A quick look at the comments on any of our celebrity posts make at least one thing clear: you guys are pretty savvy to the not-so-transparent ways that brands try to market things to you via their famous friends. And while no celebrity gets everything for free (seriously, we see most of them shopping all the time), the art of the celebrity placement, as it’s called, is alive and well. What we want to know, though, is if the tactic affects your shopping habits. (more…)

Dakota and Elle Fanning have been in the entertainment business since they were kids, and they’ve been in fashion almost as long. The young sisters’ angelic appearances – extremely pale skin and eyes, light blonde hair, innocently round faces – ingratiated themselves to designers immediately, and they’ve been sitting front row at fashion shows and starring in ad campaigns ever since. They are, in a way, the opposite of the Jenner sisters that we profiled last week.

When it comes to designer bags, though, the Fannings have a bit more in common with their raven-haired, West Coast compatriots. They all love Celine, Chanel and Balenciaga, for one. Check out the sisters’ full collections below.

Here’s Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, making air travel look especially glamorous at JFK. She’s carrying a Givenchy Ayers-Trimmed Antigona Bag, one of many Givenchy bags in her collection. Throwing gorgeous supermodels a few freebies has to be a lot cheaper than paying whatever their going modeling rates are these days. It’s one of the more economical ways luxury brands can market their new goods, and it seems to be a strategy they’re relying on pretty heavily as of late. You can find a cobalt blue version of Rosie’s bag for $3,690 at Barneys.

I especially like this version of the Antigona because the snakeskin handles make it look like you’re doing a little Old Testament-style snake handling, AND carrying a Givenchy bag. If that combo doesn’t command respect, then what does? You can see all of Rosie’s luxe acquisitions (some of which we can verify she actually paid for) in “The Many Bags of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley”.

Here’s Gwyneth Paltrow, just barely making it onto a flight at JFK and looking none too pleased about it. She’s carrying a Chanel Graffiti Tote from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection, which seems a little bit off-brand for her normal look. Admittedly, I am not a fan of Chanel’s graffiti bags, but I can’t decide if I find the tote more or less irritating than the backpack. Gwyneth is also wearing a cute pair of Givenchy Lace Slip-On Sneakers, which you can can find at Saks for $650.

We don’t feature Gwyneth on PB nearly as often as we’d like – aside from the occasional airport spotting, her public appearances tend to be limited to your typical celeb PR gigs, brand events, GOOP events and red carpet appearances. That’s why “The Many Bags of Gwyneth Paltrow” feels a little more glamorous than most- there’s not a single pic of her schlubbing around LA with a grande Frappuccino and no make-up on. It just wouldn’t be very Gwyneth.

Here’s Jessica Alba, out and about in LA, carrying her own pale pink Louis Vuitton Soft Lockit Bag. She’s at least the fourth major celeb we’ve caught carrying one in the past month. In fact, we just saw Charlize Theron carrying the same bag last week. This bag is sold out on the Louis Vuitton website, but should be available in stores for $4,250 in July. Jessica Alba is a long-time LV fan, and you can see the bulk of her designer handbag collection in “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba” and “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba, Part 2.”

I think it’s fair to say at this point that Louis Vuitton is putting a huge marketing effort behind its latest marquee bag. The brand has made no bones about its efforts to make over its image in a more subtle, high-end way, and getting bags like this one in front of as many people as possible, via both advertising and celeb placements, seems to be a big part of that strategy. Is it working, PB readers? Do you feel strangely compelled to acquire a Soft Lockit?

Ok, so maybe this is not the most pressing breaking news ever, but we follow Hilary’s bag collection pretty closely and immediately knew that this Chanel bag was a brand new addition to her collection. Here’s handbag collector supreme Hilary Duff, walking down the middle of the street in West Hollywood, wearing overalls and carrying a new, cherry red Chanel Boy Bag. (Yes, overalls and Chanel. It’s happened. And I don’t hate it.)

We just saw Hilary with a gold Chanel Boy Bag mere weeks ago, so it’s safe to say the Boy is clearly Hilary’s bag of choice for this season. We all know Hilary used to act and sing and such, but now acquiring designer handbags is basically her full-time gig. (That, and motherhood.) You can see her insane Chanel stash in “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2.”

Here’s actress Olivia Munn, leaving Joan’s on Third in West Hollywood, carrying a beautiful, natural leather Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag. Notice how she’s artfully paired it with a simple button-down shirt tied at the midriff, plus a breezy, partially transparent pleated maxi skirt. This is how you do summer, people! You can find Olivia’s PS11 for $1,950 at Proenza Schouler.

Megs just spotted Olivia palling around with Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore and other stars at the excessively classy Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey last weekend. Olivia is a pretty exquisite dresser, and she has an appropriately exquisite collection of designer handbags. You can check out all of her best looks and bag picks in “The Many Bags of Olivia Munn.”

You may have heard that Kylie and Kendall Jenner have recently released a new sci-fi novel. I was going to say that they “wrote” it, but that seems like it would be a generous description of their relationship to the book. Instead, we’d like to spend a little time talking about something that the Jenner girls have a more obvious expertise in: designer handbags. Both of the youngest sisters in the Kardashian-Jenner clan take after their older sisters when it comes to a love for Celine, Givenchy and especially Balenciaga. (more…)

Here’s Marion Cotillard in NYC, enjoying a milkshake from Shake Shack (something that everyone must have when visiting, IMO. Black and white is the best flavor.) and carrying a pastel blue Dior Miss Dior Mini Shoulder Bag. Not only is Marion Cotillard quintessentially French and therefore a perfect fit for the brand, but she’s had a long-running professional relationship with Dior. Marion has been the face of Dior’s Lady Dior campaign for several years now.

Marion is of course in town for the CDFAs, which took place Monday night. It was quite a headline-generating affair, what with Alexander Wang bringing Mango as his date (yes, the SNL character portrayed by Chris Kattan) and Rihanna showing up in a sparkly, completely transparent Adam Selman gown. (No one upstages Mango! No one!) Marion had the honor of presenting an award this year and wore a little lacey something by Dior just for the occasion, of course.

Although the most notorious outfit at last night’s 2014 CFDA Awards didn’t include a clutch (if you’ve seen photo’s of Rihanna’s dress from last night, you know it didn’t include much), we found plenty of attendees who carried beautiful little clutches and evening bags from both their designer dates and other brands. Below, check out a selection of the best. (more…)

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