Jessica Alba has been in NYC for a full week for New York Fashion Week events – we saw her at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party last week, and she was spotted at the Ralph Lauren runway show yesterday morning. Here she is winding down with an iced coffee and a flashy Jimmy Choo Rebel Mini Studded Shoulder Bag. You can get this petite bag for the not-exactly-miniature price of $1,450 at Saks. This isn’t Jessica’s first flirtation with mini designer bags – we caught her with a Ralph Lauren Ricky Mini Crossbody Bag back in July.

I usually avoid snarking on people’s outfits, but let’s break this look down, shall we? Personally, I’m not a fan of the exposed black bralet and funky wide brim hat. I don’t think either are doing her any favors. In fact, while either trend would be quasi excusable on the Mileys and Selenas of the world, here I think they age Jessica just a little. The rest of the look I like – the leggings, the sandals, the bag, the shirt – though I’m confused as to why the top is cut like a 3XL men’s undershirt.

Anyone who’s gone looking to buy a handbag recently (or anyone who stops by the blog-place we’ve got going here on a regular basis) knows that the influence of Celine cannot be contained: flared-gusset bags have been a thing, and they will continue to be a thing until Phoebe Philo deigns to give the rest of fashion something else to play with. With an element that ubiquitous, it was only a matter of time before a bag took it to its logical extreme, and that bag is the Jimmy Choo Blare Tote. (more…)

Are you in the market for a handmade, highly expensive piece of art that doubles as a clutch and allows onlookers a small peek into the condition of your psyche, or at the very least, into your opinion of yourself? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve mentioned Jimmy Choo’s recent collaboration with pop artist Rob Pruitt before, but somehow, we neglected to highlight the Jimmy Choo x Robb Pruitt Limited Edition Angel and Devil Crystal Minaudieres, which cost $15,000 apiece, until now. Our deepest apologies for the oversight.

At this point, you might be asking how one arrives at a $15,000 price tag for a cute cartoon clutch. That’s a valid question, and here’s the reasoning that Choo provides: The angel and devil are hand-covered in crystals, signed by the artist (whose famous work generally sells for quite a pretty penny), and are individually numbered. Only 14 pieces of each version were made, so for a collector of Pruitt’s work, the cash investment perhaps makes sense. And even at 15 grand, these bags are a lot less expensive than the $55k pill-bedazzled bags that Damien Hirst decorated for The Row.

If you’re so inclined, both versions can be pre-ordered via Jimmy Choo’s website. (Angel version here, devil here.) So which are you – angel or devil?

This weekend, NYC is supposed to have temperatures into the mid-50s. That’s not winter weather; that’s spring weather, and for that I thank you Mother Nature. I am sure a nice, warm weekend only means far colder weeks to follow, but for now I will take what I can get. There is no pattern that channels spring more than floral, and Jimmy Choo added it to their candy clutch.

I love this bag. I’ve always been partial to this clutch and its many renditions, but I find myself wanting this one the most. The Jimmy Choo Candy Floral Clutch shows bright, painterly blooms in hues of red, pink, and purple that gives a modern look. There is an optional chain strap, but I would carry this bag by hand, it is that lovely. The other neat element is the mirrored background of the bag – it’s a real statement maker. Spring into spring with this bag via Nordstrom for $1,250.

Earlier this week, Vlad and I popped down to the West Village to preview the much-hyped Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt launch at the brand’s boutique. I knew of Rob Pruitt’s work, but seeing how it would translate onto bags and shoes had me wondering. Everything about the line is younger and fresh, with multitudes of colors and prints and patterns. The name Jimmy Choo holds high regard, but the brand wants to expand its reach and this will happen with collaborations like these. Rainbow colored accessories dotted the room along with animal prints with the overall resounding theme being Pandas. It sounds crazy, and it is, but many of the items pulled it off.

I adore the shoes and clutches; they have the right amount of playfulness with a Jimmy Choo touch. From ombre transitioning lace to a sprinkles clutch (that looks delicious in more ways than one), this collection is about having fun. The ultimate items from the collab focus on the panda theme, with an angel and devil crystal embellished panda clutch retailing for $15,000 each. From the insanely funky to the more demure exotic prints, this collection adds spice to the Jimmy Choo brand, and I like it. Shop exclusively via Net-A-Porter and Jimmy Choo online.

Oh, Jimmy Choo.

On a certain level, you have to respect the brand for doggedly pursuing its over-the-top aesthetic in spite of the fact that fur, fringe, embroidery and purple suede, when all grouped together on the same handbag, are objectively a bad idea. I’m not sure if tireless commitment to bad ideas is a laudable thing or not, but at the very least, consistency is appreciated. Whether or not I appreciate the Jimmy Choo Biker Fox and Floral Shoulder Bag is a different issue. (more…)

If you’ve been a longtime PurseBlog reader, you might recall my obsession with clutches. I mean, I am certifiably obsessed with clutches. Everyone gravitates towards a certain style of handbags, even if it’s just slightly, over other styles. When Jimmy Choo pumps out a clutch like this one, I am reminded why I sway the clutch way.

The Jimmy Choo Sweetie Acrylic Clutch reminds us all that it’s ok not to take handbags too seriously. Like most things, there is a time and a place for this clutch. So, if you are on the hunt for the perfect evening bag to pair with that gown in your closet, this one isn’t for that occasion. However, if you are looking for something to add a hint of edge to your outfit, this clutch might quickly make your list. (more…)

Growing up in South Florida, my friends and I were beach babies. We went from swimming pools to oceans and spent our weekends trying to surf. I say “trying” to surf because there was a long amount of time that I mostly just paddled around on my surf board before I ever even attempted to stand up. After a while, we all got better at surfing and at school we were part of the surfer crowd.

When I saw these two Jimmy Choo clutches pop up on Net-A-Porter this morning, I was immediately taken back to my high school surfer days. The Jimmy Choo Candy printed Acrylic Clutches may be super novelty items, but I HAVE TO have one of them. (more…)

Jimmy Choo Solar Studded Hobo, $1795 via Neiman Marcus

I warned y’all this was going to happen, so don’t say that I didn’t.

In fact, I warned you back in May that Jimmy Choo seemed intent on foisting the Jimmy Choo Solar Studded Hobo on the fashion world, and it took a little longer than we (or the company, probably) anticipated to get here, but did you use that time to prepare yourself? To prepare your eyes to view…this? I bet you didn’t. (more…)

Jimmy Choo Whipstitched Fur Crossbody, $1336 via Neiman Marcus

When I discovered the Jimmy Choo Whipstitched Fur Crossbody on Neiman Marcus’s sale page (naturally) last night, my brain flooded with innumerable questions. Why had I never seen this bag before? Surely it had been around for a while if it’s now on the sale page? I trawl Neiman Marcus for things to write about nearly every day, how did I miss it? Did it go directly to the sale page, do not pass go, do not collect $200? Might this be the most heinously awful crime against humanity that I’ve ever seen from a major handbag brand, or is it too hilarious to really be bad? (more…)

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