Paris Couture Week brings out not only the best of the best in clothing on the runways, but its attendees are also a very particular sort. Because couture stands separate from the roving circus of the four big ready-to-wear fashion weeks, it tends to attract a more well-edited set of attendees, industry insiders and celebrities alike.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most talked-about events in retail, and now it’s begun. If you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, that is – guess that’s one of the perks! Now through July 17, cardholders get early access to the sale, which includes a ton of brand new fall merchandise, as well as things like cosmetics and fragrance, which almost never go on sale.

Bergdorf SaleSomehow, despite the fact that we thought everything had already been marked down that possibly could be, we’ve found another set of fresh markdowns for your shopping pleasure. Starting today, our friends at Bergdorf Goodman have both decreased their existing sale prices and added new pieces to the sale selection, which means that some great things are now up to 75% off.

Even though we’re only halfway through summer, stores everywhere are starting to fill up with the first vestiges of fall – knits, leather, suede, dark colors. We’ve tried to put these pieces as far from our minds as possible, but it’s just not possible any longer.

We already know what Louis Vuitton’s quest for fancier customers means on the high end of the brand’s price spectrum, but changes in LV’s mid-range bags, like those made of Epi or Vernis leather, have been a little slower to materialize.

As we continue to inch our way through summer, the advancing date means just one thing in the fashion world: fall collections are starting to pop up all over the Internet. Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbag Lookbook just popped up online, and we’ve got all the bags below.

The actual World Cup ends this week, and so does the PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. You’ve helped us narrow the field from sixteen bags and their attendant countries down to just two, and now it’s time for you to weigh in just one last time.

Just when you thought sale season was finally drawing to a close, our friends at Barneys have one more big wave of markdowns headed your way. From now through July 31, you can shop discounts up to 75% off across the site, which makes now a perfect time to ready your wardrobe for the last half of summer.

Bag: Nina Ricci Arc Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,690 via MyTheresa

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: This bag, with its thin, centralized band of gold, is a study in subtle elegance. The design clearly telegraphs luxury without being conspicuous, and everyone will want to know what it is and where you got it.

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