The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian

[Editor’s Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We’ll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we’ll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

We’ve been waiting a long time to do this one, and finally, The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian has arrived.

International Edit June 9

After watching two weeks of stars looking super chic and Cannes and ever-increasing talk of the upcoming World Cup, we’ve been thinking about our international readers (and our favorite international retailers). Below, check out the week’s best new arrivals at online boutiques the world over.

Black and White Check Trend

Black and white bags (and indeed, entirely black and white ensembles) have been a certifiably huge trend for a little while now, but lately, something even more specific has emerged: black and white check bags, clothes and shoes. Most of us are probably familiar with the look on a classic pair of Vans slide-on sneakers, but the checkerboard and its variants have hit the big time with brands like Givenchy and Proenza Schouler.

Gucci Canvas Top Handle Duffel Bag

We’ve talked quite a bit lately about how women can get great deals on spring and summer styles at almost every major retailer by now, but many major retailers are having their men’s sales now, too. Neiman Marcus, Mr. Porter and SSENSE all have a great selection of men’s bags on markdown, and we’ve taken the liberty of pre-shopping those sites on your behalf in order to search out the best pieces available at a discount.

Perfect Pairs: Margiela and Saint Laurent

With New York Fashion Week coming up in just a few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what we can expect to see on attendees at Lincoln Center. Even an untrained eye can spot the high-powered magazine editors in the milieu; there’s a level of refinement that they’ve mastered that few others possess.

Gifts for Eccentrics

Everyone has that friend. THAT friend. The one who shows up to a casual brunch wearing things that you wouldn’t even know where to buy, for better or for worse. Sometimes that friend is impossibly chic, other times that friend is impossibly embarrassing.

You can always rely on Margiela for a good dose of the unexpected – a magnifying glass made to look like a pair of broken glasses, peep toe shoes that peep in an entirely different way, a clutch covered with broken reflective plastic instead of sequins.

Did you guys know that tomorrow is my birthday? Well, it is. Also, Sunday is Christmas. I bet you knew that part, though. As you might imagine, this is a time of year when people ask me what the hell it is they should buy for me even more than most people get asked that question at the end of the year, and I never have an answer.

Of all the words that could potentially be used to describe the enormously innovative work done over the past few decades by Maison Martin Margiela, I think that “clever” is the most apt. Margiela’s best work always makes me smile, even when the themes are dark, because the man (and the company, which he may or may not have left, depending on who you believe) always comes up with a way to take the basic thing that we all know and twist our expectations into something that makes a huge (if sometimes subtle) visual statement.

A quick glance at either the Jil Sander Market Bag or the Maison Martin Margiela Oversized Leather Shopper will let you know that the structure of these bags isn’t some sort of new fashion invention. In fact, they closely resemble the shape and structure of a Target shopping bag, except rendered in luxurious leather instead of thin plastic.