For this season’s parties, festivities and get-togethers, stand out from the crowd in rich, plush velvet
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When we talk about a bag having retro influences, we usually means that it harkens back a couple of decades – the 50s, the 70s, something like that. If a company is going really retro, maybe it even references the roaring 20s. Rarely, though, does a bag get all medieval on us like the House of Harlow Rey Bag does. This little velvet pouch has a slightly Renn Faire vibe to it, right? Are you digging it? (And yes, I know I’m mixing my eras here. The Renaissance was after the Middle Ages. I know!) (more…)
You’ve probably heard much being made over both crimson and cobalt as the colors to wear for fall, but the accessories that I’ve seen over the past few days make me wonder: Is orange going …
Alexander McQueen Wicca Velvet-Covered Leather Shoulder Bag, $1365 via Net-a-Porter
Designers seem to be trying to make velvet happen once again for fall, and despite being a child of the 90s and an unashamed fan of the era’s grungy, highly questionable fashion, I’ve been slow to warm to the almost-trend. I remember having velvet T-shirts and dresses too vividly in elementary school for velvet to be an automatic winner in my mind as an adult.
But I’m a McQueen fangirl of the highest order, which means that I’m willing to consider basically anything the brand designs with an open mind. As a result, I might kind of totally love the Alexander McQueen Wicca Velvet-Covered Leather Shoulder Bag. If only I understood exactly what “velvet-covered leather” means. (more…)
As more Holiday (or Resort or Pre-Spring or Cruise or whatever you want to call them) bags show up online, I’m starting to think that a small handbag is far and away the best idea for working velvet into your cold-weather wardrobe. First came the Juicy Couture Flair Bow Clutch, and now, the Kate Spade Skipper Flower Velvet Mini Bag has piqued my interest. (more…)
To be fair, this is perhaps not the best picture ever taken of the Juicy Couture Flair Bow Clutch, so try not to judge it too harshly based off of only a stock image. Megs got a sneak peak at Juicy Couture’s Holiday 2010 collection a few weeks ago, and this clutch looks a bit more appealing in her pictures (not to mention this bag’s lovely blue counterpart).
Velvet was a big Fall 2010 runway trend that didn’t come to fruition quite as fervently as many expected, but chilly weather (and lots of holiday parties) make winter the perfect time to accent your outfits with a bit of the lush fabric. Doing so in an unexpected, super-saturated shade of chartreuse is even better. (more…)
My personal feelings about fur notwithstanding, when I first saw the Roberto Cavalli Squirrel-Trimmed Brocade Shoulder Bag, it actually seemed like a rather judicious and attractive use of the material. And then I read the word “squirrel,” and it screwed up my entire perception of this bag’s reality.
Is it just me, or is there something positively Deliverence-esque about wearing squirrel fur? Are European squirrels more chic than their American counterparts, or are the animals just not regarded the same way in other countries? And if they are regarded the same way, why use a material that has such low-market connotations on a bag with a four-figure price tag? (more…)
Yesterday one of our lovely Australian readers, Baguette, wrote in to ask me to weigh in on the Dicha Pavlova Bag. Because I’m always happy to oblige someone that has already done the work of finding a bag on my behalf, I’m here to fulfill her request.
She’s a vintage lover just like I am, which for both of us also extends to the love of both vintage-style pieces that aren’t actually old and restored things that have been made to look new. The Dicha Pavlova bag is the latter, but sadly, it’s not working for me or the reader that brought it to my attention. I couldn’t tell you exactly why Baguette doesn’t like it, but I can speak for myself and say that it’s just way too much. (more…)