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Yesterday New York Fashion Week began and I, like majority of attendees, scrambled around the house and pillaged through my closet trying to find something appropriate to wear. During my closet frenzy, Vlad amusedly asked me if all women think we need more clothes in our closets. The answer was a resounding ‘”YES, YES WE DO”.

When not dealing with fashion week and the corresponding sartorial pressure, I am not nearly as concerned with my clothing choices, after all, I dress myself around my handbag.  I am the handbag queen.

In effort to streamline my Fashion Week choices – I decided to apply my day-t0-day ‘dress around the bag’ theory. I opted to start off with a sure-thing, my black Hermes Birkin and headed off to the shows: Nicholas K, BCBG, and Chadwick Bell. I kept the rest of my outfit simple with a 388 cashmere top, red and black floral Mink Pink skirt, a sick Oscar de la Renta coin necklace, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

The moral of day 1: Curating the outfit around the handbag never fails.

…as seen on Day One of New York Fashion Week, prior to the Chadwick Bell show.

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Bags from left to right: Fendi Spy, Lambertson Truex Python Clutch, Celine Triptique.

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Enjoy a closer look at the bags, shoes and accessories by Donna Karan for Spring 2012. Check out our full runway review of the DK NYFW show. View the full gallery:

A bag standoff between two Celine giants. In the blue corner, the Celine Cobalt Blue Mini Luggage. Entering the red corner, the luscious Celine Triptyque.

So different, yet both equally lovable. Which one captures your heart? Click to see the full gallery and let us know your pick!

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Happy Labor Day to all of our US readers! I spent much of the weekend on the couch because I somehow caught a cold, but that didn’t keep me from feeling a deep Chanel obsession. Not only did it take over every part of my being, but it also gave me the urge to scour both my closet and my girlfriend’s to look at Chanel pieces.

In doing so, I found the perfect compilation of Chanel everything for an accessories post. Of course I had to have a Chanel bag, and the classic caviar Timeless Clutch is a favorite. This is my girlfriend’s bag and one of her favorite evening clutches because it is both spacious and totally chic. Unlike the Classic Flap Bags, the Timeless Clutch runs at a reasonable price in (relative to other Chanel bags) even though there’s nothing lackluster about it. (Current price varies depending on material.) (more…)

Oh, how I wish that Oscar de la Renta made more handbags. I wish it with every ounce of my being because then I would have that many more opportunities to write about this designer-genius that pays such close attention to detail, fabrics and colors that it makes my fashion-loving heart pound. Luckily, OdlR does design a collection of bags (and furthermore, in running this website, I have free reign to add a little Oscar delight in here whenever I’d like to). And for this, you should be happy, because I like to think of these photos of the Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012 collection as a treat to your eyes. Click to check the full gallery!

I never shared my experience of the Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 show with you. Shame on me because it was drop dead gorgeous, the kind of gorgeous that made me pinch myself to see if what I was experiencing was a dream. Held at the James B. Duke Mansion, this was the first time Ferragamo has shown in NYC and many celebrities and fashion insiders were in attendance. The paparazzi were out in full force trying to photograph the likes of Eva Mendes, Emma Roberts, Minka Kelly and more. I thoroughly enjoyed the celebrity spotting as well, but the show itself was what I was there for and it was breathtaking.

When the music began, the models began their walk through the mansion and the collection reminded us that resort is all about chic. Blue, white, and silver took over the runway and for twenty minutes I forgot where I was and was transported to the resort world of Ferragamo.

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Fashion power designer Nicole Miller has already dressed some of the most beautiful and stylish women on the face of the planet, and now she has her sights set on the handbag world. Typically when a designer first enters a new realm, there are a few seasons of trial and error before the designs start to flow. But the opposite can be said for Miller, who started with a innovative concept in her Bicycle Chain Bag and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Nicole Miller’s Fall 2011 collection mixes edgy downtown style with an affordable price tag, which is a powerful combination indeed. The overall theme revolves around bike chains and other bike accessories. While that may sound chintzy, any trepidation disappears once you see how the designs have been realized. Rugged and biker-chic come to mind when we previewed the fall collection, and I can’t wait to see how Miller expands on these ideas for future designs. Click for more images!

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