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The Opening Ceremony Lele Hand-Bag Satchel, brand new for Fall 2014, isn’t trying to beat around the proverbial bush. Those are hands. On a handbag. A HANDbag. In case you missed that, the brand went ahead and hyphenated “handbag” in the piece’s name for you, to make it extra obvious. Do you get it yet? Are we all up to speed? Opening Ceremony wants to be sure we’re all up to speed. (more…)

We saw the Moschino Jacket Bags coming, and now they’ve arrived, either to delight or torment you, depending on your personal taste. (more…)

If you haven’t caught World Cup fever yet, you’re probably alone, at least based on the daily shouting we hear from around our floor at work every day. I played soccer as a kid and have loved it since I was eight years old, but even you’re a relative novice when it comes to the beautiful game, the excitement and energy of the World Cup can be intoxicating. Based on the MCM München Cute Monsters Soccer Special Edition Backpack, the fashion industry certainly isn’t immune. (more…)

For the highest tier of luxury brands, there’s nowhere to go but up. The world’s super rich just keep getting richer, and because the Internet has opened up access to the world’s finest clothing and accessories to a wider range of consumers, the stakes of one-upmanship among the yacht set are forever rising. That leads to incredible (and incredibly expensive) stunners like the ombre alligator Fendi 2Jours that we discovered recently, and now it’s brought us the Tom Ford Natalia Alligator Doctor Bag, which rings up at a staggering $24,930. (more…)

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.

Feathers, like fur, are difficult to pull off in handbag form. Because of their inherent volume and texture, they tend to suck all the air out of the proverbial room; it’s hard to pay attention to the design of a bag when it’s hidden behind all of that. Ford was wise to choose a relaxed, bohemian shape to feature all these feathers, and at this smaller size it works, even if “relaxed” and “bohemian” aren’t exactly hallmarks of the signature Tom Ford aesthetic. If I were headed to Coachella to spend some quality time in the VIP tent with other rich flower children, this is definitely the bag I’d want to take. That’s never a situation I’d voluntarily put myself in, though. Would you? And would this be the bag on your arm while you did it?

If the answer’s yes, pick up one of these bags on pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $2,950. It should arrive in time for festival season.

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. (I suspect that an enormous number of her casual customers don’t realize their beloved bags are PVC.) Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m also confused about the potential appeal of the Stella McCartney Embellished Falabella Clutch. (more…)

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.

Remember when ombre took over the accessories market? That may have been a few seasons ago, but the boys at Proenza are bringing it back in their cult classic PS11 as well as their Large Bag Clutch. If you don’t like ombre, I apologize, but I must tell you many designers will have it on their upcoming bags and accessories. Some brands do it in an overly forceful way while others have the ability to find a subtle way to implement it that doesn’t push too hard. Proenza Schouler opted for a blue and green ombre on the PS11 and the same on the bag clutch, along with blue silicone studs. I know what I think, but now I turn to you to see what you think: love it or leave it?

Proenza Schouler Large Studded Ombre Lunch Bag Clutch
$1,795 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler Large Studded Ombre Lunch Bag Clutch

Proenza Schouler Ombre PS11 Classic Shoulder Bag
$2,150 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Shoulder Bag Ombre

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. Ladies who lunch love this bag, and the Hermes Kelly also comes in smaller sizes – perfect for a formal occasion where you’d still like to be able to fit things in your bag.

Of course, all Hermes bags come in different sizes and leather options, and if you choose a larger size in a grainy, thick leather (like togo or clemence), the Kelly becomes a little more casual. Adding two zip pockets really transforms the look, and that is precisely what the Kelly Lakis was introduced for. Not everyone who carries the Kelly wants a totally structured, box-shaped bag, and this version provides a sportier feel. It’s hard to track down, but I did see one pop up recently on Rue La La for $13,999.

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. The bags, which were all hand-decorated by Formichetti and are therefore one-of-a-kind, have sold briskly – only one remains. Are you tempted to snap it up, or is it a shame to see a nice bag marred by a pink paint pen?

If you are familiar with Formachetti’s work, this bag probably doesn’t surprise you in the least; the designer and stylist is a big fan of subverting expectations, so naturally an ultra-structured, glossy handbag deserves some craft-store detailing. He was, after all, the brains behind Gaga’s infamous meat dress. The singer’s fans are famously ardent and dedicated, so I’d venture a guess that some of them snapped up many of these bags in order to have a Formichetti piece of their own. Beyond that, perhaps there are a few Mugler obsessives out there who saw the bags as potential collector’s items.

Would you ever consider a bag like this? Perhaps from your all-time favorite designer? If this one tickles your fancy, pick up the last hand-decorated piece for $1,945 via 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.

An updated treatment on the Damier pattern, the Damier Facette is made with brushed shiny calf leather and a structured English frame. There is something fun and different about these bags, a bit more playful. The structured frame helps combat one of the biggest complaints about the LV Speedy, its lack of shape, and gives a specific dimensionality to the bag. Available in both MM and PM in a variety of colors, the price varies from $1,990-$2,280. Our question is, what do you think, love it or leave it?

Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube Cream Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube Yellow

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