Let’s say, hypothetically, that you’re sick of the well-known Cambridge Satchel bags. They have an extremely accessible price point and started out with a little bit of fashion cred, so it’s perhaps not surprising that …
Some trends announce themselves early and often; fur, for instance, is not only difficult to miss in even its most sedate incarnations, but fur bags have been paraded up and down so many international runways …
For most of you, Pierre Hardy isn’t a new name by a long shot. The French designer is largely famous for his footwear, and his gloriously modern wedges in particular are what garner most of the (well-deserved) attention that comes his way. But what about Hardy’s handbags?
His bags have been a cult favorite for years, but more and more retailers seem to be amenable to the charms of Hardy’s bold, graphic designs. Particularly in the face of colorblocking and New Minimalism, the collection’s omnipresent thick, contrasting leather trim and limited hardware fit right in with what’s going on in the industry now. Several Pierre Hardy bags just popped up on Net-a-Porter for fall; you can check out larger pictures of my favorites after the jump. (more…)
Five years ago, if you had told me that Posh Spice would be at the helm of a clothing and accessories line that people take seriously, I would have told you that you should probably consider laying off the drugs. It seems so utterly far-fetched that a 90s pop star would morph from a chaps-wearing WAG to a serious fashion person in the space of only a few years, and yet, Victoria Beckham has done just that. Not only are her collections shown at New York Fashion Week, but they are generally quite well-received and often worn by other stars on red carpets of all kinds.
I don’t know exactly how much designing Vicky B. does, although she’s said to be quite involved in the process, but at least she had the presence of mind to hire people who don’t suck to create her line, which is a move from which other celebs with clothing lines would do well to learn. And now that she’s doing accessories, the Victoria Beckham Matte Crocodile Shoulder Bag would seem to indicate that she took great care in hiring whoever’s designing her bags as well. (more…)
Looking at the Bottega Veneta Snakeskin and Papier Elongated Knot Clutch makes it exceptionally clear to me why I’m a writer instead of a designer. Not only would I have never thought to combine purple-navy snakeskin and metallic green foil on a single clutch, but if someone had suggested it to me, I probably would have told them to think harder and come up with a better idea. As it turns out, the combination already looks pretty great. (more…)
I’m an avowed lover of black. I generally prefer it in clothes rather than bags, but lately I find myself drawn to more black bags than usual, and also black shoes. I could wear black for the rest of my life and be more or less happy.
That’s not true for everyone, though, and if you’re one of those weird people that prefers to keep the black to a minimum (seriously, you’re weird), then the Botkier Prince Crossbody Bag is a perfect option if you’re looking for a dark neutral for fall. (more…)
Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and thought, “I know exactly what this needs. MORE DISCO!” Me neither. But, perhaps, there’s someone out there that has, or maybe you just like shiny things. Hey, I certainly do. There’s no shame in that!
So whether you want to add more disco to your life or just a bit of sparkle, the Deux Lux Fortune Hobo might be just your cup of tea. Be careful, however, because it’s “vegan leather,” which is a fancy way to say fake. If you’re anti-leather, then Deux Lux is right up your alley; if you’d rather have the real stuff, you might want to look elsewhere. I can think about that for too long, however, because I’m distracted by the shiny parts. And oh, how shiny they are. (more…)
There are a few things that I’m willing to admit about the Gorjana Hudson Quilted Crossbody Bag before we begin. First, I know that it smells vaguely of Eau de Chanel Ripoff. With quilting, a chain handle, and leather textured similarly to their famous caviar, of course it does. Also, the placement of the small gold studs reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Single Studded Shoulder Bag, which is also quilted.
Despite all of that apparent non-originality, I still really like the bag. It’s reasonably priced, on-trend, and has lots of compartments on the inside to keep all of my stuff organized. In the correct context, even I am amenable to a bag that’s not entirely original. (more…)
Try as I might, I rarely find an occasion on which I think a bag looks better with multicolor studs than it would have looked with just one shade. Perhaps it’s for the same reason that I don’t like to mix my metals when choosing accessories and jewelry.
I know it’s an old-fashioned habit, and I’m very much not an old-fashioned kind of gal, but the mix of gold, silver and gunmetal on the Rebecca Minkoff Linear Stud Darling Hobo just bothers me. (more…)