It occurred to me on Wednesday night, while I was fretting over skirts and sequins and my utter lack of shoe options for the start of New York Fashion Week, that I am indeed a very lucky girl. After all, if the biggest existential question you have to ask yourself at work is, “How many bracelets are too many bracelets?” then life really can’t be all that bad. Of course, that doesn’t mean those kinds of questions can go unanswered. (Bracelets – very important.)

Perhaps predictably, the biggest problem Megs and I have when planning our Fashion Week wardrobes is what bags to carry. When people know that you spend your life writing about accessories, they expect you to show up with the best of the best; whenever I tell someone I’m from PurseBlog, their eyes always go directly to what’s on my arm. It’s like daring someone to judge your bag. On top of that, there are a litany of functional concerns to address…

If you’ve never seen the Fashion Week hubbub, the first thing that happens to you when you walk up to Lincoln Center is that interns from multiple publications try to shove magazines into your hands. In those moments, I wish that my Southern-bred politeness didn’t come through so strongly; I always end up taking what’s handed to me, at least on the first day when the interns are still pushy and enthusiastic. I then feel bad throwing away all of that paper when I’m done with it, so I usually haul it around with me until I can go home to put it in the recycling bin. Those magazines aren’t the only things you’ll be given, though. FiberOne bars, show entrance slips, miscellaneous papers and lookbooks and line sheets from the shows, sometimes a free lipstick here and there if you can get the disinterested women running the Maybelline booth to talk to you for 30 seconds.

You can see what I’m getting at here – capacity and comfort in a bag matter unless you have an intern at your beck and call and a car service waiting patiently outside with your coat and a change of shoes in the back seat. Beyond having an “It” factor, a bag has to actually function. That’s why I’ve been carrying my Proenza Schouler PS1 – mine is the large size, so it’s big enough to hold an iPad and a folded Women’s Wear Daily, and it can be worn crossbody, as a shoulder bag or in the crook of the arm. Mine is the printed model above, so it makes getting into the whole “mixing patterns” trend very easy, on top of everything else.

With all that in mind, if you were going to Fashion Week and could pick any bag you wanted to carry, what would you pick and why? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Musette

    I am so in love with that cobalt Reed Krakoff.  I haven’t hefted it so I can’t say for sure – but if it were light enough to haul around from show to show all day, that would be my choice.

  • Anonymous

    The Chanel Executive Tote since that’s the bag I really want at the moment and the fact it can carry everything but the kitchen sink, which I love in a bag.

  • Camilla

    I would never carry a mulberry or a PS bag they are all the same…I would take a Celine one (love the nano luggage), a Givenchy, a Gucci, a Prada, a Chanel, an Hermes…

  • A Reader

    A large Givenchy Nightingale. In croc. And I would just say no to the magazines. (But graciously, of course.)

  • Rebecca

    Amanda; I would LOVE to find out what bags are in your collection.  Maybe you will indulge us one of these days?

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure I will one day! Taking some photos of my bags is definitely on Vladi’s To Do list.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    I am not the Fashion Week sort of enthusiast (all the popsickle legs strutting by in ridiculously feminine dress creep me out) but a Balenciaga Giant Hardware Coquelicot City is the ultimate arm candy in my opinion for its wacky take on classic cool. 


  • I would definitely carry a Michael Kors tote in his new distressed leather.

  • 19yearslater

    I don’t know which bag for sure but probably a tote or crossbody style so as to be able to haul around whatever I wanted to bring as well as freebies. 

  • Anaabs

    the PS1 i have it and love it=)

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  • Sandra Rowley

    I would carry my YSL Chyc Cabas Tote in poppy….love the bag and there is enough room for a lot of things….

  • mlle p

    A big Celine luggage size – I am so envious of free magazines, products, etc!  Also I could fit some nibbles and a camera and drawing pad in there.   

  • Tlee80

    A vintage Chanel jumbo would be my pick. It’s unique and rare. Too many people are carrying Birkin bags…

  • Lollie48

    I would love to carry a Louis Vuitton Epi Neverfull alas it does not exist

  • Danianaqiyah

    I would carry my Mulberry Alexa bag because it’s so stylish and blends with every of my outfits.

  • Subbz9

    a mini celine luggage

  • Hi Amanda, Great meeting you @ the RebeccaMinkoff Show! And your PS1 looked that much better in person! xx

  • Jack Taylor

    I would carry hmmmm a classic chanel 2.55 in caviar in paris, red croc birkin with dimonds in london, ysl muse in New York and a louis vuitton speedy in white epi in Milan.