Not only do we love a scrappy upstart in the handbag world, but we also love a bold jewelry line, which means that Mawi Fall 2013 Handbags are right up our alley. The London-based brand was originally launched a decade ago as a jewelry upstart, and based on the clutch above, we’re betting you can guess what kind of jewelry Indian-born designer Mawi makes – big, statement-making, incredibly shiny.
If my Facebook and Instagram feeds from this past weekend are any indication, wedding season has officially arrived. If you’re ill-prepared for the festivities you’ll face over the next few months, you’re probably not alone – figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be a little tricky for anyone who lacks a closet full of perfect spring dresses and coordinating clutches.
By now, most of you are probably well familiar with the types of things we usually like around here. Hermes, Celine, Givenchy, Chanel – we like our handbags modern, expensive and made out of really nice leather. Sometimes, though, we like something a little bit silly, and for high-end silly, we have Charlotte Olympia. Sometimes, though, affordable silly is the only type that will do, and for that, we have the MOYNA Taxi Cab Pouch.
It’s late April, and that means one thing to those of us in our lates 20s and early 30s: wedding season is upon us. I already have a few save-the-dates under my belt, with invitations to arrive shortly, and as usual, I have no idea what I’m going to wear. Warm-weather weddings and my penchant to wear black year-round just don’t quite jibe, but there’s also no part of me that intends to buy a handful of pastel dresses just to make it to August.
There’s just something about warm weather that makes me positively frantic to stray outside of my sartorial comfort zone. Although I almost always dress in dark colors and have what I like to think is the world’s largest collection of black sundresses, summer does something to me that requires me to occasionally splurge on something that looks more than a little out of place with my usual array of blacks and greys.
I’m a bit too young to have been dating back in the days when, “So, what’s your sign?” was a hot pickup line (thankfully), but I’ve seen enough movies to know that there are probably still awkward bachelors out there, plugging away with that same old cliche at a bar near you. Without a doubt, when the Charlotte Olympia Cosmic Collection asks the same question, it’s a much more interesting proposition.
I’m always so thrilled when a young designer whose clothes I love finally dips his or her toe into the accessories waters. Because of the profitability of bags, shoes and small leather goods, adding those lines to a brand often helps smaller designers grow their businesses and expand their capabilities, which is great for fashion lovers on two fronts. Not only does the influx of cash nurture young talent, but it gives us great new bags like these Mary Katrantzou Printed Leather Pouches.
Last week, we clued you in to the insanely well-edited selection of clutches and evening bags that Moda Operandi has squirreled away in its “boutique” section. Today, we’ve got one brand of handheld bags in particular that the site has just started carrying and that you’ll want to know: Serpui Marie. If you’ve got a garden party or outdoor wedding to attend this spring or summer, the brand can solve any clutch conundrums you might encounter without breaking the bank.
Anyone who makes a habit of online shopping (which I’m assuming is all of you) knows that most sites that carry premiere designers have roughly similar assortments. That’s not a coincidence, of course; retail buying is a precarious balance of data and intuition, and making a miscalculation on a piece that’s too avant-garde or “specialty” for a mass audience can be quite costly.
For some reason, I didn’t see this studded clutch trend coming. I don’t remember seeing a plethora of studs on the runway for Spring 2013, and heavy metal embellishments are usually more of a staple of fall collections (more on that tomorrow, actually). The more I thought about it though, these bags may have come about, at least in part, as a response to the enduring, perhaps even increasing, popularity of the Valentino Rockstud line, which has enjoyed seasons of success because of its smart combination of traditional femininity, luxury and toughness.