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Gucci Zoo Children’s Bag, $495 via Gucci
Designing for kids is all the rage lately. Brands who haven’t had children’s lines in the past are all lining up to expand into the marketplace, with Lanvin in particular launching a much-lauded collection for tots in the past few months. Which, naturally, brings about lots of questions about what role luxury goods should have in the lives of kids.
I think of myself as something of a maximalist; the outfits I like the best are often the outfits in which nothing matches and everything stands out on its own. That’s also a quick way to look like a complete crackhead, but hey, I bought foot-long neon pink feather earrings yesterday. I got over any self-consciousness or fear of looking silly a long time ago.
Alexander McQueen Gold leaf Metal Skull Box Clutch, $3295 via Alexander McQueen.
With the vast majority of handbags, I tire of a design almost immediately. So many beautiful options abound that I find myself in a constant state of “on to the next one,” and brands that rely largely on seasons-old products with only cursory changes from collection to collection grate on my nerves something fierce.
The Gucci New Bamboo Crocodile Shoulder Bag, $14,200 via Net-a-Porter
It’s easy to become price-blind when you spend your days hunting down and discussing designer accessories, but sometimes life has a way of reminding you just how much a dollar is actually worth. I experienced that recently when trying to buy my first set of post-college, post-Ikea Big Girl furniture and found that I could decorate my bedroom rather elaborately for the same amount of money that I’ve been contemplating spending on a crocodile-embossed Celine Phantom Luggage Tote this fall.
As regular PurseBlog readers know, I’m not what you would call a “fan” of perforated leather. Or perforated suede, as in the case of Ash Cami Crossbody Bag. But since the trend started to emerge a year ago, my feelings have softened a bit. They’ve gone from, say, “vehement loathing” to “passive disdain,” and perforated material is no longer a reason for me to dismiss an entire design.
If you followed along with our coverage of Fall 2011′s runway handbags, you might have noticed the same thing that I did – even more so than most years, designers had models clutching their purses in any manor of non-intuitive ways. The incomparable Lynn Yaeger also took note of the styling trend, but she took her curiosity one step further – Yaeger spoke to body language expert Dr.
The Chloe Emma Alligator Shoulder Bag shows sleek and sophisticated dark brown alligator skin and golden hardware.
In order to be a consumer of luxury goods, or even to be seriously interested in them, one has to be a tad permissive on pricing. We tell ourselves a lot of little fibs about why a particular bag is worth a particular amount of money when, in reality, accessories are a realm in which prices often have little to do with the cost of a bag’s manufacturing and materials.