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Good bags don’t come cheap, and for most consumers, it’s important that a potential purchase is practical and usable for more than just a couple months a year. True, year-round versatility is hard to ask from any particular color, but if you don’t want to carry something dark when it’s warm outside or something inappropriately bright when it’s cold, there’s one way to make sure you don’t go wrong: get a metallic.

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Being outside in New York yesterday felt like standing inside of a hair dryer. It was hot, humid and completely intolerable, and there’s only more of that on the way as we prepare to enter July. Summer presents all kinds of aesthetic challenges, but one of the toughest is makeup and hair–how are you supposed to get any liquid to cling to your face when it’s 95 degrees outside?

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When it comes to luxury bags, it’s almost always decades-old (if not centuries-old) design houses that dominate the landscape. Until very recently, that was especially true on the red carpet; not a lot had changed in evening bag design since Hollywood as we know it, with all its award shows and movie premieres, sprung up.

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For some reason, it seems like the entirety of the fashion Internet has been talking about how to buy a Birkin lately. Lauren Sherman wrote about the bag’s enduring appeal for Bloomberg, Megs mentioned how she got hers in an interview with Racked and this one Harper’s Bazaar story on the process keeps tumbling down my Facebook newsfeed.

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It’s an interesting time to be in the ultra-luxury business because no one really knows where the top of the market is. In a climate when a pre-owned Birkin can break records by selling at auction for well into the six figures, there’s a seemingly insatiable thirst for novelty and rarity among the world’s super rich.

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Regular sales are great, but sales with an extra discount off the top are even better. That’s what’s happening right this minute at one of our favorite online retailers, Shopbop. Now through June 25, you can get an extra 25% off already reduced merchandise, and all you have to do is enter code 25MORE at checkout.

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Bag: Saint Laurent High School Small Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,890 via mytheresa.com

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: If you like Saint Laurent’s edgy classics but prefer to steer clear of large logos, the brand’s new High School line might be for you.

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We’re well into spring/summer sale season, but pre-fall bags are not quite in stores yet, which makes this kind of a weird time for shopping. Lucky for us, it also makes it a great opportunity to be proactive; several major online retailers let you pre-order lots of the upcoming season’s bags, and there are some gems to be found right now, even if they won’t arrive at your doorstep for a few weeks.

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Looking through Eva Longoria‘s paparazzi archive taught me one thing: she’s remarkably consistent. Eva dresses in mostly neutrals, both light and dark, and she seems to like luxurious materials more than eye-catching embellishments or fashion-forward experimentation. Hers is a relatable, practical personal style, full of plush knits and, of course, lovely bags.

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First, Karl Lagerfeld was a human man. Then he was a bag charm. After that, an iPhone case. Today, Karl Lagerfeld is a handbag. Karl Lagerfeld contains multitudes.

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