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…)

My biggest complaint about street style photography has always been that there aren’t enough detail shots. Sure, it’s nice to see the overall picture, but so much is lost in the exclusion of the details – the grain of a piece of fine leather, the thousands of little crystals that make a piece of jewelry gleam, the subtle colors in printed silk. Also, the handbags – SHOW US THE HANDBAGS, PLEASE.

Luckily for us, PurseForum member Cari284, better known as Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months, staked out Paris Fashion Week earlier this month to bring us all the best handbag style on the editors, stylists and buyers entering and exiting the biggest shows in the world. She was kind enough to share a bunch of her best bag photos with us, and now, we’d like to share them with you. Check out the gallery after the jump, and to see more of Carin’s work, visit her blog! (more…)

Despite the fact that Loewe has increased its ready-to-wear and footwear presences over the past few season, the brand still knows very well which side its bread is buttered on: the handbag side. The Spanish leather goods house always makes sure to include lots of lovely, luxurious, totally wearable bags in its fashion shows, which makes us love them even more than we already do. (And believe me, we love them a lot. Loewe bags are gorgeous, particularly in person.)

True to form, Loewe Spring 2013 was filled with lots of lust-worthy handbags, mostly in shades of orange and tan. The collection’s leather goods had a safari feel to it, with saddle bags (some of which bore a resemblance to certain other popular bags that I’m sure you guys will point out in the comments) in mixed leather and suede that look like they’d be perfect for one of those luxury tours of African wildlife that extremely lucky people get to take. It would have to be a luxury tour, of course; you’re not going to want to get anything in this collection dirty. It’s all too pretty. Check out the full gallery after the jump. (more…)

If you’re a Damier fangirl, you’re in luck. Prefer Louis Vuitton‘s monogram canvas or regular leather? It might be a tough six months for you, if you’re a Louis Vuitton customer. Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 was largely a riff on the company’s classic check print, with the square motif repeated over and over again in sequins, fur, piece leather and suede. There were a few solid-colored bags with contrasting trim, but they weren’t the story of the day.

The other important element of this Vuitton collection is color, and specifically how few colors were used. The tone of the yellows, creams, browns, greens and greys in the show reminded me of a 1970s middle-American kitchen, all Harvest Gold appliances and off-white vinyl chair cushions. It’s certainly a palette worth exploring (and one that can be used beautifully in skilled hands), but the finish of the bags leaves something to be desired. The solid options look luxurious, as do some of the Damier Speedy-shaped bags, but many simply look a bit too simple and awkwardly shaped for my personal taste. Check out the gallery after the jump and let us know what you think. (more…)

The fashion industry has been waiting with baited breath for months to see what Raf Simons would do in his historic first collection for Dior. The Belgian wunderkind has a penchant for minimalism and is known for his modern, forward-thinking approach, which many speculated would be difficult to reconcile with Dior’s midcentury heritage and strongly feminine identity. As it turns out, Raf did a pretty bang-up job.

What we care about, of course, are the handbags from Dior Spring 2013. Raf’s team succeeded there as well – the bags were familiar, but not as overly-complicated as they tended to be during John Galliano’s tenure at the storied French house. On the Lady Dior bags, for example, all of the hardware was covered in the same material as the bag, slightly modernizing a brand favorite. A new, sleek north-south satchel featured a tucked-in waist of sorts, reflective of the New Look silhouette that made Dior famous. Check out the full collection after the jump. (more…)

Michael Kors is as traditional and classic a purveyor of American sportswear as you’ll ever find, so when even he is exploring modernism, you know it’s genuinely where the industry is headed. Kors is world-famous for his timeless, wearable separates and sleek evening dresses, and sleek is in fact a perfect word to describe Michael Kors Spring 2013. From striped knits to ensembles covered with digital prints of clouds and pools, the trim shapes in bold, preppy colors were clearly looking forward.

To say that the collection only had the future in mind, though, would be overly simplistic; there was also a heavy dose of 60s graphic idealism in the clothes, particularly in the stark way that colors were juxtaposed against white and black (and sometimes, against each other). In the end, though, it was more modern than mod. One only needs to take a look at Karlie Kloss’s slim black finale dress to know which era won out. (more…)

It was only last season that I attended my first Chadwick Bell show, and I felt like I found a little slice of heaven. While his shows are not absurdly packed – they’re shown in the intimate Studio setting at Lincoln Center – the entire vibe feels like you are going on a journey together. Perhaps coincidentally, Chadwick Bell Spring 2013 was all about a journey, or a “discovery;” for the lady who wears Chadwick Bell was looking to find herself.

It seems the lady that Chadwick had in mind while designing this collection is lonely, but working on a path to find strength, and that could be seen by the increasingly strong style and silhouette of each design. The overall theme focused on minimalism, but with each model that entered the runway a more defined style emerged. I loved the start with boxy tops, simple silhouettes and neutral colors, which transitioned to a more colorful palette with feminine dresses and attention paid to intricate detail. I found myself taking the journey with the Chadwick Bell girl, and my favorite part of the discovery was the end, as she found a sense of style that left her feeling confident and strong. Click to view the gallery

Kate Spade has done such a stellar job branding itself that when you go to one of its presentations, you know approximately what to expect: bright colors, unrelenting girlishness and just a little dash of sass. The brand’s signature style of femininity lends itself well to retro references, especially those from the tailored, full-skirted American midcentury, where life was supposed to be just as idyllic as it is inside a Kate Spade window display. In retrospect, the 60s weren’t quite so pristine, but that doesn’t mean Kate’s clothes can’t be.

Kate Spade Spring 2013 is full of technicolor prints (especially gingham), neon pumps and sweet little suits of boucle and summer tweeds. Some of the models toted actual Kate Spade picnic baskets, but my favorite was the wicker tube bag made especially for holding a full-size glass bottle of your favorite sparkling water. Kate has always had a yin for irreverence, and this season’s super-60s throwback was full of it. Check out our full gallery of the collection after the jump. (more…)

Bottega Veneta isn’t one of the big, splashy, blockbuster spectacles of Milan Fashion Week to which the Italians are so preternaturally inclined, but that’s one of the things that makes me look forward to it every season all the more. During his tenure at Bottega, Tomas Maier has so expertly crafted the Bottega Veneta woman into someone who can’t be easily hemmed in by a few adjectives, as he mentioned in the run of show for Bottega Veneta Spring 2013. If you enjoy looking at top-flight detail work that’s both exquisitely rendered and surprisingly wearable, it’s very much worth your time to explore the full collection of clothes. Maier and his team are uniformly excellent at what they do.

We’re primarily interested in the handbags, of course, and they were as excellent as you’d expect. Lush exotics trimmed in even more tonal exotics, intrecciato options that finish in a fountain of fringe, a very special tote adorned with Bottega Veneta’s brand icon, the butterfly. The tones were mostly muted, but the finished product had plenty of boldness to go around. Check out the full handbag gallery after the jump. (more…)

I’m about to use a word to describe the handbags from Gucci Spring 2013 that I genuinely have never associated with Gucci or its bags in the past: simple. For the candy-colored clutches and petite shoulder bags that Gucci sent down the runway in Milan on Friday, the brand’s iconic horsebit hardware was back and nearly everything else was gone. Shown in two versions, Gucci’s pared-down flap bags were a notable departure for a brand know for its large, sometimes aggressive handbags.

Gucci creative head Frida Giannini has always enjoyed turning our expectations of the brand on their heads, though, and that’s exactly what she did in a runway show full of monochrome and monotexture ensembles. The bags followed the lead of the clothes instead of making their own statement, and it’ll be interesting to see how this newfound restraint reverberates through the rest of Gucci’s accessory line come spring. Check out all the bags after the jump. (more…)

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