When I think of Paco Rabanne, I think of drugstore perfume bottles, but that’s because I’m only 25 years old. Decades ago, Rabanne’s company was revered for its innovative techniques and forward-thinking costume design for movies as famous as Barbarella. After years of drugstore residence, the brand is trying to remake its public image and restore some of its former glory.

The Paco Rabanne Le 69 Icon Bag is part of that attempt, but I doubt it’ll help the cause. Although part of Rabanne’s signature was piecing garments together with rings, this bag looks like it was made from the little bits that fall to the bottom of my recycling bin, including plenty of pop-tops from Diet Coke cans. That’s why it’s the subject of this week’s Fill in the Blank, and you won’t believe the price – $10,400. Yes, you read that correctly.

Buy through Luisa via Roma, or finish the sentence we started in the comments. (more…)

Images via Racked.com

Remember the Thursday Friday Together Totes emblazoned with images of the iconic Hermes Birkin? The bag generated a ton of conversation when we first wrote about it back in January, and although most of you found them distasteful, lots of women didn’t; I think I see at least one a day being schlepped through the streets of New York.

Unfortunately for Thursday Friday, Hermes also found the idea distasteful and decided to sue their pants off. Fresh off a private settlement with the French luxury giant, Racked reports that Thursday Friday is ready to take on another iconic bag with its Together Tote: The Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag. Lawyers, start your engines. (more…)

Photos via Design-Milk.com

If you’re like anything like me, you’re going to spend the next ten minutes of your life staring at the picture of these JumpFromPaper handbags, trying in earnest to make them look three-dimensional. It won’t work, so you can stop now if you’d like. The bags are designed to look like two-dimensional cartoons, and, well, they do.

Yesterday, a friend alerted me to a post about these bags on Design-Milk.com (which is a great blog if you’re into non-handbag visual things), and I must say, they’re…interesting. It’s a very well-executed concept. and the Singaporean team behind the bags has seen the idea through to its logical extreme. I’m just not sure that they’re for grown women. I could see Japanese high schoolers going gaga for this look because it’s very graphic and girlish, but how do you think they’ll play to the rest of the market? Take a look at some more photos after the jump, and let us know whether or not you’d carry one of these designs. (more…)

When I sent a link to the bag pictured above to Amanda, she asked me, “Do rich people come home blitzed on Dom Pérignon from a night out at Le Cirque and impulse-buy ugly, overpriced gold and diamond handbags like the rest of us buy sunglasses on eBay?” I wondered the same thing when I laid eyes on this Roberto Coin Gold and Diamond bag. I’ll get to the design of it in a bit, but for starters, who literally goes online and spends just under $100,000 on one item. Do people do that? I understand it is all relative, but at that rate you could practically start buying houses with a few clicks of a mouse and stroke or two of the keyboard. This clutch strikes me as a strictly in-person splurge. (more…)

Christopher Kane Aqua Gel-Filled Clutches, $720 via Neiman Marcus in green or pink

There are plenty of indications that I’ve fallen a little too far down the fashion rabbit hole. The foot-long neon pink feather earrings that I searched out for a month? A telltale sign. My urge to apologize to both friends and strangers for the sensible shoes I’ve been wearing since I hurt my ankle a few weeks ago? Another one. But perhaps the most obvious sign yet is that upon viewing the Christopher Kane Aqua Gel-Filled PVC Clutches, my first thought was, “Well, I’d totally carry the pink one.” (more…)

Miu Miu Pelouch Faux Fur Shoulder Bag, $1250 via Net-a-Porter.

We all know how I feel about fur bags, but sometimes a fur design is so deranged that it loops back around to awesome, and those bags need to be embraced and celebrated in all of their insane glory. With purple leather trim and fake fur dyed so unevenly that it looks like it was aggressively rubbed against a brand new pair of orange jeans, the Miu Miu Pelouche Faux Fur Shoulder Bag is perhaps the reigning poster child for this phenomenon. (more…)

Hermes gets credit for a lot of things – being expensive, being luxurious, being exclusive – but I don’t think the French brand gets its due for being witty. In fact, that’s always been my favorite thing about Hermes; for all the ways that the company takes itself extremely seriously, every now and then, the designers behind the world’s most coveted luxury goods show their senses of humor. And have you seen anything more sly and clever today than the Hermes Apple Bag? It seems as though this bag dates back a few years, but this is the first time any of us have seen it. (more…)

I’ll be the first to admit that I appreciate a dose of absurdism in my life. I like weird movies and funny hats and people who wear bowties to daytime events without a note of irony. The weirdness that people bring to everyday life almost always makes me think that humanity might be ok after all, which is probably why the Les Petits Joueurs Mondrian Lego Suede Clutch makes me smile. Except for the price, naturally. (more…)

Many bags fall into a typical design scheme: Square or rectangular with straps of various lengths. Obviously there is so much more to handbags and I, of all people, know that. Yet we rarely see something completely outside of the box and when we do, I can’t help but rejoice a bit inside. Sure, not every design is a winner, but novelty bags easily stand apart and I appreciate a different design amid the monotony.

There are some really funky Fall 2011 Jamin Puech bags with a Russian Gypsy traveling in Eastern Europe theme. (more…)

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but as I write this, Atlanta is experiencing its first springlike day since the actual advent of the season, and I couldn’t be happier. (For the record, I also couldn’t be happier that I’m moving to New York right around the time that Atlanta’s beautiful spring weather will to change to sticky, stultifying summer heat.) Weather-wise, spring got off to a belated start this year on much of the East Coast, but I think that this time, the sunshine is here to stay.

Or maybe it’s just the Kate Spade With a Twist Orange Slice Satchel that’s making me so optimistic. After a change in creative staff several seasons ago, Spade has become fashion’s go-to brand for whimsical, witty accessories at a price point that makes its pieces seem like a reasonable splurge from time to time. This bag and its lemon counterpart perfectly demonstrate the band’s cleverness. (more…)

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