Kitsch, quirk and extreme literalness are accessories trends that have survived through multiple seasons and only seem to be gaining steam among both designers and consumers. Mostly these ideas manifest themselves in things that are charming or nostalgic, but it’s a very fine line to cross between a cute and cartoonish Fendi Bag Bug and, well, the bags below.
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Word on the street is that there might finally be some good news in the pipeline for Mulberry. The struggling British brand, which has been without a creative director since fan-favorite Emma Hill left over conflicts with former CEO Bruno Guillon, is reportedly eying Johnny Coca, head of accessories design at handbag wunderkind Céline.
Nothing eats away at your sanity than not being able to figure out who made a particular handbag, and when it’s a bag we just keep seeing, that makes it even harder. We spotted one such bag on the arms of several fashion celebs in paparazzi shots outside the Spring 2015 shows, and now we’ve finally figured out what it is and where it can be bought.
Bag: Valentino Bird-Embroidered Suede Shoulder Bag
Price: $3,775 via Neiman Marcus
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Valentino generally reserves this level of embellishment and detail for its exquisite evening gowns, but this graceful, elegant bag pulls off the look with aplomb.
Fashion is like any other form of creative expression: an opportunity to be publicly clever or publicly inane, depending on your natural predilection. Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane generally chooses the latter, even if he makes some damn fine Chelsea boots, and he’s at it again with the Saint Laurent Metallic Gun Clutch.
A new season always brings with it lots of new choices, but Fall 2014 feels particularly full of brand-spanking-new handbag options from some of the biggest accessories labels in the world. Now that all the dust has settled and these designs have arrived in stores, we combed through the collections to find those that are most worthy of your new handbag dollars.
Valentino’s uber-popular Rockstud bags have enjoyed a longer tenure toward the top of consumers’ wish lists than most brands can ever dream of, and there’s little indication that buyers’ love for the bags will wane any time soon. The brand’s seasonal takes on the bag often disappear from shelves especially quickly, so now that pre-orders for the brand’s rainbow-colored 1973 (that’s the stripes) and Psychedelic Camo (you can figure this one out) lines are available at Bergdorf Goodman, you might want to jump on them.
I usually don’t pick a color theme for our weekly roundup of the Internet’s best bag deals, but sometimes, a color theme just happens. This week, all the most attractive bags were in muted neutrals and pastels, with a couple of black bags thrown in for balance.