As I mentioned over on PurseBlog Savvy this morning also, I went to Kelly Cutrone’s book-signing in Atlanta (look for a post on that on Monday) and had a lot of fun scoping out what everyone was wearing. The girl carrying the Rebecca Minkoff Loveletters Leopard-Print Morning After Mini Bag was clearly the winner, at least for me – she did such a great job making a leopard print bag look like a wardrobe staple that I couldn’t help but mention it to you girls.

Her outfit inspired me so much, in fact, that I wanted to talk about another leopard bag that I had mostly ignored until now – the Alexander Wang Millie Leopard Bag. Although I love animal print, I had written it off as too busy and too difficult to fit in to the wardrobe of anyone who doesn’t find themselves constantly wearing solids. I wear so much black that I could see myself using it regularly, but I wasn’t sure that anyone else would find a use for it. Well, I’m no long unsure. (more…)

Everyone remembers my Alexander Wang Rocco love and letdown story. My returning this bag still haunts me a bit, as I rarely *rarely* return bags and this one held such a special place in my heart but fell short when it came to my expectations. Either way I will not ignore this bag or stop showing support for a design and idea that I love.

What I don’t love is this version of the bag. I don’t know why designers attempt to add luxury to PVC. It is like adding nice a set of $10,000 rims to a barely functional beater car. (more…)

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is when Toula’s father Guss recovers his mother who is constantly running away and says, “Hey everybody, look who’s back again!”. Clearly reading that line loses every bit of hilarious context in the movie, but it not only applies perfect to the movie but also to this bag.

The original, classic Alexander Wang Rocco is in stock on Alexander Wang online right now. The classic is the black leather with brass studs. This is the most sought after combo of the bag that was originally named the Coco, though the name seems to have caused some legal problems hence the name change. The Rocco continues to garner an immense amount of press and buzz, with everyone wanting to get their hands on this particular combination. You all may recall my lackluster feeling toward my Rocco I ordered and eventually returned, but it does not take away from my respect for the design and idea of the bag.

Buy now via Alexander Wang online for $875.

We’re all told from a young age that we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but how many of us manage to make a good-faith effort to follow that advice? I know that I’m guilty of it, even as a writer myself – we all like a pretty picture. The problem with pictures, however, is that they don’t give you the whole story. I know for a fact that most of the ones that I’ve seen of the Alexander Wang Diego Bucket bag didn’t paint an accurate picture of how I would feel about the bag in person.

In photos, I hated it. In fact, I kind of hate it in the photo we’ve got here – it looks shapeless and busy, like you’d have an impossible time trying to figure out how to get in and out of it. I thought it lacked the simple elegance that Wang’s Rocco duffel has, and that it was surely a rare miscue for the young designer. And then I saw it in person. (more…)

I both tweeted and facebooked about being extremely let down by a new handbag purchase. And this is it.

The Alexander Wang Rocco in a style that I was obsessing over for its sporty chic vibe. This version of the Rocco had my heart. The wavy-stitched detailing added such a nice dimension to the luggage-colored leather, alongside the ridged silver tone studs at the bottom. And when I saw it online I had to have it. Perfection! (more…)

A couple of weeks before the Super Bowl, I went on an intense internet hunt for this exact clutch. All I wanted to do was photograph it in front of the Super Bowl sign on Fort Lauderdale Beach. But no, I could not find it. It was no where to be found. And my perfect shutterbag image I was going to have Vlad take did not happen.

But here it is, of course not exactly when I wanted to see it but I welcome it. Everything about the Alexander Wang Spring 2010 collection spoke to me. Casual, sporty, chic can sum up his spring collection. The models, with their loose side braids, were the talk of the fashion world. Football touches were added to the wardrobe, either in the clothing design or the bags. I am in love with the Alexander Wang Brady Football Clutch which shows a quilted panel at the front and back and football laces-likes whipstitching at the front. (more…)

Does anyone remember a little film called The Craft, a tale of four goth-y, snarky teen witches and the classmates that they hated? You have to think back almost 15 years, to a time when I was merely a tween exploring my burgeoning love of black clothing that I have come to embrace now, at this later juncture in my life. I didn’t have any social problems in school, but I loved the idea of being disaffected and misunderstood. It seemed like all the coolest people were, at least in the movies, and it also seemed like something that was easy enough to strive for. Obviously, I loved The Craft.

Alexander Wang says that his Fall/Winter 2010 collection was inspired by Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe, but I think he might have secretly been a fan of a certain coven of mid-90s conjurers as well. The only things this collection missed were suspenders and Fairuza Balk. (more…)

The Coco is named because of the brass studded bottom, and the designs that feature different studded colors of this new iconic Alexander Wang are named the Rocco. Actually, the name Coco seems to no longer be used for legal reasons (we are trying to find more information). Alexander Wang has made more than a name for himself with the Coco and Rocco Duffel bags. The bags have been on everyone’s radar, hard for people to find and hard for those that find them to pass up. Part of the joy of these bags is the seemingly affordable price for a pebbled leather bag with an edgy underside.

Just in, Net A Porter has the Alexander Wang Rocco in black stamped leather with a glossy black studded bottom. No need to discuss it further, you all know the bag by now. If you have been searching, and the brass or silver studs were too in your face, this version may be perfect for you. Buy through NAP before it sells out for $875. (more…)

NAP new bags

Since I’ve been looking at the Fall/Winter handbag landing page at Net-a-Porter every day for months, I thought it was kind of a big deal when they suddenly changed all of the bags in it in the past few days. Perhaps this is only interesting to me since I’m constantly staring at it, but I thought you guys might like to see what’s ahead for the new season at NAP as well.

The only bags in this graphic that are particularly compelling to me are the Halston and Jimmy Choo clutches. Of course, I also love the Alexander Wang Coco Duffel, but that’s something we’ve all already seen. What’s jumping out at you guys?

First and foremost, I wish I had better pictures of this bag. Since I don’t I will make the best of it. I came across this Alexander Wang Diego Suede Bucket Bag and had to stop and look into it more. First of all, let me say, this bag is not something I’d probably rock, but I can think of countless friends who would love to have this bag slung over their shoulders. There is something edgy, funky and completely original about this bag. (more…)

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