There’s nothing new about luxury designers cranking out, uh, interesting designs, especially on the runway. While we can rattle off lists of classic shoes, designs that are downright eccentric are always worth a look, and there’s an abundance of them this season.
Lupita Nyong’o’s rise to fame is one of the best things that’s happened to celebrity fashion-watchers in years. When she first caught the public’s attention during her Oscar run for 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, she established herself as someone who has a keen sense for color, supports designers both big and small and takes fashion risks that almost always pay off.
At its best, fashion isn’t about fitting in–it’s about standing out. Right now, Coach is offering complimentary monogramming on a wide selection of both men’s and women’s leather goods, either via a removable hangtag on most pieces or, on select bags, directly on the design itself. You choose your color and font size and Coach does all the work; check out both the Coach women’s monogram shop and its men’s counterpart now.
During his 16-year tenure at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs tended to experiment with prints in a few specific ways; either he went for straightforward takes on the brand’s iconic monogram and Damier patterns, or he brought in an art world titan to shake up the monogram for a limited edition capsule collection.
We hear the same complaint from you guys a lot: “Ugh, this bag is just trying to be a Birkin.” Sometimes it feels like a fair assessment and other times it feels like the evidence is a little thin, but either way, you guys have picked up on something important–brands really are turning out a lot of (at least vaguely) Birkinesque bags lately.
Here’s something I don’t get to wax on about nearly enough for my liking: Netflix celebrities. If you’re a fellow cord-cutter, you’re probably aware that a well-received Netflix series can quietly boost the celebrity profile of actors and actresses that have had a harder time finding success on network television, who haven’t worked in a while (by choice or not) or who are way more popular across the pond.
It may not look or feel like spring outside, but the calendar says it is, so it’d be great if winter could collect its things and leave. It’s about time we parted ways, and as we look ahead to this season, spring’s leading accessories go beyond your ubiquitous florals and sugary pastels and, in many ways, enter unchartered territory.
The handbag market popularity hierarchy is more complex than average fashion fans might assume. At the top, you have the It Bags, which usually reign for several years and attract the most attention. Right below them, there’s another tier of bags that are intensely coveted and wildly successful but not quite “it.” Often, this is the tier It Bags retire to when the waitlists wane, but it’s also where you’ll find many bags that have made it their home–the Saint Laurent Sac de Jours and Givenchy Nightingales of the world.