Most trends lack real staying power, especially in these times of fast fashion and even faster attention spans. Last week’s studs are this week’s fur and next week’s embroidery, and by the time one set of stuff is in stores, many people are already hungering for what’s up next.
Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag, $2395 via Saks
It should be noted, before we continue, that this Chloe collection got at least one designer fired. Hannah MacGibbon, who had been creative director for the brand for several years, was shown the door after Chloe Fall 2011 was roundly panned. Other shuffling in the brand’s ranks weren’t announced, of course, but based on how much better Resort 2012’s accessories are then those of Fall 2011, one can only imagine that a significant shakeup did occur.
The problem, though, is that we still have to wait a few months for the new stuff to come out while bags like the Chloe Gabby Bucket Bag populate the brand’s shelf space at department stores. Ladies, this is a runway bag. Someone put this on the runway. I’ve known that for almost half a year now, but the mind, it still boggles. Try and remember that better Chloe bags are around the corner, ladies. They’ll be here soon. (more…)
When was the last time you looked at a Marc Jacobs bag and thought, “Whoa, that’s a great bag?” Sometime around the entrÃ© of the Stam, right? Well that’s exactly what I said, out loud, by myself, to my computer in sudden fit of excitement when I saw the colorblocked satchel at top left from Marc Jacobs Resort 2012. I mean, that’s a good bag, right? My level of enthusiasm for that design has left me confused and excited.
I mean, let’s be real here; most handbag addicts can spot a Marc Jacobs bag from a mile away, and whether or not that’s a good thing depends on how much you like the designs that Jacobs puts out every year. They often don’t vary much from what we’ve seen before except for a runway bag or two, and there are certainly some repeats in this group, but the new stuff looks fresher and more exciting than it has in more than a few seasons. Let’s hope that this is but a small preview of the accessories to come in the brand’s Spring 2012 presentation. More photos after the jump. (more…)
Considering the relatively short amount of time Alessandro Michele has been at Gucci’s creative helm, it’s incredible how quickly he has built a new creative world for the the brand. Like Michele’s collections before it, Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 is rooted in Gucci’s long leather goods heritage, but it’s a lot more fun, youthful and energetic than “heritage” usually implies in fashion.
One of the major problems I seem to run into when creating our Gift Guides is that my list of wants grows exponentially as I hunt down the best handbag finds on the web. The focus of this guide are trendy bags. There are two types of trendy: wear-once pieces, and fun, yet wearable pieces.
I focused on the latter. These nine bags have all the right touches of current trends while still being great wardrobe staples. From colorblocking, to buckle detailing, to chunky hardware, if you are looking for a trendy bag for yourself or someone on your list our guide will have your answer: (more…)
I have a little secret, today’s bag in our Free Endearment + Shontelle giveaway is one of my favorites. Completely on-trend, a bit of bright pink and green colorblocking looks amazing against neutral leather.
Today we are giving away the Free Endearment Corinne-Bone/Green/Pink Clutch. Priced at $265, this clutch will amp up any outfit. Dimensions are rather spacious, 9″ x 14″ x 3″. Like other Free Endearment bags, usability is key as this bag offers flat and zipper pockets on the front and back interior wall of the bag. Colorblocking remains a huge trend and this clutch will fit right in. Click to find out how to enter!
Many of my choices for our Want it Wednesday category are both exotic and rather pricey. That is part of the lust factor – we all love something and yearn for it a little more the more it is out of reach. And as much as I love a holy grail dream list, I prefer floating on clouds of reality.
Colorblocking is a huge trend for spring and will continue to be prevalent into next fall. With everyone talking about colorblocking, I was thrilled to see many design houses giving us handbag options that fit the trend ever so perfectly. Fendi is not always on my radar, but their Spring 2011 collection caught my attention early on.
And this Wednesday I am wanting to add the Fendi Silvana Flap Top Bag to my spring wardrobe. (more…)