23 posts tagged with Spring 2012

Of all the Spring 2012 collections, all the pastels and brights and florals, it’s hard to name any one line that more thoroughly captured the light, airy idealization of the season quite like Louis Vuitton. …

As enormously popular as Louis Vuitton is with women (In case you doubted that popularity, LVMH posted double-digit revenue increases in the most recent quarter.), the brand doesn’t have a reputation for being incredibly feminine. …

As you may have noticed, we didn’t do any posts about “Coachella style” around here. There are a few reasons for that: First, feathers + fringe + denim cutoffs does not = style. You only …

Even though spring’s technical start is in late March, old-fashioned sartorial rules often dictate that no one should wear truly spring-like things until after Easter. White, raffia, pale flowers – all verboten until after some arbitrary holiday. The PurseBlog team does not advocate listening to those kinds of silly rules, of course, but if you’ve grown up with them, the idea can be hard to shake.

Easter was yesterday, though, so that means we’re all free to celebrate the lushly feminine bounty that comes with the season. We’ve already highlighted some of the best beach bags and pastel bags of the year, but if you’re looking for something with a more generalized spring-like feeling, this week’s installment of Save, Spend, Splurge has some suggestions for a variety of budgets. (more…)

Fashion critics may have loved Chanel’s seafaring Spring 2012 runway collection, complete with literal seashell clutches, but future handbag customers were a little more hesitant. After all, when the inspiration is that literal, exactly what …

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that Chanel puts out more distinct collections of bags than any other premier designer on the planet. Not only are there the standard four that every brand …

No matter where I go in New York or who I talk to, once people find out what I do for a living, almost all of them ask me if I know where they can …

Images via Mulberry

Spring ads are always my personal favorite, and the newly released Mulberry Spring 2012 campaign is a perfect illustration of why. If you don’t look at these photos and feel a fierce need for a floppy straw hat and a lobster roll (in addition to a new bag, of course), then you and I can’t be friends. What we have here is a bright, shining beacon of spring fashion hopefulness.

The ads, lensed by Tim Walker and featuring Frida Gustavsson and Lindsey Wixson on England’s Brighton Beach, are full of optimism and wonderment in the form of whimsically oversized ice cream cones and playful beachside shenanigans. Naturally, bags take a central role in all of the fun, with the seafoam and black snakeskin option standing out as the leader of the pack. The rest of the images can be found after the jump. (more…)

Image via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler might be fairly new to the ad campaign game, but the company sure does know how to represent itself well. After all, this is Proenza Schouler we’re talking about here. In my mind they can do no wrong, and this image from the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 ad campaign is just further proof. (more…)

Images via Botkier

Ladies, here’s your fun fact for the day: Before Monica Botkier started her awesome handbag line, she was a professional photographer. It only makes sense, then, that Monica would step back behind the lens to shoot a campaign for her bags from her own photographic perspective, but somehow, Botkier Spring 2012 is the first time that she’s done it.

The results are a set of simple, clean images that represent the bags well. Botkier seems to be stepping a little further into the realm of color than it has in previous seasons, and the pastels and brights in these photos fit with the season’s trends particularly well. Personally, my pick of the litter so far is the bright green tote with blue accents. Check out the rest of the ads (and bags!) after the jump. (more…)

Images via Fashionista.com

We love a good ad campaign around these parts. Because most brands rely on accessories (as well as cosmetics and fragrance) to make ends meet, ads often put the bags and leather goods that we’re most interested in seeing front and center in a way that the runway never does. Prada’s ads are always reliably lovely, and the campaign for Prada Spring 2012 features my favorite of the collection’s runway bags – the framed satchel!

You have two eyes, so I’m sure you can tell that these photos were shot at a service station as an homage to the 1950s greasers and car culture that inspired the clothes. Fashionista.com tells us that Steven Meisel shot five models for the campaign, most notably Natasha Poly, and the results are good, clean Americana fun. Check out two more shots after the jump. (more…)

Images via Vogue.com

The first Monday back from a holiday weekend is so, so cruel. It’s like a little reminder of the immutability of life; no matter what we do, the calendar marches on while we cling to our leftover turkey legs and half-eaten pumpkin pies, trying to extend the avarice a bit longer. It’s Monday now, though, which means that it’s time for gluttony of a different kind. A handbag kind.

To make your return to real life as soft and comfortable as possible, we’ve assembled a gallery of the Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Skull Clutches, which are always so much fun to look at. They don’t taste like stuffing, admittedly, but you probably don’t need another helping of that anyway. (Seriously, though, pass me that pie. I’ll eat it for breakfast.) (more…)