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
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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!

Gemma Arterton seen arriving at BBC Radio 1 studios in London
Celebrity Style

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.

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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
Fendi

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.

Olivia Wilde stroll thru west village
Celebrity Style

Today we have Olivia Wilde, walking her adorable, ginormous dog with a gal pal in NYC’s West Village. Her tiny little black bag is a Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch. I love this micro-bag – it’s dainty, yet somehow slightly masculine; hardly bigger than a large wallet, yet strangely practical.

10-Best-London-Fashion-Week

In some ways, London Fashion Week is my favorite, season after season. It’s the shortest of all the cities – something of a Fashion Long Weekend, if we’re being honest – and in that space, it packs in tons of incredibly talented young designers who are doing bold, sometimes even brave, things with clothing, alongside a few bold-face names like Burberry and, this season, Tom Ford.

The Many Bags of Lauren Conrad
Celebrity Style

I mean this with all due respect: In 2013, it’s hard to believe that Lauren Conrad is still legitimately famous. In many ways, actually, that’s a compliment. Reality TV stardom is notoriously tricky to turn into a lasting career, but by all indications, Conrad seems to be making a pretty decent go of it.

Hermes Blue Crocodile Birkin
Hermès

A long time ago, I ranted a bit about why terming the purchase of a bag as an “investment” was probably a bit silly, not to mention inaccurate, and the kind of marketing terminology that encourages consumers to overspend on goods that depreciate even more rapidly than cars.

American personal trainer Jillian Michaels in New York
Celebrity Style

We know Jillian Michaels isn’t a stranger to weightlifting, so it’s no surprise that she’s handling her giant Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall like it’s a clutch. The Mon Monogram is a customized version of the aptly named Louis Vuitton Keepall – each bag is personalized with your initials and up to two colored stripes of your choosing.

Fashion Week Real Talk
Fashion Week

As quickly as it snuck up on us, Fashion Week has left. It happens every season – fashion week comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and we want to be able to share a bit of the madness that we experience with you.

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