Bag: Fendi Demi-Jour Small Color-Block Shoulder Bag

Price: $1,850

Where to Buy: Purchase via Net-A-Porter

Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Sleek, refined, perfectly color-blocked, plenty large to carry your essentials (plus it’s been on my mind for months), this bag has my hearts this week.

After two seasons in a row of furry, futuristic, ultra-covetable wildness from the brand, Fendi’s Fall 2014 Handbags are a bit of a step back toward simplification, if only a small one. There’s a bit less fur, fewer textural embellishments and not as many colors residing on a single purse, but there’s still the signature Fendi look that Karl Lagerfeld has taken care to develop over the past few years.

Fendi fans will automatically recognize both the Peekaboo and the 3Jours bags, both of which debuted for fall in new iterations that include details like fur handles and aggressively industrial metal trim, but the bags that dominated the Fendi runway were overwhelmingly small, squat, squarish and, dare I say, highly reminiscent of Hermes, with their leather-cloaked keys, short handles a la the Kelly Longue and traditionally French detailing. The bags were show as hand-helds on the runway, but I suspect they’ll come with removable shoulder straps at retail; if not, they might be a tough sell.

[Images via Vogue.com]

You can say a lot of things about Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but you can’t claim the man doesn’t have a sense of humor about himself. Fendi, a brand that knows as well as any other when it has a hit on its hand and how to maximize its success, opened its Fall 2014 runway show (full coverage of the show’s handbags is coming your way at noon) with one of the brand’s popular Bag Bugs in the visage of Lagerfeld himself, held aloft daintily by Cara Delevingne so that one and all could snap clear pictures of it for Instagram and beyond. Well played.

Lagerfeld intuitively understands better than almost anyone else in fashion how powerful moments like this little Bag Bug can be – photos of this furry, miniaturized version of himself immediately flooded social media after the show, and East Coasters woke up to find Lil Karl staring back at them from their phones. Not only that, but Fendi had the biggest model in the world carry it; the brand signed Delevingne to a Milan exclusive, so her appearance along with this Bag Bug was the only one she’ll be making on the Italian runways. It was, clearly, the only such handbag accessory presented in this way. Based on our sources, Lil Karl saw his shadow, so we’re predicting six more months of brisk Bag Bug pre-sales.

If you want to get your hands on one of Fendi’s original furry bag charms, check out our guide to pre-ordering them.

[Image via Vogue.com]

By now, you’re all well-acquainted with Fendi Bag Bugs, Buggies or Monsters (the name seems to vary depending on the retailer, time of day and direction of the wind), and even if you’re not interested in the $700+ handbag charms, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to move pretty quickly for something that lacks legs and is also otherwise inanimate. Shoppers snap up these little darlings as quickly as Fendi can make them, and the only reliable way to get your hands on one is to pre-order.

Neiman Marcus recently opened up online pre-orders for three spring styles of the Bag Bug, and as far as we can tell from the other retailers we checked, it’s the only place to secure one at the moment. Check them out below for price and pre-order information; the new Bugs are expected to arrive by late April.


Fendi Crystal-Eyed Monster Bag Charm
$800 via Neiman Marcus

Fendi Crystal Eyed Fur Monster Bag Charm Mint

Fendi Crystal-Eyed Fur Monster Bag Charm
$800 via Neiman Marcus

Fendi Crystal Eyed Fur Monster Handbag Charm

Fendi Fur Bag Charm
$700 via Neiman Marcus

Fendi Fur Monster Handbag Charm

The men’s versions of Fashion Week never get nearly as much attention as the women’s do, but there are still exciting details to find within the menswear collections, even if bags are your main concern. After yesterday’s Fendi Men’s Fall 2014 show, several images of a very particular bag popped up: the Fendi Men’s Peekaboo, this one (captured by Tamu McPherson of All The Pretty Birds on Instagram) with the ever-popular monster facade that’s gained Fendi so much accessories traction in the past six months.

That the Peekaboo has had a resurgence at all is surprising; its debut wasn’t all that long ago, and it lived a perfectly normal life cycle as a popular bag, with its visibility tapering off as Fendi introduced the Chameleon and Silvana bags. It was reintroduced without much fanfare last season after never totally being retired, and now the bag, along with the 2Jours, is Fendi’s marquee handbag shape. It lends itself particularly well to the irreverent structural shenanigans that Fendi has been up to with its Bag Bugs, and this new men’s version is big enough to allow for easier viewing of a smiling mouth (a zipper picket lined in bright red, natch), which is more easily obscured by the front flap in the the women’s version.

For comparison’s sake, here’s a picture from Fendi of Delfina Delettrez carrying the women’s version:

Delfina Delettrez Fendi Men's Peekaboo Bag

There’s no word on price for the men’s, which will debut in Fall 2014, but we’ll keep you posted.

With several seasons of success for the Fendi 2Jours Tote, it’s only natural that we’re now seeing brand new bag shapes based on the best-selling original. The smaller Demi-Jour shoulder bag popped up first, and now for those of you who carry everything you own on a daily basis comes the Fendi 3Jours Bag (Or the Trois-Jours, depending on who you ask.)

Like the Demi-Jour, this bag brings over the metal bar trim that serves as the most distinctive design detail of the 2Jours, but it does it in a way that’s modified to serve the structure of the big, roomy tote. Instead of a solid bar, the metal is split in two and serves as an oversized handle attachment. That allows the bag to shift and move in ways that the 2Jours doesn’t, which is necessary at this larger size. The bags top handles will fit on the shoulder, which means that this tote doesn’t come with an optional strap.

So far, the 3Jours comes in an impressive array of different versions, including solid colors, split bicolor versions like the one above, denim and stripes. You can pick up the one above for $2,650 via Nordstrom.

We’ve covered the ever-growing Fendi Bag Bug phenomenon a couple times before, but if you ever doubted how much luxury consumers absolutely love the weird, cartoonish, absolutely adorable little accessory monster that Fendi introduced a season ago, consider this: Net-a-Porter got a $1,500 pair of double-monster Fendi Bag Bug Earmuffs in stock over the holiday, and as quick as they showed up, they were completely sold out.

If you thought $700 was a mind-boggling price tag for Fendi’s perpetually sold out bag charms, then you’re probably somewhat dazed right now. I know I am, and I’ve been staring at the product page for these earmuffs for like a week. The rich, they’re different from you and me. They can spend north of a G on novelty earmuffs. For comparison, a pair of Gucci fur earmuffs costs about $400. (Does anyone actually wear earmuffs?)

Maybe they’re not so different, though; the Fendi bag bugs (both the charms and the bags that look like monsters themselves) have sold well because they have a sense of fun to them. Fashion can be an endlessly self-serious interest to have, but these cute accessories value irreverence as much as they do luxury. That combination, when done well, can be endlessly enticing, and Fendi seems to have hit the nail on the head. If you’d like a pair of these muffs reserved for you when they come back into stock, you can add them to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter.

One of the breakout bags of 2013 is the Fendi 2Jours Tote, a style that is simply stunning and classic in every way. While Fendi offers a wide range of a sizes, colors and materials for the 2Jours, you can’t underestimate the allure of perfect black bag, and the Fendi 2Jours in black comes close to perfection.

Because we are in the midst of winter, pair your classic bag bag with a creamy winter coat, like this one from J.Crew. The J.Crew Embellished Wool Blend Coat is just as stylish as it is trendy. Of course you could carry a streamlined cream clutch when wearing this coat in the evening, but for daytime, pair this coat with the 2Jours for an ultimate duo. Buy the J.Crew coat for $1,350 via Net-A-Porter and the bag for $2,260 via Net-A-Porter.

I opine about Fendi a lot, but right now, its handbag business is the most interesting on the luxury mass-market. Six months ago, I’d have told you that there’s no way I’d ever feel even the slightest temptation to hang a $700 furry monster keychain from every handbag I won, and here we are today. That temptation is real, and based on how quickly the Fendi Bag Bugs sell, I’m not the only one feeling it. Today, though, my temptation is for the Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag. (more…)

Gwen Stefani was recently spotted heading into No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal’s house in Los Angeles with a bag we haven’t seen for a spell: the Fendi Spy Bag. This bag is a total throwback to the halcyon days of the mid-2000s “It Bag” craze. Fendi hasn’t produced Spy Bags for several years now, and this one sort of looks like it’s been sitting in the back of Gwen’s closet for a while, but we’re glad she decided to take it out for a spin, if only for purposes of our own nostalgia. You can shop current-season Fendi at Neiman Marcus.

Let us all take a moment to fondly remember the pricey designer hobo bags of yesteryear. The mid-aughts were such a weird time for fashion, weren’t they? The whole decade was really such a bizarre hodgepodge of trends. It’s hard to properly assess how history will view that period in fashion such a short time out, but it’ll be interesting to see how we look back on the early 2000s, much further down the line.

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