Lea Michele has recently been making the press rounds in NYC to promote her new album Louder, her new book Brunette Ambition and, of course, the forthcoming final season of Glee. (Yes, she acts, she sings and she writes memoirs.) Here’s Lea carrying a black pebbled-calfskin Alexander Wang Marion Bag, which you can currently obtain from Barneys for $675.

Alexander Wang bags seem to pair particularly well with leather motorcycle jackets – we caught Gisele Bundchen carrying an Alexander Wang Diego Leopard Bucket Bag in an incredibly similar ensemble just a few months ago. You can check out all of Alexander Wang’s highly conceptual handbag designs from his Fall 2014 runway collection here.

Gisele Bundchen was recently spotted leaving lunch at Nello in NYC to embark on a little shopping spree. She’s carrying an Alexander Wang Diego Leopard Bucket Bag, which was produced several years ago and is completely sold out. Gisele is a friend of the brand and has walked in Wang’s runway shows before (despite the fact that she rarely deigns to walk during NYFW), so it makes sense that she managed to get her hands on one. You can still find a plain black version of the Diego (which I would not think of as plain in any other context) at Bergdorf Goodman for $875.

Gisele is a supermodel who pops up on our radar a lot less frequently than Alessandra Ambrosio or Miranda Kerr, but that’s because she lives a more low-key (though no less luxurious) celebrity lifestyle. Nonetheless, it’s hard to speculate about a celeb’s bag-buying, designer-loving habits when they manage to strategically avoid the paps like Gisele does. We did catch her back in February at LAX with a chic, black Balenciaga Tube Shoulder Bag, though.

As all fashion watchers know, the clothing and accessories that grace fashion week runways is generally the most experimental and forward-thinking of the full line of items that any designer will eventually offer in a particular season. It’s important to keep that in mind when you see the Alexander Wang Fall 2014 Handbags, which debuted over the weekend in a show that hilariously required a bunch of fancy fashion people to schlep to the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The accessories were as utilitarian as the venue would suggest. (more…)

It is deliriously cold outside right now. So cold that you want to punch yourself in the face. (Why? I dunno. Maybe because the ER is warm and then you also probably don’t have to go to work.) The snow has mostly cleared from the streets and sidewalks of New York City, but right now, Mother Nature, who is kind of a jerk lately, insists that we won’t see a temperature above freezing for at least a week, and mostly they’re going to be really, really far below that. Like a degree. One single, solitary degree. That is a temperature that can happen, apparently. This is all new to me.

As you can probably tell, I’m getting pretty sick of all of this, and it’s only January. There are precious few ways that I can protest the Earth’s global climate processes, but my favorite one is to refuse to dress like a professional adult for the duration of the season. It’s going to be all sweats-masquerading-as-clothes and sneakers-masquerading-as-designer-shoes from here on out, or at least until we get back to, like, a balmy 35 degrees. For this weekend, and maybe all of the weekends, I have selected the outfit of the week below.

Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton in the Meatpacking District neighborhood of NYC, carrying a slate grey version of what is still one of my favorite designer handbags, so many seasons after its debut: the Alexander Wang Rocco Bag. Nicky flew into town last week to attend the New York City Ballet Fall Gala (not in that outfit, of course). You can snag Nicky’s Rocco for $925 at Shopbop. (The color name is “Elephant”. Fitting!)

I’m surprised by how normal Nicky Hilton looks here. A flannel, cut-offs, flip-flops, a BOOK under her arm – the Alexander Wang bag, designer shades, and dueling smartphones just barely give her away. You can browse her most enviable bag collection by checking out “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton”. FYI: the first meeting of the Nicky Hilton Book Club is next Tuesday. We’ll be discussing A Stray Cat Named Bob, comparing handbags, and drinking copious amounts of wine. At your place.

More than any other designer at his contemporary price point, Alexander Wang has a tendency to put difficult-to-carry bags on his New York Fashion Week runways. Most similar designers use their shows as a vehicle to introduce their highly profitable marquee accessories to a potentially adoring public, but Wang generally goes the way of his more-expensive brethren and saves the cash cow bags for his lookbooks. Instead, his runways feature a few handbag shapes that set the tone for what’s to come from the rest of the collection.

It’s a bit of a departure, then, that for Spring 2014, most of Wang’s runway bags look actually wearable. In particular, the softly geometric clutches look like a sure bet. (Another near-sure bet: they’ll come with crossbody straps to make them even more practical once the bags hit retail.) The oversize satchels will be a bit of a tougher sell, but in scaled-down versions (and Wang almost always releases smaller versions of oversized runway bags), they should be well-liked by Wang’s usual fans. Intriguingly, the satchels also appeared to have three-point handle attachments on their undersides, hinting that perhaps an optional backpack setup will accompany those designs at retail. How of-the-moment.

[Images via Vogue.com]

If we assess Hilary Duff’s life via paparazzi documentation, it all seems to be an endless string of baby play dates, farmer’s markets, and pilates classes. Oh, and really fabulous designer bags. Here’s Hilary leaving pilates class in LA (as one does), carrying an Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag. The Bucket certainly isn’t my favorite of the designer’s bags, but I think it loses a lot of its Alexander Wang edge in beige. Beige looks especially odd with those heavy, industrial studs on the bottom. I far prefer this black lambskin version, available for $850 at Shopbop.

This bag’s been around for a while, but celebs seemingly never tire of it. Bucket bags have enjoyed a mini-resurgence in popularity over the last few years – the Louis Vuitton Noe and the 3.1 Philip Lim Scout are two other buckets we’ve seen slung of the shoulders of Reese Witherspoon and Diane Kruger in recent months. The bucket’s silhouette is a little preppy for my tastes, but it looks right at home on gals like Reese and Hilary.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel is never a bad place to find inspiration, and the Alexander Wang Objects Collection, with its all-black aesthetic and irreverent elevation of everyday consumer objects, pretty clearly found its beginning in Lagerfeld’s periodic release of similar pieces. He is, of course, the master of such things – who couldn’t picture Unkle Karl smirking through a game of ping pong with a Chanel-branded paddle, eschewing all others as demodé? I’m not sure whether Alex Wang plays poker with his branded cards, but somewhere, some cooler-than-thou downtown denizen thinks they’re hilarious. And that’s all that really matters.

Because of the popularity of products like these with brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton (although Vuitton’s are generally much-coveted gifts given to VIPs instead of purchasable products), I’ve done a good bit of thinking about who might actually buy them, and with those designers, it seems most likely that they’re regular customers of the brand who look at them as trophy pieces to cap off a collection. Because of Wang’s price point, though, and the price point of these pieces (only one, a leather teddy bear, is over $150, and most are $75 or less), they might also be a way to hook in new, aspirational customers looking for a piece of the Alexander Wang pie. If you can’t afford a pair of leather pants right now, why not a little decorative object to put on your dresser for a fifth of the price? If that sounds like you, shop the full selection via Alexander Wang or check out some of the most interesting pieces below.

I’ve been waiting for a designer to release a great looking glow-in-the-dark bag. Odd, I know, but I always look to my accessories to bring me a feeling of joy and fun, and what’s more fun than a good-looking bag that just so happens to glow in the dark when the lights go off? Leave it to the young and spunky Alexander Wang to give us what we’re looking for by offering glow-in-the-dark versions of a few of his classics, including the coveted Marion crossbody bag.

By day, the bag is simple and white, with a small body, metal closure and signature cap-corner details. Leave the bag under direct light for about an hour and take it into a dark room, though, and prepare to watch it glow. Until I see this bag in person, I can’t tell you exactly what the outside feels like, but I’ve heard there is no weird plastic-y finish. This is the kind of bag I’m drawn to; it’s beautiful while also being out-of-the-ordinary, something different is what I crave. Buy via Alexander Wang for $725.

Alexander Wang Glow in the dark Marion Bag

At an Alexander Wang show, there’s always the accessory. In the past, it’s been things as varied as leather handkerchiefs and clutches shaped like old, deflated footballs, and this year, at the Alexander Wang Fall 2013 show, it was fur boxing gloves. Can you carry a handbag and wear fur boxing gloves simultaneously? That’s for magazine stylists to decide over the next few months, I suppose.

As we all know, Wang is set to make the leap to Balenciaga this season, and this collection, his most mature yet, seemed to be an effort to make a statement that he’s ready for the task. And who knows, maybe he is. The accordion-like handbags that went down the runway had an interesting, outsized take on structure that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nicholas Ghesquiere runway, even though they pose the same functional issues that many of Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga runway bags also caused. As chic and spare as rigid slate haircalf looks on this shape, how do you carry it in real life? (The answer, of course, is probably “with a shoulder strap that’s been excluded from the runway version.”)

[Photos via Vogue.com]

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