68 posts tagged with Purple

Usually when we hear about something as awesome as a chance to collaborate with Proenza Schouler on your very own, custom Proenza Schouler PS1, we’re not lucky enough to ever see the results. That’s what I assumed would happen when I heard about this charity auction a few months ago, but luckily for us, a style blogger won the auction and now we have lots of photos of the finished product.

Jena Gambaccini, Chicagoan and proprieter of ChiCityFashion.com, worked with Proenza Schouler to come up with the final product that you see above: a medium PS1 in purple python with black trim and a yellow suede interior. I might be a bit biased because I’m also a big lover of this combination (I have a pair of custom Nike running shoes in the very same colors, except I like my yellows a bit more chartreuse), but I think she chose very wisely. If you could design your own version of any bag, which one would you choose and what would it look like? (more…)

Miu Miu Pelouch Faux Fur Shoulder Bag, $1250 via Net-a-Porter.

We all know how I feel about fur bags, but sometimes a fur design is so deranged that it loops back around to awesome, and those bags need to be embraced and celebrated in all of their insane glory. With purple leather trim and fake fur dyed so unevenly that it looks like it was aggressively rubbed against a brand new pair of orange jeans, the Miu Miu Pelouche Faux Fur Shoulder Bag is perhaps the reigning poster child for this phenomenon. (more…)

Proenza Schouler PS1 Continental Wallet, $585 via ProenzaSchouler.com.

I didn’t think I’d ever see the day where I’d write two excited posts in one week about a wallet, of all things, but the boys at Proenza Schouler know how to get to me. Including the standout kelly green color in their first round of press photos for the Proenza Schouler PS1 Continental Wallet was enough to make me bite the first time around, but saving this delicious purple color until a few days later to squeeze another post out of me was truly a stroke of genius. What? They didn’t do this purely to manipulate my emotions? Are you sure?

Well, either way, now I want a purple one. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I have a picture of another brand new color, military, after the jump. Neither is on the brand’s website quite yet, but when they are, you’ll be able you buy them via ProenzaSchouler.com for $585. (more…)

I don’t know what a “snaffle” is, but if the Gucci Snaffle Bit Small Leather Shoulder Bag is any indication, I like it. This shoulder bag capitalizes on the tropical embellishments from Gucci’s Spring 2011 runway show and adds a shot of bright color to create one of the season’s best casual bags yet

It’s still early, of course, so that designation may change, but somehow I doubt it. Gucci often tends to do its own thing regardless of accessories trends, and this design, with all of its details and stitching and stuff, feels refreshingly different from the sleek bags other lines are offering. (more…)

I’m kind of stuck on bright colors lately, which is something of an anomaly for a person who is normally so convinced of black’s multitudinous charms. I even had some bright purple put in my hair yesterday, much to the chagrin of the stylist who was charged with stripping the black dye that was there before. (It’s good that I don’t have a “real” job, because if I did, my hair would be an issue.)

Part of this fascination is surely because of the much-anticipated brights trend for spring, but part of it is also the result of something of a self-fulfilling prophecy; when brights are important, designers pull out all the stops and do the most gorgeous, saturated colors that they can do, which makes the whole concept more appealing. Which, of course, brings us to the Rebecca Minkoff Everyday Tote. (more…)

I’m a longtime fan of not just Botkier as a brand, but the Venice line in particular. Great leather, lots of zipper accents…what’s not to like? Nothing, that’s what. The latest iteration of the Botkier Venice Crossbody just takes that to a whole new level.

You see, I have this thing for purple bags. I’m not exactly sure why, since I wouldn’t count purple among my favorite colors if you were to ask me, but a good bag in a nice shade of violet always pulls directly at my heartstrings. (more…)

Once you’ve formed an opinion about a brand or designer, it can be incredibly hard to shake. To me, Dooney & Bourke will always bring about mental images of sickeningly sweet pink bags that some of my high school classmates carried; that was my first impression, and first impressions have a reputation of importance for a reason.

As a result, every time I see something like the Dooney & Bourke Grommet Drawstring Shopper, I’m a bit taken aback. Not only is this bag attractive and functional, but it’s reasonably priced and totally appropriate for a grown woman. And the leather? The leather looks amazing. Why can’t brands that make more expensive bags use leather that looks this nice? (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…)

We’ve heaped a lot of love onto Coach‘s line of Kristen handbags in the past, and for good reason – the smooth leather and sleek implementation of hardware really stand out from what some dubious consumers might think of when someone mentions Coach.

For Fall 2010, the Kristen line has gotten a bit racier with the Coach Kristen Studded Leather Crossbody. Because of the bag’s diminutive proportions, metallic colored leather and multicolored studding work surprisingly well. (more…)

Ever see a brand new handbag from a line you’ve never heard of before and get a little excited? It’s a rare feeling because most new bag designers have a lot of kinks to work out before their products are great, but it looks like the industry veterans behind the Oliveve Cynthia Leather Duffel already have a handle on what it is that makes a bag covetable. (more…)

…I just didn’t manage to get there with them.

Feathers and satin and chain sound like a recipe for a whimsical evening bag, but the actual end product of the Lanvin Pouchette Oulouette Clutch isn’t as fantastical as it may sound. When carried on the shoulder, the feathers hang down the front of the body in sort of a sad, limp way, and the promise that they can be removed to make a necklace or belt doesn’t make me feel much better about how this bag was executed. (more…)

Despite any fun that I might have had at Versace’s expense in the past, I really, really want the brand to get through its growing pains and come out the other side making beautiful accessories. Few labels have the kind of global name recognition that Versace enjoys, and it would make the accessories market as a whole much richer for Versace to find its voice and become a real player in the handbag game. If it keeps making bags like the Versace Hilary Satchel, there’s hope for the brand yet.

Instead of the over-the-top, mismatched styling that we’ve seen from the brand in the past, this bag’s design has been edited down to just the parts necessary to keep some of the Versace attitude. Most of that comes by way of the round hardware motif that dots the front of the bag, but it doesn’t distract at all from the beautifully textured and glazed purple leather underneath. Instead of having multiple colors, patterns and types of hardware compete with each other, this bag’s elements all work work together. (more…)

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