coming from every orifice of the bag and dragging down to the floor. I prefer the first option: fringe within reason. And you know who may have created fringe within reason fairly well? Miu Miu.

After seeing the Miu Miu Leather Fringe Hobo Bag pop up on Monday at Net A Porter, a few of you expressed your love of the bag. To be honest it was not the first bag that caught my eye, but I took a second look and can understand the fascination with the bag. (more…)

Last week, we predicted that this episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was going to be crazy – the previews promised it! Sadly, it turns out that that Bravo was telling us mean, vicious lies – there was a lot of foreplay and no…well, you know. It was more complaining and name-calling without any sort of resolution, and I’m starting to tire of this whole thing very quickly.

We can only see these women eat at so many Italian restaurants, drink so many glasses of wine in each others kitchens, and attend so many parties in suburban banquet halls before the whole thing plunges into a hypnotically awful abyss of…wait, I guess we’re already there. Won’t you join us? (more…)

It takes a lot for me to like a suede bag, but Gucci has gone and done just that. I’m already on the record as being a fan of their “1973” line for fall, but I was a little bit dubious of the Gucci 1973 Medium Satchel until I saw the red suede version.

Because of the tactile nature of suede, colors usually end up looking muted when the finished product arrives. I like my colors vibrant, which contributes to my usual distaste for the material. In this case, though, the orange-y hue comes through loud and clear, taking advantage of suede’s texture without sacrificing vibrancy. (more…)

We are big Marc Jacobs fan-girls here at PurseBlog. But it has been a little while since I ran into a Marc Jacobs bag that I truly found myself wanting. Don’t get me wrong, there are many beautiful designs, but I like to see a bag that I don’t just want but can justify ‘needing’. This bag comes the closest to ‘needing’ that I have felt in a while from Marc.

A black tote is a staple piece for a handbag wardrobe and the Marc Jacobs Amber Corner Zip Tote should be considered as a potential option. (more…)

Every Monday morning, I wake up check our websites, my email, Twitter, and then Net-A-Porter.com to see What’s New. I look at handbags all day everyday, and being able to see new arrivals makes me feel like a kid again.

Today, Net-A-Porter received a suede Proenza Schouler PS1 bag and a gorgeous subdued Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two. Check out all of their new arrivals at Net-A-Porter.com!

As I scrolled over this Tory Burch Heidi Mini Bag, zooming to take a closer look at the details, I thought, ” Of course Tory Burch is doing pigskin!”. The fact is that Tory’s expanding her brand, and it seems like every week I come across a new item from her line, each chicer and more forward than the past item.

Add that to the fact that I adore purple and that I hold a special place for pigskin in my heart (my personal diaries have been pigskin Smythsons for many years), and this bag fulfills an Anna recipe of success”” one of many, I may add. The best thing, though, isn’t the pigskin or the purple, but all the funky and unexpected details on the bag. (more…)

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