When thinking about dry winter skin, I used to primarily concern myself with serum and moisturizer. It just never occurred to me that what I used to clean it would make a difference–the difference-makers came …
I don’t mention it much in these parts, but I’m a big, enormous vintage fan. At a certain point, I think I hit a wall with regular shopping – I felt like I had seen everything before it hit stores, so once it was there, I was often underwhelmed and ready for something different. The curse of working in the fashion industry, eh? Which is why so many fashion girls are unrepentant vintage hounds; it’s the final frontier of clothing consumerism, where only those with the best eye will survive.
Vintage handbags still don’t have much of a draw for me because utilitarian leather items tend to degrade a great deal over time, which is where items with a heavy retro influence like the Valentino Laser Cut Patent Evening Bag come in. It’s the kind of thing I’d find in a second-hand shop and dearly love, except his one is brand new and totally pristine. (more…)
In general, I think that phrase “too much is never enough” is useful when trying to explain certain sectors of fashion, particularly to those who aren’t interested in the industry or in understanding the genius of fabulous fashion eccentrics like Anna Dello Russo or Daphne Guinness. Rococo is always alive and well somewhere within the style world, even during harsh economic times, and its exuberant resilience is to the industry’s credit.
Sometimes rococo runs headlong into a wall, though, as with the Marc Jacobs Large Sequined Stam. I like the Stam bags (I even have one from way back in the second season that they were around), I like sequins, I like the blush-nude color that we have going on here. But unfortunately, the end result is less than the sum of its parts. (more…)
Valentino’s handbags are notorious for their use of literal flora – flowers and leaves of every variety have dotted the brand’s bags for several years running, to the near-exclusion of any other aesthetic ideas. The motif works for Valentino, and the brand has carved itself a significant, ladylike niche in a very competitive handbag market.
What Valentino has never used on a bag before, at least to my knowledge, is literal fauna, which is what we have with the Valentino Bird Clutch. A rather run-of-the-mill silk evening bag is topped by perching crystal birds; if this is the direction of Valentino’s evening accessories, then the brand might just end up giving Judith Leiber a run for its bird-bag money. (more…)
Back in 2006, Prada made lots of waves among handbag aficionados with their ruched GaufrÃ© handbags. Rendered in super-supple lambskin, the design was a great example of how texture can be achieved through clever design, even within the sometimes austere Prada aesthetic. The bags were neutral but still interesting to look at, and the combination made them some of my favorites that the brand has ever produced.
GaufrÃ©’s initial production run was only a few season, but now they’re back in new colors and shapes for Fall/Winter 2010. We’ve seen several “old favorites” from the past five years make a return to production in recent months, and this line is the only one whose return brings me any sort of genuine excitement. Are you excited for the GaufrÃ©’s return?
Elie Tahari isn’t a designer that we normally think of for bags, but I’m always open to seeing something genuinely interesting from a relatively new entrant in the marketplace, and the Elie Tahari Leather Slit Tote is exactly that. Earlier this morning, I talked about how important texture is in good design over at PurseBlog, and this bag is a perfect example of how a good designer uses it to take a bag from average to exceptional.
Big leather totes: we’ve all seen them. Most of us have one. Every designer has made one. So how do you continue to convince people to buy new ones? You make them utterly unique and fabulous, just like this one, while still maintaining the bag’s essential functionality. (more…)
There’s nothing I love more than seeing a young brand make a vast improvement, and it would be an understatement to say that the new season bags coming out from See by Chloe are better than anything that we’ve ever seen from them. They’re a lot better.
Six months ago, would you ever have expected that we’d ever see something as sophisticated or elegant from the brand as the See by Chloe Grasshopper Crossbody Bag? I certainly wouldn’t have, but I couldn’t be more pleased to have been wrong. (more…)