When the Tom Ford Feather Hobo made its runway debut in London, it was quite the bold statement; the bag looked big enough for the model carrying it to hop inside and hide, and it was entirely covered with black-to-white ombre feathers. Now, as things often do between runway and retail, the bag has taken on a more reasonable, significantly more petite form, and I’m rethinking my position as a whole.

Stella McCartney is a designer who’s beloved by fashion people, but I don’t always quite understand her appeal. Her knits are incredible, but she’s a fan of the sort of boxy, difficult proportions that are all but unwearable unless you’re as leggy as Karlie Kloss. When it comes to her handbags, I’m eternally confused why customers pay premier designer prices for her notoriously faux-leather bags.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Proenza Schouler, but I’ve been waiting for something that stands out a bit more than the usual. Yes, I want to continue adding Proenza bags to my collection, but I haven’t seen one in a while that got my credit card hand twitching. A variety of colors in the classic designs continue to be released, but it wasn’t until I saw the ombre effect on these bags that I started to feel the buying urge.

We know you get a lot of Hermes bags on PurseBlog, but typically we show you the coveted Birkin. Today, I want to show you the just as well-known Hermes Kelly in a version you may have never seen before: with outside zipper pockets. This is the Hermes Kelly Lakis, and it first hit stores in 2006. The Kelly was the ladylike predecessor to the Birkin, with a single top handle that gives this structured purse a very high-end feel.

Back in November, we caught Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti with an Hermes Birkin covered in his own drawings, and it seems as though he didn’t just stop there. Formichetti, who’s perhaps most widely known for being Lady Gaga’s stylist, has also translated his drawings to a limited-edition, doodle-covered handbag line for Mulger, like the Mugler Muglerette M Bag, sold exclusively at ShopBop.

Everyone knows the iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy, and everyone also knows that Louis Vuitton updates this coveted classic with each season. For Louis Vuitton Spring 2013, Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs decided to add a geometric note with lots and lots of squares. Checks make a huge appearance, but my attention went to this updated version of the LV classic, which has been dubbed the Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube.

The designers of today may not have all taken to social media, but most of them are embracing it in their own ways. While Chanel isn’t busy building a major Twitter presence, the brand and its designer, Karl Lagerfeld, are busy thinking of coy ways to get everyone talking about their designs and shows. Runway pieces are not always meant to be wearable; rather, they are sometimes meant to make a statement.

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