If there’s a word in fashion that’s more overused and abused than “couture,” then I don’t know what it is. (Maybe “curate,” but that’s another rant entirely.) Instead of referring to designer clothing in general, which is how so many people use it, “couture” is a subset of luxury goods that are made by hand, on order, and offer the finest materials and craftsmanship available.
Limited Edition Bags
We mentioned last week that the theme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2013 Costume Institute Gala would be Punk: From Chaos to Couture and that we’re pretty excited about it; after all, the leather-clad, hardware-covered look translates particularly well to the bags and accessories that we hold so dear. Much to our delight, gala sponsor Moda Operandi is just as excited as we are, and the site has chosen to express its enthusiasm by putting together an incredible selection of punk-inspired pieces from the world’s best designers, many of which are one-off or limited edition.
The eternal problem of luxury handbags is that the best pieces from the best brands always disappear in a heartbeat. When those pieces are also limited edition, the problem gets even worse. Hesitate for a second, and your perfect bag might be lost forever – but it doesn’t have to be.
That’s where our friends at Portero come in. As we mentioned last week, Portero is an industry-leading source for rare, pre-owned and vintage designer handbags and accessories, and I was blown away at some of the hard-to-find things that they have available on their website, in addition to scads of ultra-covetable regular production bags like Hermes Birkins and Chanel Classic Flaps.
I’ve shared my love for Spanish brand Loewe before, and this love continues to grow. It’s frustrating not to be able to go see these bags in person like I can with many other designers, but in a way, that just helps my love grow – absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all. The Loewe Amazona is the most recognized design from the brand, and this ladylike satchel packs a major style punch.
October isn’t only the first full month of fall and the month of Halloween; in the US, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, were cancer charities and brands team up to celebrate both breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles with the deadly disease. Not only that, but collaborations between charities and designers raise important resources and awareness for our ongoing fight to rid the world of breast cancer once and for all.
For a department store like no other in the world, any ol’ anniversary celebration just doesn’t cut it. Where most companies might be tempted to celebrate 75 or 100 or 120 years in business, Bergdorf Goodman has saved up all its celebratory energy for a singular date befitting a singular store, and this year, its feting its 111th anniversary with a whole host of special goodies, all the way from special shopping bags to custom iPhone cases to limited edition bags, shoes and clothes from some of the world’s most sought-after designers.
In case you hadn’t heard, Grace Coddington, the unsung hero of Vogue herself, is also the world’s most elegant cat lady. Step aside, Choupette Lagerfeld – Pumpkin Coddington is fashion’s new favorite cat, and he’s being feted by a capsule accessories collection from Balenciaga, in collaboration with his fabulous owner. For a pet, it hardly gets more fashionable or luxurious.
The start of the 2012 London Olympic Games is only days away, and for this year’s games, more designer brands than ever are pitching their hats into the ring to wish the athletes well and get a few of those sweet Olympic revenue dollars. While brands like Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Armani have taken an official stake in what the athletes of their respective countries will wear during various parts of the Games, even more designers have come out with unofficial tributes.
For a handbag collector, having a one-of-a-kind bag from your favorite brand is something you always hope to be able to do. Getting the opportunity, though, can be costly. Most major firms will make certain bespoke items for their VIP clients, but attaining that status requires a long history of major purchases before the privilege of buying such a bag is even granted, not to mention that the bags themselves usually cost well above the brand’s other pieces because of the costly process of producing a one-off design.
Well, this is strange. Or at least I think it is; you guys can be the final judge. To celebrate the global Fashion Weeks (which kick off today – everyone say a little prayer for me and my sanity) this season, Miu Miu is launching a grand total of 46 one-of-a-kind bags starting with 16 at the brand’s Prince Street boutique in New York.