Celebs are always fond of their Birkins, and that certainly didn’t change this week, but we have something far more surprising in this celebrity handbag roundup: a bag that retails for under $150. You read that correctly.
Remember the humble Rockstud? It hasn’t really gone anywhere, but it’s been a spell since we’ve seen celebs demonstrate the kind of affection for Valentino’s signature stud that we saw them demonstrate last week. The popular Valentino My Rockstud Tote seemed like an indication that the brand was moving in a more minimal direction, possibly towards a less Rockstudded future, but we doubt that’s happening any time soon.
Every year, Sports Illustrated takes advantage of the surplus of models congregating in NYC during NYFW by throwing a few launch parties for their latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When I say “a few”, I mean it: this year’s launch even included a two-day, two-city fan festival in NYC and Nashville (?), in addition to all the usual high-profile, celeb-and-press-only events.
New York Fashion Week is officially upon us, and celebrities have amped up their handbag game accordingly. This week’s picks are a lot more sparkly and colorful, as well as noticeably more high-end. NYFW gives celebs plenty of opportunities to carry their preferred totes and satchels by day and their most dazzling designer clutches by night, though some opt for bags with chains!
This week, everyone from Jessica Alba to Catherine Zeta-Jones was snapped at the airport, and they were ALL carrying handbags valued in excess of $2K. Hey, it’s awards season, and you can’t let TSA catch you with anything reasonably affordable whilst you’re zipping in from Paris Couture Week or exotic destinations unknown, you know?
Not all designers are as liberal with their celeb freebies as others, and this sometimes makes it hard to assess the true success of any given designer style. On the one hand, we can be sure that the celebs who do carry these bags do so because they genuinely like them, but on the other hand, it’s hard to know how many celebrities even shop for themselves, even when they seem to do little else.
It seems that celebrities have already begun their deep holiday hibernation. The two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s tend to be a no-promo zone for the vast majority of celebrities, though the myriad Star Wars premieres across the globe are giving us a little something to go on this year.
Platform sandals are back,and they are taking off rather quickly, so bear that in mind as you make your post-holiday shoe purchases. Charlotte Olympia has already taken a quick lead on the platform front, and one of her latest styles is a huge hit with celebs this week (as well as with yours truly.) In other news, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out today, and whether that excites you or not, the movie’s LA premiere has provided us with some of our best shoes of the week; I imagine the subsequent international Star Wars premieres will continue to deliver on both the bag and shoe front.