In the past, I’ve spilled plenty of metaphorical ink bemoaning the lack of editing and low taste level found in some of (ok, many of) Juicy Couture’s previous designs, but lately, I haven’t had much to complain about when it comes to the much-maligned contemporary brand. It appears as though those in charge of the company have seen fit to clean up their act and appeal to a slightly more mature audience, and the brand’s handbags, like the Juicy Couture Mini Perforated Crossbody, are better for it. The design still incorporates young elements, but it does so in a way that isn’t aggressively tacky. (more…)
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I just don’t get the perforated leather trend. At all. Some trends, like fringe or boho, I don’t like but I can understand their popularity because they’re a good fit for people whose personal styles are far different than my own. But who wants leather that looks like a basketball jersey?
It’s rare that I see perforations (which I classify differently than cut-outs) done well, but if you’re looking to find a chic perforated option on a budget, the Hinge Perforated Leather Tote is likely the best that you’ll do. One of the main reasons that I like it? I didn’t realize it was perforated until I looked closely. (more…)
At this point, I really would have guessed that fashion had seen every version of the black leather mini crossbody that anyone could think to make. We’ve seen it in lots of shapes, textures and with lots of different details – studs, fringe, grommets, chain, everything. Critical mass seemed close, if not already here.
Well, the Jenny Bird Grommet Pouchette managed to do something I’d never seen in this type of bag before – turn it on its corner. Instead of having the normal strap with two points of attachment (one on each side), the bag is rotated 45 degrees and both ends of the crossbody strap are attached to the top corner. But wait, where’s the zipper? (more…)
If you’re like me, you have only one thought when you hear the word “AlaÃ¯a” – Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, trying to explain to a mugger why she can’t lay down on the ground in the greatest movie of all time, Clueless.
“You don’t understand, this is an AlaÃ¯a.”
“It’s, like, a totally important designer!”
If you grew up in the 90s, movie quotes scarcely get more classic than that.
And that’s why, when I look at the AlaÃ¯a Perforated Leather Bag, all I can think is that it’s totally the opposite of a full-on Monet. (more…)
We mentioned way back when the emerging trend for perforated bags, and now it’s coming full circle. Back in the fall when the trend was just being birthed, you may have scoffed. “Perforation? Who wants a bag with holes in it?” Well, remember the uber-popular Louis Vuitton neon and perforated collection? I think that answers your question, you disbeliever, you. (more…)
Let’s get one thing out there, straight away: I’m not a “pink” person. My favorite color was black when I was little, and I’ve added red and chartreuse to the list of favorites as I’ve gotten older, but pink has never been in the cards for me. I know that’s strange for a little girl that was raised in a bucolic suburb and with a very normal upbringing, but pink has always seemed to stand for everything that I’ve never been interested in: damsels in distress, princesses, and old-fashioned femininity. Not my thing. I’ll wear black until they find something darker.
Gradually, however, a certain shade of pink has begun to worm its way into my little black heart, and it’s the shade of pink used on the Rebecca Minkoff Embrace Perforated Hobo. I just wish that I liked the rest of the bag as much. (more…)
It still sort of surprises me that Maison Martin Margiela has a diffusion line. I guess it’s only financially reasonable to have one these days, but Margiela and his brand always seemed a bit to esoteric to me to play the game like everyone else. A line like this probably gives them the cash necessary to stay afloat and play at all, however, so the move is logical, if not expected. It has been widely reported that Margiela has been uninvolved with the brand, now owned by Diesel, for an unknown period of time, so I guess that the decision can not be credited to the man himself.
However it came about, their gain is also ours. Bags like the MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Perforated Leather Hobo look almost exact like some of the regular line’s bags, but they’re at a much more palatable price – in this case, the damage is less than half of the original bag. (more…)
After visiting multiple showrooms this past fall the Handbag Trends for Spring 2010 were clear. One of the biggest trends is perforated leather. We saw this being used by Rebecca Minkoff, previewed it with YSL, and Prada is implementing perforated leather for many of their bags.
For Spring 2010 expect to see perforated leather from Prada, to Jimmy Choo, to Burberry, to Bottega Veneta. Prada’s perforated leather has an extremely sporty vibe which is largely due in part to the shape of the bags they are using it on (note the Prada Roll Bag). While Prada’s look is very sporty, we have an array of designers using perforated leather in various ways to give the bags a fresh spring look. (more…)
We witnessed one of Prada’s perforated failings last week, so now I think that it’s only fair that we feature something like the Jimmy Choo Martha Perforated Clutch, which uses perforation tastefully. Well…maybe “tastefully” isn’t the word. Maybe it would best be described as “stylishly.” (more…)