During my most recent perusal of Louis Vuitton’s new arrivals on the brand’s website, I came across something that shocked even me: a crocodile version of the beautiful new Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag, retailing for a mind-boggling $55,500.


When I think of trends in fashion or accessories, I always visualize them as a swinging pendulum. As soon as something reaches the nadir of cool, it immediately starts its journey back to the other end of the spectrum; some things take longer than others to complete that swing, but in a market that feeds on aesthetic nostalgia, anything that was very cool at one time will almost certainly regain the title eventually, in some form.


If you’ve been awaiting the arrival of the Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag, which debuted on the brand’s Cruise 2016 runway in Palm Springs, then your Monday just got a whole lot better. The elegant, modern tote has arrived on Vuitton’s website in three sizes and a plethora of colors.


It hardly seems like it should be time to think about Resort 2016 bags, but pre-orders are starting to pop up here and there, as well as the collections’ ads. Over the past couple days, two of the biggest handbag-centric campaigns have debuted: Chanel and Louis Vuitton.


Louis Vuitton is, by necessity, a show full of handbags every season. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere does far more that’s just as worthy of note, of course, but LV is, first and foremost, a brand concerned with its leather goods.

Louis Vuitton Christmas Animation Evasion Collection 2015

Once September hits, brands begin to prep for the holidays, which means the major shopping season is upon us. It also means Louis Vuitton has released its Christmas Animation, and for 2015, the witty and colorful limited edition line is dubbed the Louis Vuitton Evasion Collection.


As I’ve said in this space time and again, I’m usually not one who has trouble being decisive, especially when it comes to whether or not I like a bag. I look at them all day, every day, so the evaluation process happens pretty quickly.


Since arriving at Louis Vuitton for the Fall 2014 collection, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has overseen the creation of a handful of new handbag designs the company hopes will attract luxury shoppers who feel ambivalent about the company’s traditional monogram offerings.


Nicolas Ghesquiere’s bags at Louis Vuitton keep getting better with every collection, and if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on something you saw on the runway for Fall 2015, your time has come.

A number of the brand’s new bags are available for your perusal (and some for your purchase) on the brand’s website, and the highlights include a new embellished leather called Epi Azteque.


Micro bags are one of the most polarizing trends to home along in years, and I’ve got some unfortunate news for those who wish they’d go away (We read the comments! We hear your size frustrations!): Louis Vuitton has stepped into the ring with seven brand new versions of some of its favorite bags, shrink-rayed to tiny proportions.