New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but we’re not done with it just yet. Below, we’ve assembled dozens of photos of the week’s most notable bags on the most notable arms, all for your viewing pleasure. There’s inspiration to spare. (more…)
Celebrity Style and Fashion
Bella Thorne was recently spotted checking in at the Empire Hotel in NYC (which is right across from Lincoln Center) and carrying a Chanel Graffiti Backpack. Although this backpack is supposedly a seasonal runway piece, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Chanel kept making and selling them in some form for a few more seasons. They are INCREDIBLY popular with the Miley Cyruses and Bella Thornes of the world (and their followers), thus providing the sort of youthful infusion that older brands like Chanel need in order to attract a new generation of customers.
Opinions re: the existence of this Chanel backpack tend to be fairly conflicted. It is, after all, a spray-painted canvas backpack that retails for over $3,000, with Karl Lagerfeld’s blessing. It is emblematic of the sort of conspicuous consumption that any classic designer handbag represents, minus any assurance of the superior materials and craftsmanship that you’d expect. (Though I’m sure someone spent at least five to ten minutes giving this bag its unique vibe. Twenty minutes, tops.)
Here’s Pamela Anderson, arriving back at her hotel in NYC after lunch at The Smile. She’s carrying an Alaïa Laser-Cut Tote, which is a more formal bag option than I would expect to see on someone with her uber-casual personal style history. Pam has experienced a bit of a resurgence in the fashion industry as of late (she’s recently appeared in editorials for a slew of indie fashion mags, including CR Fashion Book), so perhaps she’s embracing it once again. Pam’s bag is not currently available online, but you can shop a lovely selection of Alaia handbags and shoes at Net-A-Porter.
“But wait,” you might say. “Isn’t that Alaïa bag made of leather?” Yes, most definitely. “And isn’t Pam Anderson kind of a major PETA-phile who has appeared in several anti-fur/anti-skins/anti-leather campaigns?” Yes, yes she is. And yes, it seems like a bit of a conflict of interest. But honestly, we could do an entire post on celebs who are really opposed to animal cruelty except when it comes to their designer handbags.
Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton, out and about in NYC, carrying yet another classic Chanel bag. This one is the Chanel Kelly Bag, and yes, it has a similar top handle structure to the Hermès bag of the same name. Both bags are named in honor of the late, great Grace Kelly, of course. Nicky’s been in and out of Fashion Week events all week, and she’s been doing a little promotion for her freshly released new fashion guidebook 365 Style in between.
Nicky has earned herself not one, but two truly epic editions of “The Many Bags of…”, which you can view here and here. Frankly, she’s probably already earned herself a third and a fourth, but we DO occasionally need to take a break from looking at photos of Nicky Hilton and her amazing handbags in order to preserve PB office sanity.
Here’s Irina Shayk, who definitely wins the prize for NYC’s most casual supermodel (RESPECT), going for a little morning walk in NYC while wearing flip flops, a sweatshirt and cut-off shorts, as well as carrying a glossy Hermès Crocodile Birkin. There is a small chance it might be alligator, but croc is more common for Hermès bags. We’ve never seen Irina with this bag before, so we’re guessing this is a fairly recent acquisition.
This isn’t Irina’s only Birkin, of course. We saw her with a bright blue Birkin back in June. Irina doesn’t have her own edition of “The Many Bags of…” just yet, but I suspect she’s probably on Amanda’s shortlist. In the meantime, you can check out more of Irina’s best bags in “50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.”
Here’s Reese Witherspoon, performing random acts of Reese Witherspoon-ness in LA, all while carrying a Bulgari Serpenti Tote. (The name of the bag won’t make any sense unless you look closely at those enameled palladium snake handles and that sneaky little snake-head zip pull.) You can currently find Reese’s exact bag in beautiful black nappa leather for $3,250 at Bulgari.
If you haven’t been paying close attention to PB for the last few months, you might not know that Bulgari is currently enjoying something of a windfall of celeb popularity. We saw Maggie Gyllenaal with another bag from Bulgari’s Serpenti series back in July, and we saw Taylor Swift carrying a Bulgari Isabella Rossellini Bag in August. “But Emily,” you ask. “Does one celeb a month for three months really equal a ‘windfall’?” In this case, YES. Absolutely.
Full-time fashion maven Alexa Chung was recently spotted leaving Alice + Olivia in Soho, NYC, carrying a Mark Cross Small Grace Box Bag. It looks boxy and inconspicuous enough, but the interior unfolds like a miniature streamer trunk! You can find a black calfskin version that’s a little larger for $2,495 at MATCHESFASHION.COM.
As you might suspect, Alexa has her own, pretty epic edition of “The Many Bags of…”, which you can see here. In other news, all those totally destroyed cut-off shorts I expected to see in July are suddenly showing up in NYC on the first week of September. Completely destroyed denim is suddenly very in, as of this week. (See also: Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo.)
Here’s Kendall Jenner, dropping into the Barneys Soho location for a little shopping break after a couple days of pre-NYFW model castings. (No word on which designers’ runway show she’ll appear in first.) Her bag is an all-black Céline Nano Luggage Tote, which is among her favorites, and makes an appearance on both sisters in the The Many Bags of Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Ms. Jenner reportedly wants to drop her last name and simply go by “Kendall” henceforth. While her modeling career is particularly hot right now, that sort of declaration seems just a tad premature, and definitely not something you want to announce right before NYFW. UNLESS you’re basically a Kardashian, of course.
Here’s Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, shopping with her daughter Aja in Santa Monica and carrying a chic Chloé Clare Python Shoulder Bag. No one can rock a pair of totally destroyed cut-off shorts with a designer handbag quite like Alessandra. You can currently pick up her exact bag at Barneys for $3,900.
Alessandra is quite the Chloé fan – she has several of the brand’s bags in her expansive designer handbag collection, which you can view in The Many Bags of Alessandra Ambrosio. And if you can’t get enough of beautiful handbags on the arms of some of the world’s most beautiful women, you should definitely check out 50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels.
She’s already been photographed carrying (“carrying”) Chanel in CR Fashion Book, and with parents like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, it was clearly only a matter of time until little North West started carrying bags of her own, even if she still lacks the manual dexterity necessary to actually grasp them in her adorably chubby little toddler hands. Luckily, this Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag can be draped across her tiny body. (more…)