Fashion Week

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We’re three-quarters of the way through the Spring 2017 shows, which puts us right at the end of Milan and the beginning of Paris. Before we metaphorically pick up our website and head to the City of Lights, though, we have to look back at all the best bags from the Milan runways, and any experienced bag lover knows there was surely much to see.

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Bottega Veneta doesn’t often debut brand new handbag designs, and when it does, it’s usually not on the runway. That means the brand’s Spring 2017 show, marking Bottega Veneta’s 50th anniversary, was a particular treat to the brand’s many dedicated fans: not only were there a bunch of new bags, but the lineup spanned both men’s and women’s collections.

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For Prada Spring 2017, brand matriarch Miuccia Prada said that she wanted to de-intellectualize her normal design process in favor of finding some elegance in the here and now. The results were wearable pieces with luxe details like marabou and exotic leathers, as well as two new bag styles: a chain-strap flap bag and a duffel-style satchel.

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When a collection is designed by Karl Lagerfeld, you can always count on abundance. Minimalism has gone through periods of favor during Lagerfeld’s long career, and although he’s occasionally accommodated those seeking simplicity, his work is always detailed and heavily accessorized, which lends itself perfectly to both of the bag-heavy brands he currently helms.

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One of the many reasons I love social media is because it gives us the power to be virtually anywhere in real time and share our points of view with the world. Gone are the days you had to work in fashion to follow along with all the Fashion Week coverage, and thanks to Instagram’s beautiful imagery from photographers, fashion editors and bloggers, it almost feels like we’re there.

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There is perhaps no single brand aesthetic as recognizable in fashion right now as Gucci‘s. Alessandro Michele arrived at the brand with clear but expansive vision for what a fashion collection could be and all it could include, and he has never once wavered.

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New York Fashion Week officially came to a close late last week, and now fashion editors and bloggers have moved on to London. We know you followed along with Vlad’s gorgeous street style coverage, now it’s time for us to go through thousands of runway photos to find the best footwear of the week.

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Fashion critics sometimes crow about how we now live in a post-trend world, but I’m not sure that’s entirely correct when it comes to handbags. While it’s true that the market now provides more variety than ever, it’s still possible to find clear commonalities in a seasonal round of accessories, and that was absolutely true of the bags that came down the runway at New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 last week.

New York Fashion Week Day 8 Bags

Thursday marked the eighth and final day of New York Fashion Week. My shooting efforts were focussed around the attendees of Marc Jacobs’ Spring show, which was held at the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, smack center in midtown Manhattan, half a block from Madison Square Garden.

New York Fashion Week Day 7 Bags

While NYFW officially ended today, we are sharing photos from the previous day, so you still have this dose and one final batch of Vlad’s photos to consume. One of the biggest shows on day 7 of NYFW was Michael Kors and the streets were crazy with people, photographers and onlookers alike.

Mansur Gavriel Spring 2017 Fashion Show Preview

It may be the brand the bucket bag built, but Mansur Gavriel is expanding. Included in the brand’s Spring 2017 presentation at New York Fashion Week were seven new bag styles, as well as new prints, color combinations and tons of new shoes.

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It feels as though it’s been New York Fashion Week for approximately a month and a half, and even though that’s a bit hyperbolic, the event does spill beyond the traditional bounds of a seven-day week to accommodate more shows than any other.

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