There are two categories of celebrities we cover here at PurseBlog: celebrities who occasionally carry nice bags by virtue of being rich and well-connected and celebrities who are just like us. They’re the ones who hoard Birkins like they may one day be banned from Hermès boutiques and who actually seem to buy bags instead of just carrying whatever brands sends to their publicists.


A certain new style from Valentino is still cresting on its wave of recent popularity, and a few celebs continue to surprise us with their unexpected bag choices. In other news, Lady Gaga wore an outfit in public that was really only a LITTLE weird, and a few celebs accessorized their Halloween costumes with high-end handbags, of course.


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be fashion royalty, we’ve got a peek at that lifestyle for you today. Salma Hayek is best known as a critically acclaimed actress, but she’s also married to François-Henri Pinault, head of French luxury giant Kering.


Here’s a fun thing about keeping track of celebrity bag and fashion trends: as soon as you feel you can definitively say “CELEBS ARE DOING THIS!” they’re already doing something else, and they probably started doing it three days ago.


I find the idea of being followed everywhere by cameras dystopian and terrifying, but it’s a reality that celebrities deal with daily and that some of them have been dealing with for years. From them, I have learned many things (keep your knees together when exiting an SUV in a dress!), but my most PurseBlog-pertinent discovery is that many popular handbags are perfectly shapes to block your head from a camera.


Because paparazzi tend to follow the young, lithe starlets of LA and New York, so does our coverage of which bags celebrities are carrying–there’s simply more photographic evidence to go on. When we started looking, though, we realized that because of her out-and-about life in NYC, we could piece together enough to create an in-depth look at the handbag choices of legendary journalist Barbara Walters.


The humble bucket bag is getting a lot of love from celebs this week, though most come with less-than-humble price tags. And while celebs were all about the black bags in our last bag round-up, this batch seems to have whole-heartedly embraced bright reds and yellows.


Celebs are once again going back to the (luxury) basics, with solid black leather bags from Chanel (so much Chanel), Hermès and all of your favorite stalwart luxury brands. There’s nothing terribly trendy here; in fact, I don’t think there’s even anything that’s new for 2015, but there are plenty of reminders as to why the big-name brands are generally worth their salt.


It’s hard (if not impossible and wrong) to argue that there’s been a bigger fashion movie in the last ten years than The Devil Wears Prada, and much of the film’s enduring popularity and quotability are thanks to Meryl Streep’s depiction of the maybe-Anna Wintour-inspired Miranda Priestly, a fashion magazine editor-in-chief who wreaks chic havoc on the life of her brand new assistant, Anne Hathaway’s Andy.


If I told you you could now get an authentic python handbag for less than $2,000, would you be pleasantly surprised? Or would you (rightfully) slap me in the face? Well, friends, IT EXISTS, and Kate Hudson is carrying one this week.

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