I once heard on some HGTV design show that in order to successfully incorporate an accent color into a room, the color should appear in three places. I’ve never personally tested that theory, but it seems true. When working with the decreased surface area of an outfit, on the other hand, that number can be decreased to two; a single note of color can feel random or ill-conceived, but if you can pick up that color in a second, more subtle place in your ensemble, you’re on the way to success.
Miu Miu Handbags and Purses
If you’re a longtime PurseBlog reader, you may have already put this together yourself, but my sense of style is not particularly girly. I was in to punk music in my teenage years and never totally outgrew my love for black, studs, clunky boots and eyeliner. Those things still inform my everyday style choices, and they probably will for the rest of my life because I’m lucky enough to be part of an industry that embraces that sort of thing.
So this marks the second appearance of a Miu Miu-carrying celeb on the blog this week, AND also the second mention of Aspen, CO – which is the ultimate trendy, cozy haven for wintering celebs. (Christina Aguilera also spent the holidays there with her man.) This time, it’s Melanie Griffith making her way over an icy Aspen sidewalk while carrying a ruched leather Miu Miu Chain Handle Bowler Bag.
Here’s the infallibly fashionable Miranda Kerr bopping around in Los Feliz, CA, carrying a Miu Miu Madras Crossbody Bag. She’s had this bag in rotation for a while, as you can see in our “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr”. She’s owned it for so long, in fact, that you can’t find it in stores – but here’s a smaller version at Bergdorf Goodman for $1295.
Earlier this year, we posited that something was amiss in the Miu Miu handbag design department, and in fact, someone I spoke to at the brand intimated that the bags weren’t selling as well as they used to. It wasn’t hard to imagine why that was – unlike the brand’s highly covetable and widely lusted-after shoes, the bags were just…ok. They were passable, with some solid basics to temper the sometimes odd, occasionally off-putting seasonal collection bags.
Katy Perry tried to keep it low key at the airport this weekend whilst channeling Diane Keaton, just a little bit. That delicious two-toned bag on her arm is the Miu Miu Patent and Leather Satchel. I have so many questions surrounding Katy’s color-matching get-up, like why is Katy accenting her Miu Miu with a red rose? Does a body-con spandex cotton dress + long patterned cardi + floppy hat + platform hiking boots = Katy Perry casual?
I find it a little bit tough to write about Miu Miu‘s handbags. I love the brand as a whole so much and have such a huge respect for Miuccia Prada, both as a woman and as a designer, that the state of Miu Miu’s handbag business pains me a bit. Particularly for a brand that hits it out of the park so consistently with its shoes, it’s been a truly unacceptable amount of time since Miu Miu made a handbag that made my heart skip a beat.
On Friday, I navigated the streets of NYC with way more in tow than a typical day. I had a flight to catch after work and was going directly to the airport. So, in typical New York fashion, when you most need a cab, not a single cab is available. After waiting far too long in the morning heat, I decided to make my way to work with my suitcase, carry on and purse in tow.
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.
It’s been a long work week, but somehow (perhaps magically), it’s Thursday afternoon and the weekend is almost here. I must say I am super thrilled about that and so excited for the shortened holiday week to come. I’m a big fan of adding bling to my summer wardrobe, but typically I stick to my jewelry and shoes for the added pizazz.