Even after a few years working in the almost-anything-goes fashion industry, there are a couple of old-fashioned color and texture rules that are so ingrained in my consciousness that I have a genuinely difficult time breaking them, even though I know they’re silly. I never wear white when it’s cold out, I can’t understand why anyone would buy a pair of suede shoes for spring and I cannot, cannot fathom carrying a satin bag before evening. (Or a satin bag that’s not a clutch, for that matter.) The Burberry Prorsum Silk-Sateen and Leather Tote is in clear conflict with that last rule, which is what prompts me to turn the question to you guys: Could you conceive of a good day bag in this kind of textile? (more…)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a major sweet tooth, and, ok, and a major carb tooth. Give me a carb filled with sweetness, and I’m sold. One of my favorite pastries that I could easily have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a croissant, and it seems the quirky Charlotte Olympia loves this flaky baked good as well.

Charlotte Olympia has been infusing her artistic take on fashion into shoes and handbags for a while now, and this food-lovers clutch caught my attention right away. The price is high, but that’s because this croissant is gold-plated brass with an optional gold-plated chain shoulder strap. The combination is whimsy meets luxury; the design could appear like a geometrical clutch rather than a breakfast pastry. As more designers try to grab our attention with their products, we wonder what you think. Would you carry the Charlotte Olympia Croissant Gold-Plated Clutch? Buy via Net-A-Porter for $1,695.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Clearly Crossbody has had me intrigued ever since it appeared on the MbMJ Spring 2013 runway. This is far from the first high-end clear bag to hit stores, but many of the others were novelty items meant for a relatively small number of consumers. On the other hand, Nordstrom is carrying this bag in two colors, both online and in stores, and it’s at a price point that lends itself to a far larger consumer base than, say, a clear Chanel Classic Flap. (It’s less than $250, folks.)

The bag looked adorable on the runway, of course, because it was filled with coordinating MbMJ wallets, keychains and other small accessories, all of which were unmarred by use. I’m looking at my own keychain right now, and although my Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Coach keychains were all once pretty nice looking, they’re all a tad worse for wear at this point. I’m also not sure I necessarily want people to see my coming-apart-at-the-seams sunglasses case or my wallet, which is covered with color-transfer from bags with dark linings. (Buying a light wallet was probably a functional miscalculation on my part, admittedly.) A bag like this one would be a pretty good reason to pick up some new small accessories to go in it, though. (For the brand, that might be part of the point.)

So what say you, PurseBlog readers? Do you want a window on your handbag world? You can pick up this bag in red or black for $228 via Nordstrom.

I’ve been thinking about the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Escape Tote and Clutch Set for a few days, and I’m still not sure what to make of both the PVC tote-canvas clutch duo and its attendant price tag. $1,895 for either of these pieces on their own would be highway robbery, but together? If you love both of them, maybe I can see it. Maybe. If that amount of money is pocket change for you.

By my estimation, the printed clutch inside the tote is the real draw, and by itself, Dolce & Gabbana would likely charge north of a grand, based on the brand’s pricing for similarly sized pieces in similar materials. That means the PVC tote comes out to around $600-$800, which is ridiculous, objectively, but not really within the context of fashion and how non-leather totes of this size are commonly priced. I could see a Dolce addict picking this duo up and feeling like she made a good buy, but relative to what else can be had for the same amount, I’d tell you to look elsewhere for your next bag(s). What do you think – is there a deal to be had here? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,895.

If you’re a longtime PurseBlog reader, you may have already put this together yourself, but my sense of style is not particularly girly. I was in to punk music in my teenage years and never totally outgrew my love for black, studs, clunky boots and eyeliner. Those things still inform my everyday style choices, and they probably will for the rest of my life because I’m lucky enough to be part of an industry that embraces that sort of thing. For certain occasions, though, I like to try attempt sartorial feats a little bit outside of my comfort zone, and for something like Valentine’s Day, that means considering pastel pink in the form of the Miu Miu Leather Tote.

Valentine’s Day gets swallowed by New York Fashion Week every year, so I’m not doing anything to celebrate/mourn except working and maybe taking myself to the Barney’s Warehouse Sale, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t given the day any thought. It’s a nice opportunity to go straight for the most feminine pieces in your closet, and for me, there’s not much available. I have a lot of dresses, but they’re almost all black or leopard. My handbags aren’t much better, in that regard – lots of colors and prints, but not much in the way of traditional femininity. Sometimes I get a jones for a particularly girly bag, but I never go through with the purchase because I know I would have little to pair it with and would likely never use it, but something about this baby pink Miu Miu bag makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I could make it work.

If nothing else, it could be the bag that I carry every year on Valentine’s Day, and maybe to spring weddings. I’m 27, so I’m guessing that there are likely a few of those in my future. That’s enough reasons to buy a new bag, right? (Who am I kidding, I don’t actually need reasons. Reasons went out the door long ago.) Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,695.

So what about you – which bag is your perfect pick for what’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year?

While at dinner with a few friends the other night, the subject of buying a new bag came up. My friend Jessica is in the market for something shiny and new, and her budget is $2,000. Naturally, I volunteered my recommendations…until I realized I didn’t have any. I can easily tell you which bag you should spend $3,000 on, or which bag you should impulse-buy for $500, but between those two extremes, things get a little murky. You can get the fanciest bag from a designer like Alexander Wang or 3.1 Phillip Lim, or you can get a basic or small piece from a brand like Givenchy or Valentino. Deciding which you’d rather do can be a little tricky.

I know what I’d do with $2,000, and that is buy a holographic Proenza Schouler PS11, but I have very specific personal taste when it comes to bags. (Read: I only like spending money on weird stuff.) I’d also consider the Prada, Reed Krakoff and Valentino options below, with varying levels of enthusiasm. With that in mind, I’d like to know – if you had $2,000 that could only be spent on a handbag, and not a dollar more, which handbag would you buy?

Proenza Schouler Holographic Mini PS11
$1,875 via Net-a-Porter

Reed Krakoff Gym Tote
$990 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Parabole Saffiano Tote
$1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Valentino Small Glam Lock Shoulder Bag
$1,895 via Neiman Marcus

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. Friends, I know your pain.

I have plenty of bags on my list of ones that got away, and almost all of them are seasonal printed pieces that won’t ever be made again. There’s Marc Jacobs from 2008, Givenchy from last year and a Fendi bag that has yet to arrive in stores that I already know I won’t buy and will likely search for on eBay for years to come, but above them all, there’s the Prada Printed Saffiano Tote, which hit stores in Spring 2010.

Three years later, I’m still not sure why I adore this bag so much. The pattern is beautiful, yes, but it’s also not at all something I would normally consider wearing. I’m not a girly dresser, and my favorite prints tend to be of the digital, moody or industrial varieties. Prada produced this line of bags from feminine archival scarf prints, and somehow, my favorite of them all has baby blue and dove grey flowers on it. The design is certainly lighting up some sort of pleasure center in my brain, though, because I’m still thinking of and searching for the bag three years and a zillion designs later. I even remember the first time I saw it in person – at Saks in Atlanta – and I was hooked. I still am.

The most recent appearance this bag’s made on the Internet was on BlueFly, quite a while ago, and it’s long since sold out. eBay returns no results, and neither do online designer discounters. I’ll keep my eBay alert going, though, because you never know when someone’s going to clean out her closet and put my own personal white whale up for auction.

What’s your all-time One That Got Away? If you could go back in time and snatch up one piece, what would it be?

I was prepared to write about the Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch all by itself – the design is a continuation of designer Charlotte Dellal’s strong history of whimsy and irreverence – but then I got to thinking that the concept sounded familiar. Not in a ripoff way, but in a way that made me feel like another designer had also thought of the idea this season. Sure enough, after a little bit of research, I found the first retail arrival of the Lanvin Runway Perfume Clutch.

Anyone who’s familiar with old-school perfume bottles immediately understands why they make sense as something to translate into the evening bag world. They’re delicate, detailed, truly luxurious and provide just enough vintage-inspired nostalgia to make most women smile. (Especially those of us who had particularly glamourous grandmothers.) The best handbag affect the pleasure centers in my brain in what feels like the same way that a truly delicious slice of cake does, and these clutches are like a sugar jolt in accessory form.

Unsurprisingly, Lanvin and Charlotte Olympia take the concept in two very different directions; Lanvin’s interpretation is old-world French, and it’s not too literal or at all kitschy. Under Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s accessories have always enjoyed a quality of knowing irreverence, but it’s never taken too far or played for a real laugh. Charlotte Olympia, on the other hand, very much wants you to giggle at her girlish literalness in everything from poodle shoes to this perfume clutch.

I’d happily carry either of these clutches, but to very different parties. Do you dig this look, or would you rather stick to a more traditional minaudiere or box clutch? Let us know in the comments.

Charlotte Olympia Perfume Clutch
$1,295 via Neiman Marcus

Lanvin Runway Perfume Clutch
$3,610 via Luisa Via Roma

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Bottega Veneta, and in fact, Vlad is as well. From bags, to clothing, to shoes, to accessories, it might be the brand Vlad and I own and wear the most. I was browsing the Bottega Veneta website recently and came across the Early Fall 2013 gallery (which is beyond stunning by the way) and happened upon a belted bag. I cannot bring myself call it a fanny pack because that name is so derogatory and not at all what this bag is, but it got me thinking: would you wear this bag?

Belted bags received a horrible rep after the complete and utter unfashionable misuse of them in the 90s, but there are plenty of designers that have revamped this look and made it beautiful. I think Bottega Veneta has accomplished that feat, and I’d love to wear the entire look shown, but this is where I turn to you to see what you think.

PurseBlog Asks: Would you wear the Bottega Veneta Belt Bag?

We were so busy enjoying the holidays with our families and friends that I forgot to turn to you guys and see how your holiday went as well. Each year I hope that every little thing I wish for will find its way under my Christmas tree. This year’s Christmas was good to me, with Santa, family, friends, and brands we are lucky to work with showering me with the greatest holiday gifts a girl could ask for.

There were many items on my wishlist that didn’t make it under my tree, and one brand I would have loved to see more of was Valentino, wrapped up in pretty boxes! The Rockstud collection continues to flourish and the brand’s Resort 2013 collection is bright, colorful, and out-of-this-world beautiful.

Truth be told, many of us will never get everything we hope to because our lists continue to grow in length and price. So take a moment to share with us the gifts you got this year for the holidays and the gifts you wish you got.

Don’t be shy, we won’t judge!

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