Lanvin Sketches Shopping Bag

Lots of designers talk about their “woman” in abstract terms. The Marc Jacobs woman, for example, enjoys a bit of humor in her wardrobe. The Rick Owens woman wears a lot of black leather and will only date those who subscribe to a similar aesthetic.

Alexander Wang Emile In Mustard Green Suede With Matte Black

Both Amanda and I are big Alexander Wang fan girls, but even the best fall down sometimes. The Emile is not my favorite shape from Wang, but I always thought it looked presentable in crisp clean leathers and fresh colors. I ran into this version however, and I just feel like it is a sad looking bag.

Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Studded Leather Tote

It’s been a long work week, but somehow (perhaps magically), it’s Thursday afternoon and the weekend is almost here. I must say I am super thrilled about that and so excited for the shortened holiday week to come. I’m a big fan of adding bling to my summer wardrobe, but typically I stick to my jewelry and shoes for the added pizazz.

Givenchy-Nightingale-Painted-Python

No matter the trends of the particular year, spring and summer are always about color. It’s present everywhere in the world around us – flowers, grass, blue skies, creatively colored adult beverages – when the weather turns warm, and for the past year or two, it’s been especially preponderant in the form of python handbags.

First of all, an apology: I’m sorry that I’m assaulting your eyes with this much look so early in the morning, but sometimes them’s the breaks, eh? Consider it like your second alarm of the day – the first one woke up your body, but the Dolce & Gabbana Patchwork Shoulder Bag is here to wake up your senses, for better or for worse.

Designers took us on a safari with many of their spring 2012 collections. From Donna Karan to Michael Kors, we saw wooden accents, animal prints, and tons of browns and greens. Alexander McQueen took a stab at this trend as well with the Savana Satchel.

Lions and tigers and stripes, oh my! I can’t help but think of the circus when I look at the Fendi Studded One + One Drawstring-Top Satchel. The pairing of a lot of color and additional texture makes this bag an attention grabber.

I’ve been trying all week to think of something appropriate to say about the Lanvin Amalia Patchwork Snakeskin Tote and I just…can’t. I can’t! It’s Friday and I’m out of words, and this bag might be so complicated that it has now damaged my eyesight, which makes any attempts on my part to accurately review it utterly futile.

Spring 2012 is all about mixing color and textures, and as you can see, some designers took that idea to heart more than others. I normally love the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag in all of its sometimes strange iterations, but this 70s crocheted afghan version has me wondering whether it would have been best as a runway idea rather than a retail reality.

I’ve already got Fashion Week on my mind and one of my favorite things about Fashion Week is bag stalking. Come February, editors, buyers, and miscellaneous cool people alike will be hitting Lincoln Center both wearing and carrying their finest.

I have plenty of handbags in my arsenal, but sometimes an oddly different bag stands out and grabs my attention.