There are a few obvious bag gifts every holiday season. After all, who wouldn’t want a classic Chanel or Hermes bag, if one were an option? Beyond just the obvious choices, though, there’s a whole, wide world of potential handbag gifts out there, spread among a variety of price ranges and for nearly everyone on your list. Like we do every year, we’ve taken the liberty of finding the perfect handbag gifts for everyone in your life, which you can peruse below.
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Most high-end luxury brands neglect their websites when it comes time for sale season, preferring instead to offer the best discounts and the widest array of marked-down product for in-store customers. Gucci is not one of those brands, thankfully, and the Gucci Fall 2013 sale is officially live for your viewing pleasure! The online sale includes reduced prices on over 1,300 items, including tons of great bags, so you’re going to want to check it out for yourself.
Just when your credit cards thought it was safe to come out from their hiding spot under your bed, Barneys is here to frighten them back to some dark corner of your bedroom. The Barneys Fall 2013 Designer Sale has launched, and it makes the store’s Designer Preview sale last week look absolutely paltry by comparison. The selection is huge and covers a ton of brands that are hard to find on sale, so you best shop quickly.
As much as we talk about shopping and the joys of luxury, women tend to be pretty selfless during the holidays. It often falls on us to make sure everyone’s presents are perfect, all the food is delicious and no one’s drink ever runs dry when it comes time to get together for the season. Those tasks are joyous but exhausting, and we, in conjunction with our friends at Christie’s, are here to make sure that you don’t forget to treat yourself to something fabulous before the year is out.
If you thought that all the best sales have passed us by, think again. This times, it’s the MATCHESFASHION Fall 2013 Sale who’s got us pulling out our credit cards with discounts up to 50% off clothes, shoes and handbags from the world’s best designers, particularly those who call the UK home. (Think Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Charlotte Olympia…) Also, even though MATCHESFASHION is a UK retailer, the site offers free shipping and free returns to the US with code USAFREE at checkout.
Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills felt a little bit…transitional. It was like the reality version of a police procedural; we saw a lot of behind-the-scenes machinations, the careful formations of tentative alliances, oblique discussion of topics over which there shall be much screaming in the future. Also, there was Stevie Wonder. Hi, Stevie!
If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have an extensive stash of sparkly little party clutches and evening bags at the ready. During 11 months of the year, that’s not such a big tragedy, but then December comes around and hits us like a ton of bricks with its seemingly endless stream of evening get-togethers. Office parties, family gatherings, that invitation from your weird neighbor that you accept because you think there will be good liquor.
I love Prada and hate “rustic” things, so you can imagine the cognitive dissonance I feel when I gaze upon the Prada Saffiano Embroidered Shoulder Bag. With a different kind of embellishment, I’d probably be all over a bag of this size, shape and structure from one of my favorite brands. As it is, I’m caught halfway between wondering if it will grow on me or if this bag’s as much as a prairie craft project gone wrong as it seems like it is right now.
By now, you’ve probably heard that Hunger Games: Catching Fire went over like gangbusters at the theaters over the long weekend and set all kinds of records for November releases. Because the Hunger Games is partially set in a world of stunning opulence, fashion has come to figure rather prominently in the movie’s visuals, landing costume designer Trish Summerville lots of attention and a movie-inspired capsule collection at Net-a-Porter.
We’re in the last phase of the biggest shopping weekend (long weekend? week?) of the year, and despite the fact that designer sales have traditionally taken place in December, the past few years have seen the sale season creep forward to coincide with the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping orgy in which the rest of the consumer market partakes. Odds are, you bought something in the past few days, and we want to know what it is and which sales have been your favorites.