Here’s Dorothy Hamill (yes, the 1976 Olympic champ), heading into a Dancing with the Stars after-party in LA with her Prada Saffiano Lux Tote. She withdrew herself from the competition early on in the season because of an injury, but apparently self-elimination doesn’t keep you off the after-party guest list. You can buy the Saffiano in a wide range of colors for $1730 at Neiman Marcus.
Prada Handbags and Purses
My feelings about any Prada collection are complicated. I know that I’ll love what Miuccia Prada sends down the runway, with few exceptions, but I also know that the bags are almost sure to underwhelm me. (Again, with few exceptions.) That was exactly the case with Prada Fall 2013 – both the clothes and the feel of the show were exceptional; a bravura performance from one of the generation’s great masters, doing what she does best.
Here’s How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan headed to a party with her fam in Venice Beach. Alyson’s carrying the Prada Madras Woven Leather Top Handle Satchel, available at Neiman Marcus for $2,895. Even though this particular satchel is from Prada’s Fall 2011 collection, I still find it has a definite resort/beach bag vibe. Is it just me?
Anyone who collects anything knows what it feels like to let a particularly wonderful piece slip through his or her fingers and regret it for years afterward; no matter if the objects of your affection are coins or stamps or handbags, the thoughts of what could have been are, to put it bluntly, a major bummer. Whether you consider yourself a handbag collector or just a handbag lover, you’ve likely experienced similar pangs of regret over losing something you never really had in the first place.
Prada’s new collections are always among the first to arrive at online retailers for pre-order. The schedule has become so consistent that to me, the sight of saffiano leather and lean, structured totes feels similar to seeing that first red-breasted robin of spring, only more expensive. The non-runway bags from Prada Spring 2013 arrived at Neiman Marcus for presale yesterday, and I think the temperature outside automatically ticked up a few degrees.
Amanda Seyfried was in London last week for the world premiere of her upcoming flick, the long-awaited movie adaptation of Les Mis. Here she is dashing out to a waiting car outside the uber-posh Claridge’s Hotel, carrying a Prada Spazzolato Top Handle Bag. Tragically, this exact bag appears to be sold out, but if you’re in love with that diamond pattern, you can pick up this similar Prada Diamond Pattern Turn Lock Tote Bag at Bluefly for $1325.
Prada is one of my absolute favorite labels for a lot of different reasons: Miuccia lets her intellectual side shine through her clothes, the brand always feels ahead of the curve, the shoes are to-die-for good. Mostly, though, I appreciate how well the brand mines both ends of the aesthetic spectrum, from simple to ornate, and still keeps its handbag line looking unmistakably Prada.
There are women that make us feel a tad insecure because they were born prettier than us, work out more than us, dress better than us or make more money than us – and then there’s Miranda Kerr, who does all four simultaneously with utmost finesse! Miranda was once again spotted on the streets of NYC looking ridiculously flawless, this time with the baby blue Prada Spazzolato Frame Bag in hand.
Two weeks ago, we saw the debut of the Prada Spring 2013 handbag collection, where Muiccia Prada put on a handbag showcase with lots of eccentrism. You name it, it was featured on her handbags: studs, fur, and flower prints just to name a few.
So after the Fashion Week hype and with a little time to digest all of the upcoming bold, vibrant and sometimes unconventional designs, sometimes it’s nice to look back at the classics.
The old saying goes that when you’re in Rome, you should do as the Romans. Well, when you’re in Paris going to a Miu Miu show, you should probably do as the Miuccia fangirls do and get decked out in Prada, right? It seems as though that’s the line of thinking that actress and fellow Amanda Amanda Seyfried followed when getting ready to take her front-row seat at the Miu Miu Spring 2013 show (look for our coverage of the collection on Monday!) earlier this week.