Sometimes, there’s virtue in not quite matching. Often, I look at people wearing multiple pieces that are obviously from the same collection and see someone that would do well to think a bit harder about how to assemble an outfit. (There are, of course, exceptions.) People who’ve found their stylistic sweet spot often look great because they successfully combine pieces that don’t intuitively belong together.

Spotting a bag that you really, truly adore during a fashion show is one of the most agonizing things about working in this business. You know it’ll take six months for the object of your affections to even become nominally available, and when it does, the price will, in all likelihood, make you dizzy. And still, you remember. And you lust.

If you’re a frequent visitor, you probably remember reading about Fendi’s anniversary push for the Baguette over the past six months. 2012 marked 15 years for the first-ever It Bag, but the celebration is continuing into Spring 2013 with a bunch of incredibly intricate versions of the Fendi Baguette, some of which are brand new, others of which are re-releases of popular iterations from years past.

Every season, I wait for that first handbag collection that truly excites me to debut on the runway. The designer almost always changes season to season, and sometimes it doesn’t happen until well in to Paris Fashion Week. For the past two seasons, though, it’s been Fendi that struck first – the Fendi 2Jours Tote is not only excellent as a neutral-colored day bag, but it lends itself to embellishments and reinterpretation many times over, which makes for an excellent runway bag.

Babies might be too little to carry real handbags for a few reasons (among them: weak shoulders, frustratingly limited motor skills, lack of personal possessions that require carrying), but that doesn’t mean that their uber-fashionable mamas shouldn’t kit them out in their own image, all the way down to a baby-scaled representation of their own handbags. Thus, we present the Fendi Baguette Bag Tee, intended for discerning infants three to nine months old.

For those of us who cover it, Fashion Week (Err, month. It’s definitely a month.) is like a giant K-hole of glitter and fur and champagne cocktails and middle-of-the-night coverage deadlines that never relents, not even on weekends. (Especially not on weekends.) When it’s done, it’s often hard to remember anything in particular that you saw, but a bag or two generally sticks in my mind long enough that I’m still salivating over it and anticipating its existence when Fall 2012 deliveries start arriving in stores.

Around these parts, there’s nothing we love better than a good bag collection. (Ok, maybe we love a good sale more, but most of the sales are over for the season, so there’s no use crying about it, ok?) The psychological nature of collection is such that people who are moved to amass giant assortments of things usually pick something very particular on which to fixate, and in the case of Pamella DeVos, that lust object is the iconic Fendi Baguette.

Fendi and Sarah Jessica Parker have a long history with each other. Back in the halcyon days of the early 2000s, exposure on Sex and the City exploded the Fendi Baguette from an industry obsession to a full-on It Bag that was recognizable to people who might never have previously considered buying a bag that expensive. The SJP-Fendi nexus not only provided several plot points for the show (one in which Carrie’s Baguette and Manolos are stolen, another in which a fake Fendi becomes a metaphor for Charlotte’s marriage), but it also paved the way for every It Bag from the Chloe Paddington to the Celine Luggage Tote.

Just like we predicted, the iconic Fendi Baguette is suddenly everywhere. From Sarah Jessica Parker extolling its virtues in the Financial Times to a retrospective coffee table book slated for release July 3rd, the world’s first It Bag is having a bonafide renaissance. If you were too young or too financially strapped at the time to get in on the first wave of Baguette popularity (or, on the other hand, if you’d just like to revel in a little nostalgia), you’re in luck.

Anyone who’s opened a high-end fashion magazine in the recent past knows, those types of publications are focused on aesthetics to the near-complete exclusion of practical concerns. Style.com may be known as a website first and a magazine second (check out the print edition, though, it’s pretty fun), but it still follows that same fashion mag edict – form first, function second, if at all.

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