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.

Maybe it’s all the black-on-black and Prada bags, but Amanda Seyfried is looking remarkably sophisticated these days, is she not? She seems to have just recently lost all that baby fat in her face that gave her that forever-17, jailbait-y look. Which is fitting, I guess, since her next movie to hit screens after Les Mis will most likely be Lovelace – a film about Linda Lovelace, the star of Deep Throat. They grow up so fast! (I jest of course – Seyfried and I are actually exactly the same age.)

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. Not everyone has the wardrobe (or desire) to carry off one of Miuccia’s crazier handbag creations, but I bet everybody has a spot in her wardrobe for the Prada Saffiano Parabole Tote.

My favorite thing about this bag is that it’s just a degree or two more complicated than the brands much-loved, very minimal Saffiano Lux Totes. I appreciate minimalism, but when I’m looking to buy a bag for myself, I need a couple design details to get me excited enough to get out my credit card. This bag provides those with tonal piping along the opening and a cute little ID tag at the handle attachments. (ID tags are everywhere now, but I’m not sick of them yet.)

Those two things aren’t much, but they’re enough for me – two small, well-executed details that set this design apart from Prada’s other, similar bags. On top of that, the Saffiano leather can take a beating and still look great, and the bright red color can coordinate with more colors than you’d realize. If you’re not into brights, the bag also comes in tan and basic black. Pick one up for $1,890 via Neiman Marcus.

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. (Her designer bag of choice last week was the Givenchy Antigona Satchel.) Her form-fitting frock, in case you were wondering, is Victoria Beckham.

This is usually the point where I would start to poke metaphorical holes in our featured celebrity’s picture-perfect life. “Yeah,” I’d say, in so many words, “She can get her hands on any designer bag she wants with one little phone call, but her (relevant career) choices SUCK.” It’s my way of belittling their sheer, irrefutable celebrity with my stubby little snark stick. This week however, I’m calling “Uncle”. Miranda Kerr’s been in a bazillion different international editions of Vogue, she’s married to Orlando Bloom, she has an adorable one year old, she’s soul-crushingly beautiful, and she has one of the most enviable designer wardrobes/rockin’ bods in the biz. You win Miranda Kerr. You win. I can only pray that you’re insanely boring.

If you want to get a little of the Miranda Kerr Magic for yourself, her handbag can be had for $2950 via Neiman Marcus.

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. A classic is a classic for a reason; it holds a certain charm, charisma and a timeless appeal that will always be striking. For me, nothing beats a Prada classic like the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bag. (more…)

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.

Before evaluating this outfit, including Amanda’s Prada Jacquard Satchel, consider the venue. Seyfried wasn’t attending a splashy premiere or wandering down the street to get coffee; she was attending a fashion event, and I think she very much looks the part of a fashion person. The proportions of the suit are awkward, but they were designed to be awkward and challenging to the eye. If anyone (besides a model) can pull of the look, it’s a young movie star. Check out more pictures of Amanda’s Paris Fashion Week getup (plus shoe and bag close-ups!) after the jump or snap up a similar Prada bag for $1650 via Neiman Marcus. (more…)

Perhaps this is stating the obvious when speaking of anything wrought by Miuccia Prada, but Prada Spring 2013 was pretty weird. The clothes were a late 60s-Japense geisha mashup that often worked quite well, but hardly anyone who watched the livestream even noticed them, distracted instead by what appeared to be (and actually were, it was confirmed later) leather toe socks paired with almost every footwear look. (And truthfully, the shoes would have been controversial even without the weird leather liners.) Surprisingly, the bags were mostly very conventional and quite pretty.

The standouts included a set of small, ladylike evening bags with delicate chains and the same enamel-and-rhinestone embellishments that constitute a great portion of Prada’s recent costume jewelry line. They’re the kind of bags that women in the 60s carried to chic parties, but with that signature irreverent Prada twist – a cartoon fur flower here, an aggressive rhinestone there. The collection also contained a few interesting totes with interior structure that created a hobo strap, but this time, small and sparkly stole the show. Check out the full gallery of runway shots after the jump. (more…)

As we often note, men’s bags tend to be more subdued, more neutral and more cleanly designed than women’s bags; the men’s market just isn’t into as much look as female luxury consumers are. That’s the traditional view, anyway. The menswear industry is in a period of rapid modernization at the moment, and suddenly a much wider variety of aesthetics and ideas are considered within the mainstream. What better major designer to lead the way forward than Prada?

We’ve noted in the past that men’s bags are often adapted from successful women’s designs, but usually that happens with bags that are already well on their way toward unisex appeal. Taking the intricate motifs of the Prada Fall 2012 runway bags and streamlining them into the Prada Spazzolato Briefcase is a bold move, and in my mind, one that pays dividends. Thus, it’s the subject of this week’s Man Bag Monday. (more…)

Ladies and gents, I’ve got a major crush on a Prada bag that seems like it makes little sense to add to my collection but I feel like I may dream about it… often. Over the weekend, the annual Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party took place in NYC, and while I missed out on stopping by, I closely followed images of friends that partook in this 1920s-themed weekend. If I were there, this Prada Madras Evening Bag is precisely what I would so desperately want to carry along with me.

And as much as I love this bag, I really want to hear what you all think. Before you click after the jump to hear more of what I think, make sure you share your thoughts.

Fill in the Blank: The Prada Madras Evening Bag is ________________. (more…)

We all knew these bags were coming, and now they’re here in all their crazypants glory. Prada Fall 2012‘s handbags are just as embellished and detailed as they were on the brand’s Milan runway, as if there were every any alternative. It’s Miuccia’s world, we’re all just living in it. This season, her world is dotted with 70s flower appliques and oversized crystal embellishments.

The bags have finally landed at Neiman Marcus, and with every look in Prada’s show sporting its own handbag, there’s predictably plenty to choose from. Even if you don’t like embellishments, there’s something for you in the collection, but you know how we feel about a weird bag. (Hint: We love weird bags.) Check out our favorites from the collections more daring options after the jump or shop the full array via Neiman Marcus. (more…)

Looks like our friends at Rue La La are listening to our every want and need: they are filling their boutiques with designer handbags. Almost hidden within the other offerings, the European Luxury Renaissance boutique from Rue added both Fendi and Prada bags. I am more of a Prada girl than Fendi, and these cool Prada Python Bowler Bags caught my eye.

The prices are marked down nearly $1,000 on each bag, which is quite nice considering all of these bags are easy to consider classics. Each Prada bag features exotic python skin in a variety of different colors, my vote personally goes to purple. (more…)

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