Category Archives: Alexander Mcqueen

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of April 18

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of April 18

We’re in a bit of an odd season for bag deals. Because a lot of brands and retailers are doing Friends & Family sales right now, sale sections are a little bit barren, but they’re sure to fill up again soon. In the meantime, we have our weekly roundup of the best of the best below, plus a new coupon code to tell you about. Now through April 21, you can take 20% off any Loeffler Randall purchase on the brand’s site with code FRIENDLY. Definitely check out Loeffler Randall’s new spring bags (and shoes!), and for the traditional lineup of bag deals, meet us after the jump. (Alternately, check our our Deals page for a listing of the best online sales, updated daily.)

Here Comes the Bride: Spring 2014′s Best Wedding Clutches

Here Comes the Bride: Spring 2014′s Best Wedding Clutches

New York got its first real taste of spring weather over the weekend, and while the city basket in warmth, you could almost hear the rustle of tulle liberated from closets and the clack of pearls pulled out of jewelry boxes. Wedding season: it’s here.

Weddings bring up a whole host of dressing quandaries for everyone from brides to plus-ones, and although we can’t solve all of them for you, we can tell you what you should be carrying alongside your gown, bridesmaid frock or sundress. From the sweetly traditional to the aggressively literal, check out the year’s best wedding bags below.

Character Study: Joan Holloway of “Mad Men”

Character Study: Joan Holloway of “Mad Men”

On Sunday, the seventh and final season of Mad Men debuts, which spells the beginning of the end for two of television’s most exciting female characters: Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson. Today, we’ll pay a small tribute to the force of nature that is Joanie by breaking down her accessories style in the second installment of our Character Study series. (Scandal superfan? Check out our first edition, starring Olivia Pope.)

Translating Joan’s style into today’s fashion presents a unique challenge because Mad Men is so inextricably tied to a very particular era and, by extension, that era’s very particular aesthetic. Handbags in the early 60s weren’t the functional carryalls that we know today; instead, shapes tended toward the compact and structured, with an emphasis on top handles and, later, small shoulder bags.

Within those parameters, Joan’s style tends toward the attention-getting. On the show, the character has spoken about being a woman who was raised to be admired, and she adorns herself accordingly. Her style is bright, detailed and exquisitely tailored, with occasional notes of kitsch that characterize the time period’s ultra-feminine look. With her promotion to partner at the end of the fifth season, Joan could certainly afford any of the retro-modern bags we’ve chosen below.

Amber Heard has a McQueen Bag on One Arm and Johnny Depp on the Other

Amber Heard has a McQueen Bag on One Arm and Johnny Depp on the Other

Here’s actress Amber Heard, leaving The Bowery Hotel in NYC with two of my favorites – her fiance Johnny Depp, and a beautiful, bright blue Alexander McQueen Heroine Python Tote. Strangely enough, Johnny seems to be carrying a bag as well – a manly metallic clutch, perhaps? We couldn’t find a single python version of the Heroine online, but you can get a regular leather version in “Ivory” at Neiman Marcus for $2,595.

This just in: Amber Heard is one year younger than me, and life really just isn’t fair. I know that dating A-listers and acquiring designer handbags go hand in hand, but really, what sort of Faustian deal has this woman made with the universe?! In other news, fresh reinventions of this tried-and-true McQueen design seems to be making a fair bit of traction with celebs lately – we just saw Elizabeth Banks with a lovely, patterned version of the bag last month.

Sharon Stone Carries Alexander McQueen on the Set of Her New Show

Sharon Stone Carries Alexander McQueen on the Set of Her New Show

Sharon Stone is FINALLY making the leap to cable TV! (Can you believe she’s avoided it for this long?) Here’s Sharon wrapping up a day of filming for TNT’s Agent X in Vancouver. Sharon is carrying a black Alexander McQueen Heroine Zip Tote, which makes perfect sense because she’s playing America’s first female Vice President – a bag called Heroine seems like an obvious choice, even though powerful women in politics sometimes catch flack for carrying expensive bags. You can get Sharon’s stylish Alexander McQueen bag for $2,085 at Neiman Marcus.

Sharon might also be carrying a Miu Miu bag in the same hand in a couple of these photos, but we can’t get a good enough look at her second bag to give it a proper ID. Sharon Stone fans: be aware that Agent X is the working title for this show – I noticed it shares its title with an obscure (and completely unrelated) Marvel comic book series, and I can’t imagine Marvel will just let that slide. If you love TV bag-watching and highly charged political dramas, do check out Amanda’s study of Scandal’s Olivia Pope and her handbag habits.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of February 28

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of February 28

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.

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Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

I have neither a significant other nor a residence in a climate that currently allows me to wear adorable shoes and dresses without tights, but what I do have is an active imagination, which I used to come up with what I think is a rather lovely Outfit of the Week befitting of Valentine’s Day. I’m also not a dude, but for the occasion, it seemed like one outfit deserved another, and who doesn’t want to envision themselves alongside a man in a grey Burberry suit? Preferably one with a matching British accent.

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Elizabeth Banks Carries Alexander McQueen to the Today Show

Elizabeth Banks Carries Alexander McQueen to the Today Show

Elizabeth Banks was seen leaving The Today Show studios last Thursday morning with a beautifully patterned Alexander McQueen Heroine Tote. You can get Elizabeth’s bag in basic white calfskin leather for $2,595 at Nordstrom. The Heroine made its debut back in 2012, and while we’ve seen it carried by plenty of A-list celebs over the past two years (Jessica Chastain, Lady Gaga), I can’t help thinking this bag should’ve been way more popular than it was/is. It comes in such an alluring variety of patterns and colorways, but perhaps there’s too much stylistic overlap with other bags on the market.

Elizabeth is currently making the rounds to promote her voiceover work in “The Lego Movie”, which, much to my astonishment, is receiving rave reviews across the board. That’s quite a feat for a children’s movie AND a film about Legos. So rest easy knowing that if the kiddos in your life drag you to see this flick over the coming weeks, it won’t be absolute torture.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 24

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 24

As January draws to a close, so does the traditional luxury sale season, but that won’t stop us from scouring the Internet each Friday for our weekly dose of bag deals. This week, we searched the best sales that are still ongoing and found some treasures, from calf hair, to exotics, to the perfect Marchesa spring wedding clutch for 60% off. Check them all out below.

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The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne

The Many Bags of Kelly Osbourne

Like mother, like daughter, especially when it comes to Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne and their respective handbag collections. We profiled the elder Osbourne’s love for black Chanel bags a few months ago, and now that awards season is upon us, Kelly is gracing all of our televisions even more regularly than she usually does for red carpet coverage. That seemed like enough reason to delve into her handbag collection, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Kelly seems to have on speed dial the same hardworking Chanel sales associate as her mom. Check out her bags, Chanel and beyond, below.

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When I come back to Milano

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Truth is I’m spending most of my time either traveling or in Los Angeles (where, If everything works, I should have my own house from March/April) but truth also is that each time I go back to Milan the rain seems never stop.
My ten days home before Christmas were wet, and also this time I saw the sun shining for only a day. Blog photos are hard If not impossible to take: in the short rain-breaks you see me running from one place to the other (and against time) to get some decent outfit photos. The costant LA sun seems so far away :(
In these photos I was wearing the new McQ Alexander McQueen sweater and the fake fur that you’ve already seen me in all the colours: It’s from Storets and I have it in black, cream, white and now also pink :)

E’ vero che ormai sto passando la maggior parte del mio tempo in viaggio o a Los Angeles (dove, se tutto va bene, dovrei avere la mia prima casa da marzo/aprile) ma è altrettanto vero che ogni volta che torno a Milano la pioggia sembra perseguitarmi.
I miei dieci giorni a casa prima di Natale sono stati sotto l’acqua, ed anche questa volta ho visto il sole per un solo giorno. Le foto per il blog sono difficili se non impossibili da scattare: nelle brevi pause dagli acquazzoni eccomi correre come una pazza per le strade (e contro il tempo) per ottenere gli scatti di outfit che vedete qui. Decisamente i 25° e sole costante di Los Angeles sono solo un lontano miraggio :(
In queste foto indossavo una nuova felpa di McQ Alexander McQueen ed il pellicciotto fake fur che ormai mi avete visto in tutti i colori: è di Storets e ce l’ho nero, crema, panna, e dall’altro giorno anche rosa :)

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I was wearing:

PRADA SHOES
LEVI’S JEANS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SWEATER
STORETS FAUX FUR COAT
HERMES KELLY BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

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Shrink Ray Strikes Spring 2014 Handbags; All Your Favorite Designers Affected

Shrink Ray Strikes Spring 2014 Handbags; All Your Favorite Designers Affected

We briefly touched on the trend of miniaturizing successful bag designs last spring, but now that we’re in the back half of January and it seems like warm weather may one day come again at some indeterminate point in the future, it seems like the number of designers who have decided to make everything tiny has expanded exponentially. In fashion, unlike literally every other facet of human life, the warmth of spring doesn’t make things grow – it makes bags get smaller. Below, you’ll find over a dozen mini designer handbags to lighten your load, now and in the future.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 17

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of January 17

As the old saying goes, when god closes a door, he opens a window. That’s true of the fashion gods for sure; American sale season has all but concluded, but much of the rest of the shopping world is still going strong. Which is, of course, the great thing about the Internet – if you have a credit card and a delivery address, shopping overseas feels more or less just like picking up a new bag at your favorite department store. Below, check out a few of our favorite bag deals from international sites like THE OUTNET, Matches Fashion and farfetch.com.

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Joshua Tree

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I love traveling and exploring… My passport, my tattoo on the right wrist and my adventure exciment are a good proof of that.
Last week, in the middle of filming a video in Los Angeles something came out to our minds: moving to the desert, Joshua Tree, to finish the project.
We left after dinner, arrived at 1 am, discovered there was no heat in the house we rent (and the nights over there are pretty cold), stare at the stars in the sky,  talking for hours next to the fireplace, with no service at all on our phones.
The next morning we woke up in the middle of nowhere in a “glass house”, we drove for hours in the desert, finished the video, and shot these photos. The look I was wearing is what I consider “my casual uniform” (even though the McQ Alexander McQueen shirt is the details that makes the difference), but the atmosphere you can breath in these shots is magic, like those days were.

Amo viaggiare ed esplorare.. Lo dimostra il mio passaporto, il mio tatuaggio sul polso destro, il mio entusiasmo per l’avventura.
La scorsa settimana, nel bel mezzo della registrazione di un video a Los Angeles ci è venuta l’idea: spostarci nel deserto, più precisamente a Joshua Tree, e finire il progetto proprio li.
Siamo partiti dopo cena, arrivati li all’una di notte, scoperto che non avevamo il riscaldamento in casa (e nel deserto la notte è più che gelida), acceso il camino, guardato le stelle e ci siamo addormentati dopo aver parlato per ore, con i cellulari che non prendevano la rete (per non parlare di Internet) neanche per scherzo.
La mattina dopo ci siamo svegliati nel bel mezzo del nulla in una casa di sole vetrate, abbiamo guidato per ore nelle strade deserte, finito il video, e scattato queste fotografie. Il look è quella che io considero la mia “uniforme casual”, (anche se la camicia di McQ Alexander McQueen è il dettaglio che fa la differenza), ma l’atmosfera che si respira da questi scatti è magica, come lo sono stati quei giorni.

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I was wearing:

SUPERGA FOR THE BLONDE SALAD CROC SNEAKERS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SHIRT
J BRAND RIPPED JEANS
CAIA BANGLE
CAIA RINGS
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
LAER LEATHER JACKET
W.U.U.L BEANIE (WORKERS-UNITED-UNION-LABOR)

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Want It Wednesday – January 15

Want It Wednesday – January 15

With all the new spring arrivals that have started showing up for pre-order at online retailers, the PurseBlog team has returned back to basics for this week’s Want It Wednesday. Yep, that’s right, we’re craving handbags and leather goods this week, plus one particularly sparkly cuff to set it all off.

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Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

Springtime flowers on fashion pieces are common enough to garner their own Devil Wears Prada reference, but there’s little use in arguing that a good floral can’t bring a smile to the face of most shoppers looking to thaw out from a long winter. As spring deliveries start to arrive at online retailers, it looks like floral bags are set to be even more popular than usual, from delicate embroidered clutches to large everyday totes. Check out over a dozen of our favorites below.

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#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – January 9

#PBWIMB Instagram Roundup – January 9

It’s been a while since our last #PBWIMB Instagram Roundup, what with all of the holiday chaos that went on these past couple months, but we’re back, and the bags you photographed look better than ever. Judging by the bags we’ve seen on our feeds lately, either all of you were on the nice list this year, or you treated yourselves to some seriously good arm candy. Take a look at the gallery below to see if your Instagram was picked in our favorites of the week.

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The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

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.

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The 10 Best Celebrity Bag Moments of Fall 2013

The 10 Best Celebrity Bag Moments of Fall 2013

We watch what celebs are wearing and carrying through every season, but Fall 2013 seemed to bring a swift return to form for celeb fashionistas, after a breezy, carefree summer of neon satchels and floral bucket bags. New York Fashion Week in September always reminds celebs to re-declare their fashion allegiances and find new brands to tout/tote. You’d think that finding the 10 best celebrity bag moments of the season would be no easy task.

Celeb bag-watching is my main gig – I’ve seen hundreds of celeb/bag combos in the past several months. However, when it came time to pick my favorite celeb handbag selections of the season, I was stunned by how far these ten stood out from the crowd. The bags that make up this list represent a wide variety of handbag needs, from carry-with-everything totes to full-on party-time clutches.

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#12DaysofHandbags Day 5: Clutches

#12DaysofHandbags Day 5: Clutches

Clutches hold a special place in our hearts. They’re certainly not the most practical of purses, but something about their small, delicate size instantly makes us feel more glamorous the second we carry them. Take a look below to see where we took our clutches this week.

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Valentino Rockstud Clutch
$1,495 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander McQueen Gold Skull Clutch
$1,795 Similar Style Available via Neiman Marcus


Jonathan Adler Electra Bond Clutch
$289 via Jonathan Adler

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The Holidays are Here – Check Out These 20 Party-Ready Clutches Starting at $45

The Holidays are Here – Check Out These 20 Party-Ready Clutches Starting at $45

If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have an extensive stash of sparkly little party clutches and evening bags at the ready. During 11 months of the year, that’s not such a big tragedy, but then December comes around and hits us like a ton of bricks with its seemingly endless stream of evening get-togethers. Office parties, family gatherings, that invitation from your weird neighbor that you accept because you think there will be good liquor. That’s not to mention the things you actually want to do with your friends, and all of this calls for party bag options. A girl’s gotta have options.

As we are wont to do, we did the dirty work of scouring Internet retailers for their best fete-ready handheld handbags, and we came up with 20 that will elevate outfits of all kinds. These bags start at $45 and range from traditional party options to the decidedly non-traditional, so there’s sure to be something below that will fit both your budget and personal style. Now you just have to get to work on those RSVPs.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 8

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of November 8

I can barely believe that Friday is with us yet again. That’s probably because the combination of spending half of the week in a different city and this past week’s change in the clocks has made me completely disoriented and slightly out of sync with the space-time continuum, but maybe some of you guys are right there with me. For both those who suffer with me and those who are somehow a bit further along in evolution and have no idea what I’m talking about, I’d like to present you with this week’s bag deals.

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The Many Bags of Alessandra Ambrosio

The Many Bags of Alessandra Ambrosio

While going through literally thousands of pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio yesterday, one thing struck me above all else: being Alessandra Ambrosio must be a pretty great gig. The Victoria’s Secret superstar has two beautiful children, a handsome husband and an enormously successful career predicated on her own innate attractiveness. On top of all that, she doesn’t seem to sweat the paparazzi nonsense too much, unlike some of the celebs we’ve profiled in the past. Alessandra’s taste in handbags more or less goes along with that attitude – laid back but luxurious, with lots of crossbody bags and options suitable for a mom of two young kids. If that mom is also a Brazilian lingerie model, anyway.

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20 Calf Hair Bags I’m Currently Coveting

20 Calf Hair Bags I’m Currently Coveting

Fall is for jumping in leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and layering tons of textures. As I much as I love my cashmere sweaters, when it comes to accessories, this season is all about calf hair for me. For months, I’ve been lusting over more calf hair bags than you can possibly imagine; in fact, I’m starting to believe my heart may even be covered in the stuff.

Calf hair adds such an element of sophistication to every outfit and instantly makes you look a little more luxious. These 20 calf hair bags are so elegant and so soft that you may even find yourself snuggled up with one by the end of the night.

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Lady Gaga’s Alexander McQueen Bag is the Least Insane Thing About Her Outfit

Lady Gaga’s Alexander McQueen Bag is the Least Insane Thing About Her Outfit

Oh, Lady Gaga. Here’s her ladyship exiting her hotel in London, tempting fate and testing the patience of fashion lovers everywhere with a particularly outlandish hat choice. (I enjoy how all the Brits in these pics look particularly blasé about the whole situation.) When regarded individually, everything she’s wearing is pretty amazing, though I contend that her hat belongs in a museum and not on the head of an actual human being, for obvious reasons. Her bag of choice for this outing is a beautiful, glossy black Alexander McQueen Honeycomb Heroine Satchel. You can pick up the tote version of this bag for $3,209 at FarFetch.

Lady Gaga was a friend of the late, great Lee McQueen before his untimely demise, and her song “Fashion of His Love” is a tribute to the designer. She remains an ardent McQueen enthusiast, and made headlines in 2012 when she paid over $130K for a McQueen gown from Daphne Guinness’ personal collection at a charity auction; the most anyone has ever paid for any McQueen item.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Week of October 21

The Best Bag Deals for the Week of October 21

First and foremost, apologies for the downtime you may have experienced if you tried to access PurseBlog or our sister site, TalkShoes, at the end of last week. Our tech folks worked as swiftly as they could with our melting servers, and we’re glad to be back up and running with a fresh crop of bag deals to show our appreciation for your patience. This is normally a Friday thing for us, as many of you know, but it’s an equally lovely way to start a week.

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PurseForum Roundup – September 27

PurseForum Roundup – September 27

Well, fall is here, and even though many of our members are discussing the Spring 2014 lines that have made headlines this month, we are also shifting our wardrobes in anticipation of cooler days and nights. We thought it would be fun to look for some of our members’ fall purchases around the PurseForum, so come on in and see what we found!


Coach Croc Embossed Bag

In Coach, plenty of reveals have been keeping our members busy this week. JennyLee133 added a beautiful Phoebe to her collection, and be sure not to miss her pretty wallet’s cameo appearance. Coach fans got quite a treat when SylviaLovesBags revealed her new Madison in a wonderful shade of rust red, a color that will carry through the winter effortlessly. Several months ago, our very own Vlad started a thread in Coach for PurseBlog’s preview of Coach Fall 2013, and this picture-heavy thread is seeing plenty of action as these bags and accessories make their way into our members’ collections.

Paulina1234 doubled the fun with her reveal of a stunning bag and perfect pair of flats – we think you will love this shade of purple (and the shoes are as cute as can be). We were lucky enough to catch this reveal live, and it was fun to share the excitement with Paulina1234 and her Coach pals. Jesssh is looking for some help deciding on whether or not this bag is a keeper, so feel free to weigh in when you visit this busy subforum!


Chanel Coco Ring

Chanel lovers have been sharing their September 2013 purchases in a dedicated thread, and it is certainly finishing up with a bang! This week, mytwocents stole our hearts with her gorgeous patent flap, and LVbemerry stole the show with her adorable Coco ring and terrific photo collage! We love the variety in this thread, which features myriad Chanel goodies large and small, from nail polish, to bags, to watches and everything in between. One of our favorites in this thread is the darling key pouch that ilovenicebags shared with us, complete with a surprise key chain that is not to be missed!

Also in Chanel, we found several members needing help with a decision. Want to weigh in? Tiffany_ is looking for some help with a Reissue decision, lovelvburberry needs some advice about a return and buni88 is wondering about a leather choice. Chanel is much more than bag reveals, there are always interesting discussions around this popular, iconic brand. We popped into the Instagram that Chanel thread and absolutely loved seeing what our members have posted. This thread is a must for any lover of Chanel, large bags or small (very very very small)!


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We are so excited to share a very special thread in Home and Garden this week. The intriguing title, It All Began With a Glass of Wine, is an invitation by longtime member Luckydogmom to join her as she adjusts to her youngest child heading off to college. As her household shifts, Luckydogmom has taken a long look at her living space, and decided to make some incredible and inspired changes, and she has graciously included us in this journey. Beautifully written and accompanied by wonderful photographs of some treasured pieces, we are all on an adventure that is so much more than design and fabric swatches. We hope you will join us, this thread is a great read and it has only just begun! Do not miss her one-of a kind chess set, Italian glass candy and more, all accompanied by sweet stories and reminiscences.

Also in Home and Garden, mkpurselover has begun a thread dedicated to Tea Time, and it’s already shaping up to be just charming. We are also continuing to declutter, fifteen minutes at a time, helping dr. twiggers decorate her new home, and enjoying the garden bounty that our members are bringing in, including some spectacular fruit and tomatoes that made us want to plant our own. A visit to  Home and Garden is a perfect way to end the day!


Alexander McQueen Clutch

We dropped into The Wardrobe to see what our members have on their minds in this busy subforum. The Alexander McQueen thread has had some traction this week, and we found that member bbagsforever has added a skull clutch to her collection. Also, could you wait until your vacation to wear this dress? We think it would be very difficult and can’t wait to hear if Shamari was successful in holding off until Paris.

There are lots of new separates in the Recent Clothing Purchases thread, and we love seeing how our members style their new stuff. For example, flower71 rocks this casual Givenchy top to perfection, and Mia Bella is cleverly working on a way to interpret this Theyskens Theory dress for casual day wear. More scarves, coats and sweaters are popping up, too, so stop in regularly for some inspiration and conversation.


Givenchy Antigona Bag Grey

We suspected we would find some reveals of perfect fall bags in Givenchy, and our members did not disappoint. This grey pebbled Antigona scored by eelyak has edgy gunmetal hardware and strikes us as an easy-to-wear bag in a color we absolutely love. Another Antigona from the other end of the spectrum (well, not really) has found a home with jooon, and Roundup regulars can well imagine that we fell hard for the rich red color and luscious leather on this splendid bag, lucky jooon! We also found a brilliant blue Nightingale Shopper Tote that hugoS paired with a sharp black and white top for a very chic look. Last, but certainly not least, our member HayleyWilliams celebrated a fitness milestone with an Antigona in one of our favorite colors, a perfect choice for a first bag. Congratulations HayleyWilliams and thank you for sharing your story with us!.

We hope you enjoyed this last Roundup of September. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the week ahead. We will be right here next Friday with more conversations and fabulous bags and accessories. Happy fall!

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PurseForum Roundup – September 27

PurseForum Roundup – September 27

Well, fall is here, and even though many of our members are discussing the Spring 2014 lines that have made headlines this month, we are also shifting our wardrobes in anticipation of cooler days and nights. We thought it would be fun to look for some of our members’ fall purchases around the PurseForum, so come on in and see what we found!


Coach Croc Embossed Bag

In Coach, plenty of reveals have been keeping our members busy this week. JennyLee133 added a beautiful Phoebe to her collection, and be sure not to miss her pretty wallet’s cameo appearance. Coach fans got quite a treat when SylviaLovesBags revealed her new Madison in a wonderful shade of rust red, a color that will carry through the winter effortlessly. Several months ago, our very own Vlad started a thread in Coach for PurseBlog’s preview of Coach Fall 2013, and this picture-heavy thread is seeing plenty of action as these bags and accessories make their way into our members’ collections.

Paulina1234 doubled the fun with her reveal of a stunning bag and perfect pair of flats – we think you will love this shade of purple (and the shoes are as cute as can be). We were lucky enough to catch this reveal live, and it was fun to share the excitement with Paulina1234 and her Coach pals. Jesssh is looking for some help deciding on whether or not this bag is a keeper, so feel free to weigh in when you visit this busy subforum!


Chanel Coco Ring

Chanel lovers have been sharing their September 2013 purchases in a dedicated thread, and it is certainly finishing up with a bang! This week, mytwocents stole our hearts with her gorgeous patent flap, and LVbemerry stole the show with her adorable Coco ring and terrific photo collage! We love the variety in this thread, which features myriad Chanel goodies large and small, from nail polish, to bags, to watches and everything in between. One of our favorites in this thread is the darling key pouch that ilovenicebags shared with us, complete with a surprise key chain that is not to be missed!

Also in Chanel, we found several members needing help with a decision. Want to weigh in? Tiffany_ is looking for some help with a Reissue decision, lovelvburberry needs some advice about a return and buni88 is wondering about a leather choice. Chanel is much more than bag reveals, there are always interesting discussions around this popular, iconic brand. We popped into the Instagram that Chanel thread and absolutely loved seeing what our members have posted. This thread is a must for any lover of Chanel, large bags or small (very very very small)!


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We are so excited to share a very special thread in Home and Garden this week. The intriguing title, It All Began With a Glass of Wine, is an invitation by longtime member Luckydogmom to join her as she adjusts to her youngest child heading off to college. As her household shifts, Luckydogmom has taken a long look at her living space, and decided to make some incredible and inspired changes, and she has graciously included us in this journey. Beautifully written and accompanied by wonderful photographs of some treasured pieces, we are all on an adventure that is so much more than design and fabric swatches. We hope you will join us, this thread is a great read and it has only just begun! Do not miss her one-of a kind chess set, Italian glass candy and more, all accompanied by sweet stories and reminiscences.

Also in Home and Garden, mkpurselover has begun a thread dedicated to Tea Time, and it’s already shaping up to be just charming. We are also continuing to declutter, fifteen minutes at a time, helping dr. twiggers decorate her new home, and enjoying the garden bounty that our members are bringing in, including some spectacular fruit and tomatoes that made us want to plant our own. A visit to  Home and Garden is a perfect way to end the day!


Alexander McQueen Clutch

We dropped into The Wardrobe to see what our members have on their minds in this busy subforum. The Alexander McQueen thread has had some traction this week, and we found that member bbagsforever has added a skull clutch to her collection. Also, could you wait until your vacation to wear this dress? We think it would be very difficult and can’t wait to hear if Shamari was successful in holding off until Paris.

There are lots of new separates in the Recent Clothing Purchases thread, and we love seeing how our members style their new stuff. For example, flower71 rocks this casual Givenchy top to perfection, and Mia Bella is cleverly working on a way to interpret this Theyskens Theory dress for casual day wear. More scarves, coats and sweaters are popping up, too, so stop in regularly for some inspiration and conversation.


Givenchy Antigona Bag Grey

We suspected we would find some reveals of perfect fall bags in Givenchy, and our members did not disappoint. This grey pebbled Antigona scored by eelyak has edgy gunmetal hardware and strikes us as an easy-to-wear bag in a color we absolutely love. Another Antigona from the other end of the spectrum (well, not really) has found a home with jooon, and Roundup regulars can well imagine that we fell hard for the rich red color and luscious leather on this splendid bag, lucky jooon! We also found a brilliant blue Nightingale Shopper Tote that hugoS paired with a sharp black and white top for a very chic look. Last, but certainly not least, our member HayleyWilliams celebrated a fitness milestone with an Antigona in one of our favorite colors, a perfect choice for a first bag. Congratulations HayleyWilliams and thank you for sharing your story with us!.

We hope you enjoyed this last Roundup of September. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the week ahead. We will be right here next Friday with more conversations and fabulous bags and accessories. Happy fall!

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 27

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 27

It may only be the early days of fall, but in sale-season terms, we’ve reached the dead of winter. Midsummer’s abundant discounts have dried up, and now we’re left waiting for November’s Thanksgiving markdowns for a rush of new inventory to populate the sale sections of our favorite websites. That doesn’t mean there aren’t deals to be had, though. In fact, Kate Spade is currently offering up 20% off all full-price merchandise with code SEPT20US – all you have to do is head over to Spade’s website! Beyond that, we also have our weekly serving of bag deals – we search the sales so that you guys don’t have to.

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The Best Bag Deals of the Weekend of August 23

The Best Bag Deals of the Weekend of August 23

It’s our last bag deals of summer! (More on the special stuff we have coming up next week a little bit later.) Although the season technically lasts well into September, psychologically, our beach-going stops at Labor Day weekend. Although this is not exactly gangbusters sale season, we still spent a little time gallivanting around the Internet to find you the best handbag markdowns around, and we think this should cover you until we’re back to our normal bag-dealin’ in two Fridays.

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McQ Alexander McQueen in New York

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Second date with another beautiful McQ Alexander McQueen item: a printed sweater that I wore in my room Hotel at the Standard in New York, creating a strong contrast with the white and minimal furniture.
If you didn’t see my first date with McQ Alexander McQueen you can find the post here. Enjoy!

Secondo appuntamento con un altro bellissimo capo di McQ Alexander McQueen: un maglione a stampa che ho indossato nella mia camera dello Standard Hotel a New York, creando un forte contrasto con l’arredamento bianco e minimal.
Se vi siete persi il mio primo appuntamento con McQ Alexander McQueen potete rileggere il post qui.
Enjoy!

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I was wearing:

MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SWEATER
ZARA LEATHER SHORTS

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Want It Wednesday: Oribe, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen

Want It Wednesday: Oribe, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen

You guys, it’s August 14. Halfway through August. How did that happen? It seems like between all the complaining about sweat and sunburns and our inability to find the perfect straw bag, summer has just up and left us. It was 60 degrees this morning! Not that I’m complaining about that last part, of course, but I’m not sure that I’m psychologically prepared for the passing of another season. That being said, our Want It Wednesday picks are the perfect way to get ready for fall.


Amanda

I do a lot of objectively dumb things to my hair. I bleach big sections of it in order to dye it bright purple, which has to be re-bleached at the root every eight weeks. My hair is naturally quite curly, so I blow it out and then flat iron it at least three times a week, but I’ve been going to the gym a lot lately, so now I do it even more. It’s summer, so my hair has been subjected to plenty of sun and a little bit of salt water in the past few months, too, not to mention a daily onslaught of summer subway sweat, which is an unpleasant reality of living in New York City. Over the years, I’ve assembled a small army of products to help fight off as much of the attendant damage to my hair as possible, and the next one I’d like to pick up is the Oribe Signature Moisture Mask. I went to an Oribe salon for about a year, and all of the company’s products are top-notch (not to mention that they all smell incredible). This masque looks like a big, creamy pot of hair loveliness to me. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $59.

Oribe Signature Moisture Masque


Bea

As summer begins to dwindle down, I’ve come to the realization that my bright-colored satchels and straw tote bags will soon go back into the closet for yet another season, and I will need a new bag for fall, stat. As New Yorkers, we are immediately drawn to buying a black bag, because, well, we love black, but here at PurseBlog headquarters, we think it’s way more fun to do color. That’s why this week, I’m lusting over this Marc Jacobs 1984 Satchel in Chianti. It’s a beautiful shade of deep, dark red that will pair perfectly with just about anything. It’s a great size bag that can easily transition from a day at the office to a nice dinner afterward – now if only someone would get it for me. If you’d like to, you can purchase it via Bloomingdales for $1,495.

Marc Jacobs 1984 Satchel


Shannon

I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something. If you follow our Want it Wednesday feature, you might remember that I recently picked out a few Alexander McQueen accessories. Well, today, I am doing the same. As I was perusing the accessories selection at farfetch.com, I came across this Alexander McQueen Skeleton Bracelet and I was immediately fixated. The gold-tone skeleton holding a red glass stone embellishment packs just the right kind of edge. I personally would make this bracelet the statement piece of my outfit by wearing it with something understated – the gold would pop against a solid color. Plus, each time I looked at it, I would pretend I actually had just a bit of a bad girl side after all. Buy through farfetch.com for $545.50.

Alexander McQueen Skeleton Bracelet

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Fall’s Clutches are Especially Embellished

Fall’s Clutches are Especially Embellished

The smaller the bag, the more embellishment a designer can pile on it without worry that it’ll completely overtake any outfit with which it’s paired. That’s a basic tenet of good handbag design, and designers have taken the idea so much to heart over the past couple of seasons that we now appear to be hurtling toward the concept’s logical extreme rather quickly. What will happen when we hit Peak Swarovski? I’m too afraid to contemplate it, frankly, but you should probably enjoy Fall 2013′s bumper crop of embellished clutches while you can.

As we mentioned recently, there’s a lot going on at the other end of the clutch spectrum as well – simple zippered pouches are having quite the moment. If you consider yourself more of a maximalist, though, fall should be a pretty good season for you. Skulls, cherubs, flowers, giant rhinestones, pom-poms – these clutches have everything you could require on a little bag, whether you’re one of those ladies who lunches but doesn’t actually eat anything but martini-soaked olives or a questionably hygenic hippie looking for a place to stash your patchouli oil. Below, a sampling of the glitter-covered, heavily embroidered end of the handbag continuum.

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McQueen on the Duomo

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When I received this McQ Alexander McQueen dress I immediately thought about the perfect location to shoot it: the top of Duomo in Milano was one of the most appropriate. I wore it with the style I adore the most: casual with personality.

Quando ho ricevuto questo abito di McQ Alexander McQueen ho subito pensato alla perfetta location per scattarlo: il Duomo di Milano mi è sembrata una delle più appropriate. L’ho indossato nello stile che più preferisco: casual e con carattere.

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I was wearing:

BALENCIAGA BOOTIES
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN DRESS
LINDA FARROW FOR THE ROW SUNGLASSES
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN MULTIRING
ERIN WASSON X LOW LUV CUFF
CELINE BAG

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Want It Wednesday: Alexander McQueen, Weston and Ila

Want It Wednesday: Alexander McQueen, Weston and Ila

Wednesday afternoon means that we’ve made it more than halfway through a work week that can seem interminable when summer fun is waiting on the weekends, so we all deserve a little reward, right? It also means that today is Want It Wednesday, so below you’ll find all the items that the PurseBlog team is considering rewarding itself with this week.


Bea

For weeks I’ve been hearing rave reviews about this “little miracle” face oil. Normally I’d be hesitant to try oil on my face, but it appears that some people swear by this stuff. The Ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance regenerates the skins cells, leaving your skin soft and glowy. The oil can be used as a makeup primer, which is always useful in the summertime when makeup tends to not last very long long. Not to mention that it’s rose-scented (yum!) and it helps fight wrinkles and improves the texture of your skin. If you’re as curious to try this cult favorite as I am, you can purchase it for $110 via Net-a-Porter.

Ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance


Amanda

As y’all might have noticed, I’m a writer, and writers tend to be a group of people who are very precious about the tools of their trade. Despite the fact that I write online for a living, I still have a pen cup full of the only two types of pens I find acceptable sitting next to my computer and a reporter’s notebook at the ready, lest I should actually need to jot something down in real life. At home, I jot quite a lot of things down, and from here on out, I’d like to be doing it in the beautifully textiled Weston Heaven Calcite Notebook. It doesn’t get much prettier than this swirling red-to-purple print. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $68.

Weston Heaven Calcite Notebook


Shannon

I know, I know. Typically, we each pick one item we really want and share it with you all. However, I can’t help myself. I *really* want two things this week. And since they are both Alexander McQueen, I figured you all might go easy on me and over look my excessive wanting.

In recent years, I’ve realized how much a belt can take any outfit to the next level. That being the case, I do find myself making a conscious effort to add more belts to my looks. This Alexander McQueen Wide Leather Waist Belt is a perfect example of why. Gorgeous black leather with quilted detailing and gold hardware come together seamlessly. Pair this with a skirt or to cinch a dress to complete your look. Plus, this design is bound to make a statement for seasons to come. Via Matches Fashion for $597.

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While my personal style is a bit more bohemian-chic than super edgy, I find myself looking for a little edge from time to time. That’s why, when I came across this Alexander McQueen Skeleton Key Fob, I instantly wanted it. Sure, it’s a gold-tone skeleton key chain, but I find it kind of cute. And not only would it look great next to my keys, but it is also undoubtedly a conversation starter! Via Matches Fashion for $149.

Alexander McQueen Skeleton Key Fob

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The Many Bags of Kate Hudson

The Many Bags of Kate Hudson

If you like celebrities who do their own stylistic thing, no matter what the trends might be, then you probably already like Kate Hudson. Even if you don’t dig her rich-hippie look (and it’s certainly not my thing), it’s always refreshing to see a celeb who has such a clear vision of what she likes to wear and how she wants to look. Stars: sometimes they’re also real people!

The process of identifying some of the bags in Kate’s collection was tricky – she doesn’t stick only to premiere designers and recognizable bags, which is to her credit, but it’s also to our never-ending consternation. We’ve done our best to pick out as many notable finds as we can, and we’ve also included a few for you guys to help us figure out. (You guys are so good at that.) Start Kate’s hippie handbag journey (with a dose of Chanel for good measure) below.

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The Many Bags of Kate Hudson

The Many Bags of Kate Hudson

If you like celebrities who do their own stylistic thing, no matter what the trends might be, then you probably already like Kate Hudson. Even if you don’t dig her rich-hippie look (and it’s certainly not my thing), it’s always refreshing to see a celeb who has such a clear vision of what she likes to wear and how she wants to look. Stars: sometimes they’re also real people!

The process of identifying some of the bags in Kate’s collection was tricky – she doesn’t stick only to premiere designers and recognizable bags, which is to her credit, but it’s also to our never-ending consternation. We’ve done our best to pick out as many notable finds as we can, and we’ve also included a few for you guys to help us figure out. (You guys are so good at that.) Start Kate’s hippie handbag journey (with a dose of Chanel for good measure) below.

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Man Bag Monday: Alexander McQueen Camouflage Python Laptop Case

Man Bag Monday: Alexander McQueen Camouflage Python Laptop Case

I have a very hard time paying more for a gadget case than for the gadget itself. As luxury customers, we deal with crazy prices all the time, but juxtaposing the price of an inanimate leather case with that of an incredibly powerful computer or phone only serves to bring the price insanity into stark relief. Despite the fact that the Alexander McQueen Camouflage Python Laptop Case costs as much as my computer did, though, I’m still intrigued.

It must be said: those in the market for a python laptop case in a trendy print like camouflage probably don’t experience much price shock in their lives, least of which for something in the low four figures. For that matter, those people likely don’t even know how much their laptop cost. They probably sent someone at a lower pay grade to pick it up for them, and they don’t look at their own credit card statements. It must be fun to be that person. Unfortunately, I am not that person. You probably aren’t either, unless you’re currently having someone read this blog post to you aloud.

Anyway, back to the point: when you’re hauling around a computer that costs less than two grand, which almost all laptops now do, encasing it in something that expensive might seem a little ridiculous. The more I think about it, though, the contents of my handbag rarely add up to more in value than the bag itself (an eight-year-old Marc Jacobs card case, a pair of Ray-Bans and an iPhone with a cartoon Frankenstein case don’t add up to that much), and this is a pretty good-looking case for those of you who have to haul a laptop. Camouflage: it’s officially a thing. Buy through SSENSE for $1,995.

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This Week I Love…

Okay, so my shopping picks for this week are a little confused. (A turtleneck sweater cape and platform sandals?)(Maybe I should have an emergency call with my shrink…)

But I don’t care, I love these things so much! I mean, I just ordered the Zara shoes and started using that Rahua shampoo at the bottom.

You can see all of my picks for this week on my Pinterest Shopping Cart !

Bag, Marni; Sandals, Zara; Dress, The Row; Wallet, Valextra; Cape, Alexander McQueen; Cap, Bernstock Speirs; Shampoo, Rahua.

The Many Bags of “Pretty Little Liars”

The Many Bags of “Pretty Little Liars”

Although I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars myself, I seem to be in the minority among the PurseBlog team, as well as among my friends in general. When Gossip Girl started to lose its luster, a lot of women who were looking for a similarly soapy good time started watching the ABC Family show, but don’t let the network’s name fool you – the PLL’s appeal seems to go far beyond the tweens and teens that you’d expect. The show’s success has elevated its four man stars – Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario, to varying levels of fame, and since the new season premiered earlier this week, we figured it was high time to take a look at their handbag collections.

The paparazzi seem to follow Lucy and Ashley with the most regularity, so we have more photos of them than their co-stars. Mostly, they make the kinds of handbag choices that you’d expect from starlets in their 20s on a Disney-backed network, but Ashley Benson in particular seems to be quite influenced by her Spring Breakers costars Selena Gomez (who loves Dolce & Gabbana) and Vanessa Hudgens (who loves to look like a hippie). Check out all of the best PLL handbag moments below.

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The SSENSE Sale Is Packed With Bags From Hot Designers

The SSENSE Sale Is Packed With Bags From Hot Designers

I know that we’ve been talking about sales ad infinitum for the past week, but when what seems like every retailer on the planet conspires to take all their markdowns simultaneously, they leave us no choice. We’ve covered most of the department stores at this point, but before we sit back to wait for second markdown, we wanted to point your attention toward the SSENSE Sale. SSENSE is a great online boutique that stocks loads of bags from designers like Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang, and when they mark things down, they mark practically all of the things down – even super-popular bags like the PS1 and Pashli in totally covetable colors. Below, we’ve compiled some of the sale’s best finds, but you can check out the full selection via SSENSE.

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Man Bag Monday: Alexander McQueen Full Grain Leather Holdall Bag

Man Bag Monday: Alexander McQueen Full Grain Leather Holdall Bag

Of all the bags that we’ve seen translated from women’s signature styles into men’s briefs, duffels and weekenders, the Alexander McQueen Heroine Satchel wasn’t one that I expected to ever find on that list. It seemed too curvy, too detailed to make the jump, the closure too cumbersome for the kinds of functional requirements men usually make of their bags. (Believe me, we’re willing to put up with a lot more than the dudes are.) And yet, here’s the Alexander McQueen Full-Grain Leather Holdall, proving me wrong.

For this bag, the team at McQueen smoothed out the Heroine’s signature curves into an angular trim finishes the front flap. That’s not the only notable modification to the flap closure, though; instead of using it as a cover for the top of the bag, the dudes get theirs moved to the front pocket in favor of a zip-top closure that makes accessing your belongings much simpler. After all, who wants to be forced to take your arm out of a bag’s straps and sit it down in front of you in order to be able to access literally anything inside of it? This men’s interpretation preserves the signature handle-threaded flap but makes the bag a thousand times more functional. Looking at it now, I’d never guess that it’s derived from a women’s style if I didn’t already know. Buy through Mr. Porter for $1,995.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 31

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 31

We’ve been obsessed with bag deals all week long (or for the last 10 days, actually – I still have fond memories of Memorial Day’s sale codes), but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to quit just yet. Since it’s Friday and all, we re-shopped all the sales we looked at earlier this week and found some exciting things. First and foremost, both Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus have added additional bags to their sale sections, which happened much quicker than it usually does. If you didn’t see exactly what you were looking for the first time, maybe look again. Second, the SSENSE sale is now on, so if you like designers that are a little more fashion-forward, you’re going to want to head directly there. Still not sure where to go? Check out our roundup of the best discount bags around, after the jump.

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The Net-a-Porter Sale Just Launched – Shop It Now!

The Net-a-Porter Sale Just Launched – Shop It Now!

If you’re an online shopping veteran (and we know you are), then we don’t have to explain this to you: the Net-a-Porter Sale just launched, and you want to get yourself over there right now to have first dibs on all the incredible stuff in the first round of discounts, which run up to 50% off regular retail. There is literally no time to spare. If you’re looking for only the best bags in the entire selection and don’t want to chance missing out while you’re wading through the options, we’ve pre-shopped the sale and picked out the best of the best, for your perusal below.

Shop the Net-a-Porter Sale Now!

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Amfar Gala in Cannes with Lovegold

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It looks like Cannes is the place where most of my dreams come true: during this edition of the film festival I had the chance to take part, for my first time, to the Amfar Gala, one of the most important non-profit organizations fighting against AIDS.
I was invited by Lovegold, initiative created by World Gold Council, which made me live an incredible experience: at Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc I watched Duran Duran performing live, attended the cool fashionshow organized by Carine Roitfeld, had dinner with Leonardo Di Caprio at the table next to mine (all my reportage on Instagram), admired Annie Leibovitz and got touched when Sharon Stone announced the earning of the charity auctions: 25 millions euros, the biggest record ever.
For the night I chose to wear golden jewels as the theme of the Gala, a long Roberto Cavalli dress and my hair up in a messy chignon. What do you say about it?

Cannes sembra ormai essere la città in cui i miei sogni si realizzano: durante questa edizione del festival del cinema ho avuto la possibilità di partecipare, per la mia prima volta, alla cena di gala di Amfar, una delle più importanti organizzazioni non-profit al mondo per la lotta contro l’AIDS.
Sono stata invitata a partecipare proprio da Lovegold, iniziativa creata dal World Gold Council, che mi ha fatto vivere un’esperienza incredibile: all’Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc ho ascoltato live i Duran Duran, assistito ad una delle passerelle più divertenti organizzata da Carine Roitfeld, cenato con Leonardo Di Caprio al tavolo di fianco al mio (resoconto completo sul mio profilo di Instagram), ammirato un’artista come Annie Leibovitz dal vivo e mi sono emozionata quando Sharon Stone ha annunciato il ricavato dell’asta di beneficenza: 25 milioni di euro, il record assoluto.
Per l’occasione ho scelto di indossare gioielli dorati come voleva il tema del gala, un abito lungo di Roberto Cavalli e capelli raccolti in uno chignon spettinato. Che ne dite?

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FERNANDO JORGE EARRINGS

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The Many Bags of Emma Watson

The Many Bags of Emma Watson

I have an Emma Watson close-encounter story, and although it’s not a very good one, I’m going to take this opportunity to tell it anyway. Over the winter, on a very snowy day, a friend and I decided to trek to Barneys to shop for some shoes and stave off cabin fever in the bad weather. The place wasn’t nearly as packed as it normally would be on a Saturday, and we took advantage of the opportunity to try on a bunch of ridiculous shoes and amuse ourselves. Amidst the footwear fervor, I looked up to realize that I was standing next to Emma, both of us eyeing adjacent pairs of Manolos.

Watson was dressing casually, in jeans and a sweater, and I did my best impression of an unimpressed New Yorker and didn’t say anything to her. She was quiet, by herself and utterly polite to store staff while she was still within earshot. See? Told you it wasn’t a very good story, but still, it gave me the impression that Emma’s a quite normal girl, which is always a nice thing to find out about a famous person. Now that she’s getting ready to star in the much-hyped flick The Bling Ring, it seemed only right that Emma get her own thorough examination of her bag collection. We only wish that our photo agency tailed Emma more regularly so that we could show you more.

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The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 17

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 17

We’re one week closer to the arrival of summer and mere days away from the three-day weekend that unofficially begins the beach season, and it seems like it was just yesterday that we were all complaining about the cold and its refusal to leave. (Ok, it sort of was yesterday – it got downright chilly in New York at the beginning of the week.) To console yourself for the fact that it’s not quite Memorial Day yet (but so, so close), we’ve taken done our usual Friday thing – scoured the Internet for bags that are on sale and begging to be purchased. Check ‘em out below, but only when your boss isn’t standing behind you.

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PurseForum Roundup – May 10

PurseForum Roundup – May 10

We are sailing through May, and it has been a busy week for fashion. Insipired by the Met Gala, we checked in on Givenchy, Dior and Chanel, did some bargain-hunting along with some very focused PurseForum bargain hunters and rounded out the week with some fantastic jewelry. Come on in and see what we have been up to!


Givenchy Antigona Bag with Wood Detail

The Givenchy Antigona is an incredibly popular style, not to mention one that we absolutely love. We make a habit of checking for new shots of this great bag and found some beauties this week. Member Alexandrialau recently found two very special Antigonas, and we are especially drawn to the tricolor with the wood detail, pictured here. She posted beautiful, detailed photographs, and we find ourselves loving this bag even more! Over in the Action thread, we spotted more gorgeous Antigonas from bbagsforever and kiwishopper, as well as a sweet little clutch that went out to dinner with Silversun. There is a lot more to Givenchy than the Antigona, so be sure to stop in and spend some quality time with this iconic powerhouse brand.


Dior Samurai Bag and Cherry Blossoms Tall

Perhaps it was this week’s Met Gala – or more properly, The Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – that got us thinking of the classic designers, like Givenchy, Dior, YSL, Valentino and Chanel. After visiting Givenchy, we dropped by Dior, where longtime member averagejoe gave us a preview of the new Miss Dior Promenade Pouch, which is sure to be featured in many reveals in the weeks ahead. We also discovered that tutushopper has updated her collection thread with some lovely new slingbacks. Tutu’s update also gave us the perfect excuse to revisit one of our favorite colors: Dior Red! Finally, kellyng treated us to some breathtaking pictures of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo and her equally breathtaking Dior Plisse Samourai 1947 bag. We want to take a moment to thank all the PurseForum members who so graciously share their bags and such spectacular images with all of us!!


Chanel Jacket Detail

Chanel was the next stop on the tour, and we immediately spotted a classic reveal: the black caviar Wallet on a Chain, or WOC, that poohbag unveiled on a rainy afternoon. We also took note of some action in the ready-to-wear thread, located in the Chanel Reference Library, and found some terrific pieces that remind us why Chanel is one of the most loved brands in the world. We feasted our eyes on such splendor as this detail of idldb’s richly-tailored dress and this quintessential tank and jacket set that SuperLV selected from this year’s Cruise Collection. All the ready-to-wear was a real treat to see!


Alexander McQueen Skull Studded Box Clutch

Breathing in the heady air of the world’s finest design houses also reminded us of how much we love a bargain. We visited our favorite haunts in General Shopping: The Nordstrom Rack Bargains and Second-Hand Bargains threads. This week, LuxAddicted shared a fantastic steal from Nordstrom Rack, reminding us that scoring a treasured piece like a McQueen clutch is absolutely possible if you know where to shop. In the Secondhand Bargains thread, be sure and see what wildfury scored on her shopping trip, Raven3766′s authentic Hèrmes scarf, and the splendid Schiaparelli earrings that LisaK026 didn’t even have to leave home to find! This thread is sure to get you inspired to get out there and shop!


Van Cleef and Arpels Pave Diamond Earrings

Since we had classics on our mind, we visited the Jewelry Box to enjoy some of the offerings from Van Cleef and Arpels and Tiffany, and to see if we could spot any new Bvlgari and Cartier, too. Of course, our jewelry-loving PurseForum members did not let us down. We found kimber418′s stunning pave Frivole earrings in the VCA thread, and after we picked each other off the floor, we fell right down again when we caught sight of faintlymacabre’s beautifully photographed Tiffany & Co. bracelet. Cartier lovers, meanwhile, were beating the price increase and discussing the Love Collection.

With that, we wrap up this installment of the Roundup. We look forward to bringing you interesting topics and conversations, and of course wonderful photographs, all thanks to our generous PurseForum members!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and have a great week everyone!

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The 2103 Met Gala is celebrating punk fashion, and so are these handbags

The 2103 Met Gala is celebrating punk fashion, and so are these handbags

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2013 Costume Institute Gala, which will take place next week in the very un-punk location of New York City’s Upper East Side, is set to celebrate punk fashion, where it came from and how the aesthetic influences designers of all types to this day. On the one hand, punk and high fashion are somewhat unlikely bedfellows; punk, by its very nature, is rough-hewn, grimy and hard-edged. A low-end look, if ever there were one. To be a punk is to form yourself into a person who purposefully rejects the greater order of things, and what is the fashion industry, if not a group of people who have set out to dictate the greater order of aesthetic things? Except it’s not quite that simple, of course.

Fashion doesn’t just filter down from on high to the plebes below; like most things we do, it is, to some extent, a social language, and that means that it’s not just the wealthy or well-connected who get to talk. When the stars align just right, a group of people with little real power can change the whole conversation, and maybe even convince Valentino to put studs on its bags. Back at CBGB in the 1970s, Debbie Harry and Joey Ramone couldn’t have known that their music would ever indirectly help that happen, but they did have the right thing to say at the right time, and they said it as much with their clothes, accessories and hair as they did their music. A visual message is often far more efficient than a sonic one, after all, and the tidy, unified package of both is even better.

I was a high school punk, and as you might imagine, I still have a great deal of affection for the look, so much so that combat boots and heavy black eyeliner are a near-daily part of my getting-ready routine. People who are attracted to such a bold look are also often attracted to creative careers, and in my time in the fashion industry, I’ve met an enormous number of people who probably owned Black Flag T-shirts as teenagers (and might still own them). When you consider how many aging punks help run fashion as a whole, it’s perhaps no surprise that such an incredibly diverse selection of brands and designers have touched on the aesthetic at some point in the past few years, sometimes to incredible success. Valentino’s Rockstud bags, Alexander Wang’s Rocco and its spin-offs and every last one of Alexander McQueen’s minaudieres owe their success to their punk influences, and that’s just to name a few. In today’s handbag market, even in a spring that’s filled with bright colors and pastels, there’s still plenty of punk to be seen, from the old standby of studs to bags printed with misused religious iconography. Below, we’ve picked the best. Now all you need is a pair of combat boots.


Stella McCartney Oversized Faux Leather and Acetate Clutch
$1,515 via Net-a-Porter

This clutch’s aesthetic isn’t inherently punk, but McCartney’s insistence on sticking with her ethics and not using leather in an industry that’s dominated by animal products? That’s pretty punk.

Stella McCartney Oversized Faux Leather and Acetate Clutch

Givenchy Antigona Madone 2 Shopper Tote
$1,085 via Bergdorf Goodman

Mis-appropriated religious iconography is a long-standing staple in punk.

Givenchy Antigona Madone 2 Shopper Tote

Christian Louboutin Panettone Small Spiked Leopard Bag
$2,395 via Neiman Marcus

Spikes on top of animal print is about as punk as a designer bag can get.

Christian Louboutin Panettone Small Spiked Leopard Bag

Alexander McQueen Studded Britannia Skull Clutch
$1,525 via Neiman Marcus

Correction – an Alexander McQueen studded Union Jack clutch (the Brits have an enormous punk history) is about as punk as a designer bag can get.

Alexander McQueen Studded Britannia Skull Clutch

Valentino Glam Lock Bag
$2,195 via Neiman Marcus

Not all punk influences end up looking punk – this Valentino bag is downright sweet.

Valentino Glam Lock Bag

Alexander Wang Rocco Neon Duffel
$895 via ShopBop

Without punk, the carpet of studs that underpins Wang’s famous Rocco might never have existed.

Alexander Wang Rocco Neon Duffel

Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt Sweetie Acrylic Clutch
$895 via Net-a-Porter

Lace, particularly black lace, was co-opted by punk culture and striped of its formerly sweet connotations, making bags like this one possible.

Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt Sweetie Acrylic Clutch

Proenza Schouler Graffiti Leather PS1 Bag
$2,375 via Net-a-Porter

Industrial, grungy, decaying visuals go right along with the punk ethos.

Proenza Schouler Graffiti Leather PS1

Christian Louboutin Mina Spiked Clutch
$1,895 via Net-a-Porter

Punk goes full-on glam? Sure, why not.

Christian Louboutin Mina Spiked Clutch

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15 clutches to get you through wedding season

15 clutches to get you through wedding season

If my Facebook and Instagram feeds from this past weekend are any indication, wedding season has officially arrived. If you’re ill-prepared for the festivities you’ll face over the next few months, you’re probably not alone – figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be a little tricky for anyone who lacks a closet full of perfect spring dresses and coordinating clutches. Because that might not be you (and it’s certainly not me), we hunted down the types of handbags you’ll want to be carrying to spring and summer nuptials, and they range in price from less than $50 to more than $2,000. (You know, just in case some cousin of yours decided on a crazy destination wedding that’ll cost thousands just to attend.)

Naturally, there are a few things you’ll want to look for, especially if you want to get a full wedding season (or two – no reason you can’t still use these bags next year) out of your clutch purchase. First, pick something relatively neutral. That doesn’t mean that the clutch can’t have a print – in fact, prints work beautifully on small bags because they don’t overpower an outfit or a printed dress – but pick something in a color or colors that’s season-appropriate and not too trendy. Second, don’t be afraid to have a little fun; weddings are a great opportunity for whimsy and girlishness that might feel too precious elsewhere.


Rafe Fawn Minaudiere
$495 via Nordstrom

Rafe Dawn Minaudiere

Rachel Zoe Margaux Minaudiere
$375 via ShopBop

Rachel Zoe Margaux Minaudiere

Kortur Morely Neon Lace Clutch
$560 via Net-a-Porter

Kotur Morely Neon Lace Clutch

Matthew Williamson Chevron Weave Box Clutch
$1,450 via Net-a-Porter

Matthew Williamson Chevron-Weave Box Clutch

Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Sequined Box Clutch
$340 via Net-a-Porter

Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Sequined Box Clutch

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Embroidered Satin Box Clutch
$2,845 via Net-a-Porter

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Embroidered Satin Box Clutch

Kara Ross Electra Vintage Python Clutch
$1,430 via Neiman Marcus

Kara Ross Electra Vintage Python Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff Wicker Woven Leather Clutch
$325 via Neiman Marcus

Rebecca Minkoff Wicker-Woven Leather Clutch

Overture Judith Leiber Cassandra Cork Clutch
$350 via Neiman Marcus

Overture Judith Leiber Cassandra Cork Clutch

Judith Leiber Pixelated Python Clutch
$2,495 via Neiman Marcus

Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch

Nancy Gonzalez Python and Glitter Clutch
$1,020 via Neiman Marcus

Nancy Gonzalez Python and Glitter Clutch

Natasha Couture Owl Clutch
$298 via Nordstrom

Natasha Couture Owl Clutch

Tasha Flower Box Clutch
$48 via Nordstrom

Tasha Flower Box Clutch

Kate Spade Belle Elliana Feather Clutch
$398 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade Belle Elliana Feather Clutch

Milly Madison Shagreen Minaudiere
$365 via Nordstrom

Milly Madison Shagreen Minaudiere

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