There is only one acceptable way to celebrate an occasion in corporate America: cake in the conference room. Because Yahoo! Style is both fancier and flush with appreciably more dollars than the average American company, not only did employees probably get their requisite celebration, but the new vertical put cake front-and-center on its homepage, in the form of handbags. (more…)

It seems as though, with every passing season, extremely literal accessories become more and more popular among luxury customers. If you’ve got Charlotte Olympia tastes on a contemporary budget (or if you just don’t want to shell out huge bucks for a piece that’s more novelty than wardrobe-staple), you’ll want to check out the Kate Spade Hello Tokyo line, new for Fall 2014, which finds its inspiration exactly where you’d expect. (more…)

In the world of Jeremy Scott’s Moschino, nothing is ever what it actually is. That motorcycle jacket? It’s a handbag, or maybe a backpack. Those red and yellow arches are not actually a McDonald’s advertisement. That bag that looks like a Chanel suit and has the handles of a Chanel handbag? Chanel didn’t produce any part of it. Now, Moschino has taken a handbag and draped it around the neck of a basic black hoodie, because why not. (more…)

“Weird” is having a big month so far. Fall deliveries have given us such a bumper crop of oddball bags that we went ahead and picked our favorite dozen last week, and then Coach put some giant animal heads in its latest in-store campaign. Now, somehow, Alice + Olivia has out-weirded them all. (more…)

When it comes to adding novelty to high-end luxury, shoe designers have found the most recent success; shoes have relatively little surface area and are far away from the natural line of sight, so they seem like less of a risk. They’re also less expensive than bags, on average, which makes the purchase of something that’s both luxurious and highly specific seem a little bit less like an unreasonable splurge. As bold, weird, literal shoes have gained traction, though, novelty handbags have followed right behind. (more…)

Whether or not you dig the brand’s eccentric, literal sense of style, you have to admit that Charlotte Olympia’s dedication to detail is impressive. Until now, that’s largely been seen in designer Charlotte Dellal’s shoes, as well as some very popular clutches and minaudieres. The brand is expanding, though, and its first stop is a day bag: the Charlotte Olympia Bogart Top Handle Satchel, which still shows Dellal’s impressive insistence on embellishment through what you’ll find on the inside.

The road to expansion for a brand like Charlotte Olympia means finding a way to create bags for women who don’t lead a thousand-dollar-clutch lifestyle. Plenty of those women still buy very expensive leather day bags, but in turn, those bags have to be more discreet and pared down. There’s little room for a satchel shaped like a gummi bear in most luxury shoppers’ closets.

That means that Dellal had to turn her flare for the dramatic inward, stocking each Bogart Bag with a matching pair of mid-length leather gloves and a gleaming gold comb, as well as a metallic pouch. It’s a callback to a more studied, effortful mid-century glamour; the Charlotte Olympia look in a more subtle, everyday package.

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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’ve been following along with the World Cup, either ours or the real one, it’s probably been an exciting week for you. If you’d like to show your pride in your country via the acquisition of a very expensive handbag, then it just got a little more exciting: a capsule collection of Charlotte Olympia World Cup Pandora Clutches has just been announced. (more…)

Anya Hindmarch has made a handbag career out of finding non-intuitively luxurious ways to combine fine materials with her signature touch of British humor, and Fall 2014 marks her biggest venture yet into the realm of tongue-in-cheek designer bags. For the runway collection, several of the designer’s most popular shapes were festooned with the retro logos and branding of popular breakfast cereals, consumer goods and British biscuits, and the results are far chicer than you’d expect. (more…)

The fashion industry is as much about promotion as art as it is about clothing and accessories as art. Without a well-honed message, it’s pretty difficult to get anyone to spend thousands of dollars, no matter how pretty the product. During designer transitions, a brand’s ability to self-promote is even more important; it needs both to explain to existing customers why they shouldn’t look elsewhere and attract new customers who had previously ignored the brand. This season, Moschino did that by hiring wild child Jeremy Scott and letting him theme his entire first collection around junk food, spawning, among others, the Moschino Junk Food Capsule Collection Quilted Leather Bag. (more…)

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