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Amanda got me thinking about the Christian Louboutin Layered Leather Hobo. I already ran into this bag and was feeling a bit stumped. It reminded me of my childhood, in the form of a Rollie-Pollie, which is known to some adults (I say some because I still call them Rollie-Pollies) as Pill Bugs or Sow Bugs. This is one of my favorite bugs, the act of rolling up when feeling threatened is entirely intriguing. But is this Christian Louboutin bag taking after my childhood bug friend or the animal of the desert, an armadillo? Then again, you may just find it to be a work of art, which is most likely what Louboutin was going for.

You be the judge!

Buy through Saks for $1,195.

Photo via Pbase

I’m very comfortable in my belief that Christian Louboutin is the best all-around shoe designer on the face of the planet right now. From a large stable of perfect basics to season after season of jaw-dropping art-in-shoe-form, Louboutin does almost everything that he does very well.

Except for handbags.

For some reason, Mr. Louboutin can’t translate his amazing talent into purses. Try as he might, every few months, he releases some more bags that just…aren’t…quite…right. He continues to turn out shoes that are arguably perfect, but I’ve never seen a bag of his and thought, “Yes, indeed, I will pay money for that.”

To me, the Fall/Winter ’08 ‘Armadillo’ line is a perfect example of Louboutin’s problem with purses. Take the d’Orsay Peep-Toe Platform Pump; a seamless mash-up of simplicity and punky attitude with the pintucked leather pleats going all the way down the back of the high, high heel. Great for work or play and downright gorgeous to behold.

Then, take the Layered Leather Hobo. Is anyone else getting ‘black leather fortune cookie’ when they look at this? Because I sort of am. I don’t find it entirely loathsome, but it’s definitely nowhere close to my want list, and even if I received it as a gift, I’d probably eBay it. Whereas shoes often benefit from their designer’s focus on architectural details, this hobo seems almost too architectural and stiff, particularly in a shape (the hobo) and type of leather (calfskin) that is at its most beautiful when allowed to sag and fold naturally. It ends up looking overworked and over-thought – two things that Louboutin’s splendid shoes almost never do. However, if you are interested, you can buy the Hobo through Saks for $1,995.00.

I’ve got a dirty little secret: I can’t wear high heels. With a twice-dislocated knee (the last dislocation of which I’m still in a brace for) and a ten-times-dislocated (and once broken) ankle, I’m an orthopedist’s nightmare, even in sensible shoes. I can blow joints out by merely existing, let alone teetering around in glorified stilts. I’ve had joint injuries with a frequency and severity that most professional athletes never encounter.

And yet, I just can’t keep myself out of the shoe department, even if it’s only to look. The sculptural lines of high, high heels enchant me, and I can’t help but think of how wonderful my legs would look in any of them. I marvel at girls striding easily in them, because I know with complete certainty that it’s not something I’ll ever be able to do.

But if any of fall’s new shoes would be worth another dislocation or broken bone, it would be Christian Louboutin’s Trottinette Ankle Boots. It’s taken me a long time to hop on the ankle boot bandwagon, but for a shoe like this, I’ll buy in. I think what makes it different, to me, is the top strap and buckle – instead of looking unfinished like many booties, they looked tailored and planned, like they were obviously meant to be worn with tights or tucked-in skinny pants so that the entire shoe is on display. Also, the beautiful grey suede is versatile and appropriate on a multiple occasions and with multiple colors, including this season’s all-important berry tones.

The shoe’s concealed platforms allow for an even taller stiletto heel without breaking the clean line of the shoe, making it all the more prohibitive to yours truly. Which only means one thing: one of you have to buy it so I can live vicariously. Buy through Net A Porter for $1,195.

Christian Louboutin Very Noeud Slingbacks
Christian Louboutin Very Noeud Slingbacks

I’m just not an outside girl. Amanda loves her air-conditioning, refrigerator and pajamas. I’ve never been camping, skiing, or a big fan of going to the lake (I do love the beach, though, but that’s neither here nor there). Sweating makes my hair frizz and my makeup travel around my face. So, on outdoor-centric holidays such as this past July 4th, yours truly was not exactly out there flippin’ burgers on the grill. I come from a long line of women with the same attitude, and what I have learned from them in my 22 years is that there are people out there – people that run mid-tier cable networks – that feel our pain, and on most holidays, there are glorious marathons of wonderful television shows and movies to entertain us while the crazies do things outside.

There are several on that piqued my interest this past Friday: What Not to Wear, The Twilight Zone, NCIS. It’s a veritable buffet of television options to mesmerize me for hours. What I’m really interested in, however, is the 8 hours of Alfred Hitchcock’s best movies on TCM. ‘Psycho,’ ‘Vertigo,’ ‘The Birds,’ and ‘Rear Window.’ My mom used to watch Hitchcock movies with me when I was little and I couldn’t sleep, and ever since, I have a deep and abiding love for every movie the man ever made (and his TV show). (more…)

Christian Louboutin Fug Bags

If you had a reputation like that of Christian Louboutin shoes, why on Earth would you delve into a realm that you can not conquer just as well?? Instead of learning the ropes of the handbag world, Christian Louboutin has released some fug bags for fall that look as if they need to be tranquilized and locked up. First we have the hideous Christian Louboutin Orylag Hobo which appears to have saddle bags or really horribly off center breasts covered by orylag fur (rabbit fur) and dominatrix patent leather trim. This bag costs nearly $4000 at Saks, which means it is a frightfully expensive mess. Sure it would make a good pillow, but that is about it. Then we have the Christian Louboutin Alpaca Satchel. Hello bad perm job of 1983. Sure, once you actually touch the alpaca it will feel soft, but looking at this bag is like sitting in a lecture for 3 hours staring at a horrible head of hair in front of you. The kind of horrible where you hear nothing the instructor says and merely wonder if the person happened to get struck by lightning on the way to class. The calfskin trim and chain link handles do not help much. At least this bag is not as much as the first, costing $1695 at Saks.

So a note to those at Christian Louboutin: Stick with the shoes.

Jessica Simpson Christian Louboutin Satin Evening Bag

To make life fair, I must now post a picture of Jessica Simpson and talk about her handbag style since I did about her sister (ok that is not how the world works typically). But I could not pass up this gorgeous green clutch that Miss Jessica has been seen sporting around the world with. Jessica Simpson’s Christian Louboutin Satin Evening Bag manifests its beauty and grace in a delightful color that stands out perfectly with her new chocolaty brown locks. One of the hit colors for spring, this emerald green satin clutch features a feminine bow detail and a fold over closure. Thumbs up Jessica!

christian louboutin emerald green satin evening bag

Via Christian Louboutin

** Edit: Jessica is carrying the Patent Leather version not Silk **

Christian Louboutin Venus Satin Clutch

Every lady knows how important the little black dress is. Speaking of which, I definitely need to go pick up a few new ones. As an essential part of the accessory wardrobe, every lady should also have a little black clutch. The Christian Louboutin Venus Satin Clutch manifests its beauty in black panels of satin with a gold frame. A square clasp closes the clutch and hides sexy red satin lining and a zip fastening internal pocket. While Louboutin is known for sexy shoes, this clutch is the perfect accent to Friday night outfits. Available via Net-A-Porter for $891.22.

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