Last week, while we were discussing celebrity handbag placements, one of our comments mentioned the Michael Kors Vivian Bag and her budding interest in it. Her timing couldn’t have been better; I’ve been looking at the brand new Vivian line for a couple of weeks now, and the more I do, the more I like it.

Perhaps because of its ubiquity (and also perhaps because of some of the customers stereotypically associated with the brand’s logo-bedecked diffusion line), Michael Kors tends to inspire opinions on either extreme of the Handbag Feelings Continuum: people love Kors and everything his sporty version of luxury stands for, or they loathe his brand with a tenacity that would frighten most pit bulls. In many ways, either reaction is a win on Kors’ part; it means that he has created a vision that is both specific enough and popular enough to bother people.

Kors has a unique challenge in selling bags that cost more than a thousand dollars, though. The lower-priced MICHAEL Michael Kors brand is so well-known for its bags and so aesthetically similar to Michael Kors Collection that it tends to make upper-tier consumers a little wary. After all, anyone paying that much for a bag wants to make sure that the brand itself can provide value.

The Vivian, along with the Miranda tote before it, can potentially do some important work to differentiate the lines and create accessories value. Kors is particularly adept at getting his bags onto celebrity arms, so that is surely ahead for the Vivian, but it’d be hard to effectively argue that this isn’t a pretty nice-looking handbag without any hype at all.

It owes a debt to a few other nice-looking handbags, to be sure. The overall look feels Prada-inspired, and the unique hardware reminds me of that of the Proenza Schouler PS11. It’s hard to find any new bag that doesn’t feel at least a little like some other, not-so-new bag, though, and the relatively sane price tag on this bag will make it a more likely wear-to-work option for a lot of women.

Are you into this bag? Let us know in the comments. If the answer is “yes,” pick one up for $1,295 via Neiman Marcus.

In case you thought that perhaps the MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote juggernaut could be stopped, we are here this morning to prove you wrong. The bag, which continues to fly off the shelf in its most sought-after colors, is making a reappearance for the impending warm weather in a host of half-canvas, half-leather iterations that lighten up the bag’s weight as well as its already reasonable price tag. If you’re preppy, on a budget and looking for a new spring bag, you’re going to want to check this out.

The bag, trimmed in white leather, will come in the medium, large and crossbody sizes that Selma lovers are already familiar with. Inset within the leather trim is contrasting canvas, which is currently available in black, turquoise or bright pink. The canvas puts all these bags in the sub-$300 price range, but the bag retains its fresh feel, even if it sacrifices a bit of the original’s minimalism.


MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote
$298 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Tote

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag
$198 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Crossbody Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Tote
$258 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Selma Tote

Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve hubbub has died down, what’s a jet-setter to do? Fly off to the Sundance Film Festival in picture-perfect Park City, Utah, of course. Not only is Sundance an international showcase for the best in independent filmmaking, but it’s an opportunity that stars take every January to get in a little time on the slopes. (And spas. We’re not all ski bunnies.) This year, it’s also the next destination of our Michael Kors #WhatsInYourKors bag.

Below, we’ve got everything you should pack for a particularly glam ski trip, from a roomy carry-on tote to the perfect lipstick to protect your lips from the wind and cold. Oh, and don’t forget the perfect pair of aviators; not only will the sun be out, but the reflection off of Park City’s perfect snow will leave you reaching for your aviators. When you’re not watching next year’s Oscar contenders before the rest of the world, that is.

Show us what you’d put in your Michael Kors bag by hashtagging your Twitter or Instagram posts with #WhatsInYourKors! To shop the full range of Sundance essentials, check out MichaelKors.com.


MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Studded Tote
$598 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Studded Travel Tote

Michael Kors Mid-Size Two-Tone Stainless Steel Everest Chronograph Glitz Watch
$325 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Mid-Size Two-Tone Stainless Steel Everest Chronograph Glitz Watch

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Continental Wallet
$138 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Continential Wallet

Michael Kors Nikko High Top Sneakers
$175 – $195 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Nikko High Top Sneakers

Michael Kors Dylan Aviator Sunglasses
$126 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Dylan Aviator Sunglasses

Michael Kors Logo Plaque Hinge Bangle
$115 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Logo Plaque Hinge Bangle

Michael Kors SPORTY Lip Lacquer in Diva
$24 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors SPORTY Lip Lacquer in Diva

Michael Kors SPORTY Nail Lacquer in Gossip
$18 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors SPORTY Nail Lacquer in Gossip

There’s only one way to kick off a new year, and that’s with an awesome party. Year after year, a New Year’s Eve bash both ends and begins our calendar on a positive note, and one such NYE bash is the next stop on our #WhatsInYourKors journey. We’re popping bottles, waiting for the ball to drop, celebrating with your friends and carrying the MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Specchio Shoulder Flap Bag to start 2014 on just the right note.

On New Year’s Eve, it’s all about the bling, of course, so we’re going to pile on the rose golden jewelry to make sure that we shine even brighter than those who opt for traditional gold- or silver-tone baubles. After all, in a situation where everyone’s going to sparkle, it’s important to find a way to stand out in the crowd. And of course, we can’t forget a case to keep our phone safe from champagne splashes; we want it to be dry and ready when it comes time to document the whole bash on Instagram.

Speaking of Instagram, we want to see what you’d pack inside your Michael Kors bags for a New Year’s Eve on the town. Show us on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WhatsInYourKors!


MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Specchio Flap Shoulder Bag
Shop via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Specchio Flap Shoulder Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Specchio Large Multifunction Phone Case
$128 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Specchio Large Multifunction Phone Case

Michael Kors Skylar Two Hand Glitz Watch
$350 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Skylar Two Hand Glitz Watch

Michael Kors Pave Baguette Eternity Ring
$115 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Pave Baguette Eternity Ring

Michael Kors Pave Stud Earrings
$85 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Pave Stud Earrings

Michael Kors Pave Insert Ring
$115 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Pave Insert Ring

Michael Kors Pyramid Bangle
$125 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Pyramid Bangle

Michael Kors Pave Plaque Bangle
$175 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Pave Plaque Bangle

Given an opportunity to get cultured while we get a tan, we’ll always take it. Art Basel Miami is the perfect next stop on our #WhatsInYourKors world tour: not only is the festival full of some of the world’s rarest and most notable art, but the setting of Miami makes for warm nights and fashionable pool parties galore. It’s the art scene to end all art scenes, and for a trip to Basel, you better pack light and sun-ready, but still sleek enough for the art world. Michael Kors, as always, has you covered. (more…)

Sarah Jessica Parker was recently spotted walking in the West Village in NYC (where she lives and is constantly haunted by paps) carrying a lovely tan and white colorblock Michael Kors Large Miranda Tote. At first I thought this bag might be some new, oversized version of the Miranda, but then I remembered how petite SJP is – she’s not just slender, she’s tiny in a general way. While this bag isn’t actually any bigger than most Mirandas, however, it is brand new, and you can pre-order it for $1,195 at Michael Kors.

SJP frequently makes appearances here on PB (in part, due to her very frequent availability to NYC paparazzi), and a lot of her handbag choices have been a tad more economical recently. Case in point: we most recently spotted her with the new Coach Borough Bag. While Michael Kors isn’t exactly inexpensive, the brand’s bags are only a fraction of the price of Sarah’s preferred Chanel picks. You can comb through the majority of SJP’s highly impressive bag stash in “The Many Bags of Sarah Jessica Parker”.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that my iPhone has seen much, much better days because I don’t have a bag like the MICHAEL Michael Kors Phone Compartment Crossbody. Not only do I have a year-and-a-half old 4S (not even a 5!), but its screen is significantly cracked in one corner because of a post-brunch texting incident a couple of months ago in which it met an untimely end against a Third Avenue sidewalk. If those two things weren’t enough, I’ve noticed recently that my screen protector (which I’ve kept in place to keep the glass shards away from my delicate finger meat) has several gouges in it. After some thoughtful deduction, I’ve realized that those gouges are probably because the bag I’m carrying right now doesn’t have any interior pockets and my keys are attacking my phone willy-nilly.

As much as I love bag trends heading toward minimalism, it does present a few problems. My bag came with a separate pouch for all the things you don’t want crashing around in your purse, but I use my phone too much to zip it away completely in a pouch that I would need to fish in and out all the time. Even if a bag has a compartment that’s nominally intended to house a phone, it’s usually tucked away in the unreachable depths of the interior, which is also a dealbreaker for me.

This little MICHAEL Michael Kors bag gets it exactly right – your phone is easily reachable, but it’s also completely protected from everything going on around it. With out-of-pocket iPhones costing in the vicinity of $700, they’re often the most costly thing we carry on a daily basis, other than our bags themselves. It’s always nice when the bag pitches in to keep them safe, especially when the bag is as cute and well-priced as this little leopard number. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $148.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Phone Compartment Crossbody Exterior

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was recently spotted leaving lunch at Joan’s on 3rd in West Hollywood carrying a Michael Kors Miranda Tote. (She’s dressed quite appropriately for autumn in L.A., don’t you think?) This Miranda features leather side panels and tonal, dip-dyed calf hair on the front. I think the calf hair, combined with its vague resemblance to a Celine Phantom Luggage Tote, make this bag look about twice as expensive as it actually is. You can pick up Alessandra’s exact tote for $1,595 at Neiman Marcus.

The Miranda Tote in all its many different iterations has been a particular favorite amongst celebs this year – Megs decreed as much way back in March. Alessandra is quite partial to the MK brand (or vice versa), we saw her carrying a lovely, bright yellow MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Messenger this summer.

The last time we saw Elizabeth Hurley leaving her London home, she was carrying one of the rarest Birkins in the world. Now here she is hitting the town with a much more budget friendly, bright peacock blue MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote, which retails for a (comparatively) paltry $278. You can currently get this medium-sized tote in black saffiano leather at Nordstrom. (It’s also available in a smaller size for $228.)

Now, I’d like to take a moment to discuss Liz Hurley’s thoroughly ridiculous hidden wedge designer UGG boot…reinterpretations. They are excessively foul, and I feel that they should be ripped off her feet and tossed on a flaming trash heap by a mob of angry London fashionistas – but I must know who makes them. I MUST. I know I can depend on one (or several) of our loyal readers to know who makes these fur-lined monstrosities.

I remember watching Austin City Limits on PBS with my dad (a huge country fan) when I was a kid, so it’s kind of amazing to look at how rapidly both the city and Austin City Limits itself have changed in those intervening years. Austin has transformed itself from state-capital-cum-weird-college-town to a national hub of music, tech and pop culture. Now ACL has spawned the super-popular Austin City Limits Music Festival, which kicks off in just a few days and is the next destination in our #WhatsInYourKors party, following in the footsteps of places like Ibiza and Milan. (more…)

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