Megs and I recently gave you guys a rundown of the season’s best wedding bags, both traditional and quirky, but there’s one little clutch that we didn’t include because we couldn’t decide which category it …
Christian Louboutin Cleo Sequined Satin Clutch, $2095 via Net-a-Porter
I miss a lot of things about college, and the crossword puzzle from the University of Georgia student newspaper is probably a lot higher up on that list than you’d expect. It was the perfect level of difficulty – I could finish it in about 45 minutes and feel challenged while still ultimately being victorious. Related: 45 minutes was approximately the length of one lecture class period at UGA. Over my four years there, I did hundreds of them.
Getting your news online brings with it a noticeable lack of crossword puzzles, which has left a sad little gap in my procrastination habits since 2008. The Christian Louboutin Cleo Sequined Satin Clutch isn’t literally a crossword puzzle in the same way that Louboutin has made literal tape measure shoes, but when I squint, it’s close enough for me. (more…)
Over the past few days, New York’s hot summer nights felt a bit of a cool down and there was a slight tinge of fall in the air. As a lover of autumn, my excitement level for the coming season multiplied exponentially. I’ve been planning additions to my fall wardrobe for a while, and one of the staples we should all have in our accessories closet is a ladylike frame bag.
Donna Karan is aware of seasonal staples and appears to have designed the Liaison bag with feminine, chic, and efficient ladies in mind. Donna Karan bags follow closely to the brands overall feel, composing of luxe materials in a sculpted and subdued fashion. (more…)
Yves Saint Laurent Lucky Chyc Colorblock Tote, $1350 via Net-a-Porter
By now, we all know what spring’s big trend are: Colorblocking, mixed brights, pink and orange, brights contrasted with neutrals. We’ve all been saying this since the collections made their fashion week debuts six months ago, and those looks have made their way to retail with a vengeance. And in the case of the Yves Saint Laurent Lucky Chyc Colorblock Tote, they’ve all showed up in one design. (more…)
Alexander Wang Jade Stingray and Suede Clutch, $795 via Net-a-Porter
If you’re a regular visitor to these parts, you might remember that back when I did my Alexander Wang Spring 2011 preview, I more or less drooled all over the Alexander Wang Jade Stingray and Suede Clutch. The stingray version of this design comes in both ivory with rose gold and black with matte black hardware, and I would have gleefully forked over the required cash for both options. A roomy wristlet clutch with exceptionally cool hardware and panels of exotic leather? That’s like asking me whether or not I’d like to have pizza for dinner: The answer is always “yes.” But unfortunately, reality isn’t quite as good as my dreams, and the clutch has one very important design flaw. (more…)
When I happened upon the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bianca Envelope Clutch at a store this weekend, I was taken aback at home much I liked it. Many of the bags from this collection aren’t exactly my cup of tea, and I had written this off as just another simple clutch that I wouldn’t be buying.
And this clutch is simple, but in person, that works out to its advantage. It’s big enough to be carried during the day but not so laughably oversized that it couldn’t be taken out at night, and the compartment inside is easily big enough for all of your essentials. (more…)
Now that almost all spring bags have made their way to online retail for pre-order, the season’s what has begun to separate itself from the chaff, so to speak. Some of Alexander Wang’s ideas for Spring 2011 have proven to be better than others, but the more I see the Alexander Wang Large Emile Tote, the more it seems to be among the best of his new bags.
The metal corner caps that Wang introduced with this collection have also carried into his Fall 2011 bags, and I couldn’t be more pleased. They take a simple, functional ivory tote and give it just enough detail to be something special, which is exactly the kind of look you want in a bag that you intend to carry regularly. (more…)
When you’re a major bag fan, you start to pic up on the subtle idiosyncrasies of major designers – the way that they attach handles, the types and colors of hardware that they tend to use, the shape of their corners and finish of their leathers. All of those things form subtle trademarks for a brand over time, and the more bags you look at, the more you instinctually search for those markers in every design.
And that’s what strikes me as strange about the Marc Jacobs Luisa Shoulder Bag. When I saw it without any name attached, I thought that perhaps it was Oscar de la Renta or maybe even one of Lanvin’s more streamlined pieces, but it’s not. Instead, the bag is from Marc Jacobs, the reality of which still surprises me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. (more…)
Like pretty much anyone who’s gotten the chance to fondle one in person, I’m seriously craving a Celine Classic Box Bag. Not only is the design perfectly edited on the outside, but it’s lined in the most deliciously soft and luxurious leather you can imagine, which makes it even more of a delight for the person that owns it than you would expect. The only problem, of course, is that those bags cost nearly four grand. Even I am not that numb to handbag pricing.
Naturally, I’ve found myself seeking lower-priced alternatives, and the Yves Saint Laurent Chyc Shoulder Bag is one of the better contenders that I’ve found thus far. Sure, it’s missing some of the exquisite touches that I love about the Celine bag, but it also costs several thousand dollars less. (more…)
The Chloe Marcie Satchel has never been among my favorite bags, but lately it seems to have conquered my favor with brute force of will and nonintuitive staying power. With this new laser-cut version coming down the pipes for Spring 2011, you can consider me a full convert to the Marcie’s charms.
Maybe it’s the thick, nasty layer of leftover snow and ice that’s still on the ground here, or maybe it’s the sad realization that it’s going to continue to be cold for months on end, but the off-white color and boho edge of this version of the bag in particular are making me think warm thoughts right now. (more…)
The luxury accessories market is crowded with seasoned competitors all vying for consumer attention (and consumer dollars), which can often make it well nigh impossible for a new handbag line to turn heads, particularly the heads of people whose job it is to look at handbags all day. (Ahem, yours truly.) Somehow, the Reed Krakoff Inside Out Leather and Snakeskin Tote managed to not only make me take a second look, but it made me do so by being inventive in a way that’s not only quite unique, but still totally subtle and functional at the same time. When being different usually also means rendering a piece unwearable or unusable to most of the buying public, that’s quite a design feat indeed. (more…)
For the past couple of seasons, it has seemed as though Jimmy Choo has been a brand adrift. Caught somewhere between trying to appease its longtime customers and attempting to reach a new, younger audience with bags covered in patterns and studs and trims of various sorts, I’ve struggled at times to find something I like from Choo, a brand that has the resources and talent to be constantly churning out hits.
In that context, the Jimmy Choo Parker Shopper makes me feel strangely optimistic. This bag isn’t a continuation of a previously successful line (as so many of Choo’s simpler bags tend to be) and it’s not an unedited mishmash of visual elements intended to be “edgy.” Instead, it’s just functional and expensive-looking, which shouldn’t seem like such a massive revelation but sort of does anyway. (more…)