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Want It Wednesday: Calf Hair Everything

Want It Wednesday: Calf Hair Everything

After a sabbatical to allow for vacation and New York Fashion Week, Want It Wednesday makes its triumphant return to Wednesday afternoon with tons of my favorite fall texture: calf hair. Bags, shoes, even clothes–calf hair lends itself to both vibrancy and richness, which gives the colors and prints that are used with it a depth that few other materials can attain. Check out the team’s slightly furry picks below.

Anya Hindmarch Hits It Out of the Park With Her Spring 2015 Runway Bags

Anya Hindmarch Hits It Out of the Park With Her Spring 2015 Runway Bags

It’s early in the season and none of the handbag heavyweights from Milan and Paris have shown us what they’ve got quiet yet, but I’m here to make a bold prediction: Nothing that we see on the coming runways will be as fun as Anya Hindmarch’s Spring 2015 bags, and I’d be surprised if any of them manage to be more compelling.

Hindmarch, who only designs accessories, starting throwing ready-to-wear-style runway shows to celebrate her handbags several seasons ago, and that should tell you a little something about the confidence she has in her handbags to stand as a statement unto themselves alongside anyone else’s full collections. For Spring 2015, the models wore loose clothes in white linen, which gave the handbags a background against which to take center stage.

Not that these bags need any particular help in that department; although a few traditional leather pieces were slotted in here and there, most of the bags were adorned with pop culture paraphernalia of one sort or another. Hindmarch’s consumer goods-branded bags have been explosively popular, and this collection includes a continuation of that theme alongside shapes like stars, hearts, cartoon eyes, arrows, thought bubbles and too many other things to mention.

Novelty shoes have been hugely popular for a while, and although designers have found significant success designing clutches with a similarly not-so-serious feel, Hindmarch is the first large-scale designer to get the tone just right when it comes to full-size leather day bags. Her creations strike the balance between fun and luxury that’s so difficult to pin down, and here’s hoping she doesn’t change directions any time soon. Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Farfetch.com Free Global Shipping September 2014

Farfetch free global shipping september 2014Shopping from retailers around the world is great until you have to pay to get something shipped to you from the other side of the planet (and even then, it’s usually still great), but right now, not even international shipping fees can stand in your way. Until the wee hours of tomorrow morning, September 18, farfetch.com is offering complimentary global shipping on all full price orders over $170. Go ahead, grab that last pair of Givenchy shoes in your size from that super-cool Japanese boutique. You deserve a treat.

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For Spring 2015, Mulberry Gets Its Groove Back

For Spring 2015, Mulberry Gets Its Groove Back

Mulberry’s various and sundry corporate challenges are well-documented and yet to be resolved, but London Fashion Week waits for no brand. For Spring 2015, the brand soldiered forth in a more subtle way than it has in recent years. Instead of a big production with global It Girl and brand ambassador Cara Delevingne, Mulberry put on a subtle presentation full of the kinds of pieces that made people Mulberry fans in the first place.

There were a few of the company’s popular Bayswater bags on display in preppy, spring-appropriate finishes and colors, but the star of the show was a pared-down, chain-strapped shoulder bag called the Delphie, which Mulberry claims can be worn six ways but is probably most recognizable as a small shoulder bag that can be easily converted into a medium-size clutch. Instead of the signature large turnlock closure, it featured a smaller, more modern metal button that, while bearing the Mulberry logo, was less in-your-face than the Mulberry of the recent past.

Check out the collection below; are you feeling this scaled-back vibe?

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Neiman Marcus 25% Off Clearance

Neiman Marcus Sale September 2014Sale season might be over, but that doesn’t mean we don’t hear about a worthy deal every now and then and get the urge to share it with you. Today, that deal is an extra 25% off clearance prices at Neiman Marcus, which can bring your savings to as much as 70% off regular retail–no coupon code needed! That’s nothing to sneeze at, particularly when you consider the fairly vast array of merchandise you have to choose from. Shop quickly, though–this deal turns into a pumpkin tomorrow, September 17.

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Marc Jacobs Continues His Handbag Push with Military Vibes for Spring 2015

Marc Jacobs Continues His Handbag Push with Military Vibes for Spring 2015

Marc Jacobs is not a man of opaque themes; he’s preternaturally talented when it comes to a lot of things, and among them is letting his spectators, fans and clients know what he’s thinking during his seasonal shows. For Spring 2015, Jacobs clearly had his mind on the military, and the show contained the dusty olives and khakis that go right along with that, down to the bags.

Since leaving Louis Vuitton, Jacobs has put a clear emphasis on revitalizing his once-dominant accessories business, and he’s released several strong bags in aid of those efforts. The familiar one that popped up in this collection was a theme and variations on the Trouble Bag, a simple flap shoulder bag with a signature disc closure. The collection also included a number of oversized silk-satin knapsacks and totes in the style of traditional military bags, and although those supported the theme, they’re unlikely to be big sellers. Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Style.com]

Coach’s First Collection From Stuart Vevers is Now Available Online–What Do You Think?

Coach’s First Collection From Stuart Vevers is Now Available Online–What Do You Think?

Coach is in the middle of a major reinvention, and now the first full collection from creative director Stuart Vevers has arrived for purchase. The line is inspired by the American West and traditional workwear, and the bags have a slightly rough-around-the-edges feel that will be new to many of the brand’s longtime fans. Naturally, the collection includes a bunch of brand new handbags.

The two most notable additions to the Coach handbag lineup are the Rhyder and Dakotah lines. The Rhyder is a pieced-together satchel that comes in a variety of sizes, and although it’s received the lion’s share of Coach’s marketing push, the bag often feels overworked and over-designed. The Dakotah, on the other hand, is the star of the show; it feels natural and uncomplicated, even when decorated with long fringe, and its leather is thick and expensive-feeling in person.

It’s important that these bags feel expensive, because Coach is also making a push to increase its prices and expand its offerings into a full-scale premium-contemporary lifestyle brand. The best argument in favor of that move is the brand’s lush outerwear; although it’s not our main concern, I’ve included a couple of pieces of it alongside a selection of the fall bags below. It’s too good to skip entirely, even if it’s not a bag.

Check out the bags below or browse the full selection via Coach.

Bag of the Week: The Chloé Drew Leopard Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: The Chloé Drew Leopard Shoulder Bag

Bag: Chloé Drew Leopard Shoulder Bag

Price: $2,047 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: With gleaming gold hardware and eye-catching leopard, this Chloé bag manages to be simultaneously delicate and fierce-looking. It’s a winning combination.

60 Bags and the Stars Who Carried Them at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

60 Bags and the Stars Who Carried Them at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but we’re not done with it just yet. Below, we’ve assembled dozens of photos of the week’s most notable bags on the most notable arms, all for your viewing pleasure. There’s inspiration to spare.

Heritage Auctions’ Next Sale Includes What May Be the World’s Rarest Hermès Bag

Heritage Auctions’ Next Sale Includes What May Be the World’s Rarest Hermès Bag

Heritage Auctions already holds the record for selling the most expensive handbag of all time, a diamond-encrusted Birkin that sold for more than $200,000 in 2011. With the house’s upcoming Luxury Accessories Signature Auction, it may well break its own record with an ultra-rare, incredibly covetable Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin, finished with diamond-encrusted hardware.

The Himalayan Birkin isn’t the only extremely rare bag that Heritage is offering to collectors; the auction will also include a very limited edition Louis Vuitton Sac Fusion, which includes an ultrathin LCD screen that plays a video by artist Fabrizio Plessi behind the bag’s logo cutout. It’s one of only 88 ever made, and it was originally only available to VIP customers at the brand’s Hong Kong flagship, where Plessi’s work adorns the store.

The auction, which will take place in Beverly Hills on September 23, features the much-sought-after Himalayan Birkin as well as a host of other covetable handbags from the best handbag brands in the world, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès. Among the 480 pieces available are numerous exotic and limited-edition bags and accessories; for most shoppers and collectors, an auction like this one represents the best (and maybe only) chance to add one of these rare handbags to their closets.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to add a leather or everyday bag to your wardrobe, the auction will also offer a large selection of them from top brands at prices that present an excellent value to buyers when compared to retail.

Below, we’ve included a selection of our favorite pieces from the auction. You can also head over to Heritage auctions to view the full assortment and find out how to bid.


Hermès 30cm Matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin with Diamond Hardware
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Hermes 30cm Matte Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin with Diamond Hardware

Chanel Ostrich Classic Flap Bag
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Chanel Ostrich Classic Flap Bag

Christian Dior Matte Black Crocodile Diorissimo Tote
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Christian Dior Matte Black Crocodile Diorissimo Tote Bag

Hermès 35cm Bamboo Togo Leather Birkin Bag
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Hermes 35cm Bamboo Togo Leather Birkin Bag

Chanel Stingray Small Reissue Double Flap Bag
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Chanel Stingray Small Reissue Double Flap Bag

Hermès 40cm Shiny Rose Scheherazade Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag
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Hermes 40cm Shiny Rose Scheherazade Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag

Louis Vuitton Red Alligator Lockit MM Bag
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Louis Vuitton Red Alligator Lockit MM Bag

Hermès Limited Edition Orange H Gulliver Quelle Idole Kelly Doll Bag
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Hermes Limited Edition Orange H Gulliver Leather Quelle Idole Kelly Doll Bag

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Black Epi Leather Sac Fusion Bag with LCD Screen by Fabrizio Plezzi
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Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Black Epi Leather Sac Fusion Bag with LCD Screen by Fabrizio Plessi

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Damier Graphite Motorcycle Helmet and Hard-Sided Case
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Proenza Schouler Doubles Down on Exotics for its Spring 2015 Bags

Proenza Schouler Doubles Down on Exotics for its Spring 2015 Bags

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been whispers that LVMH is interested in investing in Proenza Schouler and growing it into a global luxury brand, and although that’s yet to come to fruition, it looks like Proenza is headed in a decidedly luxe direction on its own. After last season’s strong showing of exotics, Proenza’s Spring 2015 bag lineup looks as though it will continue in that direction.

These designs, all of which are new shapes for the brand, aren’t as strong as last season’s, but they do represent a notable evolution in the brand’s accessories look. There’s no signature hardware or digital prints to be found; instead, a neutral palate of black, ivory and tan took over, with the bag’s natural changes generally dictating the placement of the colors. Check out the images below and let us know what you think.

[Images via Style.com]

Louis Vuitton Unveils Monogram Collaboration Pieces from Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin and More

Louis Vuitton Unveils Monogram Collaboration Pieces from Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin and More

The Louis Vuitton Icon and Iconoclasts Collection turned a lot of heads when it was announced, mostly because of the perennially bold-faced names from the worlds of fashion and design that had signed on to participate. Louis Vuitton tasked fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Rei Kawakubo, as well as architect Frank Gehry, photographer Cindy Sherman and industrial designer Mark Newson with creating artful fashion pieces using the brand’s signature monogram print, and now we know what each of them did with the challenge.

It was rumored from the beginning that Lagerfeld, perhaps the project’s most surprising participant, would make a punching bag, and not only that, but it’ll come in three sizes, hang with handbag-like straps on its included stand and also function as a regular handbag. For more serious training, a full-size punching bag and storage trunk, both covered in monogram canvas, are also available for an undisclosed price. To finish out the theme, a set of boxing gloves and their weekender-like case are also part of Lagerfeld’s capsule collection.

Louboutin and Sherman went in particularly colorful directions with their contributions, while Kawakubo was as weird as you’d expect her to be and Gehry was duly architectural. Newson’s fleece-paneled backpacks were easily the most wearable of bags in the collection, a sensibility that should serve him well at his new employer: Apple.

Below, check out the full collection, with pricing information where available. More information about each piece is available at Louis Vuitton’s website.

Rag & Bone Puts Handbags Front and Center for Spring 2015

Rag & Bone Puts Handbags Front and Center for Spring 2015

Despite providing fundamental, foundational wardrobe pieces for basically every woman (and most men) in New York City who might be considered even vaguely cool, Rag & Bone is still searching for its handbag groove. The brand’s bag line is relatively young and has yet to hit the cult status of Rag & Bone’s inescapable leather booties, but you could tell by the proud, prominent placement of the models’ bags in the Rag & Bone Spring 2015 show that the company’s designers, who rarely make an aesthetic misstep, intend to change that.

When Rag & Bone started making bags several seasons ago, the problem with the line was that it felt like there was an aesthetic distance between the bags and the rest of the line; they were nice, but they didn’t always feel like they had the same magic that made the rest of the brand so covetable, season after season. Things looked very promising for the several new shapes that the brand debuted for Spring and Fall 2014, and now it looks like the efforts for 2015 will be continuing in that vein.

Rag & Bone’s clothes are so popular because the brand has a way of paring down something that other designer’s might feel the need to make more complicated, and when done correctly, it creates pieces that feel like the platonic ideal of their product categories, like the brand’s best-selling ankle boots and wide-brimmed hats. These bags aren’t quite that, but they have the easy, well-edited feel that indicates Rag & Bones has found its footing.

Check out all the runway bags below.

[Photos via Style.com]

Looking to Consign? Christie’s Opens Its Doors to North American Clients

Looking to Consign? Christie’s Opens Its Doors to North American Clients

If you’re an American handbag aficionado with either a desire to add to your collection or a need to clean out your closet (or both), we’ve got some great news to share. Legendary auction house Christie’s has expanded its Handbags & Accessories Division to North America, with a headquarters in the company’s Rockefeller Center offices in New York City. Previously, all accessories business was centered in Christie’s London offices, so this expansion provides unprecedented access for American clients.

Christie’s Handbag Specialists Caitlin Donovan and Rachel Koffsky will head up the division, which will source its pieces from North American collectors and have an emphasis on designers like Hermès, Chanel, Céline and Louis Vuitton. The duo is currently accepting consignments for the inaugural New York Handbags & Accessories Auction, to be held in October, with client appointments available both in Christie’s NYC offices and September valuation dates in the company’s Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida locations. If you have a valuable piece burning a proverbial hole in your pocket, now would be an excellent time to explore its value.

If you’d like to schedule a complimentary valuation appointment for your piece or collection, all the information on doing so is available via Christie’s.

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Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Ready to Hit the Gym

Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Ready to Hit the Gym

If you’ve ever wondered what a pair of retro basketball sneakers would look like if they were flayed and then restructured into a fancy designer bag (and if you have, why?), then I have, somewhat implausibly, some good news for you: that’s basically the gist of Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 runway bags.

Bags That Are Bags But Also Another Thing has surfaced as an unlikely trend, and the clutches, satchels and backpacks that graced Wang’s runway even had rubberized soles on their bottom corners, accented with the kind of clear air bubbles that shoe designers used to use as a visual signifier of their brand’s superior cushioning. So if you want to chuck these bags on the ground, go right ahead. They’ve got excellent shock-absorption!

While the designs are clever, in a way, they also lack the refinement that would makes this kind of translation a success. The combinations of suede, leather, nylon and rubber are too on-the-nose to feel expensive or as clever as they might be, if only a little bit of editing had been done. Check out all the bags from the runway below.

[Images via Style.com]

Bag of the Week: Karl Lagerfeld K/Chain Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: Karl Lagerfeld K/Chain Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag

Bag: Karl Lagerfeld K/Chain Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag

Price: $475 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: So far, Karl Lagerfeld’s eponymous line has tended toward the irreverent and sporty, but this bag packs a serious style punch at a very attractive price point. The multi-textured grey construction and statement chain make it a perfect fall piece.

PurseBlog Asks: Are You a Goyard Person?

PurseBlog Asks: Are You a Goyard Person?

Last week, Chavie Lieber of Racked interviewed me for an in-depth look at the cult of Goyard. It’s a brand unlike any other we cover; even Hermès, in all of its tradition and conservatism, still debuts seasonal collections at Paris Fashion Week, sells a portion of its product line on its website and has boutiques in all the world’s major luxury markets. Goyard, on the other hand, does none of that, but it retains an ardent following and seems to attract new, younger customers, despite no advertising, an extremely limited retail presence and as little interaction with the media as you could imagine. What gives?

When Lieber asked me why I thought Goyard continued to attract customers despite its general rejection of all commonly used methods of doing exactly that, I balked. Having never found any of Goyard’s bags particularly compelling, it’s not a question I could answer from personal experience with my own shopping urges, and it’s not one I’ve ever seen Goyard’s loyal horde of customers discuss in any detail. If you’re a loyal Goyard fan, we want to hear from you.

What first attracted you to Goyard’s products, and how did you learn about the brand? Goyard’s website proudly proclaims that it doesn’t make seasonal products, so how does the brand hold your interest? Does celebrity affection for the brand, particularly the lightweight St. Louis totes, help or hinder your love for Goyard? Do you wish that the brand provided more variety, or is the brand’s ultra-traditional approach and distaste for the spotlight part of the magic?

Bloomingdale’s Extra 20% Off Sale Coupon Code September 2014

Bloomingdales Sale Code September 2014Things are looking a little bit stormy in NYC this weekend, and if the outside conditions are similarly unideal where you are, we’ve got one suggestions: stay inside and shop online. Specifically, shop an extra 20% off a huge host of already-reduced bags, shoes and clothes at Bloomingdale’s. All you have to do is enter code SALEONSALE at checkout, but act quickly. This deal dries up tomorrow, September 7.

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Coach Spring 2015 Takes Us on a Mod Texas Roadtrip

Coach Spring 2015 Takes Us on a Mod Texas Roadtrip

From the moment we entered the Coach Spring 2015 show, it was clear that creative director Stuart Vevers has yet to end his love affair with the idea of traditional Americana. From the engine sounds on the soundtrack to the flat, dusty West Texas vistas on the walls, the theme was much subtler in the bags, outwear and clothes than it was in the collection’s surroundings.

Although the collection’s western influences were occasionally visible – a utility vest here, a swath of rivets there – the end result was both softer and lighter than expected, down to the pastel metallics, fuzzy furs and little cartoon monsters from California artist Gary Baseman.

If bags are your primary concern (as they are ours), Coach’s big Spring 2015 push is an east-west satchel called the Swagger, which, by the looks of the runway, will come in two arm-carried sizes as well as a shrink-rayed mini crossbody. Take a look at our photos from the show below–what do you think of the collection?

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Get Your First Shot at Mansur Gavriel’s Spring 2015 Bags via Moda Operandi

Get Your First Shot at Mansur Gavriel’s Spring 2015 Bags via Moda Operandi

By now, you know the drill: Mansur Gavriel bags are cult favorites, they’re permanently sold out and it’s virtually impossible to get your hands on one without a months-in-advance pre-order. The good news, however, is that an opportunity for one such pre-order just arose at Moda Operandi, and it includes canvas and soft leather bags that are brand new for Spring 2015.

The only new shape that MG will introduce for Spring 2015 is a snap-closured envelope clutch, but the bucket bags, totes and backpacks will get a season-appropriate revamp in fine-gauge canvas trimmed with leather. I saw a prototype of one of these bags in person several months ago, on the arm of one of the brand’s owners, and it was one of the nicer majority-canvas bags I’ve ever seen; slightly nautical, a little preppy and just about as luxurious as a bag can be if it’s not made entirely of some sort of leather.

The second notable development in this collection is the addition of a leather that appears to have some slouch to it. Previously, the brand had featured three types of stiff leather, but if that’s not your thing, a soft, pebble-grained leather will be an option in the coming season.

Check out some of our favorite bags from the collection below or shop the full selection at Moda Operandi through September 15.

farfetch.com Seasonal Sale September 2014

farfetch seasonal sale 2014September isn’t exactly a notable sale season, but that doesn’t mean that intrepid shoppers won’t have their searches rewarded. Over at farfetch.com, one of our favorite international shopping sites, you’ll find over 500 designer bags still on sale, including pieces from in-demand brands like Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Fendi. Not too bad for the off season, particularly when you consider that most of these bags have been marked down multiple times–there are great deals to be had!

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The Best Bag Deals for the Week of September 4

The Best Bag Deals for the Week of September 4

Even though it’s not Friday, it’s always Bag Deals Day in our hearts, so we’re bringing you a weekly helping of the Internet’s best handbag markdowns a day early. (Also, Fashion Week has all of us thoroughly disoriented.) Sales are getting scarce, so we looked extra hard for the most desirable bags, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Kim Kardashian’s Daughter Has Added a Saint Laurent Bag to Her Collection

Kim Kardashian’s Daughter Has Added a Saint Laurent Bag to Her Collection

She’s already been photographed carrying (“carrying”) Chanel in CR Fashion Book, and with parents like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, it was clearly only a matter of time until little North West started carrying bags of her own, even if she still lacks the manual dexterity necessary to actually grasp them in her adorably chubby little toddler hands. Luckily, this Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag can be draped across her tiny body.

When I saw this photo earlier this week, my first thought was that Kim and Kanye are expertly trolling us, but my second thought was that this bag must be a custom piece–it’s so tiny that it actually looks appropriately sized on a human born in 2013, and the Kardashian-Wests are a family who could easily command such a thing for their baby. After a quick search, though, it appears that this bag is a regular production piece intended for regular-size adult women.

At nine centimeters wide, the bag is noticeably too small to hold an iPhone 5, even without a case–there’s no hope of jamming it in there. I’m not sure exactly what Hedi Slimane expects you to do with your phone, unless he thinks we all have handlers following us to carry our plebeian personal belongings while we swan around New York City. Luckily for North, she doesn’t have an iPhone. Yet. That I know of. (I bet she has an iPad.)

If you want to get Nori’s look and don’t mind putting your phone in your back pocket (watch out when you’re pulling up your pants in the bathroom–I know several phones that have died that way), this little bag can be yours for the low, low price of $1,450 via LUISAVIAROMA.

North West Saint Laurent Monogramme Bag 2

Yahoo! Style Celebrates Launch With Handbag Cakes

Yahoo! Style Celebrates Launch With Handbag Cakes

There is only one acceptable way to celebrate an occasion in corporate America: cake in the conference room. Because Yahoo! Style is both fancier and flush with appreciably more dollars than the average American company, not only did employees probably get their requisite celebration, but the new vertical put cake front-and-center on its homepage, in the form of handbags.

At this point, fashion editorial is mostly a tangled knot of references and nostalgia; even when it’s great, it usually relies heavily on the tropes and conventions that have bound the industry’s visual language for decades. To launch a new fashion section in a space crowded with other online options, it’s important that a site find an immediate way to stand out; these bag-cakes do the trick by cleverly fusing fashion and celebration on the site’s debut day.

For the feature, the site chose fall bags from Ferragamo, Burberry, Chanel and Ralph Lauren, and the cake versions are better for some of them than for others; I think we can all agree, for example, that the Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma is the standout of the group.

Check out the rest of the photographs below, which were styled by Victoria Granof and taken by Grant Cornett. If you’re into this sort of thing, you might also want to scope out the handbag cake that Mulberry recently commissioned for model Cara Delevingne.

Burberry Handbag Cake Chanel Handbag Cake Ralph Lauren Handbag Cake

5 Easy Pieces to Start Building Your Fall Wardrobe

5 Easy Pieces to Start Building Your Fall Wardrobe

If you’re like me, you don’t buy a new wardrobe every season; not only does that require a limitless budget, but it’s kind of a waste when you have things from last year that you’ve been dying to return to your regular rotation. It’s always fun to buy something new, though; it marks the beginning of a new season and helps make your existing wardrobe feel a little bit fresher.

In those situations, the best thing you can do is choose a piece that straddles the line between something that can be worn regularly and something that feels more like a “statement” piece. Below, check out five of our favorites from fall’s new crop that make an impact without feeling overtly trendy–these are the pieces that you’ll be excited to pull out again when next fall rolls around.

Kate Spade Mines Asian Imagery for Its Fall 2014 Accessories

Kate Spade Mines Asian Imagery for Its Fall 2014 Accessories

It seems as though, with every passing season, extremely literal accessories become more and more popular among luxury customers. If you’ve got Charlotte Olympia tastes on a contemporary budget (or if you just don’t want to shell out huge bucks for a piece that’s more novelty than wardrobe-staple), you’ll want to check out the Kate Spade Hello Tokyo line, new for Fall 2014, which finds its inspiration exactly where you’d expect.

As always, the lines between aesthetic homage, cultural appropriation and offensive stereotyping are incredibly thin; although the geishas-and-sushi stuff seems more than a little on the nose to me, the totally adorable cat minaudiere, for example, manages to be totally adorable without resorting to the lowest-hanging fruit of Japanese cultural imagery. Check out some pieces from the collection below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Look for Less: Grey Fur Bucket Bags

Look for Less: Grey Fur Bucket Bags

Despite the fact that yesterday was the hottest day of 2014 so far in New York City, we are now post-Labor Day, which means it’s our duty, as fashion writers, to push both you and ourselves as quickly into fall dressing as humanly possible. What better way to do that than with fur? Specifically, we’re going to examine these two fur bucket bags in our latest edition of The Look for Less.

Fur is one of those situations where the quality of material used is immediately apparent, and that means it’s not terribly difficult to figure out that the Ralph Lauren Shearling Bucket Bag is the more expensive option here. I’d love to own a pillow made out of this bag’s fur, but based on the price of the bag, that’s not an option.

The Elizabeth & James bag is similar in both color and structure, but the fur used is different. Not only is this kind of curly lamb less expensive, but it has a less precious look to it; this is a decidedly casual bag that adds texture to an outfit without overpowering the other pieces, while the Ralph Lauren version is definitely a statement piece unto itself. The prices certain reflect those aesthetic differences.

Which do you like better? Is the Ralph Lauren version worth the nearly $4,000 price difference?


Elizabeth & James Cynnie Lamb Fur Sling Bag
$795 via Neiman Marcus

Elizabeth and James Cynnie Lamb Fur Sling Bag

Ralph Lauren Shearling Bucket Bag
$4,500 via Neiman Marcus

Ralph Lauren Shearling Fur Bucket Bag

Bag of the Week: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Bag of the Week: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Bag: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Price: $495 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Embellished clutches can get ridiculously expensive very quickly, and this reasonably priced option from a brand not generally known for bags like this one is absolutely perfect for all your fall events.

Moschino Embellished a Sweatshirt With an Actual Handbag

Moschino Embellished a Sweatshirt With an Actual Handbag

In the world of Jeremy Scott’s Moschino, nothing is ever what it actually is. That motorcycle jacket? It’s a handbag, or maybe a backpack. Those red and yellow arches are not actually a McDonald’s advertisement. That bag that looks like a Chanel suit and has the handles of a Chanel handbag? Chanel didn’t produce any part of it. Now, Moschino has taken a handbag and draped it around the neck of a basic black hoodie, because why not.

Although the full complement of goods from Scott’s first collection for the brand has yet to arrive in stores, it’s already a commercial success; the exceedingly commercial, aggressively referential bags, accessories and clothes largely disappear from retailers shortly after they become available, and celebrities (especially musicians, who tend to be the splashiest dressers on the star spectrum) have taken to the clothes like ducks to water.

This hoodie plays with the bag-as-status-symbol trope by attaching it front-and-center to a relatively average, oversized black hoodie; the bag’s gleaming gold nameplate is exposed for all to see, no side view required.

Because the bag is probably heavy on its own (let alone with stuff inside it), the wearer can detach it and carry it like a normal shoulder bag once the visual gag has been noticed and appreciated by onlookers. If you lack the three grand to drop on a gag piece, you’re in luck: you can wear virtually any handbag around your neck and get exactly the same is-this-person-okay look from those around you.

If you’d rather have the original, you can pick it up for $3,295 via Net-a-Porter.

The Price of Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag Has Nearly Tripled in the Last Decade

The Price of Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag Has Nearly Tripled in the Last Decade

Pricing data from the mid-2000s can be hard to come by for any handbag; it’s not the kind of information that brands or stores keep in public archives, and PurseBlog itself was only just getting its start cataloging those sorts of things back in the mid-aughts. When the bags in question have never been sold online at all, the search for data only becomes more difficult, and that makes it all the harder to track the at-times-exorbitant price increases that those bags have received over the past decade. Racked did the dirty work of finding out how much Chanel’s prices have changed, and the result was surprising even to me.

Racked’s Casey Lewis tracked prices for Chanel’s Medium Classic Flap Bag from 2005 to now, and she found that, in 2005, one of the bags could be had for $1,650. Although that’s still an objectively high price for something like a handbag, it now seems impossibly low, considering both the current prices of similar bags from other brands and Chanel’s position in the top price tier for luxury accessories.

The same bag in lambskin now goes for $4,900, according to both Lewis’ research and Chanel’s website, despite the fact that astonishingly few things have changed about this bag since its introduction decades ago. Racked’s experts attribute that to the necessity of keeping the bag exclusive; instead of attracting young customers directly to its marquee accessories, Chanel has chosen to introduce other products at a sub-$1,000 price, like expanded lines of sunglasses and costume jewelry, to capture the next generation of aficionados without making its bags unappealingly ubiquitous.

Based on how Louis Vuitton has suffered of late because of its inescapable (and, arguably, devalued) logo, such attempts are indeed necessary to keep an accessories business healthy, but Chanel bags are not exactly a rare sight, in spite of their high price tags. That is, of course, the central paradox of luxury handbags–selling enough of them to keep the business afloat and please investors while still ensuring that every buyer feels like she’s getting something special and unique.

Chanel doesn’t wholesale to third-party stores or sell its bags anywhere online, so without reducing its production, Chanel is doing just about all it can to funnel its bags toward its ideal customers. Only time will tell how long the strategy can be effective and how many more price increases the market can support for an essentially unchanged product.

Man Bag Monday: Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag

Man Bag Monday: Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag

When you ride the New York subway every day at regular commuting hours, you see a lot of different kinds of bags; after all, New Yorkers can stow things in their cars during the day, and whatever we want to have from the time we leave in the morning until we get home at night has to be carried somewhere on our person. Invariably, men’s gym bags are the ugliest of these bags, and with the Parabellum Full Grain Bison Day Bag, I’d like to remind them that they can do better.

Although gym bags do indeed house gym clothes, usually, New York men seem to use them is a stand-in whenever they’ve got slightly more stuff to schlep than a briefcase can contain. The fashion world is full of bags to meet those needs, but some men, even those who spend plenty of money on nice suits, are concerned that others will think of them as fashion-conscious.

For those men, a bag from a brand like Parabellum is ideal; it contains no exterior logos or branding, and it’s hand-made in the US of bison leather. That’s about as macho as a fancy leather bag gets, and it should quell the gay-panic fears of dudes who can’t just don’t believe that having a nice-looking bag doesn’t mean people will question their sexuality. And for people without those concerns, it’s just a beautiful bag.

Pick up one of your own for $2,650 via MR PORTER.

Chanel’s Fall 2014 Bags Were as Fantastically Crazy as We’ve Come to Expect

Chanel’s Fall 2014 Bags Were as Fantastically Crazy as We’ve Come to Expect

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More than any show this season, and perhaps in the history of time, Chanel Fall 2014 doesn’t require much of an explanation. Because I’m not sure exactly where that leaves me, though, I’d appreciate it if you’d allow me to be self-indulgent and give you one anyway. We can let Karl Lagerfeld host a fashion show in a faux supermarket, but I, personally, will not let him obviate my place in the universe. It’s my way holding on to some semblance of normalcy in a world where a fake Chanel supermarket is a thing that happens.

Over the past few years, Chanel shows have become more about set design than about the clothes and bags, in a lot of ways, but Lagerfeld still dutifully outfitted each of his models with the brand’s customary moneymakers. The most outlandish of the bags were meat-colored (gross, yet accurate!) Chanel Classic Flap Bags, wrapped in grocery store packaging like ground beef and stamped with assurances the they are, indeed, 100% leather. The real stars of the big-box store, though, were the shopping baskets fashioned out of rigid versions of the chain straps normally found on the brand’s most classic bags.

Of course, what might seem like a veneer of cheeky fun was also a pretty astute commentary on the modern face of the luxury business. As much as popular culture in general sometimes tries to dismiss Karl Lagerfeld as a charlatan, he’s uncommonly skilled at capturing fashion’s place within the larger social picture, and the questions posed in this show’s presentation (Do the super rich, for whom these pieces are made, shop for them the same way that the rest of us buy milk and eggs at the grocery store? Has fashion industry’s desire for endless expansion created a paradox in which its ubiquity makes things that should be rare seem totally common? How does commodification affect the creation of art, if that’s what fashion is?) are worth a moment’s thought, at the very least. Check out all the bags below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels

50+ Bags on the Arms of Our Favorite Supermodels

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Models and great handbags go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of our all-time favorite collection profiles have come at the hands of supers like Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, and if there were a photo agency dedicated purely to documenting their daily outfits, we’d gladly delve into the handbag closets of even more models. Because there isn’t, though, we’ve decided to put together all that we could find from five of our favorite supers whose collections we’ve yet to dissect: Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

The results include over 50 gorgeous designer bag, including some super rare exotics (mostly courtesy of Ms. Upton, who seems to have used entire paychecks to buy things even most handbag lovers can barely dream of). The level to which these ladies are both genetically and sartorially blessed may cause a little bit of envy, but once you get past that, there’s certainly a lot of pretty going on below.

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

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We’ve been waiting a long time to do this one, and finally, The Many Bags of Kim Kardashian has arrived. The controversial reality star’s bag collection is easily the biggest one we’ve ever dug through, and you might be a little bit surprised by what we found: a lot of fairly conservative choices among the seventy-plus bags we found, many of them used repeatedly over the span of years.

“Kim Kardashian” has practically become a synonym for the excessive vacuousness of fame, but when you get down to it, Kim seems to both really enjoy her handbag collection and choose its contents wisely and with considerable care. She also seems to buy a lot of her bags herself, instead of receiving endless freebies and carrying whatever brands will send her. Hermes very famously does not give freebies or discounts to celebs, and Kim has most certainly spent plenty of her wealth on the acquisition of little (and big) orange boxes. Time and again, I found bags she’s used in the past couple of months popping up in paparazzi pictures from 2009 and 2010, which is a much more judicious use of her handbag backlog than many of us can claim. I’ve never been a Kardashian hater (or a Kardashian lover; I am mostly ambivalent), but after spending a few hours putting these photos together, I wouldn’t mind having a cocktail with Kim. Or looking through her closet, at the very least.

8 Reasons Spending $1,000 or More on a Bag is Totally Worth It

8 Reasons Spending $1,000 or More on a Bag is Totally Worth It

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Sticker shock from friends and family members has probably happened to anyone with an interest in fashion or high-end handbags. They ask about your new purchase, they sheepishly ask how much it cost and then they shame you in some way for having the gall to be so extravagant, even if they aren’t blunt enough to put it in those words. Not only are we here to assure you that it’s okay, but we’re here to explain exactly why.

Even for those of us who are somewhat desensitized to fashion prices, handbag prices can sometimes seem a little bit silly. We’re nothing if not professional enablers, though, so if you’re doubting a future purchase or need to convince someone who has his or her nose in your business, we have some arguments that might come in handy.

100 Celebs and Their Favorite Chanel Bags

100 Celebs and Their Favorite Chanel Bags

Around the PurseBlog offices, we spend an inordinate amount of time poring over photos of celebs and their favorite handbags, and over time, one thing has become apparent: famous people really, really love Chanel bags. Non-famous people do too, of course, but those photos are harder to come by.

Singers, actresses, models, It Girls, reality TV stars, novelists – there’s a little bit of everything in this compendium of celebrities and their beloved Chanel bags, and that’s probably what’s most notable about the finished product. It takes quite the iconic bag to look at home on the shoulders of such a diverse cast of characters, and Chanel’s signature pieces look lovely on all (well, almost all) of the women below.

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

Check Out Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbags

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As we continue to inch our way through summer, the advancing date means just one thing in the fashion world: fall collections are starting to pop up all over the Internet. Céline’s Winter 2014 Handbag Lookbook just popped up online, and we’ve got all the bags below.

The only new line debuting for Winter 2014 is the weird Orb Bag that graced the season’s runway, which comes in both an east-west satchel and a petite French purse. Other than that, you’ll find a lot of standby Céline favorites, including the Luggage Tote, Phantom Luggage and Trapeze in new color combinations. The Belt Bag, which debuted for Fall 2014, is a particular standout in sedate tan with subtle neon pink edging. Check out the full lookbook below.

Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2014 Bags Have an Emphasis on Exotics

Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2014 Bags Have an Emphasis on Exotics

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If you already love Givenchy, we’ve got some great news for you: Givenchy is as Givenchy as ever for Fall-Winter 2014. (That’s what the brand calls the collection we’d generally just call “fall” – that term is instead applied to Givenchy’s pre-fall wares. Fashion is very complicated.)

As you might have guessed, based on the $36,000 Antigona we found two weeks ago, Givenchy’s upcoming line isn’t short on exotics. In addition to that black bag, there’s also a lovely medium grey version in crocodile, plus a bordeaux croc Obsedia satchel and some of the brand’s other popular shapes in snakeskin and ostrich.

Check out the bags below, and we’ll let you know when more of this collection starts trickling into stores.

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Summer in Review: PurseBlog’s Best Instagrams

Today marks the beginning of PurseBlog Summer Break, which means that our team is taking a week out of the office to travel, rest and, in my case, move into a new apartment. While we’re away, we’ll have both new posts and some of your old favorites, updated and expanded with new photos, new bags and, in general, new things to gawk at. That’s what we’re here for, after all, even when we’re not technically here.

To get things started, we looked back at our Instagrams for the season and put together a few that showcase our favorite bags enjoying the summer weather alongside us. (Yes, our purses are sentient and have moods. Just another perk of the job.) Check ‘em out below, and follow us on Instagram to find out how our bags will feel about fall.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 22

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of August 22

Let’s be real: this is not a great time of year for sales. Fall arrivals are flooding retailers both online and in real life, and basically all of the spring and summer bags have gone off to new homes. We’re intrepid bag-searchers, though, so we set out once again to find a fresh round of bag deals, and we’d like to think that we were quite successful. Check out our picks below, and for a full selection of all the deals and steals the Internet has to offer, stop by our continuously updated PurseBlog Deals Page.

Louis Vuitton to Release $54,500 Croc Bag for Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton to Release $54,500 Croc Bag for Fall 2014

Just when we thought we’d found all the mind-bending price information we could handle for the upcoming season, Louis Vuitton has gone and reminded us that one of the many internal changes it’s making is adding more high-priced exotic bags to its selection. The Louis Vuitton Crocodile Lady Bag PM, which made its public debut in the brand’s Fall 2014 runway show, will retail for a staggering $54,500.

This price information comes to us via ILVoeLV.com, which is a reliable source of intel on Vuitton’s machinations, especially when it comes to handbags. The bag includes two finishes of croc and measures slightly over a foot wide at its largest point. There’s no word on how many of these bags will be made, but it’s likely to be an extremely limited piece. After all, only so many people can afford to buy a bag that costs more than 50 grand in the first place.

On top of that, the bag has a, uh, very specific aesthetic. Most bags in this price range are simply exotic recreations of designs that the buying public has already embraced with open arms, like the Givenchy Antigona or Fendi 2Jours, but this one is an untested bag shape from new creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for the brand.

The bag is easily more expensive than any of the other seasonal offerings we found online for Fall 2014, although I’d be shocked if it were made available via Vuitton’s website.

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Buzz Worthy: The Brand New Hermès Halzan Bag

Hermès is a brand with much of its appeal based on its heritage. No one expects it to innovate; instead, dedicated customers want Hermès to keep doing the things its always done in exactly the ways that the brand has always done them. Although the brand sometimes rereleases bags from the archives, it’s somewhat rare that a new Hermès bag makes landfall, which is why we took particular note when we found the Hermès Halzan Bag, which is brand new for Fall 2014 and in stores now.

The Hazlan debuted on the Fall 2014 runway, and its selling point is that it can be worn four ways–as a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a north-south tote or a clutch. Such a structurally versatile bag is a particularly modern endeavor for Hermès, and and the result is surprisingly simple and discreet. When worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody (which is how I expect most people to carry it), there’s not even any exterior branding.

Official details on the Hazlan are few and far between, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from searching the Hermès section of our PurseForum: The bag is made of soft, durable clemence leather with Palladium hardware, and it comes in several popular Hermès shades, including gold, blanc, bleu saphir, etoupe, rouge H, rouge casaque, etain and black.

In the US, the Halzan retails for $5,000, while it will go for 3300 euros on the European market. There’s some indication that it will be sold on Hermes.com in the near future (and it would be in line with the kinds of bags the brand sells online – functional leather basics at the lower end of its handbag price continuum), but for now, you’ll have to pick one up in stores if you’re interested.

For reference, I’ve included some detail photos of the bag from PurseForum member jyyanks–this is her brand new Halzan in rouge casaque.

The Many Bags of Chloe Moretz

The Many Bags of Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz isn’t our youngest Many Bags subject, but she’s close. The 17-year-old actress is beat out only by 16-year-old Elle Fanning, and their two handbag collections definitely have some overlap. Namely, both ingenues are beloved by a select group of high-end European brands, which affords them lots of Paris Fashion Week appearances and rare handbags in their closets. Below, check out what Chloe’s been carrying since she arrived on the Hollywood scene.

Prada is the Latest Brand to Court the Affections of Cat Ladies

Prada is the Latest Brand to Court the Affections of Cat Ladies

Prada’s handbags tend to be overwhelmingly staid; the brand has positioned itself, season after season, as the source for work-appropriate power bags for women with corner offices (or corner office aspirations), and although Miuccia allows for an artistic departure here and there, whimsy is usually not her stock in trade. With that in mind, I have no explanation for the Prada Mink Fur Cat Pochette.

Kitschy, literal bags are a huge trend right now (as is weirdness in general, and as are cats), and Prada will bow to pretty much any accessories trend that becomes strong enough, even if it isn’t totally on brand. (Gotta sell bags, after all.) This cat’s jeweled eyes and nose relate the clutch back to Prada’s visual signatures for accessories, but other than that, it just doesn’t feel like much of a Prada bag; if you had told me it was Charlotte Olympia, I’d have believed you without question, and that’s a brand with which Prada’s general aesthetic just doesn’t overlap. That’s not necessarily a complaint–the bag is super cute.

Prada’s previous ventures into literalness that haven’t been either purely artistic or plainly political have generally involved very small accessories, like teddy bear bag charms. As much as I love Prada’s general handbag aesthetic, it’s never bad to see a brand have a little bit of fun. Apparently, I’m not alone in this approval – the bag sold out at Bergdorf Goodman in a matter of days. If you want, you can still visit its product page, though.

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Want It Wednesday: Mini Bags Aren’t Just for Summer

Mini bags are most often associated with warm weather; after all, who doesn’t want her hands free during the season’s outdoor activities? They’re just as useful during the fall, though, especially when coat weather comes around and regular shoulder bags compete with your outerwear for shoulder real estate. Now that basically every popular bag comes in a mini size, along with all the bags that were designed to be mini from the beginning, your choices are vast no matter the season. For this edition of Want It Wednesday, the team has enumerated its favorites below.

Get 20% Off Tons of Designer Handbags at Amazon Fashion

Get 20% Off Tons of Designer Handbags at Amazon Fashion

We’re always on the lookout for new and unexpected places to buy handbags; after all, having more options makes it more likely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for and get a decent deal. Although you may associate Amazon with reasonably priced books and household goods, Amazon Fashion also holds an impressive selection of handbags, shoes and clothing, mostly at contemporary price points. Not only that, but the site is offering 20% off a $100+ fashion purchase at the moment.

I had noticed Amazon coming up more frequently in my handbag searches recently, and when I did a bit of exploring, I realized that the site held far more fashion options than I would have guessed. When you combine that with Amazon’s customer-friendly delivery and return policies, competitive approach to pricing and perks like Amazon Prime, it’s easy to imagine Amazon building out an even more robust role in online fashion shopping in the near future. Below, check out some of our favorite pieces from Amazon’s handbag selection, or shop the full selection via Amazon.

To get your 20% off, all you have to do is enter code STYL2014 at checkout.

Best Bet: Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel

Best Bet: Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel

I’m always on the lookout for bags that look more expensive than they are. That can be a hard thing to pull off, with ever-rising leather prices and executive boards that expect high margin percentages, so when it happens, it makes my day. If you’re looking for a solid work bag that looks professional and sophisticated without a price tag higher than your monthly rent, look no further than the Kate Spade Alice Street Adriana Satchel.

They key to this bag’s expensive look is how sharp it is. It’s got plenty of structure, uncluttered lines and a color combination that accents its shape while leaving it totally work-appropriate, even in an extremely conservative office environment. It’s capped off with just enough gleaming silver hardware, including a front lock that’s reminiscent of closures commonly seen on both Louis Vuitton and Prada bags, which goes a long way toward elevating it into expensive-looking territory.

If the old adage about the wisdom dressing for the job you want and not the one you have has any truth to it, this bag is exactly the kind of thing that a recent grad with her first office job needs on her arm. It wouldn’t be too shabby for a not-so-recent grad, either.

Buy through Neiman Marcus for $398.

Prada’s Fall 2014 Runway Bags Have Arrived in Stores

Prada’s Fall 2014 Runway Bags Have Arrived in Stores

In spite of the fact that I’m generally willing to give Miuccia Prada the benefit of the doubt on almost anything (those ill-advised, open-toe Miu Miu cowboy boots from a couple of seasons ago are a notable exception), I wasn’t really feeling most of Prada’s Fall 2014 runway bags. Most of them were decked with huge, ungainly chains and little else, and many of you were similarly unsure whether they’d translate well to retail. Good news: they have!

Pre-orders for Prada’s fall runway bags are now up at Bergdorf Goodman (as well as for a whole load of non-runway options), and the results are mostly quite good. There are far fewer chains, and the bags that have had them eliminated entirely fare the best, especially the elegant top handles. If you still want a chain in your life, there are some smaller, mostly metallic options that meet your needs, but they’re not the highlight here. Check out a selection of the bags below and shop the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Anndra Neen to Auction Off Solid Gold Clutch Commissioned by Carine Roitfeld

Anndra Neen to Auction Off Solid Gold Clutch Commissioned by Carine Roitfeld

At times, it feels like the handbag and jewelry markets are slowly converging into one. Customers who like one type of high-dollar designer accessory are likely to be interested in others, and costume jewelry designers like Dannijo, Mawi and Shourouk have taken that opportunity to expand their reach into the handbag market with lines of metal-and-rhinestone-accented clutches and bags that combine the best decorative aspects of their jewels, with generally well-received results.

The jewelry-designing sisters behind Anndra Neen dipped its toes in the clutch waters not long ago, and the results were more than well-received; the little cage clutch that was the crowning achievement of the small bag line sold out so quickly when it became available at retailers that I felt like I was chasing it around the Internet in order to write a post about it. As Style.com reports, CR Fashion Book editor Carine Roitfeld was so smitten with the clutch that she had the designers make it in 18-karat gold for the LoveGold amfAR gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The clutch stayed with the sisters after the gala, and now they’ve turned it over to Sotheby’s for auction during the house’s Important Jewels auction on September 23 in New York. Right now, the estimated final price of the clutch, which required 20 hours of painstaking hand work, is in excess of $20,000. That’s less than plenty of Birkins, which is not bad when you consider that it’s a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece rendered in solid gold at a fashion legend’s request.

[Photos via Anndra Neen]

Bag of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Satchel

Bag of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Satchel

Bag: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Bag

Price: $1,865 via SSENSE

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Call it the Taylor Swift Effect; we’ve been taking increased note of Dolce & Gabbana’s bags lately, and this structured, textured little purse caught our attention with its gleaming, intricate lock.