I am currently coming to you live from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where I’ve had lots of opportunities to eat things that make me want to unbutton my pants but not so many opportunities to watch last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (Side note: Why is hotel television technology stuck somewhere in 1998?) Because of that, we’ll sadly have no recap for last night’s season finale, but because season finales are often so juicy, we wanted to give you guys a spot to gossip, choose sides and reflect on the season that was. We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming next week, just in time for the reunion.
Here’s a little something (or a lot of something) to make your afternoon a little bit more stylish. Our friends at THE OUTNET just launched a huge online clearance, which includes up to 85% off a huge selection of designer apparel, shoes, accessors and (of course) handbags. Shop quickly, though – with most things more than half off, the best pieces will disappear before you know it.
In the luxury industry, there’s nowhere to go but up. As the fortune’s of the planet’s uber-wealthy continue to balloon, so too does their collective taste for the most outrageously expensive luxury goods; it’s keeping up with the Joneses on the grandest of scales. That means that more brands than ever are wading into the waters of the five-figure handbag, yielding ever-larger seasonal bumper crops of bags that cost as much as a mid-size sedan.
Below, we’ve rounded up the most mind-bendingly expensive bags of Spring 2014, as well as several that are notably expensive for their small size, mid-range material or production by a brand that has only dabbled in this price range in the past.
Louis Vuitton is the biggest luxury handbag brand in the world, and there’s no job that counts more in the accessories industry than that of Louis Vuitton’s creative director. For most of my life, that was Marc Jacobs, comfortably ensconced atop the French powerhouse that he reinvigorated with his signature blend of luxury and pop-cultural wit. After the Spring 2014 show, though, Jacobs passed the reigns to Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, and he debuted Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 in Paris on Wednesday.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the bags, and the collection as a whole, is that they’re very clearly not Marc Jacobs. The man and the brand have been so closely tied for so long that it feels genuinely foreign to look at LV through another designer’s eyes. Ghesquiere is more than capable, though; the show’s Mini Trunk bags are my favorite runway piece from Vuitton in recent memory, and the collection as a whole was crisply retro-modern. Check out the full selection of handbags below.
[Photos via Vogue.com and Louis Vuitton]
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Paris Fashion Week is an event like none other. We love New York, London and Milan, don’t get us wrong, but the combination of clothes and celebrities that happens in Paris will always be our favorite. This season, we found even more stars and fashion insiders carrying super-covetable bags than we did back in September, and we’ve assembled them all for your viewing pleasure.
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Huddle up, you guys. It’s March. I know that it doesn’t feel like it in about half of the United States, but it is, and we’re going to forge ahead into spring even if the weather has decided that it doesn’t want to join us for a few weeks. That’s why we’ve chose to pick only floral clothes, bags and shoes for this edition of Want It Wednesday – perhaps a sunny outfit can help Mother Nature along a little bit. At the very least, it’s worth a shot.
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]
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24 hours from now, Bea and I will be off to warm, sunny Austin for a long weekend of learning about all things Internet-y at the 2014 South By Southwest Interactive Festival. (We’ll also be eating a lot of tacos, but that’s both irrelevant to this particular post and implied in any statements I ever make about going to Texas.) Unfortunately for all involved, going to SXSW requires both suitcase-packing and air travel, two of the most pernicious and hateful activities known to modern man. We’ve had some time to think about it, though, and in case you’re going on a trip in the near future, we’d like to present you with our travel essentials for SXSW and beyond.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills usually isn’t a nostalgic show, but last night, they insisted on devoting more or less an entire episode to sending two Housewives spawn off to college, and that brought about some memories for me. It was convenient that it did, actually, because the episode was relatively boring other than that. Lisa mustered up some tears again, but by that point in the episode, we had spent so much time shipping people off to college that her tears seemed out of context at best. Also, I was distracted by Carlton’s spangly tube top.
1. Lisa and Ken skipped town. After last week’s dinner explosion, Lisa and Ken took their ball and went home. Like, got on a plane and flounced out of Puerto Rico, either like people who have been wronged or people who have been caught, depending on your estimation of the situation. I’m still feeling fairly ambivalent about Lisa’s role (or lack thereof, maybe) in Tabloidgate, but you have to admit that it’d be nice to be rich enough to storm off on a plane at a moment’s notice.
2. Yolanda does a respectable job pulling of a big-girl onesie. The vast majority of people look like morons in jumpsuits, but Yolanda isn’t the vast majority of people! She’s a retired Dutch model with her own lemon grove in her backyard overlooking the ocean in Malibu, and that means when she puts on a yellow tube top onesie, she makes you believe that maybe, just maaaaaybe, you could wear one too, if you found the right one. The entire fashion industry is based on this phenomenon, more or less.
3. Fridge tour! If I ever stepped foot in Yolanda’s house, I’d definitely want to inspect her refrigerator and maybe stand inside of it, so I very much respect that Brand’s parents’ tour of Yolanda’s place started with them staring in wonder at her glass-doored refrigeration system.
4. I hope to one day receive a car with a giant red bow. Where does one acquire a giant red bow? Can I order one on Amazon and stick it on the 6 train I ride to midtown every morning? Asking for a friend.
5. Kim’s baby daddy (fine, ex-fiance) is HOT. I feel like we’ve mentioned this before, but Kimberly’s daddy…damn girl. I have a whole new respect for Kim for locking that down for as long as she did. He blows Mauricio out of the water, even if we had never found out that Mauricio is kind of a whiny baby.
6. I am so mad at Gigi’s apartment. Not only was my college apartment not that nice (in Athens, Georgia, where nice is dirt cheap), but my 28-year-old grown woman New York apartment isn’t that nice. Not even close. If she’s downtown (and you know she’s downtown), her rent is probably $5,000 a month. If not more. $5k won’t even get you stainless steel appliances in Tribeca.
7. My college drop-off was not nearly so dramatic. This episode was kind of boring, so let’s have story time. I drove up to college in my car and my parents followed me in my mom’s, we hauled a trunk and a mini fridge up the Creswell Hall service elevator and that was that. They left, I walked to the only restaurant anyone on my hall knew about to have dinner with my new neighbors and then I spent the next week wandering around campus, trying to figure out where I had left my car. Parking lots all look the same.
8. “We have to support Beverly Hills!” I understand what Lisa was getting at, but Beverly Hills isn’t, like, about to miss rent or anything. Beverly Hills will still survive, as a concept, if Lisa and Ken sit this next party out.
9. I respect Yolanda’s willingness to get in someone’s face. Not to get in people’s faces for no reason, because that is a widespread Real Housewives personality trait, but to zero in on something genuinely rude that someone’s doing to her and directly address it while it’s happening. So many people get too flustered to pick out the little passive-aggressive things and say something about them in the moment, but Yolanda has an uncommon talent for it, and it makes her Lisa’s most capable foil by far.
One Chanel Classic Flap Bag, one Roger Vivier Pilgrim Clutch, some bags I probably missed while in a college nostalgia k-hole.
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When it comes to handbags at the Oscars, stars usually play it safe; the stage is huge, and in general, none of them want to take a risk that lands them in a spot to be ridiculed. The handbag choices at the 2014 Academy Awards followed in that line of thought, but there were a few pieces here and there (in addition to a lot of traditional prettiness) that made our evening bag spidey senses tingle.
The biggest winner of the evening, besides Lupita Nyong’o, might have been New York-based evening bag upstart Rauwolf, which saw its bold, modern bags find their way into the hands of everyone from Anna Kendrick to Bette Midler. Below, check out all the handbags we could find on the red carpet (as well as a few from the Vanity Fair after-party).
It wasn’t hard to figure out exactly what Phoebe Philo was getting at with her Celine Fall 2014 handbags. The bags, divided into slim envelope clutches and larger top-handle satchels, were a deliberate rumination on how handbags come together into three-dimensional objects, and especially with the satchels, Philo showed her work. The bags’ gussets were held tenuously together with big metal buttons, and because of the minimalist construction, the corners gapped open, occasionally exposing the stuffing inside.
These aren’t handbags that will be sold to a lot of women (Celine has its non-runway line for that), but they do set the tone for where the brand’s accessory ideas are headed. If it were possible for Celine to make popular bags that are even more stripped down than the Trio and Cabas Tote, then that might be what to look for. More likely, though, the heavily textured leather and calf hair from these bags, along with their weathered hardware and exposed stitches, will be showing up in Celine’s more consumer-friendly offerings. Check out the collection below.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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I’ve always loved the Chloe Lucy Bag; it’s luxurious-looking, cleanly designed and classic without being boring. You can wear it on the weekends, you can wear it to work, you can wear it for years to come! The only downside, of course, is the price. At $3,150, it’s far more expensive than Chloe’s other leather bags (the much larger Baylee costs over a thousand dollars less), and the bag’s petite size makes the number feel like even more of a ripoff than it might otherwise.
That’s where the brand new Opening Ceremony Sumi Bag comes in. With its easy, rectangular shape, double top zippers and chain strap, the bag clearly drew some inspiration from the Chloe stunner, but its more contemporary styling and $545 price tag ensure that the difference is clear. If your heart loves the Chloe version more than your financial adviser does, the Opening Ceremony doppelgänger is just about the most compelling alternative you’re likely to find.
Chloe Lucy Bag
$3,150 via Barneys
Opening Ceremony Sumi Shoulder Bag
$545 via ShopBop
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After a few seasons, it’s clear: Raf Simons is pretty good at this whole handbag thing, despite the fact that had limited experience with it before taking the reins at Dior, and certainly not on the broad level that such a brand requires. Dior’s Fall 2014 handbags are his best yet, with easy, luxury-minimal riffs on the Lady Dior and Diorissimo shapes that include everything from tweaked structures to blurry-striped crocodile. The bags are bold, modern and totally gorgeous.
What struck me most, though, is that the collection’s clutches are just as enticing as its day bags, which rarely happens at a brand as big as Dior. The simple envelope styles are accented with jeweled floral vines, which are just enough to make them feel like little pieces of hand-carried jewelry without detracting from the carefully executed minimalist shape. Everything going on here is totally excellent.
[Photos via Vogue.com]
During a runway show, you don’t expect to see models carrying shopping bags. Despite the fact that women who can afford the clothes that debut at shows like that of Balenciaga Fall 2014 often find themselves carrying shopping bags, most runways try to divorce themselves as much as possible from the drudgery of actually selling clothes, all the way from the performance-art settings to the impracticality of the garments therein. One thing that Balenciaga creative director Alexander Wang is exceptionally good at, though, is moving product, and his Fall 2014 bags are something of an ode to that.
From a distance, it’d be difficult to guess that these bags were anything more than vessels for carrying other very expensive things, but up close, the details come into stark relief, especially on the crocodile versions. The handles, instead of twisted paper or webbing, are fashioned out of super-industrial metal cord, the kind you’d expect to see in a lever-and-pulley situation. Structurally, the bags are faithful to their inspiration, right down to the concave gussets and folded bottoms. Whether or not a bag with such common inspiration can successfully fetch designer prices in large numbers is somewhat questionable, but these are definitely the most luxurious shopping bags I’ve ever seen. (Yes, they even beat out Chanel’s shopping bag purse.)
[Images via Vogue.com]
In the weeks since Proenza Schouler’s beautiful Fall 2014 handbag collection debuted on the runway, our enthusiasm for the bags hasn’t diminished – they were, and still are, the cream of the New York Fashion Week crop, by a long shot. For the next few days, you can shop Jack & Lazaro’s newfound adventures in crocodile, stingray and fur at Moda Operandi, but get ready to melt your credit card doing it.
Proenza is making a bid to become America’s reigning European-style luxury brand, and with that comes ultra-premium materials and their attendant price tags. These bags start right under $2,000 for a fur-faced clutch, and they top out at $28,000 for an all-croc satchel. All of these bags are part of a new line for the brand, which they’re calling the Proenza Schouler PS Elliot Bag. Unfortunately, that’s not a clever reference to TS Eliot, in all likelihood, because of the difference in spelling, but a girl can dream. Check out the bags below or shop the full collection, including the excellent runway clothes, via Moda Operandi through March 6.
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Combining cars and fine leather goods isn’t a new idea; I remember seeing commercials for limited edition Lexus sedans upholstered in Coach leather (and with a matching set of Coach luggage) when I was a kid, and Hermes has kitted out concept cars by everyone from Hyundai to Bugatti. The latest automaker-luxury goods duo to give the idea a whirl is BMW and Louis Vuitton, and they’ve just launched the Louis Vuitton x BMW i8 Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Luggage at select LV boutiques worldwide.
Instead of having Louis Vuitton upholster its new i8 sports cars (which are $136,000 plug-in carbon fiber hybrids) like some car companies have done in the past, BMW took a slightly different track: it had Vuitton design a set of carbon fiber luggage specifically tailored to the car’s cargo areas. In addition to that meaning that these familiar Vuitton shapes have been modified for the collection, it means that this particular Damier is an entirely new textile for the brand, instead of the coated canvas Damier that we all know and love. According to Vuitton, the use of carbon fiber makes the luggage, like the car, ultra light but very durable.
The combination is a smart one; buyers in the market a six-figure sports car who choose to spend their money on something that makes as big of a statement as a first-of-its-kind plug-in BMW are both of the consumer class that can afford custom designer luggage to match a car and aware enough of how people perceive luxury goods to be interested in buying it. Not only that, but the press surrounding such a collaboration allows both companies to get in front of the others’ audiences, which include a lot of desirable potential customers beyond just those who can afford each brand’s top-end goods.
The luggage will be available April 1, and, naturally, the prices aren’t being disclosed at this time. If you want it, whether or not you have the correct car to nestle it in, it’ll be available upon request at Louis Vuitton boutiques in Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York and Los Angeles. Check out more photos of the collaboration below.
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Stalwart Parisian department store Le Bon Marché and American luxury upstarts Proenza Schouler might seem like counter-intuitive bedfellows, but based on the capsule collection that the pairing released yesterday, we’re not going to question the logic that brought the two companies together. Proenza Schouler x Le Bon Marché includes lots of bags and small leather goods, as well as a few shirts and some simple accessories, all of which will appeal directly to Proenza’s core fanbase.
By my estimation, the most exciting pieces are the brightly printed totes and pouch clutches, covered with images of various kinds of wildlife. The three new PS1 colors, matched with gleaming silver hardware, are also pretty exciting – the shades have a quality to them that sets them apart from the other PS1s currently on offer, though I can’t put my finger on why, exactly, that is. The collection is only available in stores at Le Bon Marché and Proenza Schouler’s two Manhattan boutiques, but you can shop online at ProenzaSchouler.com.
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On this, the last day of February (where’d this month go?), we have our last February edition of our weekly bag deals roundup. We’re in between sale periods, so we searched extra hard to come up with the best handbag discounts, and we think you’ll be pleased with the fruits of our labors.
Now that the frenzy of New York Fashion Week has been gone for a while, we’ve had an opportunity to look back at the collections we saw and handbags we’ve drooled over, and we’ve found another one that we think you need to see: Kate Spade’s Fall 2014 Handbags. The brand’s bags always manage to straddle the divide between affordable and editorial with aplomb, and for fall, it’s taken on everything from faux fur to faux Chinese food takeout boxes. Check out our photos of the collection below.
The third leg of fashion’s seasonal four week journey around the globe as come to a close, and as always, Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 brought out a cadre of celebrities both Italian and international, all carrying leather goods from Italy and beyond. (Although even brands based elsewhere often manufacture their bags in Italy – the country’s tanneries and ateliers are that good.) As always, we have a faithful study of just what everywhere was carrying to the shows and parties, including a lot of Anna Dello Russo’s signature outrageousness.
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At the PurseBlog offices, we are women of diverse interests, but many (most, really) of them have a shopping component. Most fashion people have at least a passing interest in beauty, and that’s definitely true of us. On this Want It Wednesday, we’re here to share the lotions, potions and face spackle that’s been tempting us lately.
If you’re one of the zillions of Scandal fans out there, you already know that our one true hero, Olivia Pope, returns to television after a too-long holiday hiatus in a little over 24 hours. In the two-and-a-half seasons of Scandal that have already transpired, DC political fixer Olivia, played by the excellent Kerry Washington, has become something of a wardrobe icon for women who work hard, love luxury and want to look both professional and totally feminine in both their professional and personal lives. Naturally, that means she’s carried a ton of covetable handbags, and we’re here to help you get her look.
More than anything, Olivia always looks luxurious. That’s largely because she is the sort of fictional character who can constantly drink red wine from impossibly long-stemmed glasses without every spilling a single, solitary drop on her pristine, dove grey cashmere, but it’s also because the materials and colors that she wears are picked very carefully. Pale neutrals give off an air of elegance because they show off a material’s quality and aren’t as commonly worn as darker neutral like black and navy, and that idea extends to Olivia’s handbag choices, which are featured fairly prominently in the series. Like any good corporate raider with a sense of style, Olivia is first and foremost a Prada girl, with bags from the Twin Pocket Tote to the Saffiano Lux Tote on her arm in most episodes.
Olivia sometimes deviates from Prada, but she never deviates from her signature look: simple (but not boring) totes or satchels, carried in the crook of her arm, always in pale or mid-tone neutrals with the occasional black bag thrown in. Her bags are always expensive-looking, but they’re never conspicuously branded. If I worked in a conservative place, I’d want to dress like her every day. Below, we’ve selected over a dozen of the best ways to embody her handbag style, including the Prada tote that she carried practically all last season.
Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, but not before giving us a ton of bags to lust over. From Gucci’s luxurious minimalism to Dolce & Gabbana’s neoclassical maximalism, check out our favorite picks from what the Italians will have on offer come fall.
We know you guys always get excited when ShopBop has any kind of sale or discount code, so get ready to be excited: today through February 27, you can take up to 30% off your purchase at ShopBop with code BIGEVENT14 at the ShopBop Spend More, Save More Sale. Discounts start at 20% off on any purchase of $250. Spend $500? Take 25% off. Feeling like a splurge? A $1,000 purchase nets you a discount of 30%. If you’ve been craving a new spring bag, now’s the time – ShopBop has a huge selection of new arrivals!
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Well. Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills certainly was dramatic, even if the allegations that the group wanted to level against Lisa were often unclear at best and petty complaining at worst. I’m not sure if that’s because the rest of the Housewives aren’t as smart as she is or because Bravo edited the episode to make Lisa look like she was being hounded by a gang of confused harpies, but either way, not much truth was established and some people cried and the husbands had fits over various things.
1. Puerto Rico is not the same as Costa Rica or Puerto Vallarta. Lisa, not so good with her Latin American geography. Better than Kim is with her Spanish, though. No one let her order her own food in Puerto Rico, please. Just Cokes. She’s got that part down.
2. We left the magical Real Housewives world at the airport for just a moment. The weird thing about reality shows like Real Housewives and Jersey Shore is that, although the show claims to depict the cast members’ everyday lives, they strenuously attempt to maintain an illusion of a world in which the cast is still not famous. It adds an extra layer of disingenuousness to shows that already require a significant suspension of disbelief on behalf of their audiences, and getting to watch the paparazzi take their photos for a moment was a rare reminder that the world we’re shown on TV is not, objectively, the real one. The Housewives are actors, in a weird, post-modern sense of the word.
3. Blue is Yolanda’s color. She’s so blonde and tan and wonderful and it’s as though Yves Klein blue was just made to be on her body at all times. Models! They really aren’t like the rest of us at all.
4. Real Housewives are afraid of smart people more than they are afraid of anything. That Lisa is strategic, conniving, a little two-faced and not genuine in all her friendships is not, in and of itself, a problem for any of her frienemies. In fact, if she weren’t all of those things, preferably all at once, she wouldn’t make a very good Real Housewives cast member and probably would have been sent to whatever island Sheree from Atlanta and Alex from New York now live on. The problem is that Lisa’s all those things and smart, which is where she largely differs from her reality TV compatriots. The rest of the cast pretty much proved that was what they were afraid of last night by nominating Yolanda, the smartest of the not-Lisas, to go over and pick the day’s fight, even though the disagreement was really Brandi’s and Kyle’s.
5. When was the last time Brandi called Lisa? You know, that’s an interesting point. (And Lisa brought it up, because she’s smart. Please refer to the previous point.) Brandi’s now complaining that Lisa isn’t mothering her as heavily as she used to (although she previously complained this season that Lisa mothers her too much), but what Brandi hasn’t detailed is how she has tried to maintain their previously strong relationship. So…has she? Or did just sit there waiting for Lisa to friendship all over her?
6. Lisa shoved a bunch of tabloids in Brandi’s suitcase before Palm Springs. The tabloids held fantastical rumors about Mauricio’s infidelity, and Brandi claims that Lisa shoved them in her bag not once, but twice before the group’s trip to Palm Springs. Lisa, of course, denies it, and I think she might be lying. Mostly because it’s a brilliant way to stir the pot, and Lisa is good at strategizing.
7. These people very clearly live in a warm climate. The entire time I was watching them argue on the beach, all I could think was, does anyone understand how many people I would kill to get an afternoon, just one single, solitary afternoon, on the beach at this point in winter? They didn’t even sunbathe, they just started arguing and storming off and questioning each other. If you think back to the Crazy Island episodes of Real Housewives of New York, you’ll recall that they at least waited until dinner time to fight.
8. Brandi wants Lisa to take a lie detector test. About how much she likes Scheana, I think? Or at least that’s what it sounded like at first, until Brandi got around to mentioning that she had heard Lisa knew Scheana was her ex-husband’s mistress long before she maybe set them up to run into each other at a party and combust. (In reality, it was probably the producers, or at the very least, the producers and Lisa together, who had that idea. It was clearly a setup.)
9. Lisa’s basically been caught, but they’re having trouble reeling her in. I don’t know if all the allegations that have been leveled against Lisa are true, but because they mostly seem like the regular Real Housewives plot manipulation in which every cast member attempts to engage with varying levels of success, I’m sure at least some of them are. The cast, as a whole, has been trying to pin Lisa down for a couple of episodes now, and last night, they made their most direct attempts. Which were…fair to middling? Lisa cried, and her tears seem genuine even if they’re not because she’s such a stiff-upper-lip Brit in most situations that it’s striking to see her upset. By not constantly crying wolf in other arguments, Lisa’s bought herself a small benefit of the doubt in this one, which should be a lesson to all future Bravolebrities.
10. Husbands, don’t yell at your wives’ friends. Mauricio looked like a bully when he did it to Brandi last season, and Ken looked like one last night, calling people stupid and all that. It’s not dignified, it’s not helpful and it’s not going to help Lisa win the argument. I can understand wanting to defend your spouse, but in these carefully constructed webs of alliances and audience loyalties, they should probably just take their own advice and shut up.
Bag count: One blue Rag & Bone Pilot Bag, two Louis Vuitton Neverfulls, one Juicy Couture beach tote, one Stella McCartney Falabella that has to be utterly exhausted by now.
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Every season, Dolce & Gabbana seems to have one goal, and one goal only: to make every new collection as Dolce & Gabbana as humanly possible. Not interested in Italian neoclassicism, European history or the vagaries of Sicilian culture? Dolce isn’t for you, and the designers aren’t even going to pretend it is. There’s no everywoman in these garments, only the Dolce woman, and that extends to Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 Handbags.
In this selection of bags, there weren’t terribly many legacy Dolce shapes. Instead, the show was largely dominated by ornately embellished box shoulder bags and a few flap-closured top handles, and everything was utterly ornate. Beading, embroidery, metalwork, exotic skins, fur, crystals, velvet, brocade – the works, often in combination. Despite all of that stuff going on, almost all of the bags felt luxurious and well-designed, which isn’t always the case for pieces with so many competing elements. Dolce & Gabbana do very particular things, and they do them particularly well.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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Moreso than most American brands, who tend to try to please a crowd, Italian designers often have very specific customers. Dolce & Gabbana is for women who want to look sexy and traditionally elegant all at once. Gucci is straight-up sexy. Bottega Veneta is for sophisticated women who count luxury as more important than flash. Versace is for women who date rock stars and wear six-inch wedges to the beach. Based on Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2014 handbags, Ferragamo is for women with a corner office.
Most notably, this show marked the debut of the Fiamma line, which consists of slightly potbellied (in a good way) little two-handled satchels in sizes from mini to large and materials from buffed calfskin to glossy crocodile. They’re polished, expensive-looking and just distinctive enough to warrant attention without being so over the top as to violate Ferragamo’s history of relative conservatism. And indeed, that history is apparent throughout the show’s bags, which are the kinds of pieces a very successful woman could easily carry into a strict workplace without violating anyone’s sense of propriety or taste but still representing herself as totally in control of her personal style. Check out the full selection below.
[Photos via Vogue.com]
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Last season, Bottega Veneta’s runway handbag display was a little sparse for a brand that’s so widely known and beloved for its fine leather goods, and I couldn’t help but wonder if that meant the brand was attempting to shift more of the focus to Tomas Maier’s luxurious, elegant ready-to-wear. Based on Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2014 handbags, that seems to have been a seasonal variation instead of a new trajectory; over the weekend, Bottega’s Milan runway played host to a slew of beautiful bags, many in snakeskin.
The shapes are traditional, and split evenly between ladylike and businesslike – half short-strapped shoulder bags, half triple-gusset handheld satchels that are, for all intents and purposes, briefcases. They’re uniformly luxurious, though, especially when the snakeskins are rendered in neutral variations. Check out all the bags below.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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If you’ve been itching to buy a new bag (and who can blame you, with new spring deliveries popping up all around us), we have some good news for you. Today through February 26, you can take $75 off a $300 purchase at Saks. All you have to do is enter code GIFT96 at checkout! If you’re looking beyond bags, fret not – the code is good on almost any purchase, but (and we might be biased) we don’t know why you’d use it on anything but a beautiful spring handbag. (There are some exclusions, so check out the deets before you get to shoppin’.)
You’ll notice two things about Prada’s Fall 2014 handbags: first, holy chain handles, Batman. Second, they don’t look a lot like Prada handbags as we’ve known them in the recent past. Miuccia Prada sent out a more tightly edited collection of bags than she has on her past several runways, in which every model had a bag in her hands. This time, only 10 or so did, and they were all neutral or metallic flap bags of varying sizes, with relatively minimal turnlock closures.
The bags were less structured that Prada’s recent efforts, in addition to being shoulder bags instead of totes or satchels. My initial concern is that these bags will be super heavy if the chain handles aren’t hollow, and odds are that they’re not – they’d feel cheap, and Prada generally goes for expensive and impractical over cheap and easy. Take a look at the runway bags below and let us know if you’re feeling them in the comments.
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Few brands create a buying frenzy like Mansur Gavriel does these days. The young brand’s minimal, sophisticated bags retail at contemporary prices and sell out almost immediately upon delivery, and until now, it’s been impossible to place a simple online pre-order for them like you can with bigger brands that retail at places like Neiman Marcus or Saks. Today, that’s changes – Mansur Gavriel Fall 2014 handbags are available for pre-order at Moda Operandi, which may very well be the only way to ensure you get one.
The Fall 2014 collection, which I got a chance to see in person at the brand’s offices last week, includes a couple of notable expansions. First, the bags available for pre-order at MO are a bit more expensive than the core collection we’ve seen from the brand over the past two seasons. According to the designers, that’s because they’ve added a second tier of leather quality that’s more luxurious than what you’ll find in the brand’s standard lineup. The original bags will still be available in the original color options and leather quality and with the previous price points, but they’re not available during this pre-order.
Beyond that, the ultra-covetable Bucket Bag now comes in a Mini version (which is just about the most lightweight handbag I’ve ever encountered), but it’s not too mini; it’ll still easily hold your wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses and maybe even a mini iPad. The brand has also converted the Bucket shape into two backpacks, the larger of which is big enough to easily carry a small laptop. Lastly, you’ve probably already noticed that Mansur Gavriel’s bags have gotten significantly more colorful; the designers have chosen four of the brand’s most popular interior colors (navy, blue, red and blush pink), plus white, to mark the design duo’s first expansion beyond black, camel and tan.
Check out a couple of our favorites below or pre-order the collection for July delivery through February 27 at Moda Operandi.
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Outside the bounds of the most forward-thinking sectors in menswear, printed and patterned men’s bags, besides plaid, have long been basically nonexistent. Florals and leopard print are a tough enough sell in shirts, let alone in a bag that a dude might be expected to carry every day. Menswear is expanding rapidly, though, especially when it comes to western men’s ideas of what they can wear or carry to still feel “masculine.” That means that even the most mainstream designers have given men a lot more interesting things to play with over the past few seasons, which includes a lot of print bags for spring.
Below, we’ve assembled a small selection of our current favorites from some of the globe’s best accessory brands. Ladies, feel free to snap these up for yourselves.
After two seasons in a row of furry, futuristic, ultra-covetable wildness from the brand, Fendi’s Fall 2014 Handbags are a bit of a step back toward simplification, if only a small one. There’s a bit less fur, fewer textural embellishments and not as many colors residing on a single purse, but there’s still the signature Fendi look that Karl Lagerfeld has taken care to develop over the past few years.
Fendi fans will automatically recognize both the Peekaboo and the 3Jours bags, both of which debuted for fall in new iterations that include details like fur handles and aggressively industrial metal trim, but the bags that dominated the Fendi runway were overwhelmingly small, squat, squarish and, dare I say, highly reminiscent of Hermes, with their leather-cloaked keys, short handles a la the Kelly Longue and traditionally French detailing. The bags were show as hand-helds on the runway, but I suspect they’ll come with removable shoulder straps at retail; if not, they might be a tough sell.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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We’ve survived another week of winter, and right now, I’m trying to remind myself that means we’re another week closer to spring. It’s going to be mild and sunny in New York and on much of the East Coast this weekend, and as we are wont to celebrate everything on Fridays, we’re here with another round of bag deals to usher in the good news. Until it goes back to frigidity in a few days, at least.
You can say a lot of things about Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but you can’t claim the man doesn’t have a sense of humor about himself. Fendi, a brand that knows as well as any other when it has a hit on its hand and how to maximize its success, opened its Fall 2014 runway show (full coverage of the show’s handbags is coming your way at noon) with one of the brand’s popular Bag Bugs in the visage of Lagerfeld himself, held aloft daintily by Cara Delevingne so that one and all could snap clear pictures of it for Instagram and beyond. Well played.
Lagerfeld intuitively understands better than almost anyone else in fashion how powerful moments like this little Bag Bug can be – photos of this furry, miniaturized version of himself immediately flooded social media after the show, and East Coasters woke up to find Lil Karl staring back at them from their phones. Not only that, but Fendi had the biggest model in the world carry it; the brand signed Delevingne to a Milan exclusive, so her appearance along with this Bag Bug was the only one she’ll be making on the Italian runways. It was, clearly, the only such handbag accessory presented in this way. Based on our sources, Lil Karl saw his shadow, so we’re predicting six more months of brisk Bag Bug pre-sales.
If you want to get your hands on one of Fendi’s original furry bag charms, check out our guide to pre-ordering them.
[Image via Vogue.com]
During her tenure at the brand, creative director Frida Giannini has taken enormous strides in streamlining and simplifying what it is to be the Gucci woman. Tom Ford’s hard-nosed excess was fun, but Giannini has long offered up a softer experience that is more viscerally luxurious, and she’s taken that even another step further with Gucci’s Fall 2014 handbags. The collection features shapes both familiar and new, all made minimalist in soft leather and muted tones.
Gucci fans will immediately recognized the newly pared-down New Jackie Hobo, which does away with some of the trim details that were holding the design in the last decade and makes it feel more languid and casual. In addition, you’ll find small, structured shoulder bags with generous straps, plus oversized totes in what appears to be very sumptuous leather. To say we’re looking forward to seeing these bags in stores would be an understatement; this collection doesn’t try to hard or reach too far, and it does a lot of thinks exactly right.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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London Fashion Week tends to get short shrift when it comes to evaluating the month of fashion shows that we all look forward to and/or endure every six months. It’s the shortest of the four “weeks,” and arguably the least prestigious, although the Brits have a knack for figuring out what’s coming next before anyone else. LFW is a bastion of young talent and streetwear, and for that, plenty of celebs, British, American and beyond, come out to see what London has on offer. Naturally, they do so carrying great bags, and we’ve got the best of the lot below.
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After middling results with the Mulberry Del Rey Bag, Mulberry has chosen a more fashion-centric name for its next celebrity collaboration. Supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne has signed on to design (“design”) and rep the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Bag, which comes in three sizes, all of which are convertible between a tote and backpack.
The first run of bags will be available in quilted leather, two shades of camo-print calf hair and one limited edition quilted version that features lion-head studs within the bag’s quilts. Delevingne famously has a lion head tattoo on one of her fingers, which was likely the inspiration behind that particular embellishment. None of the other bags are listed as limited editions, so you can expect the line to live on into the future as long as consumer interest demands its presence.
Before the Lana Del Rey bag, Mulberry had huge success hitching its wagon to style star Alexa Chung (lest we forget that the Mulberry Alexa is named after her). Tapping Del Rey felt like a misstep from the beginning because of the relative lack of interest in her among luxury audiences, but Delevingne has proved to be both an industry obsession and paparazzi magnet, so her clout might do more to propel these bags into the realm of the smash-hit Alexa. As bags, they’re very much traditionally Mulberry-esque and in some ways similar to the ever-popular Bayswater, so fans of the brand’s look will likely have no problem embracing these new shapes. Check out photos from the London unveiling below, as well as Mulberry’s images of the forthcoming bags. Prices haven’t been released yet, and you can expect the bags to surface around the end of summer.
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Here at the PurseBlog offices, we’re intent on marching forth into spring, even if the weather intends not to cooperate with our sartorial whims until late May. (Please, please let it warm up, or at least stop snowing, before then. For our sanities’ sakes.) In that spirit, today’s edition of Want It Wednesday covers all things animal print; how better to make a season transition? Because everything from leopard to snakeskin tends to be composed of neutral shades, animal prints are season-busting must-haves if you’re going to keep yourself sane until it gets warm.
There is something of a fine line between “art” and “art project,” and during the Burberry Fall 2014 runway show, the brand’s hand-painted handbags didn’t often stay on the right side of it. In a post-show interview with Vogue, brand head Christopher Bailey spoke of having studio staffers paint the bags, and the results generally looked like the product of hands whose primary job is not, in fact, painting things. A “back-to-basics” approach was clearly Bailey’s intent, but unfortunately it doesn’t make for bags that look particularly luxurious or expensive.
The collection also includes some bags with large swaths of Native American blanket-print textiles, which are light years more sophisticated than their painted counterparts, as well as some bags, all in the same elongated domed shape, which feature velvet embellishments. The vast majority of the bags were painted with oversized, amateurish flowers and leaves, though, and although normally I love painted bags, I wish Burberry, with its nearly infinite resources and influence, had tapped actual artists to do the painting like Prada often does; the results would have almost assuredly been no less earthy but light years more elegant.
[Images via Vogue.com]
I totally, unrepentantly love Edie Parker clutches. It’s important that you know that going forward, because if you’ve generally felt the same way in the past, you’re about to fall head over heels for the Edie Parker Fall 2014 collection that’s currently up for pre-order at Moda Operandi. The clutches are sparkling, retro-modern confections that have a sense of fun and girlishness without falling into juvenile territory, and I want every last one of them.
The collection includes a new set of multicolor inlay designs, including several clutches that are faceted to look like gemstones and additional takes on the brand’s uber-successful deco looks. The MO pre-order also features several of the brand’s nameplate clutches, which have achieved cult status among fashion industry folks and bag-conscious celebs alike. For Fall 2014, the brand has added a stark new font option for those among us who may not feel as though script suits them. Check out the new bags below and shop the pre-order at Moda Operandi through February 23.
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Considering how much drama the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have squeezed out of high school kids’ parties this season, I’ve become super curious about what all my friends’ parents were doing while we were sneaking beers at the high school graduation parties they threw for us in the back yards of their metro Atlanta McMansions. Whatever drama went on, it was in a more modest venue than the Moroccan room at Yolanda’s ex-husband’s house, that’s for sure.
1. “I’m rubber and you’re glue; everything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.” I don’t want to trivialize anyone’s religious beliefs, but when Carlton was describing the powers inherent in the crystal that she drops down her bra every morning, all I could think of was a tormented kid trying to stand up to her bullies in an 80s teen movie.
2. BUT THE CRYSTALS TOTALLY WORK YOU GUYS. We know that they totally work because Carlton commanded them to change the screensaver on Kyle’s computer to a ghostly word jumble. (Actually, it was just Apple’s Word of the Day screensaver that everyone with a Mac already has on their computers, and it chooses five new words to display every day.) Unless Carlton has access to the spirit of the dearly departed Steve Jobs, it’s probably not worth Kyle getting her weave all in a tangle over it.
3. We should all be lucky enough to eventually have divorces as amicable as Yolanda’s. Yolanda’s ex and her current, all talking and laughing and making dinner for the kiddos in one of the extended family’s perfect mansions, is probably the most anyone can reasonably dream of in this life.
4. Carlton bought her entire wardrobe at Vegas casino shops. And not the fancy ones that are the same as any upscale mall you’d find in any other major city; the ones that cater to fist-pumping, bottle service-buying tourists from locales that have yet to receive the memo about Ed Hardy being embarrassing. Remember that episode of Sex in the City where Charlotte feels old and homely and goes to the gift shop in Atlantic City and comes back in something tight, short and flammable? Carlton wore that dress to Yolanda’s daughter’s going away party.
5. Lisa Vanderpump is the Frank Underwood of Real Housewives. I just started watching House of Cards this weekend, and for the uninitiated, Frank Underwood is a cutthroat South Carolinian congressman and power-brokering puppet master who plays the game perfectly and rarely lets any of his machinations ripple above the surface, even though the people he uses as pawns are always trying to get people to rally against him. Substitute “South Carolinian congressman” with “Bravo reality star” and try to tell me Lisa isn’t his reality TV equivalent with a different accent. Except Frank, as far as I know, has never had anyone maybe deported.
6. Kyle has decided that the path to Carlton’s heart is paved with tacky costume jewelry. Kyle’s blue necklace managed to buy a split second of peace with Carlton, so apparently Kyle figured that she could just keep a steady stream of shiny things coming and distract Carlton indefinitely, like a magpie with a bad fake tan. Lisa, who has better taste than both of them combined, managed to put the kibosh on that plan by pointing out that the ring was kind of dumb. (Even if she didn’t cop to pointing that out approximately 30 seconds later.)
7. Joyce has been absent because her father passed away. During the opening credits, I was actually a bit surprised when Joyce came up because I had kind of forgotten that she even existed, thanks to her limited role in the past episode or two. As it turns out, it wasn’t an editing decision on Bravo’s end or an effort by the other cast members to exclude her from filming, it was a death in the family, which is terrible.
8. “Don’t forget that, missy.” Calling someone “missy” while simultaneously threatening them is generally the province of southerners, but Lisa is versatile.
Handbag count: One Rag & Bone Ryder Bag, one Chanel Classic Flap bag, one Versace Signature Tote.
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I never thought myself much of an anglophile until I got into fashion. There’s something about London that brings together luxury and innovation in such a playful way that every season, I look forward to London Fashion Week more than any other, even if the names are generally newer and the brands generally smaller. British retailers are also some of my favorites to browse, which is why we’ve selected MATCHESFASHION.COM for this week’s edition of The International Edit.
The site just released a new edition of its print magazine, featuring Lake Bell and some beautiful Oscar de la Renta pieces, and we gave MATCHESFASHION.COM a little edit of our own. Check out our favorites from the site’s most recent arrivals below or shop the whole selection via MATCHESFASHION.COM.
After two blockbuster handbag hits with the PS1 and PS11 bags, Proenza Schouler’s accessories success has been in something of a holding pattern. That happens to many brands after an initial fit of success; learning how to turn those first instincts into stable, replicable growth requires a little bit of alchemy, at the very least. Based on the Proenza Schouler Fall 2014 handbags, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez may have hit their stride.
The bags in this collection feature a lot of notable details: a repurposed portion of the PS11 hardware, tons of gorgeous crocodile skins, tactile short fur elements, prints, colorblocking. What’s most notable, though, is that the bags finally feel fresh. They don’t feel like PS1 retreads, and they aren’t the kind of misfire that the PS13 turned out to be. They’re modern, luxurious and notably Proenza, just like they should be.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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As you may or may not have picked up on (but probably, because you guys have two eyes and an Internet connection), New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago and we all need a rest. The long weekend helped, of course, but we’ve scoured the Internet to find the best beauty products, balms and potions for reinvigorating and rehydrating our winter-bitten skin, right down to our chapped lips.
Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and as we prepare for the Fall 2014 collections cross the Atlantic to roll through Europe for the next three weeks, it’s important to take stock of what happened in Manhattan and what it tells us about where our accessories dollars are headed in the second half of the year.
First, designers are putting their biggest emphasis ever on exotics and fur, so you should either get ready to spend $20,000 on a handbag or get ready to buy a $2,000 consolation prize. For top-tier designers; there’s little downside to courting the ultra rich; not only does it enable them to move five-figure handbags, but it makes the brand’s more accessible designs all the more attractive to regular luxury customers. Beyond the clear texture trends, many collections had another thing in common: plenty of blue accessories, from powder to navy.
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