If you’re anything like me, coverage of the hippie-dippy nonsense known as the Coachella Music Festival does not interest you in the least. What does interest me (and perhaps some of you), though, is celebrities acting crazy while carrying fabulous handbags, and Coachella had more of that than perhaps you’d expect. Yes, stars carry ridiculously expensive bags to sweat, dance and get all gross and dusty in the stifling hot desert climate at Coachella.
It’s that time of the season again! Although the Celine Fall 2013 lookbook isn’t readily available on the front page of Celine’s website, we did a little digging and found all the press images of the collection, including the wood-grain Phantom Luggage Tote and Classic Box Bag that the press was absolutely giddy over at the collection’s press preview several months ago.
Thank Goodness it’s Friday! This week felt pretty hectic to us. Tax Day for our U.S. PurseForum members is right around the corner, and we know you all have done your taxes or filed your extensions and are ready to see what’s been happening this week, right? Let’s relax, kick back and enjoy some instant reveals, interesting conversations, and so much more!
In summer, a lot of things get smaller. Clothes shrink to help their wearers deal with the rising temperatures, women cut their hair, men shave their beards. The feeling of lightness is paramount mean the weather itself often feels oppressive. We’ve long talked about the functional advantages of paring down your essentials and picking up a smaller bag when spring and summer come along, and it seems as though designers have been listening – an unprecedented number of brands have turned out miniature versions of your favorite bags for Spring 2013.
We reported last week on the second, or maybe even third, wave of flared-gusset bags to hit the market in the wake of industry-wide Celine obsessiveness, and although most of those bags do have their charms, few combine the striking geometry of the originals with the kind of price tag that makes buying something other than Celine so appealing. The MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote is one of those few winners, and so is this similarly proportioned Z Spoke Zac Posen Eartha East-West Tote.
Every couple of seasons, bag shape trends shift. Remember when everyone carried hobo bags? That was a real thing that happened. Over the past couple of years, everything from ladylike top-handles to small crossbody bags have become the must-have look, and we talked earlier this week about the enduring popularity of the Celine-style flared tote. What’s next? The duffel.
The easy functionality of the classic duffel makes a lot of sense with the current trends toward streamlined accessories.
By now, some of you have likely read Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger’s instantly infamous GQ piece on his Gucci leather shopping addiction. (If you haven’t and you’re interested, you should read it, but be warned, the whole thing takes a bit of a strange turn circa page four.) I’ve known a few people with compulsive shopping issues in my time in fashion, but Bissinger’s story caught my attention because, for him, it all started online and eventually mushroomed into a half-million dollar habit.
Khloe Kardashian is acquiring quite an impressive collection of Celine bags – here she is carrying a pale yellow Celine Luggage Tote after leaving a business meeting with sister Kim and momager Kris. Earlier this year we spotted her on the sidelines of a Clippers game with a very enviable python flap Celine trapeze bag. Celine bags are only available from Celine boutiques and high-end department stores – a source of continuous irritation to bag lovers everywhere.
As much fun as It Bags and logos can be from time to time, sometimes you just want to fly under the radar. Maybe it’s a situation in which something conspicuous isn’t appropriate (think a professional event or job interview), or maybe you’re just not feeling particularly flashy. Good taste is, well, always in good taste. Luxury handbags are rarely inconspicuous, though – even tween starlets are carrying Celine these days.
If this post seems like deja vu, you’re not entirely wrong. Over seven months ago, we wrote about how the flared gusset, made popular by Phoebe Philo at Celine and the brand’s now-inescapable Luggage Totes and Trapeze Bags, had turned into a full-fledged trend of its own. As spring bags flooded into stores, I couldn’t help but marvel at how many bags are still embracing the look, particularly now that Luggage Totes themselves are no longer as difficult to get as they once were.