There was so much build up and anticipation ahead of the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 collection. Ever since the brand announced that Oscar would take ex-Dior designer John Galliano into his studio, the fashion world has been buzzing about this collection. Would Galliano have a major hand in the design process, would the collection be that of a dual collaboration, would Galliano take the stage with Oscar at the end of the show? (more…)

There’s an inherent luxury to a day clutch. That a woman is free to carry her bag in her hands implies all sorts of privilege, chiefly among them that the woman in question has other people at her disposal to worry about all the things with which the contents of an oversized tote might otherwise contend. It doesn’t guarantee that someone has a driver, personal assistant or nanny, of course, but I can understand why a certain breed of woman likes the implication that the look, when well-executed, provides. Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 seems to be a bid to attract some of those well-heeled customers.

Investors have been trying to take Proenza in the direction of an old-world European luxury house for a couple of seasons now, and these textured day-clutch riffs on the PS1 and PS13 are the brand’s strongest efforts in that direction yet. The PS13, which is a tad disappointing in satchel form, shines brightest as a generously sized clutch, while the newly stripped-down version of the PS1 hand-held lends itself well to many of the textures and treatments that filled the largely monochromatic show. Perhaps most tellingly, the weird runway bags of almost every previous Proenza show were nowhere to be found; these guys are clearly looking to take their accessories business to the next level.

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There’s perhaps nothing lovelier in the fashion business than watching a young designer blossom into one of the industry’s great talents. If 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 is any indication, that’s exactly what we’ve done with Phillip Lim; I remember when he first started making bags (there were bows involved), and to see him find his footing in luxurious modernism brings me great joy. As do this collection’s bags, natch.

The new-and-notable bag from this collection is the 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder, which you’ll find in the slideshow below in a spare black leather base with front panels of lush calfhair, fur or snakeskin. It’s a bit of utilitarian luxury, this bag, meant to be thrown across the body when a busy girl heads out into the world. Lim’s always been conscious that his customers are women who need functional solutions as much as they need fashion, and this is his latest attempt to straddle that divide. Indeed, even the flat clutches in this collection have crossbody straps. From an accessories standpoint, it’s easily Lim’s best yet.

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The subject of celebrities at New York Fashion Week is a little bit odd. Most of them are paid to be there by a designer whose show they’re attending or a brand or product that they represent, which means that many of them are wearing and carrying clothes from that designer in what can be a fairly transparent marketing scheme. The whole point of a fashion show is marketing the new collection, though, so I can’t gripe too much. And no matter how a bag got into a celebrity’s hands, I always enjoy seeing what they carry.

And then there’s the models. They’re also paid to show up, of course, but they’re generally not bedecked in the duds of any particular designer. Instead, they’re carrying something that, more often than not, perfectly punctuates their “model off duty” look and makes us all wonder why we can’t figure out how to dress like that in our downtime. (Because we’re not models, probably.) It’s an interesting contrast, and one that we’ll explore fully in the slideshow below.

If you’re sick of oxblood (as people insist on calling it – looks like burgundy to us), then go ahead and take a seat for Fall 2013, or at least for Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013. The contemporary powerhouse showed lots of rich fall colors on the runway – tan, navy, charcoal – but the most arresting accents were those in rich shades of wine. Seems fitting for fall, doesn’t it?

Most of the women’s bags (Marc shows men’s and women’s during the same show) were small, structured midcentury throwbacks, and although the models all carried them by short double handles, the bags also boasted attachments that will no doubt yield crossbody straps once the bags hit retail. For the Marc by Marc customer, that’s almost a prerequisite – it’s fun to see a bag styled as a hand-carry option, but when it gets down to business, the Marc girl just wants to sling a small bag across her body to keep her hands free. That shouldn’t be a problem for any of the fall options, even if Jacobs himself envisions them being used differently.

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At an Alexander Wang show, there’s always the accessory. In the past, it’s been things as varied as leather handkerchiefs and clutches shaped like old, deflated footballs, and this year, at the Alexander Wang Fall 2013 show, it was fur boxing gloves. Can you carry a handbag and wear fur boxing gloves simultaneously? That’s for magazine stylists to decide over the next few months, I suppose.

As we all know, Wang is set to make the leap to Balenciaga this season, and this collection, his most mature yet, seemed to be an effort to make a statement that he’s ready for the task. And who knows, maybe he is. The accordion-like handbags that went down the runway had an interesting, outsized take on structure that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nicholas Ghesquiere runway, even though they pose the same functional issues that many of Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga runway bags also caused. As chic and spare as rigid slate haircalf looks on this shape, how do you carry it in real life? (The answer, of course, is probably “with a shoulder strap that’s been excluded from the runway version.”)

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I always look forward to Rebecca Minkoff’s runway show. Since Minkoff first took to Fashion Week, the buzz around her has grown, and her show and namesake brand have exploded as well. Rebecca’s downtown girl took a voyage into the future this season, when a trip to the moon combined with a sophisticated grunge attitude. Even though Rebecca Minkoff is known for her bags, her outerwear is a force to be reckoned with and comes in a close second as my favorite category from the designer.

While I’d be thrilled to wear anything from Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013, there was one coat and bag that caught my eye and I’d love to have now and forever. The Venus Jacket in black and white tech tweed with a fur collar and the super futuristic green and blue holographic Rebecca Minkoff Elle bag must be mine. With tons of leather accents, a tomboy-like appeal and a modern touch, both of these items would fit into my wardrobe and be worn often. Rebecca is always in tune with her fans, the Minkettes, and to help tide us over until the entire Fall 2013 collection hits stores, Rebecca has hand selected a few items straight from the runway that you can buy now via Rebecca Minkoff online.

New York Fashion Week has officially begun, and I’ve already got quite a few shows under my belt. Some collections stand out to me, and we’ll be bringing you news from the tents throughout the week. I always look forward to the BCBGMAXAZRIA show in particular because I’m comfortable and familiar with the brand’s look, but Max and Lubov have a way of staying true to the brand while reinventing themselves every season.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2013 may be my favorite collection of theirs to date, mostly because I almost feel it was specially made for me. The inspiration came from the architecture of Istanbul paired with the boho style of the Gypsies of southern Europe, along with artwork of contemporary artist Phil Frost. The end result is an eclectic mix of wearable cool-girl clothes with Turkish touches, literally topped off by cashmere beanies on each model. From thigh-high leather boots to oversized jackets to shift dresses, the girl who loves to dress on-trend but stay comfortable was in mind when this collection was designed.

It was hard to narrow down because I want to wear over 90% of the collection, but here are 7 looks from the show I want to wear right now.

In all the hustle and bustle of getting through the end of the fashion season, we’ve still got a few collections that we didn’t get a chance to write about but we think you should see. The first, of course, is Hermes Spring 2013Hermes is essential viewing to any handbag lover, even if it’s not your style or anywhere near your budget. Keeping up with the goings-on of the best of the best is always worth it, no matter what you’re interested in.

Unlike recent season, Spring 2013 featured a good bit of exactly what we want to see from Hermes: bags, bags, bags, and more specifically, Birkins. The Birkin of the season is a giant weekender version with a woven front panel showcasing modern, colorblocked prints. What I loved the most, though, were the gorgeous leather backpacks, one of which we’ll surely be seeing on Kanye West as soon as he can get his hands on one. I can’t blame him at all. (more…)

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