There are some unexpected celebs and unexpected bags in our final celeb handbag round-up of the week. Natalie Portman has appeared in the wild, bucket bags are still getting love and Chrissy Teigen‘s affections have returned to a certain Saint Laurent style.
Even for brands that have huge accessories lines dating back decades, there’s usually one bag that stands out above the others in shoppers’ minds. Hermès has the Birkin, Chanel has the Classic Flap, Louis Vuitton has the Speedy; for Proenza Schouler, it’s the PS1 that inspires the most consumer devotion.
It’s not uncommon for bag lovers to get stuck on a design. Some people collect Chanel Classic Flaps in numerous sizes, colors and embellishments; others trawl eBay and luxury resale sites for Balenciaga bags in the most coveted shades of 2004 and 2005.
All four global fashion weeks have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and high-end bags is always one of New York’s. We’re a city that churns out some of the finest contemporary options in the world, from Mansur Gavriel to Coach, but once you start climbing the price ladder, things get a little bit tricker in the good ol’ US of A.
I think it would be fair to say that Proenza Schouler is a brand looking for its Next Big Thing, accessory-wise. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez proved their handbag bonafides with the PS1 and PS11 and have, and the success of those two designs increased the brand’s profile and power in huge ways.
Of all the celebrities that we’ve profiled over the years, Hilary Duff and her enormous collection have always felt the most relatable to me. Hilary’s personal style is relentlessly casual and often dotted with workout clothes, and she uses her bags to dress things up a little bit, just like lots of non-famous women.
Here’s actress Olivia Munn, leaving Joan’s on Third in West Hollywood, carrying a beautiful, natural leather Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag. Notice how she’s artfully paired it with a simple button-down shirt tied at the midriff, plus a breezy, partially transparent pleated maxi skirt.