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Sometimes fashion speaks to its customers on a metaphorical level, but for 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2014, the handbags literally have something to say. The handheld, paper bag-like purses are debossed with fashion-fave phrases like “totes” and “amaze,” as well as clutches that boast of the “cash” therein. (And let’s face it, “cash” is a favorite phrase among the luxury crowd as well, if maybe not a colloquialism.)

If you like your handbags a little less wordy, the collection also featured many a chain-handled, highly structured shoulder bag, very much in the vein of the Chanel Boy Bag, but slightly more minimal. Lim made his accessories name with the Pashli, a contemporary take on the incredibly popular Celine Luggage Tote shape, and with the Boy Bag’s ever-increasing favor among fashion’s tastemakers, it’s smart for the brand to provide a more attainably priced alternative that still has plenty of fashion cachet. Check out the full runway collection below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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As all fashion watchers know, the clothing and accessories that grace fashion week runways is generally the most experimental and forward-thinking of the full line of items that any designer will eventually offer in a particular season. It’s important to keep that in mind when you see the Alexander Wang Fall 2014 Handbags, which debuted over the weekend in a show that hilariously required a bunch of fancy fashion people to schlep to the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The accessories were as utilitarian as the venue would suggest. (more…)

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Fashion Week is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work, even though most members of the media try to make it look like one glam fete after another. There are indeed some fun parties to attend, but you’ll be going to them after more than a full day of work, and after a few days, that can wear on a person. When you combine that with the fact that Fashion Week is an occasion on which everyone is expected to look their best, what you put in your makeup bag becomes important. After a few seasons of trial and error, I’ve found a couple of items that are an absolute must-carry, including my all-time favorite liquid liner and dry shampoo, which both retail for six bucks or less.

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Day 2 (1)

New York Fashion Week usually proceeds in ways that are somewhat predictable, but for Fall 2014, some important things have changed. Not only have venues and guest lists gotten a shakeup this season, but Coach Fall 2014 debuted on a runway instead of at a private event later in the season, which is something that both we and legions of Coach lovers were pretty interested to see. We certainly weren’t disappointed.

The show marked new creative director Stuart Vevers’ debut with the brand, and the designer, formerly of Loewe and Mulberry, made quick work of elevating the brand’s staid handbags, shoes, accessories and outwear (especially outerwear) with a sense of fashion that comes with a designer who’s used to showing his collections at global fashion weeks. The clothes, which are still a new pursuit for the brand, felt like something that indeed belonged on a runway, and the bags, accented with gleaming silver hardware details, felt current. The new look of Coach seems to be one primed to compete with brands like Rag & Bone on an apparel and shoe level, and we’ll see how many contemporary fashion customers the bags can convert. Check out our exclusive photos from the show below.

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