Category Archives: Alexander Mcqueen

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

12 Bags to Finish Your Halloween Costume Perfectly

We can turn almost any occasion into an excuse to shop for handbags, and Halloween isn’t even a particular challenge. We already found more than a dozen bags that are just straight-up creepy no matter the context, and today we’re back with another 12 that fit particularly well with particular costumes. Is it an objectively smart idea to spend a couple thousand bucks on a bag for your costume? No, but personally, I’ve rarely let that stop me from doing anything I wanted to do, for better or for worse.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of October 24

It’s Friday again, and like clockwork, we have our week-ending list of the best bag deals we’ve found at our favorite shopping destinations online. We’ve got a little something at nearly every price point below, so if you’re looking to update your closet, look no further. If you want to look further, though, our Deals Page has an ever-updated, always-expanding list of possibilities.

eBay’s Best Bags – October 22

eBay’s Best Bags – October 22

Welcome to our roundup of some of eBay’s best bags and bag bargains of the week. We have a couple of nice selections from Chanel and Bottega Veneta this week, as well as a great buy on a Coach tote. An unusual bag from Valextra and a cute McQueen clutch also caught our eyes. Happy shopping.

Disclaimer: As always, caution is crucial when buying from third party sellers. Although we strive to find the best auctions to feature, we don’t endorse or guarantee any eBay sellers or auctions, and therefore cannot guarantee the authenticity of any particular piece. For more info, please refer to eBay’s purchasing guidelines and policies.

Ready to leave with McQ

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Here I am in my last look in Milano before leaving for two months between Los Angeles and my travels around the world, wearing one of my new winter jackets, by McQ Alexander Mcqueen.

Eccomi nel mio ultimo look di Milano prima di partire per due mesi a Los Angeles, indossando una delle mie nuove giacche invernali della stagione, di McQ Alexander Mcqueen.

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DR.MARTENS SHOES
CAROLINA WYSER JEANS
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN JACKET
PAULA CADEMARTORI BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

 Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 26

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of September 26

Somehow we’ve found ourselves near both the end of September and the end of the week, and that means it’s time for another group of bag deals. Below, check out a carefully curated selection of the best sale bags on the Internet this week. For a continuously updated selection of deals, sales and markdowns across the web, makes sure to visit our PurseBlog Deals Page!

Want It Wednesday: All About Olive

Want It Wednesday: All About Olive

We’re still in the foundational phase of fall wardrobe-building, and that includes finding wear-anywhere pieces in colors that aren’t neutrals, exactly, but that function as such while still providing a little bit of visual variation to an outfit. Burgundy is a great example of one such color, and today, we’re turning our attentions (and our Want It Wednesday) to olive. Or khaki. Or “army green.” Whatever you want to call it, this rich, yellow-undertoned shade is perfect for the quickly cooling weather.

Denim-Aholic

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Products Selection:

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BEAVIS is wearing: BAND OF OUTSIDERS JACKET
BUTT-HEAD is wearing: LEVI’S JEANS JACKET

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JANE LANE is wearing:
Levi’s Shirt 1
Levi’s Shirt 2
Levi’s Shirt 3

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QUINN MORGENDORFFER is wearing: Vintage Dungaree (Similar Here)
TOAST MAN is wearing: Levi’s Shorts

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ERIC CARTMAN is wearing:
Alexander McQueen Denim and Leather Jeans
Marc by Marc Jacobs Annie Boyfriend Jeans

Graphics by Carolina Cerutti

 

 

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – September 10

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – September 10

Happy Wednesday! It’s time once again to kick back, relax and have a look at the terrific bags we found for you on eBay this week. A fabulous Gucci horsebit tote caught our eye, along with a vintage Chanel flap with style for days. We have plenty of totes, plus something fun in neon that needs a new home! Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: As always, caution is crucial when buying from third party sellers. Although we strive to find the best auctions to feature, we don’t endorse or guarantee any eBay sellers or auctions, and therefore cannot guarantee the authenticity of any particular piece. For more info, please refer to eBay’s purchasing guidelines and policies.


Valentino Rockstud Shopper Tote
Buy It Now for $799

Valentino Rockstud Shopper Tote

Coach Colorblock Duffle Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $300

Coach Colorblock Duffel Shoulder Bag

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Papillon Bag
Buy It Now for $1,600

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Papillon Bag

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $1,350

Chanel Flap Bag

Prada Shopper Tote
Buy It Now for $1,799

Prada Shopper Tote

Gucci Horsebit Tote
Buy It Now for $770

Gucci Horsebit Tote

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Small Tote
Buy It Now for $2,598

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote

Alexander McQueen Heroine Flap Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $825

Alexander McQueen Heroine Flap Shoulder Bag

Stella McCartney Falabella Bucket Bag
Buy It Now for $519

Stella McCartney Falabella Bucket Bag

Coach Marcie Bag
Buy It Now for $389

Coach Marcie Bag

Bottega Veneta Campana Bag
Buy It Now for $995

Bottega Veneta Campana Bag

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

The Many (Many) Bags of Kim Kardashian

[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]

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.

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

Want It Wednesday: Printed Everything

Because prints always have more than one color, they make uncommonly good choices to make a seasonal transition a little more seamless. Below, check out which printed pieces the PurseBlog team wants to be wearing for fall and beyond in this week’s edition of Want It Wednesday.

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

Decorate Your Bag with Enough Bits, Bobs, Charms and Fobs to Create a Whole Second Bag

We are living in a golden age of things to hang from your handbag. Bag charms have been reasonably well-liked since back in the day of the ultra-collectable Prada robots, but it’s the Fendi Bag Bugs that have really rocketed the accessory-on-accessory look to its current popularity. With Fendi selling fur puff charms hand over fist, more and more companies have entered the market in the past year, to mostly adorable effect.

Bag Bugs can run you $800 and are nearly impossible to track down without a pre-order, so below, we’ve assembled an extensive list of alternatives, including a bunch that will cost you far less. From tiny bags to hang on your bag to two different fox-shapes options, these funny little bits are the perfect balancing agent to the wave of minimalism that’s overtaken accessories design in the past few seasons. You can have your cake and eat it too; a beautiful bag with a bit of fun clipped on at will.

All of these bags have spring locks that make them easy to hook onto a bag’s hardware, but if you’d rather put one inside your bag, you can do that too – almost all have key rings that allow for more discreet, functional use.

The International Edit: July 21

The International Edit: July 21

PurseBlog may be New York-based, but we know we have a lot of readers whose locations reach far beyond our shores. With that in mind, we’re bringing you another edition of The International Edit, in which we scope out the newest wares at our favorite non-American online retailers. With pre-fall and fall deliveries piling up every day, there’s a ton of new stuff to check out below.

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @leorangebliss

Instagram Handbag Celebrity: @leorangebliss

While most of the time we tend to find collections with an array of different designers, that’s certainly not the case with this week’s Instagram celebrity. It’s safe to say that Instagrammer @leorangebliss has more Hermès than most people can ever dream of owning.

Very little is known about who @leorangebliss actually is, but her identity seems to hardly matter when you’re showing off such a colorful array of Hermès Birkins.

Take a look below to see some of our favorite snapshots from @leorangebliss’ Instagram feed, or head straight to her profile to see her full collection!

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

eBay’s Best Bags of the Week – July 2

Welcome to July’s first eBay Roundup. The deals are great this week; we found some unusual pieces, including a beautiful Goyard Saigon, a perfectly simple Louis Vuitton and a sparkly embellished clutch from Alexander McQueen. We also have a lovely Fendi Baguette, and a scrumptious  Chanel jumbo flap and some other surprises. Happy Hunting!

Disclaimer: As always, caution is crucial when buying from third party sellers. Although we strive to find the best auctions to feature, we don’t endorse or guarantee any eBay sellers or auctions, and therefore cannot guarantee the authenticity of any particular piece. For more info, please refer to eBay’s purchasing guidelines and policies.


Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag
Buy It Now for $2,499

Chanel Jumbo Flap Bag

Alexander McQueen Crystal Embellished Skull Clutch
Buy It Now for $3,695

Alexander McQueen Embellished Skull Clutch

Gucci Soho Chain Shoulder Bag
Buy It Now for $898

Gucci Soho Chain Satchel

Goyard Saigon Bag
Buy It Now for $2,500

Goyard Saigon PM Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Small Sofia Bag
Buy It Now for $950

Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Sofia Bag

Louis Vuitton Portobello Damier Bag
Buy It Now for $1,340

Louis Vuitton Damier Portobello Shoulder Bag

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag
Buy It Now for $1,100

Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote
Buy It Now for $2,499

Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote

Jil Sander Tote
Buy It Now for $199

Jil Sander Leather Shoulder Bag

Fendi Baguette
Buy It Now for $1,750

Fendi Embroidered Baguette Bag

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag of the Week: The Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Bag: Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag

Price: $2,085 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Although this design isn’t new, its feels fresh in this totally gorgeous shade of ultra-pale blush, with just enough black edgepaint to define its lines. I much prefer this version of the Heroine to the original tote – the closure is much more functional and intuitive on this shoulder bag.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 27

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: more bag deals! This week, we’ve got nine bags from eight different retailers, so no matter what you’re looking for, we think you’ll find a great deal that you like. If nothing below tickles your fancy, though, check out our PurseBlog Deals Page, which is continually updated with the best sales from retailers around the web.

Instagram Handbag Celebrities: @fashionlover178

Instagram Handbag Celebrities: @fashionlover178

You’d think that after covering Instagram accessory celebrities for a little over a month now, I would be used to the idea of owning the same bag in eighteen different colors, but no. This week, I stumbled upon the Instagram of Hermes and Chanel addict @fashionlover178.

Besides the fact that she has an insane accessory collection, enjoys occasional dinners with the Hermes brothers and owns more bling than maybe P.Diddy himself, we know very little about her. While most of her accessory-heavy pictures don’t show her face, she posts plenty of pictures of herself at lavish parties and exotic locations throughout her Instagram.

So while we may not have a lot on the person behind the bags, this collection speaks for itself. Take a look at some of our favorite pictures below, or join the rest of her 65,000-plus fans and see her full Instagram.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 13

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of June 13

Today may be Friday the 13th (and Mercury may be in retrograde, so if you’re a superstitious person, you are probably hiding in a closet right now), but fear not – we’ve had nothing but good luck finding plenty of bag deals to tempt you with today. In particular, the SSENSE sale is worth checking out – the site recently added a ton of bags from Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and beyond, and they’re in the colors and sizes that people actually want.

Check out our overall favorites below, and for constantly updated sale news, make sure to bookmark the PurseBlog Deals Page!

Alexander McQueen God save McQueen Scarf

From Farfetch – £445

Alexander McQueen God Save McQueen Scarf

Man Bag Monday: Men’s Handbag Sale Picks

Man Bag Monday: Men’s Handbag Sale Picks

We’ve scoured the web for the best handbag deals at this spring’s designer sales, but that doesn’t mean that the markdowns are for ladies only. The selection at the men’s sales might not be quite as wide, but there are still some great bags to be had. We’ve assembled a selection of our favorites below.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 30

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 30

Our weekly bag deals posts are always pretty easy to decipher, but this one’s particularly simple: every luxury retailer on the planet is having an amazing sale right now, and we found great bags everywhere we looked. So not only is this week’s list of deals significantly longer than usual, but you might just want to head straight to Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, MATCHESFASHION.COM or Net-a-Porter, to name only a few.

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 9

The Best Bag Deals for the Weekend of May 9

Although the weather is a little damp and gloomy in NYC today, there’s one surefire thing that always manages to brighten up our Fridays: a fresh round of bag deals from our favorite shopping spots around the Internet. This week, we have some picks from deal-roundup favorites like Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff, mixed with a few harder-to-find pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta. Check out our selections below, and for more information of sales and discounts around the web, check out our Deals page!

The Best Bags from the Bergdorf Goodman Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 Pre-Orders

The Best Bags from the Bergdorf Goodman Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 Pre-Orders

The fashion industry is weird in oh so many ways, but right now, it feels extra weird to be thinking about fall purchases when spring weather doesn’t even appear to be fully set in New York City. The fashion calendar rages on, though, and Bergdorf Goodman has officially opened up the first of its Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 handbag pre-orders. The selection will grow over the next months, but for right now, the selection is heavy on Fendi, Givenchy and Valentino bags, with a few notable picks from Chloe (a Baylee tote, which is arguably prettier than the original satchel version) and Alexander Wang (a gym sling made of deerskin), among others. Check out our favorites below or peruse the full selection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Check Out Which Bags Your Favorite Celebs Carried on Easter

Check Out Which Bags Your Favorite Celebs Carried on Easter

Celebrities: they’re just like us, at least in that some of them go all-out for Easter, and others can’t figure out why the grocery store isn’t open on Sunday morning. Everyone from Fergie to Duchess Kate (who had her Alexander McQueen clutch altered to replace the holiday-inappropriate skull clasp) was out and about yesterday, and we took the opportunity to chronicle their Easter handbag choices, no matter whether they were headed to church or to pilates class.

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 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)!


Vintage Camera

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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