Fashion Week

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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 is in the books, and before the good bags start hitting the runways in Paris, we wanted to take a look back and see which designers made the biggest accessories impression in Italy.

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Prada is a brand built on thoroughly modern ideas of femininity and it always has been; Miuccia Prada was thinking about “the modern woman” and her functional needs long before the phrase was the descriptor of choice for every designer under the sun.

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Sometimes I can’t help but marvel at how quickly Alessandro Michele has taken Gucci and remade it in his image. In the span of only a couple seasons, he’s got my expectations of what Gucci will be so accurately and expertly set that, while looking through the images from the brand’s Fall 2016 runway show, all I could think was, “Wow, it’s all so gloriously Gucci.”

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While I don’t share every clothing collection shown during fashion week season, Vlad and I love to share the bags attendees carry to the shows. This New York Fashion Week Vlad and I decided to stay in Florida (where it’s warm and we don’t have to de-thaw every 5 minutes), but we did want to give you a taste of the bags being carried to the show.

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Change is afoot. Designers, brands and retailers have been trying to figure a way to recalibrate Fashion Week in the age of digital media since before I arrived in New York to work in the industry five years ago, and brands are finally starting to put their money where their mouths are in hopes of alchemizing the press circus around fashion shows into real, tangible sales.

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New York Fashion Week (or, more accurately, New York Fashion Eight Days and Some Presentations Before and After) is, to be blunt, never the best place to spot excellent luxury handbags on the runway. (That honor goes to either Paris or Milan, depending on the season.) It always boasts a few winners if you’re willing to search, though, and, as it turns out, searching is my job.

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Paris Couture Week Spring 2016 wrapped up late last week, and although couture tends toward the fantastical, the season’s shoes tended toward minimalism. Compared to previous offerings like Dior’s Spring 2014 Couture Pool Shoes, the season’s footwear is especially wearable, even if the vast majority of us will never be able to wear them.

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