Eva Mendes was spotted on her way to a taping of The View in NYC carrying a glossy green Marni Top Flap Triple Gusset Shoulder Bag. This Marni bag boasts an accordion-like interior with three separate compartments, and a shoulder strap which you can expand with a series of snaps. You can’t have Eva’s boyfriend, but you can console yourself with her handbag, which is now available for pre-order in navy blue for $1,460 at Neiman Marcus.

Eva’s doing a little press in NYC this week to drum up a little publicity for her new fashion line for suburban mall staple New York & Company, which launched in mid-September. Eva’s collection is full of ultra-feminine, vingate-inspired separates, dresses, and accessories, and you can shop it online and at select New York & Company stores.

Having spent many an evening binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress, you could say that I have opinions about feathers as fashion embellishments. Perhaps even more so than fur, they’re the accouterment most likely to look tacky in a hurry unless applied with the utmost care and a rigorous editor’s eye. Most designers are capable of either of those things sporadically at best, which means that usually, it’s a good idea to simply step away from the feathers. But what about Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, who is better equipped than most to pull off a difficult look, and what about leather feathers?

As you probably discerned by now (y’all are smart), the Marni Feather Crossbody Bag is what has me contemplating all these terribly important philosophical matters. Marni has positioned itself well to make a bag covered in leather feathers – people expect the Italian brand to be quirky and difficult, and Marni customers relish the weirdness that Castiglioni veers into from time to time. Also, as feather bags go, this one just isn’t that strange. The layered red and black feathers have a minimal quality to them, but the use of two different colors gives the bag visual depth on top of texture. It’s very Marni.

I couldn’t see myself spending money on this bag at full price, but if my bank account were fatter or the price tag smaller, it seems like it would be a fun challenge to work this piece into my wardrobe. Do you think you could pull it off? If so, pick up this bag for $1,300 via Nordstrom.

Marni is such a capital-F Fashion Person brand that I can’t help but love it. Unlike most of Marni’s Italian compatriots, the brand’s aesthetic isn’t particularly sexy or even sleek; instead, designer Consuelo Castiglioni prefers an androgynous quirk heavy in retro-modern prints. The clothes are impeccably fashionable, but they do take some confidence to wear convincingly. Amateurs need not apply.

As with many brands, though, Marni gets at least one (and probably several) orders of magnitude more accessible when you turn to the brand’s accessories. The Marni Resort 2013 handbags that are up for pre-order on Moda Operandi through July 20 are mostly of the sleek leather variety, solid-colored and clean-lined and ultimately, very functional. There’s a beauty in the simplicity, though, which shows best in the slim leather pouches with matte gold hardware. Check out the selection after the jump or skip straight to shopping via Moda Operandi. (more…)

I hate it when designers do this to me. I rant and rave all the time about what a raw deal it is for luxury consumers when brands try to use the power of their name to sell us things like the Marni Printed Vinyl Totes. Vinyl is not a luxury material, no matter whose hands have touched it, and these totes’ leather handles don’t let them off the hook. And yet, I would really love to carry both of these bags. Immediately. The cognitive dissonance that I’m having right now is intense. (more…)

Frequent PurseBlog readers know how much our whole team loves Marni. The Italian brand seamlessly blends a sense of luxury with an almost artistic retro minimalism that yields some amazing pieces that other designers just aren’t brave enough to make (or aren’t creative enough to think of in the first place). When our friends at Saks Fifth Avenue told us about the World of Marni project that they’ve been working on, which launches in stores and online today, we leapt at the opportunity to give you guys the first look.

To do so, we visited the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City, camera in hand, to give you an up-close view of some of what the World of Marni has to offer. You can check out our full gallery of photos from inside Saks after the jump, and after that, we have something even better – a preview of the Marni pieces that Saks will be carrying for Fall 2012. If “off-kilter chic” is your look, then look no further. Also, if you’re looking for some more Marni picks, head on over to the SaksPOV.com blog, where the Saks fashion director has chosen her favorites from the brand. (more…)

How much do I love the Marni Layered Leather Satchel, exactly? A lot. I love it a lot. There is nothing not to love about it. I was prepared to whine a little bit that there’s no optional crossbody strap, but lo and behold, there is one. Absent that, I can think of literally nothing to complain about when it comes to this bag. Except, of course, the fact that I don’t currently have one in my possession.

Marni is having a bit of a moment right now because of its excellent, high-profile collaboration with H&M, and the brand seems to be taking advantage of its raised profile quite well by releasing some of its best work to date. If you’re into Marni’s signature take on retro-modernism, you already know of which I speak. (more…)

If someone who works in fashion tells you that her job doesn’t have any perks, I personally give you permission to slap her, or at the very least, call her a liar (but also slap her, because how often do you get a chance to backhand someone in real life and then blame it on a fashion blogger?) Tonight, the perk wagon came around and dropped me off squarely at the Marni x H&M press preview. (Missed the lookbook? We’ve got it here, for reference.)

Now, in case you assumed that members of the fashion media would conduct themselves with grace and courtesy when presented with the opportunity to buy clothes, you were mistaken, and I’m not sure why you had such a high opinion of us in the first place. Particularly when an industry favorite like Marni is involved, fashion girls can throw bows with the best of them. I did come away with some shoes and accessories, though, and more importantly, I came away with your first inside info on what the collection is like in person. (more…)

A few days ago, PurseBlog friend BryanBoy tweeted that Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni would be the perfect replacement for Karl Lagerfeld once he’s ready to move on from Fendi, and I can’t help but completely agree. Marni’s signature retro-minimal approach gets better and more fully realized by the season, and Consuelo’s sense for accessories and embellishment keeps improving right along with it.

It probably won’t surprise anyone that I think the handbags from Marni Fall 2012 are excellent. They have the signature quirky Marni look without being unappealing to the buying public at large, and the addition of a few flower-embellished pieces alongside the standard neutral leather is a welcome one. Fendi’s aesthetic has been going in a similar direction in recent seasons, and just like Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz seems like Karl’s heir apparent at Chanel, I hope that Castiglioni will be the woman for the job at Fendi. (more…)

Images via Marni

My level of excitement for mass market designer collaborations always varies widely (and mostly wanes by the time that full lookbooks surface), but believe me when I say that Marni for H&M has been marked on my calendar since the day it was announced. Marni’s work is so modern and fun that I suspected that it would translate well to the fabrication of H&M – after all, materials like plastics and grosgrain ribbon are already a mainstay of the Italian brand’s aesthetic.

Now that the images of the collection are out, I’m pleased that my suspicions were correct. The clothes look great, but it’s the accessories and jewelry that are the real stars. Marni didn’t make many bags for this outing, but the super chunky retro-modern necklaces and bracelets more than make up for it. Check out all of the accessories from the collection after the jump. (more…)

Marni Tote, $645 via Net-a-Porter

A couple of days ago, the fashion Internet exploded with news of H&M’s next collaborative partner – quirky Italian label Marni. Forget Versace – this is something I might actually consider standing in line for, particularly because a full menagerie of accessories will also be available, right along with the retro-modern prints and oddball color combinations for which Marni is known.

Because of the nature of high-low collaborations (read: because of PVC ickiness), I never have much hope for the handbags and “leather” goods that will come out of these kinds of partnerships. Versace x H&M included some real leather, though, so who knows what the future (and Marni x H&M) might hold. It will hold some less-expensive takes on Marni’s much-sought-after costume jewelry, and that’s enough for me to be feeling the slight burn of excitement in the back of my brain. Sadly, We’ll have to wait until March 2012 to see this stuff in person. Are you sick of designer collaborations yet? (more…)

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