Kelly Ripa owns a weird little spot in my heart. I’m generally averse to morning show-style patter and generally avoid wakeup television except for the Charlie Rose-helmed CBS Morning Show. (In case you’ve always suspected that I’m a senior citizen masquerading as a 20-something New Yorker, there’s another piece of evidence for your conspiracy.) Every now and then, though, I stumble across Live with Kelly and Michael, and I’m struck by how warm, quick and funny Kelly is. She’s not a host I’d expect to like, but she wins me over within minutes every single time.

Kelly’s not as ardently followed by paparazzi as some of the folks that we feature, but because she lives in Soho and has a fancy media job, New York photogs do get their fair share of pictures of her. We went through those photos to come up with a summary of Kelly’s bag collection, and what we discovered is that Kelly is like a lot of us – she buys a nice bag and then uses it over and over again, until it’s worn out or she gets sick of it in favor of something new. Other than the tight workout regime, Ripa might be one of us, which is perhaps what makes her so totally likable in the first place.

It can be oddly easy to forget that stars are actually people. The vast majority of famous folks conduct their private lives in ways that aren’t all too unfamiliar – they decorate for the holidays, they take their kids to fun activities on the weekends, they gather up for family photos. There’s perhaps no better place on Earth to observe this phenomenon than the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood, California. At Mr. Bones, you can see, be seen, pick out some pumpkins, play in a bounce house with your kid and get your photo taken by the paparazzi, all in one afternoon. (more…)

Here it is, folks. The one we’ve all been waiting for. None of the international fashion weeks attract mega-watt celebrities quite like Paris Fashion Week, and with brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton presenting in the French capital, you know that the handbags on the arms of the guests will be just as lust-worthy as it gets. Spring 2014 didn’t disappoint – from beginning to end, attendees toted their best, most photo-worthy bags, and luckily, photos were indeed taken. We’ve assembled the best of the best after the jump for your (and our) viewing pleasure. (more…)

The name “Fashion Week” is so misleading. A quick seven days of fancy clothes and we’re done and can move on, right? Please? NOPE. Fashion already has a warped sense of time (winter coats for sale in June, anyone?), and now we’re done with our third week of Fashion Week, this one in Italy. Milan Fashion Week has come and gone, but as with both New York and London before it, the full story of the event isn’t just what happens inside the shows. There’s a whole world of fashion going on outside as well, and that includes some people of varying levels of fame carrying handbags. Naturally, where there are people carrying bags, we are there to document it. Take a look at the best handbag moments from outside Milan’s Spring 2014 shows.

Sunday’s 2013 Emmy Awards were weird, but don’t let that discourage you from diving deep into the attendees’ particularly fabulous handbags from the pre-show red carpet. Often, awards shows are a tough place for bags – traditionally, many stars choose to do photos without their bags in tow, which puts a damper on our fun almost as much as floor-length gowns bum out shoe-lovers. For some reason, though, not only was the Emmy red carpet full of clutches, but many of them were unexpected choices from young, independent luxury brands. There was not a Leiber or Vivier bag-bauble among them.

Two newcomer brands carried the day, handbag-wise – Edie Parker and Rauwolf, both based in New York. We’ve profiled both brands’ early collections in the past, and they’re front-runners in what has been a slow, steady shaking-up of evening bag conventions over the past few seasons. Edie Parker makes slick acrylic clutches in fun finishes like glitter and pearl as well as a plethora of interesting inlaid patterns. Rauwolf’s evening bags, on the other hand, take an aggressive, architectural approach to clutches in gleaming glasslike finishes. Both brands got their clutches into the hands of some of the night’s brightest stars, from Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Christina Hendricks, and it was a welcome respite from the somewhat tired (though beautiful) Boite de Nuit clutches we see every time awards season rolls around. Check out our roundup of the evening’s handbag highlights below.

For reasons I cannot entirely explain, I find British celebrities sort of fascinating. I’m not an anglophile by any stretch of the imagination, but British pop culture seems so slavishly dedicated to such a particular group of people that it’s like there’s this parallel universe of fame out there, people who are just people in New York or LA but who attract paparazzi hordes in London. Notoriety is, of course, dependent on the cooperation of those around you. That strange sense of otherness is part of why I got a little obsessed with looking at paparazzi photos from London Fashion Week events. (more…)

One of the unsung particularities of New York Fashion Week is the vast spectrum of celebrities in brings out over its eight-day run. There aren’t a lot of parties that could draw both Paris Hilton and Barbara Walters, but at Fashion Week, there’s literally a spot for any celeb who’s interested in cashing a check and sitting upright in the front row for a few minutes. In the interest of journalism (or, you know, something similar!), we felt it our duty to catalog the handbags that these celebs toted into and out of the tents over the past week.

For reasons that I cannot totally explain, there was a ton of Chanel and less Hermes than one might expect. Also popular: a bag from whatever designer’s show you’re attending (or, in the case of models, that you just walked in). Below, the bags of everyone from the fashion-famous to the famous-famous, plus a bunch of people somewhere in between.

You may know Olivia Munn from her role as a journalist on The Newsroom or her stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, but I’ll always remember her for something very specific. Olivia sat front row at a Michael Kors show that I attended a couple of seasons ago, and when I saw her in person, I was struck by how absolutely gorgeous she was. Living in New York, you encounter celebrities fairly often relative to the rest of the world (I once saw Cindy Crawford eating breakfast in a totally nondescript diner a block from my apartment), and most of them pass pretty easily for regular people. Olivia, on the other hand, was prettier in person than she is in pictures.

That doesn’t have much to do with her handbag collection, of course, but it does mean that we probably aren’t even close to reaching the end of this relatively new star’s rise. With that will come even more handbags, but because The Newsroom just got renewed for a third season, we thought it appropriate to take a look at what Ms. Munn’s amassed so far, handbag-wise.

Oh, Lady Gaga. She’s just irrepressible, isn’t she? I used to be a major Gaga fangirl back in her early days (I went to see her for the first time long before she was playing arenas, I swear), but now she’s just kind of…tiring. And I like Katy Perry’s new single better. (Yeah, I said it.) Still, Gaga’s consistently one of the most interesting real-life fashion installations we have to gawk at, and gawk we shall, now that Gaga’s recovered from a hip injury and back to shepherd her Little Monsters into the last half of 2013.

By now, I’m betting most of you have heard the new Katy Perry song. It’s called “Roar” and it came out on Monday, the same day that Lady Gaga’s new single hit the Internet, and it is unquestionably better than Gaga’s. (As much as it pains me to say that, being something of a Gaga fangirl at the beginning of her career.) With Katy doing so much press over the past few days in support of the new single, it occurred to me that we’ve yet to profile her handbag collection. Today, we fix that.

Katy’s style is something we’re probably all well familiar with at this point – boisterous, bright, the opposite of serious and conservative. Her bag choices are far more mainstream, for the most part, which just goes to show you that hardly anyone can resist a little Celine or Chanel here and there.

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