Christian Louboutin continues to work his way into the handbag market, though the famed designer is still most well-known for his red-soled shoes. Sometimes one of his bags really makes an impression, while others don’t translate the designer’s quirky-sexy footwear aesthetic quite as well. For example, Louboutin creates some of the most enticing studded pumps around, but bringing those studs to his handbag line has been a bit more challenging.
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It’s been de rigueur for young, edgy, look-at-me designers to make handbags out of stuffed animals for several years now. Some veer toward the cute (Mandy Coon and her bunny rabbit), some veer toward the strange (Giles Deacon and his triceratops), and now the Christopher Raeburn Quilted Water Rat Shoulder Bag takes a turn for the decidedly, purposefully grotesque.
Sometimes I hear people say that bags have faces, that on certain designs, the zippers and pockets and other miscellaneous pieces of hardware line up to an unintentional visage to for an unintentional visage in luxury leather. I rarely ever notice these bag faces myself, but I can see them when others point it out to me – my mom, for instance, sees smiling handbags everywhere she goes and used to claim that my Marc Jacobs Stam Bag looked angry.
I’ve been a fan of Tom Ford handbags since they first debuted online. Ford’s sense of design stands out in an interesting way, and I already love everything else Tom Ford does, so I consider myself a fan. But even designers that are known for their beautiful designs make mistakes from time to time, and this Tom Ford bag is an example of that.
I love it when jewelry brands get into the handbag business. They bring with them a sense of embellishment and attention to detail (especially hardware) that often makes it immediately apparent that the brand started out in a more blinged-out section of the fashion business, and that’s definitely true of the Shourouk Crystal-Embellished PVC Clutch. To a certain extent, anyway.
I know that the Versus Gold Pin Shoulder Bag isn’t quite Versace, but all I can think when I look at it is how much it owes to that famous Versace dress that Elizabeth Hurley wore to the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere way back in 1994. (Can you believe that’s nearly 20 years ago?) Is there any other immediate association that a fashion lover can have with bold black accented with enormous gold safety pins?
With anticipation for the film version of The Great Gatsby reaching a fever pitch, fashion people are talking about the movies even more than usual. Miuccia Prada personally oversaw the gorgeous 1920s-era wardrobing for the film, and based on the trailers, it’s indeed full of deco gorgeousness the likes of which hasn’t been seen since…well, since the Gatsby era. If it were up to us (and if we had received an invitation), we’d certainly be taking something sparkly and Leiber-esque to the premiere, but for a more casual film fete, we think the Charlotte Olympia Movie Night Shoulder Bag would make the perfect companion.
Well, the Loewe Poppy Sheep Amazona Bag looks cuddly, for lack of a better word.
For some reason, my first thought upon seeing this bag (which is part of Loewe’s Fall 2013 collection, on pre-order via Moda Operandi through March 28) was that if I were to ever be stranded at an airport, it would be the bag I’d want to have with me.
In general, I’m a big fan of the Givenchy Antigona Bag. Not only is it a celeb favorite, but it looks super slick in basic black, which is always a hallmark of a strong design. It’s also come in some great non-solid versions over the seasons, including a scarlet-accented black calf hair version that I tried to track down for months after it had obviously already sold out.
Brightly colored handbags always make me smile because I equate vibrant colors with warm weather and sunshine. This clutch is no different; right when it hit the virtual Net-A-Porter shelves, I began staring. This bag features a variety of sunny brights, all striped together to make a rainbow pattern. The hard box clutch is made with python skin and sealed with a funky bauble closure.