Michelle Dockery carries Burberry (1)

Here’s Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, about to thrust herself into a waiting crowd of British paparazzos after exiting the Burberry Fall 2013 runway show. On her arm is a Burberry Prorsum Handbag from Pre-Fall 2013, and as is perhaps to be expected, her trench and pumps both look suspiciously Burberry.

Jennifer Lawrence Miss Dior Handbag Ads (2)

We’re huge fans of actress Jennifer Lawrence around the PurseBlog offices, and she’s having quite the year. The Hunger Games movie did great at the box office, she consistently chooses red carpet looks that are both beautiful and interesting, and, oh yeah, she won an Oscar last night for a movie in which she got to make out with Bradley Cooper; it’s just win after win for Ms.

Fendi Fur Bags for Fall 2013 (17)

Of all of the fraught issues in fashion (and believe me, there are plenty), fur is probably one of the most fraught. It has both ardent defenders and detractors, but mostly, luxury consumers are somewhere in the middle, just like yours truly – aware of the ethical issues with wearing fur, and not necessarily a fur customer, but also not constitutionally opposed to someday becoming a fur customer, were the right piece to cross our paths.

Prada Fall 2013 Handbags  (13)

My feelings about any Prada collection are complicated. I know that I’ll love what Miuccia Prada sends down the runway, with few exceptions, but I also know that the bags are almost sure to underwhelm me. (Again, with few exceptions.) That was exactly the case with Prada Fall 2013 – both the clothes and the feel of the show were exceptional; a bravura performance from one of the generation’s great masters, doing what she does best.

Givenchy Airplane Print Leather Trim Backpack

Not long ago, we mentioned that women’s backpacks seemed to have become a full-fledged handbag trend; you guys were not amused. For men, though, backpacks are a more traditional option well after college has ended. I don’t think men should wear them with suits because they tend to wrinkle well-pressed clothing, but other than that, they’re a perfectly reasonable alternative to other kinds of man bags.

Louis Vuitton

Happy Friday! It feels like we travelled all over the place for this week’s PurseForum Roundup, probably because, as most of you know, the PurseForum has evolved over the years to include much more than handbags! First we’ll stop by Chanel to visit a truly colorful reveal thread, then off to the check out some new makeup in the Beauty Bar.

Gemma Arterton seen arriving at BBC Radio 1 studios in London

Here’s the woman who, in my husband’s estimation, is the sexiest British actress alive today, no contest. I don’t think I feel quite as strongly about Gemma Arterton as he does, but I do tend to agree with the general sentiment.

Gucci Fall 2013 Handbags (1)

In the accessories world, Gucci has some of the best-known and most unique signature details. Horsebits, stirrups, the famous Flora print, the green-and-red webbed stripe – there are a lot of non-logo ways that you can immediately tell you’re looking at a Gucci bag.

Best Bag Deals February 22

It’s going to be spring at some point, right? Not fashion spring, but Real Spring, where I get to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and, perhaps, leave my apartment without outerwear? This winter has seemed nearly interminable, and unfortunately for me, there’s not really a light at the end of the tunnel yet.

Fendi Colorblock 2Jours and Pierre Hardy Sandals

Sometimes, there’s virtue in not quite matching. Often, I look at people wearing multiple pieces that are obviously from the same collection and see someone that would do well to think a bit harder about how to assemble an outfit. (There are, of course, exceptions.) People who’ve found their stylistic sweet spot often look great because they successfully combine pieces that don’t intuitively belong together.

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