Category Archives: Dior

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.

PurseForum Roundup – April 18

PurseForum Roundup – April 18

It’s here! Friday. Glorious Friday. For most of us in the US, now that our taxes are filed (refund or no), we can at least be happy that the chore is done. Putting that onerous task behind us this week, we used this edition of the PurseForum Roundup to look in on some of our busy designer subforums to see the spring reveals, well underway on this fine April afternoon! Join us as we visit Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, and more!


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This week in Gucci, we found several new bag reveals topping the charts. Meg_in_blue shared a brand new candy apple red tote that stole her heart, and BagAddiction712 also started her Gucci collection with a new tote, this time in black. Sharilee found some classic, iconic loafers for her first Gucci purchase and received some helpful styling advice from our members in her reveal thread.

We have featured floral bags in several PurseBlog editorials this season, and this week, bittenbythebag unveiled her beautiful new Bouvier in colorful floral canvas. It’s always great to see these collections revealed in “real life” (so to speak) by our members, and this bag looks ready for anything spring has to offer! Oh, and if you missed bagchicky’s luscious new bag last month, drop by this thread for a look, we are still talking about it!

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We always like to see bags, of course, but when the occasional surprise turns up in a reveal thread, it always catches our eye. This week, Luv iz Louis found something pretty to dress up her bedroom and surprised a few members with her purchase. Who knew?


Pink Chanel Bag Collection

The hands-down hottest thread in Chanel this week has to be the Pink Predicament thread. Chanel’s line of pinks has thrown some PurseForum members into deep dilemmas, and this thread aims to help them find their perfect pink. This family portrait courtesy of halunfishie includes fuchsia and rose fonce, and bluekit has shared a nice photograph of lamb versus patent in this super saturated palette. Elsewhere, Arielle84′s job is conveniently Chanel-adjacent, and this week, she certainly did not leave the boutique empty-handed. Also, Chocodoc posted her very first thread on the PurseForum in high style with one of our favorite items this season, a not-to-be-missed wallet in the most perfect purple imaginable.

Yellow Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Just as we were headed out, we saw the words “Crazy Mission” pop up on page one. Always in the mood for craziness, we dropped in and found quite a reveal still making our members swoon. H-Angel had been patiently waiting for a few shipments to arrive, and she shared her haul with us in one incredibly colorful fell swoop. This yellow beauty is just the tip of the iceberg, and though H-Angel is off to hilarious, handbag-free Ban Island now, her reveal thread remains a happy port-of-call for any lover of Chanel, or of color.


Balenciaga Giant City Bag

Still pining a little over the Chocodoc’s Chanel wallet, we sprinted over to Balenciaga to see what’s new and found Cassandra22007′s fabulous new bag in the March/April purchases thread. The spring iteration of the new purchases thread is always super-saturated with color, so do drop in to see what our members have been up to. Also in Balenciaga, BALBAGBOY started a thought-provoking conversation about bag judgement from others; the venerable old goatskin versus lambskin thread has turned into an interesting discussion on price as well; and the bag butts thread is back on top after nearly a year-long hiatus. What are bag butts, you ask? Well, friends, the joy is in the discovery, and you will not be disappointed with your visit. Remember, as in most of our subforums, Balenciaga has an extensive Reference Library to help with color, style, size and even care and maintenance.


Dior Lady Dior Tweed Bag

We never fail to find spectacular bags in Dior. This week, we spotted a collection thread from venusforu, filled with three beautiful and very special Lady Diors, including this incredible piece in leather, tweed and python. ThisVNchick posted a reveal of a stunning python Lady Dior paired with silky splendor of her new Ferragamo scarf – perfection! And, we don’t know yet how it turned out, but our members have been chiming in in Nozza’s color choice thread, so we will check back for a reveal soon. Lilyzhang0725 handily solved the color choice problem with her new bi-color Lady Dior, a subtle pairing of blue and a perfect neutral putty. And here’s something we don’t see every day – Dior at TJMaxx! Read all about it in couturely’s Dior Soft reveal thread and prepare to be amazed! We also found some pretty impressive purchases in the Non-Dior Purchases thread, so prepare yourselves!


Butterfly

One of the wonderful things about the PurseForum is the incredible diversity of its members and their interests. Fortunately for all of us, as the forum has grown, it has become a lifestyle destination where fashion lovers can explore myriad interests and topics. These can take the form of non-fashion discussions (paranormal phenomena anyone?), a place to drop a photograph (the Random Picture thread, where we found this incredible butterfly photographed by Sweatpea83) or, in the case of the What Do you Hear Right Now thread, a spot to post a word or two. Books and Music is another popular non-fashion area, and Money Talks always has fascinating conversations on everything from saving and investing to cleaning out the closet and more. We hope you will pay a visit to these areas of the forum, we never fail to find gems when we do!


Well, that wraps up this edition of the PurseForum Roundup. Warmer weather has arrived for most of us, and we hope you are enjoying a mild spring with its lengthening days and floral bounty. We will be right back here next week with another Roundup, and in the meantime, have a lovely week ahead and Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate.

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I love the white shirt! And I can’t wait to find the perfect one for Spring.

Check out all my picks on Pinterest!


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The Top Coat

It has been my life mission (okay, this life mission started only a few years ago) to find the best top coat in all of the land.

And so far, I’ve found three! Three shiny, chip proof, super wonderful top coats. And because I am kind and generous and really really really thoughtful, I’m sharing them with you!

Ten Over Ten, The Shield: I’m already hooked on the Ten Over Ten base coat (The Foundation) and the top coat is just as good. Added bonus, It’s 5-free.

Dior, Gel Coat: I’ve been trying to break my gel habit, but it’s hard giving up 14 days of chip free nails. This top coat is helping with the breakup, it really looks like a gel.

Kure Bazaar, Final Touch: Packs some serious shine punch (also non-toxic).

This is only the beginning of my hunt, stay tuned…

Oh, and let me know what top coats you think are the best!


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Perle

I’ve been in a nail polish slump.

I spent the last few weeks with nothing but a pinky sheer base coat on my nails. Every time I would pick a color from my (embarrassingly large) collection, I’d take it off the next day. I couldn’t even keep a classic red on. Insert Carrie Bradshaw voice-over: Would I ever feel polished again?

Ohhhhh LOL.

I just started wearing this pearly beauty from Dior last week and I’m totally back in the game. It has a frosty matte finish and packs a lot of shimmer. Right now I’m just wearing it on it’s own (but I can imagine it’s pretty killer if you treat it like a top coat) and I really can’t stop staring at my hands…

I do have to warn you that it’s limited edition. So if you try it and love it, stock up.


By alex

Look of the Day.336: Tweed on sundays

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It’s sunday and for some might feel the end of the week, for others like me it’s just another day that I’ll spend packing for my next trips to Prague, Madrid and Barcelona! I have some very big news to share with you tomorrow here on Amlul so please come back to discover all details tomorrow first thing in the morning, I’m sure you’ll all love it! I’m wearing dress and coat by Dior with Robert Clergerie shoes. All images by CupOfCouple.

Aunque ya es domingo y para muchos significa el final de la semana, para otros como yo significa un día de trabajo preparando mi maleta y agenda de la semana que entra donde estaré viajando a Praga, Madrid y Barcelona. Mañana desvelare por fin una noticia importante y que me llena de orgullo con todos vosotros, donde también podréis formar parte de ella! Pero para eso visitar Amlul a primera hora y podréis leer en primera mano de lo que se trata. Llevo abrigo y vestido Dior con zapatos Robert Clergerie.

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Dior Addict fluid stick!

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Just before jetting off to the Maldives I went to Paris to meet my amazing friends at Dior and fellow bloggers like Montasar, Ester, Mike and Gabi, Andy… because they were throwing an amazing party to celebrate the launch of Dior Addict Fluid Stick! A new lipgloss concept which combines the traditional Dior Addict lipgloss and turns it into the perfect glossy lipstick and all in one piece! The best part of it? It comes in all the shades you could have ever imagined! Definitely I’ll be obsessing over corals and bright rouges for spring summer. There were also complimentary make up sessions and manicures to try all the polish shades that will match your lips and that completed our looks to perfection, so now the problem is which colour to go for!!! For the event I wore Dior. All images by CupOfCouple.

Justo antes de tomar rumbo a las Maldivas (no os preocupeis que los posts en bikini vendran muy pronto!) tuve el placer de reunirme en Paris con mis amigos de Dior y otros blogueros como Ester, Mike y Gabi, Andy, Montasar y muchos mas en un evento unico donde el color y la textura eran los grandes protagonistas. De la mano de un equipo de maquilladores profesionales y  en una instalacion en forma de galeria de arte pudimos interactuar y ser parte de un evento unico donde cada una de nosotras pudo crear su maquillaje perfecto con la nueva colección de Dior Addict Fluid Stick. Una autentica revolución  labial porque sinceramente una vez que los pruebas ya no puedes vivir sin ellos gracias a una gama de colorido para soñar donde lo dificil  es por cual decidirse y a la vez encontrar tu pinta uñas perfecto en la nueva colección s/s. Una vez mas gracias a todo el equipo de Dior por cuidar tanto de nosotros! Para el evento como ya os mostre hace un par de posts atrás lleve un vestido  y zapatos de Dior.

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PurseBlog Roundup – March 21

PurseBlog Roundup – March 21

Happy Day After the First Day of Spring! It has been a busy week on the PurseForum, and we found some beautiful Spring Bling for you! We also paid a visit to The Playground for some non-fashion conversations, and found some wonderful surprises in Dior. Check out what else we dug up this week, we are thrilled to have you along on this edition of the PurseForum Roundup.


Mulberry Charm Keychain

In Mulberry this week, the buzz is all about news of the resignation of CEO Bruno Guillon and what the future of the company will be without this controversial chief at the helm. Fans of the brand will definitely be watching to see what the future holds, particularly in pricing, in the months ahead. Members are also revealing their purchases, of course – right off the bat, we saw that Mary79 managed to bag an Alexa in leopard. Xbabe82517 caught our attention with our two favorite words – Instant Reveal – and showed off another Mulberry “exotic” Alexa, this time the croc-embossed version in classic Oak. We all know that good things come in small packages, and Ser proved the point with her heart key fob. Also, be sure to check in her thread to see what she got to go with it! And, much to the delight of her Mulberry family, KellyS27′s repair tale finally got its happy ending – this beautiful wallet, a real stunner in gorgeous goatskin.


Diamond Ring

In the Jewelry Box this week, the hot topic was Machick333′s engagement ring upgrade. This ongoing project has been undertaken with the help of the incredibly knowledgeable ladies of the Jewelry Box, and the new stone is a knockout. Jewelry fans are weighing in on the setting choices, and we are all enjoying the process and can’t wait to see Machick333′s new ring when it is finally revealed.

The Jade Thread continues to be, hands down, the busiest thread in the Jewelry Box, with more bangles and special collectors’ pieces popping up every day. Be sure to check out berniechocolate’s new bangle, as well as these stunning old crater disks that are destined to become earrings.

Bulova Watch

Our last stop in the Jewelry Box was the extremely popular Layering and Stacking thread, where we love seeing the creative combinations our members put together, like this grouping from jenna_foo. Whatever your budget, this thread will give you lots of ideas for putting together a stack of your own, we promise!


Pens

The Playground, the home of the PurseForum’s non-fashion threads, provided some interesting reading this week. The always-supportive Cleaning Out the Closet Thread in Money Talks particularly resonated, because this task so often requires much more than just time and boxes. Sometimes a support team makes all the difference, and you will find a good one here if you find yourself a little bit stuck when it comes to getting rid of things. The week also saw the start of a brand new thread on all things Real Estate.

In Up To The Minute, of course we are all sharing and hanging on to every bit of information about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, and our prayers and thoughts go out to all who are awaiting news. PurseForum members from around the world check into this busy subforum each day to share their thoughts on this and many other current topics.

Sometimes pondering things you never pondered before breaks up the day nicely, and General Discussion has plenty of material to do just that. This week, we joined those who are considering the question, Are Nice Pens Passé? Apparently, they are not, which, frankly, we found oddly comforting. Dooneybaby shared her collection and settled the matter for all of us!


Dior Diorissimo Bags

Aren’t they fabulous!?  Roundup readers know we love reveals, but we also love when members want opinions. We love to give ours (though actually being asked for them isn’t even required). In Dior we found ThisVNChick on the hunt for a new bag and in need of advice. What do you think – true red or turquoise? It’s not too late to weigh in. (Our choice: True Red). Be sure to catch the rest of ThisVNChick’s collection right here.

Dior Chain Mail Shoes

Scarlett shared a double reveal this week, and DiorifficLady shared her incredible shoes and bag, along with a peek at her invitation to the Dior show in Paris -this thread is not to be missed, we promise. If you need more Dior in your life, be sure to visit the Diors in Action thread to see more!


Coach Drawstring Tote

We wrapped up our visit with a stop in Coach, to see what spring colors are popping up in our members’ collections this week.  We found a nice saffiano Riley in a subtle shade of mint from munchkin_cat, and a crisp parchment Phoebe shared by grannytoabbi. AllyKat723  exchanged sea mist for mulberry and revealed her new Preston, and the color is scrumptious and perfect indeed.  ”Pretty and Pebbled” certainly perfectly describes iluvcoach’s new Bleeker crossbody, and we love the three zip compartments and pricepoint of this bag just as much as the color palette.

If you happen to be one of those people who’s on the fence about purple, stop by this thread and check out designer1′s new bag, one of the nicest versions of eggplant we have seen – just the right amount of pop makes this a great but fun neutral color. This drawstring tote looks fun and versatile, and the lovely color works perfectly with this bag’s style. This is just the tip of the iceberg in Coach this week, so do drop by and see more of what our members are up to.


Thank you for visiting us on this first Friday of Spring! We hope the weekend brings you warm breezes and spring blossoms, and we look forward to bringing you more from the PurseForum right her in a week’s time. Have a great weekend!

DIOR ADDICT – THE VIDEO

Here is a small teaser of what I was doing this week in Paris with Dior. I hope you like it!!!

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OH La La, Paris and Dior, Dior and Paris…
Last Tuesday, I was invited to Paris for the Launch of the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick which turned out to be amazing fun. I don’t know what is up with me lately but I have been obsessing with all shades of coral or orange lately, so the moment they asked me which shades I wanted to try, I went for “Riviera” on the nails and “Adventure” on the lips.
I am always incredibly skeptical when it comes to nail polish, just because I have tried so many different brands and I find it hard to come across one that really stays on my nails for long. I have been in Paris for 4 days now and my nails are still intact, as if I got a manicure done last night, I am completely sold….I am not sure which shades I will be trying in the next few days, but I will probably stick to “Riviera” for a little longer.

As in for the Fluid Stick, its a gloss that its not a gloss and a lipstick that isn’t a lipstick, so basically a hybrid of the two, a very cleverly done one if you ask me. Maybe you will see me sporting more color on my lips this coming Spring.

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A beauty minute with Luisa

“Morning: I use Bioderma Crealine. Then I use a little bit of cold water and kind of pat it in, in a soft way, because my skin is super delicate.

I use all Clarins. Crème Eclat du Jour is my visage cream. I love the perfume. I don’t use perfume so I use the perfume of the cream. I wear some eyeliner, really thin and some mascara. I use Yves Saint Laurent mascara and the eyeliner is from Dior. I always use MAC lipstick.

Day: I always have an eyeliner, my rouge à levres and my face cream.

Night: I take off my makeup very carefully with the Bioderma and I put on a night cream, Clarins Multi-Régénérante Nuit and sometimes I will take my hair and put it up so it has more volume in the morning.”

-- Luisa Orsini

Bioderma, Crealine; Crème Eclat du Jour, Clarins; Mascara, Yves Saint Laurent; Eyeliner, Dior; Lipstick, MAC; Multi-Régénérante Nuit, Clarins.

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Great start of the week beauties.. I’m still dreaming of the weekend I’ve just spent home, in Milano. A weekend spent in the sun with my best friends and an energy which is difficult to describe. One of those weekends that warms your hear and make you leave happier than ever.
And where do I go this time? From tomorrow back in Paris for a Dior project, from Thursday in Los Angeles and then Brazil.. To come back home to Milano and leave again for Basel, Berlin and Coachella.. #theblondesaladneverstops is the most serious hashtag I’ve ever created :)
This is one of my weekend looks after the fashion month: super comfortable, all about contrasts and details.

Buon inizio di settimana dolcezze.. Io sto ancora sognando il weekend appena trascorso a casa, a Milano. Un weekend passato al sole con amici e con un’energia difficile da descrivere. Uno di quei weekend che ti riscalda il cuore e ti fa ripartire più felice che mai.
E dove riparto? Da domani Parigi per un progetto legato al mondo Dior, da giovedi Los Angeles e poi Brasile.. Per poi tornare a Milano a fine mese e ripartire di nuovo per Basilea, Berlino e Coachella.. #theblondesaladneverstops è l’hashtag più serio che io abbia mai creato :)
Questo uno dei look del mio weekend dopo il mese della moda: super comodo, tutto giocato su contrasti e dettagli.

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I was wearing:

MSGM SLIPONS
STYLEKEEPERS DRESS
SWISS CHRISS COAT
DIOR EARRING + DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRING
GOYARD BAG
FENDI BAG BUG
SAMA SUNGLASSES

Photos by Riccardo Pozzoli

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Ink & Paper

Last week, we stopped by the studio of Nicolas Ouchenir, a super talented calligrapher, who is responsible for the beautiful writing on many of the Paris invitations (I always save the one’s he works on, they are really the best!).

He’s worked with everyone from Dior to Dom Pérignon and his studio is a little invitation museum– here is a peek inside his world!

Click on the arrows to see more images…

60+ Bags and the Celebrities Who Carried Them at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014

60+ Bags and the Celebrities Who Carried Them at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014

Paris Fashion Week is an event like none other. We love New York, London and Milan, don’t get us wrong, but the combination of clothes and celebrities that happens in Paris will always be our favorite. This season, we found even more stars and fashion insiders carrying super-covetable bags than we did back in September, and we’ve assembled them all for your viewing pleasure.

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Dior’s Fall 2014 Bags are Its Prettiest Yet

Dior’s Fall 2014 Bags are Its Prettiest Yet

After a few seasons, it’s clear: Raf Simons is pretty good at this whole handbag thing, despite the fact that had limited experience with it before taking the reins at Dior, and certainly not on the broad level that such a brand requires. Dior’s Fall 2014 handbags are his best yet, with easy, luxury-minimal riffs on the Lady Dior and Diorissimo shapes that include everything from tweaked structures to blurry-striped crocodile. The bags are bold, modern and totally gorgeous.

What struck me most, though, is that the collection’s clutches are just as enticing as its day bags, which rarely happens at a brand as big as Dior. The simple envelope styles are accented with jeweled floral vines, which are just enough to make them feel like little pieces of hand-carried jewelry without detracting from the carefully executed minimalist shape. Everything going on here is totally excellent.

[Photos via Vogue.com]

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Back to the Future

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve tried every season to rethink the way I approach fashion weeks. Because of this, and because I was curious about how everything had changed over time, I decided to take a little tour through my archives and it’s kind of CRAZY. Come take a tour with me!

2006, Nada.

No Fashion Week for me – at that time, my blog was only illustrations, and frankly, all I knew of fashion weeks was what I had read in magazines and seen on Fashion TV, which I used to watch for hours. This drove my mother crazy because in her opinion, watching girls walking towards nowhere (“Where are they going?” she asked me one day) was pretty much like watching fish swimming around in a fish bowl.

“Pfff, you just don’t get it, mom.”

Oh, and what do I find in 2006?

A post where I talk about Scott and Face Hunter, the only bloggers/streetstyle photographers at the time. Actually, we didn’t even call them that yet: I call them “coolhunters”.

In 2006, I say:
(Yes, I’m quoting myself) (Oh, come on, it’s fine.) (It’s like a literary selfie, right?)(A Tweet!!!).

“And sometimes, with the most talented ones, we find what we’d forgotten to look for in the frantic race of appearances: style, grace. A sense of the moment.”

2007, First Steps.

March. My first Fashion Week. Oooooomaaaaigaaaaaaad what’s happening. I’m over the moon excited. I’ve never seen so many people so well-dressed, so cool, so eeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I start taking photos of people, I’m sickeningly shy and all I can say in English is “hello”, “please” and “fuck” (the last one only whenever I messed up a photo, which was pretty often).

People invite me to a some shows because my blog is starting to get some attention, but all of that is just for fun, in my spare time. I don’t publish my photos on the blog ok, actually I do, but don’t look and I faint every time I see someone I recognize.

The fashion show scene is relaxed. The people I take photos of are nice, curious, flattered, and surprised all at once. They’re dressed normally.

I mean, they’re dressed very well, they’re very chic, but they look normal. That’s what I love. It’s the opposite of magazines, it’s real life! It’s just a concentrated group of very elegant, very cool people.

Even so, I still say:

“The Face Hunter came to take a photo of me. Which is almost an insult to my pants, given how opposite our tastes are, especially when I see the grins he makes when he looks at his photos, which – fortunately for me, will never be published. I tell myself that, from now on, Yvan has something to blackmail me with.”

This is still true today: days when I have my photo taken coming out of a show with 200 photographers pouncing on everyone, I always feel like there’s something wrong with my outfit, something too showy, too crazy, too ‘fashion weeeeeek look at meeeeeeeeee.’

Sometimes when you look at life in retrospect, it’s totally hilarious.

2008, The year when things start happening.

Street style is all over the place. I discover photography, I go to a lot of shows, I start putting names and smiles with the faces I was barely brave enough to ask to stop for a photo the previous season, and I even start doing some style stories about them.

It’s still relatively quiet outside of fashion shows – I don’t realize how lucky I am.

I start making contact with fashion editors and reporting things like:

“Let me make this brief. If you’ve followed me, if you go to a show, and someone touches your body and asks ‘Who is it?’ Don’t answer “It’s me, in fact it’s my right breast, do you want a Prozac or something?” Instead, say: “It’s Marc, or it’s Stefano. Or if you’re taken off guard and it’s just Massimo, say: “That’s vintage.”

It’s also my first New Yoooooooorkeeeeeeeee fashion wwweeeekkk omgomgomg!!!! Total hysteria, total excitement, total jet lag.

I write things like this:

“People come up to me and say I like your style, and I could fill up an entire post with how much I feel like a hobo next to the meticulous precision of American girls. I’ve got loads of new friends, and it worries me – Cole Mohr is trying to French kiss me, but I think it’s because he doesn’t have an apartment right now, whereas I do. This must explain that. Maybe, maybe not!”

And then, don’t forget, 2008 – the financial crisis:

“To celebrate that, you just escaped the super depressing post I was about to write about the economy that’s just crashed and how fashion people are just throwing their arms up in the air, they’re so petrified [as if they could be any more petrified, those fashion people. Booooootox!].”

Style.com asks me to desribe my day, I go from show to show. The photos are getting popular and since they don’t need any explanations, my blog actually goes international, and my English starts to get better.
“Hi, I’m Gowaaance, can I take your picture?”
I would love to have it translated, but for now, my blog is only in French.

2009, changes.

That’s when I meet Tim, my beloved translator who will be with me for a long time (say hello to Andrea!), and the blog is translated into English. I’m in super mega fashion week mode, I follow the fashion bandwagon as if my life depended on it, and every day, I debrief you in detail about all the looks I love.

I have an insatiable appetite for fashion and that’s a good thing, because more and more doors are opening for me.

People start getting pushy in front of the shows. Everybody knows who Carine is, who Anna is, who Kate is. The type of people you see starts to change, and there are more and more of them, from young students who are just there to enjoy the view, to new bloggers making an appearance. Alexa Chung makes her debut and the outfits are more and more editorial.

I guess it made me question myself, because here is what I had to say about it:

“In fact, it was when I was taking a photo of one of those pretty people, who was totally thrilled to pose for as long as I wanted and as long as the hoard of 365,756 photographers next to me wanted, even is she was freezing in the icy wind in her summer dress, wearing Dior from head to toe at the Dior show, and who repeated to me three times “It’s all Dior”, that I said ok, ok.
Enough of the bullshit. It’s very pretty, but what am I doing here?”

And to think that in 2009, I thought there were too many photographers, hahahhahahah hoooo that’s a good one. lololololol. Lol.

What I’ve always loved doing is showing you all the things that I discover as they come to me.
I start taking photos at fashion shows, and my angle changes slightly.
There’s this one on the Chanel show and the amazing bags in the audience. A fantastic encounter with Sonia Rykiel. A visit to Anna Dello Russo’s room at the Ritz.

This is the start of the social media craze, and everyone has their own voice now. Fashion Week is everywhere, pictures of the shows are everywhere, anyone can share and comment, it’s the era of the photo of the photo of the photo…

Dolce & Gabbana definitely got the memo – they pull out all the stops for us (Scott, Bryan, Tommy, and I) and put us in the front row. The truth is it wasn’t my first time in the front row, but at the Dolce show, they really understood the power of the image. They put computers in front of our seats (“For live tweets!”)(which I never do) and they have photographers all over the place to immortalize the moment. We feel a bit used, but the message is loud and clear: times have changed.

Here is what I wrote the next day:

“Fashion is a small, and very organized world. There are rules, customs, kings, queens, jesters, princesses, etiquette, codes – you never stop learning, and it’s really fascinating.

The front row of a show is, above all, the place where you can see the clothes best. Beyond the third row, you can’t see the shoes, and past the fifth row, you can see the hair, if you’re lucky. Seats in the front row are in high demand. Because that’s also where you can be seen. You earn you seat on the front row through celebrity, experience, or power. All this gives way to a lot of drama and some lovely ego crises.

This season, the creators of Dolce & Gabbana had a revelation. When they spoke to their clients, they realized they spent all their time online. They were well-informed, they wanted things to move quickly, and were ready to buy right away. They figured out that it was a new age, and they needed to move ahead with the times.

They decided to open their doors wide to four bloggers.”

2010, Integration.

Voilà. I take photos inside, outside, everywhere I go, and frankly, I go everywhere – things have changed.

I’m pretty surprised about it :

“Lately, I realize how much time has gone by, how much things have changed. At fashion weeks, I know a ton of people. When I arrive at a show, someone grabs my hand, smiles at me, and leads me to my seat. Someone calls me to make sure I’m not going to miss the show. They double check, triple check. People aren’t happy when I miss a show. Haha! Yep, things have changed!

It’s weird – the fashion world’s ability to take people in or reject them. In between moments of snobbery or being totally brown nosed, you learn quickly to only trust your heart. To reach out to people who do you good, to just be yourself, and to see fashion for what you love about it and leave the rest out.

I’m starting to understand (finally!) that since fashion is an industry, once the initial discovery is over, you may quickly find yourself going in circles. Photographing the same people, the same attitudes. It’s a really tiny world!”

Fortunately, photography itself has also changed a lot. It’s become super easy to make videos, so, kind of on a whim, we start making films with Chris, my assistant (oh yeah, in 2010 I had an assistant!) and this is what we came up with. Now that was fun…

2011, explosion

I start fashion week by saying this:

“There are currently more streetstyle photographers than fashion editors (and sometimes they’re even better dressed, I’m talking Anna Dello Russo well dressed).”

It starts looking like a war zone outside of the shows, and I start getting bored there, because I never was very drawn to the bling bling and now it’s bling bling BIG TIME. People start changing clothes three times a day to go to the shows, and even if I appreciate the effort and the outfits, I wonder what exactly is the message? Let’s dress like crazy people? That’s never been my thing!”

I decide to laugh about it, and I write this: “How to get assaulted by a hoard of Streetstyle photographers (myself included).

Yeah, I’m laughing about it, but the truth is, I’m starting to lose inspiration.

2012, excitement.

And what do I do when I’m tired of something? I change! This is the year when I get into videobsession – a new way to show you fashion week, that’s been show so much under any type of angle that it doesn’t have much more to show, the poor thing.

Front row, back row, backstage, everyone knows everything all the time, and instantly, we’re all saying the same things. Oh that’s when I write that. So I figure the best way to change things up a bit is to take you with me – literally.

We launch Pardon My French. Crazy amounts of work, exhaustion, giggle fits – I think this was the time in my life where I was the most generous with my time – and my physical and moral strength – for the blog. There are some really good videos, and some not so great, but one thing’s certain – it’s different. And we end up with moments like this…

And this:

I love this time in my life, even if it’s very difficult. It’s literally exhausting, but the team work, and learning so many new things is a lot of fun and very exciting!

2013

There’s now a real system in place for bloggers, it girls, it Instagrammers, and streestyle – the outfits people wear to shows are extremely thought-out and calculated. It’s the craze of clashing looks, layering different pieces, and anything that attracts attention.

A system is in place for what’s now become a business. Each paper or online magazine has its own streetstyle photographer, each brand has someone in charge of digital media who lends clothes out to people who are likely to have their photo taken, and even if I do everything, everything, everything I can to stay fresh and enthusiastic, sometimes I have a hard time staying inspired.

I’m impressed with Scott’s detached attitude– we talk about it a lot, after all it’s a system we’ve helped create!– but I can’t help but be a little upset by it all.

Suzy Menkes writes her controversial article on the “The Circus of Fashion”. It’s a pretty harsh article denouncing the hysteria around fashion shows, and it kind of throws everyone and everything in the same category. I find this confusing.

Even though I don’t agree with what she writes because I think that deep down, opening up the fashion world is a good thing for everyone, from brands to journalists to stylists – I tell myself once again that it’s time to rethink how I approach fashion weeks.

I have a conversation with my team (I have a team!!!) and we decide it’s time to take an easier approach to fashion. We don’t get too extreme over fashion anymore at the Studio.

We have fun with it, we find inspiration in it, we still love it (of course), but we don’t feel like saying that a pair of shoes is “to die for” anymore, because that would sound almost a little too true.

2014

And now we’re back to today!

I’ve just gotten back from the H&M show. I saw Dries Van Noten today, and I still feel the same emotion when I see his shows. I stayed for a few seconds outside of the venue, but I didn’t stick around – there were too many people, I almost got hit by a car while people where taking my picture. And at H&M, I got pushed really hard by a bodyguard when Solange Knowles was passing by – going to shows is getting dangerous! Alright.

This year, I’ve decided to do things thoughtfully, to go see the designers I want to support and who inspire me, to take photos of people who cross my path, and to stay cool.

I’ll only have time for a few videos this fashion week – but they’ll come back quickly!!! I love making them.

That reminds me of a conversation I had with Carine Roitfeld, when I had started to understand the repetitive nature of the fashion world. How did she do it, year after year, and manage to stay inspired?

She told me that as time goes by, things calm down. You start to seek out different things. A new model that inspires a fashion series, an attitude, a detail. Someone you meet, a gesture, a fabric, a piece of music, the way something is staged.

So that’s how I’m feeling lately. A lot more relaxed.
I really wonder how it will be eight years from now!!!

What about you? Since you follow me, and you follow fashion, whether you’ve grown with me or just arrived here – what’s changed from your point of view?

Tell me everything! Honestly, I can’t wait to see what you have to say and have a conversation.

Translation by Andrea Perdue

This illustration first appeared in Vogue Paris.

Kimora Lee Simmons Flies in Style with a Dior Bag

Kimora Lee Simmons Flies in Style with a Dior Bag

Kimora Lee Simmons was recently spotted at LAX with an eye-catching, bright red Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag (and an unidentified gentleman friend). Dior bags aren’t sold online, of course, so if you like what you see, you should hustle in to a Dior store – find your nearest location at Dior.com. In the past few seasons, Dior has expanded the variety within some of its classic handbag lines, including the Lady Dior. We saw Princess Charlene of Monaco carry one to the Dior couture show in Paris around this same time last year.

If you’re curious about what’s up with Kimora, she is currently the Creative Director and President of JustFab, one of the myriad of personalized shopping websites that dazzles you with personalized style quizzes and leverages the results to get you to buy as many pairs of $40 shoes as humanly possible. JustFab recently merged with their rival site ShoeDazzle, but both sites will continue to operate independently. (More style quizzes for all!)

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Days 7 & 8

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Days 7 & 8


Chanel Boy Bag

Best Bags of NYFW Days 7 + 8 (1)

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Day 6

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Day 6


Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Best Bags of NYFW Day 6 (2)

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Emoji Chic

Everyone needs an Olsen twin emoji.

Harper’s Bazaar launched a new Emoji app over the weekend, full of every emoji you never knew you needed like Bill Cunningham, an Anthony Vaccarello dress, Dior pearl earrings and a green juice.

Perfect timing for fashion week month if you ask us.

(The emojis aren’t a part of your normal emoji keyboard so you’ll send them through the app and they send as a photo.)


By studio

Emoji Chic

Everyone needs an Olsen twin emoji.

Harper’s Bazaar launched a new Emoji app over the weekend, full of every emoji you never knew you needed like Bill Cunningham, an Anthony Vaccarello dress, Dior pearl earrings and a green juice.

Perfect timing for fashion week month if you ask us.

(The emojis aren’t a part of your normal emoji keyboard so you’ll send them through the app and they send as a photo.)


By studio

Valentine’s Faves

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Hello guys! Here we are again on Valentine’s day… Wheter you celebrate it or not , wheter you have a partner or not… The occasion sounds delicious to indulge yourself (or your beloved one) with some treats. Here is a couple of ideas coming into my mind during those lovely days! ;)

Ciao ragazzi! Ed eccoci di nuovo a San Valentino… Sia che lo celebriate o meno, sia che abbiate o un partner o siate felicemente single… L’occasione e’ sempre deliziosa per concedersi (o regalare) qualche sfizio. Qui trovate alcune idee che mi sono venute in mente in questi giorni! ;)

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PurseForum Roundup – February 7

PurseForum Roundup – February 7

Well, that was fast! Another Friday is upon us, and on top of that, it’s already February. We know many of you are still grappling with fierce winter weather, and we hope you are all safe and coping with this season’s challenges. We have some nice handbags and more to take your mind off the weeks travails in this week’s edition of the PurseForum Roundup, so let’s get to it!


Customized Kitchenaid Mixer

We just love how our incredibly fashionable members show us their style in every corner of the PurseForum. This week, while hanging around in the Kitchen, we (rather randomly) caught up with the What is Your Favorite Kitchenaid Mixer Color thread. Kitchen gadgets are a weakness of ours, and we were surprised at the rainbow of colors of mixers our members have amassed! And, we are not sure how we missed this custom painted beauty from jxwilliams from last year. We didn’t even know one could customize this American classic workhorse mixer, and now we are thinking…should we?


Cain Chair

After checking out the always popular I Ate This, and What Are You Cooking Tonight threads, we headed over to Home and Garden, where we found an absolutely lovely place to catch up on the PurseForum, right in Elliespurse’s new chair! Check out the Newest Home Decor Items – it is as inspiring as the Kitchen, but easier on the waistline! Speaking of decor, we have a new thread discussing the merits of hiring an interior designer, and we are now officially sold on the idea.


Valentino Rockstuds and Hermes Birkin

Because so many of us have been slogging around in boots and galoshes, we thought it would be fun to highlight some sexy shoes this week. On a mission, we headed to The Glass Slipper and dropped into the Valentino Thread, where we found lovely64′s fabulous new winter blues-erasing orange Rockstuds! And, as if that wasn’t enough, we also found another gorgeous pair from mlemee, straight from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. (We can’t wait for spring, by the way!) For more sandal fun, be sure to catch with Beg4Bags’ super summery reveal and shoppinggalnyc’s dream-come-true Pedro Garcia wonderful wedges. 


Snowy Yard

We found some interesting threads in random places this week, too. In Books and Music, the 2014 Reading Challenge is underway, with a fairly wide range of goals being set by our members. Over in Up to The Minute, the latest reports from the 2014 Winter Olympics are front and center, keeping company with a pretty eclectic selection of news stories from around the globe. Olympic coverage occupies a top spot in Television and Cinema, along with the Real Housewives franchise, and a host of the latest shows. Some of the comments in these threads are pure gold! In Celebrity News and Gossip, we follow the antics of that trucker hat-sporting Canadian Bad Boy whose initials are JB, the excruciating Woody Allen situation, Mr. and Mrs. Carter (otherwise known as Bey and Jay) and a motley crew of celebs large and small. If your favorite is missing from our list, feel free to start a thread, because no celebrity is turned away from the PurseForum. Really! Our accompanying photo comes from chowlover2 by way of our new Celebrity News and Gossip Chat thread. We loved the snowy birdhouse!


Dior Lady Dior Crocodile Bag

We always leave the Dior subforum wanting a new bag. This week, the Lady Diors were calling our names, and we had a hard time choosing a favorite. The Action Thread is full of surprises, and this cheery pink Lady Dior from Donya Aurora is one of many. Don’t miss Kellyng’s incredible Chinese New Year celebration of style; you will want to savor every photograph. Dioriffic Lady has been very busy and shared two reveal threads this week, including ready-to-wear and some knockout shoes. The Month of the Diorissimo thread is ThisVNChick’s homage to this gorgeous bag, and you will love her collection, we’re sure of it.

Well, winter-weary Roundup Readers, that brings this edition to a close. We hope your weekend is wonderful, and that your week ahead is lovely and warm, or at least warmer. We only touch on a fraction of the PurseForum in our Roundups, so we hope you will spend some time exploring the rest this week. Have fun and see you all next Friday!

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Dior Glow

Have I been living under a rock?

Let me answer that one for you: yes. It wasn’t until last week when Tatyana stopped by for our bare beauty shoot that I was properly introduced to Dior glow. She used it on Inga and I was completely impressed by the perfectly sheer, natural pink it left behind on her lips (with the added bonus of SPF 10).

I’m always losing my lip balms but this is one that I’ll be keeping an extra close eye on.

Dior Addict Lip Glow, available in pink and coral.


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Los Angeles before Nyfw

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First of all thanks so much for the amazing support in my newest project: as every new adventure I was a bit worried when It was time to talk you guys about it, but seeing how much you already seem to like my “The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden” capsule collection makes me the happiest girl :)
And now let’s go back talking about these days.. I landed in Los Angeles last Monday: I’m spending a week here between meetings, a bit of work and a bit of relax.
From February 4th fashion month begins: a month mainly dedicated to New York, Milan and Paris shows, plus a lot of new projects and jobs which will make me travel all the time. I’m so excited about it, but I’m also enjoying the time I can spend in Los Angeles: this city always seems to recharge me and give me the great amount of energy to do my best in every new challenge. Starting from the weather I’ll find in New York: It’s gonna be very hard to create cool outfits without freezing my ass off all time.
For now I’m enjoying the californian sun, bare legs and this new lovely tuxedo dress found on Styligion :)

Innanzitutto grazie mille per lo splendido supporto per il mio nuovo progetto: come ogni nuova avventura ero molto agitata nel parlarvene e vedere quanto già apprezzate la mia capsule collection “The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden” mi riempie di gioia :)
Ed ora torniamo a parlare di questi giorni.. Sono atterrata a Los Angeles lo scorso lunedi: sto passando qui una settimana tra meeting, lavoro ed un po’ di relax che in questo momento è per me un toccasana.
Dal 4 Febbraio inizia infatti il “fashion month”: un mese dedicato alle sfilate di New York, Milano e Parigi, ed a tanti progetti e lavori che mi vedranno girare da una parte all’altra come una trottola. Non sto nella pelle, ma adoro anche il mio tempo qui a Los Angeles: questa città riesce sempre a ricaricarmi e a darmi la giusta energia per affrontare al meglio qualsiasi prova. A comiciare dalla prova meteo: con le temperature sotto zero di New York sarà veramente ardua creare dei look da togliere il fiato senza battere i denti in continuazione.
Per ora mi sto godendo il sole californiano, le gambe perennemente nude e questo nuovo vestito trovato su Styligion :)

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I was wearing:

CELINE WEDGES
SELFPORTRAIT DRESS BY STYLIGION
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
CHANEL BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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A beauty minute with Lauren

“Morning: I wash my face with Eve Lom cleanser and then I use Laura Mercier Mega Moisturizer and Laura Mercier concealer. I try not to wear a lot of face makeup and just try to cover up dark spots. I use Diorshow mascara and NARS Orgasm blush…

Day: I carry a tub of that Rosebud salve and L’Occitane hand cream. For lipstick, I wear NARS Red Lizard or NARS Volga– it’s a really dark purple.

Night: I wash my hair at night using Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner and then I put in Oribe styling cream and a little Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. I try and let my hair dry before I fall asleep but sometimes I sleep with it wet. It’s nice because it’s curly so I don’t really have to worry about it getting crazy.

I wash my face with an Aveda cleanser. I kind of like the slept in mascara look, so I wash my face but I don’t necessarily take all of my makeup off my eyes. I use a heavier moisturizer at night, Embryolisse. I also do a mask twice a week. I use the Aveda Tourmaline exfoliator and then the Tourmaline mask.”

- Lauren Young, New York City, January 24, 2014

Cleanser, Eve Lom; Mega Moisturizer, Laura Mercier; Secret Concealer, Laura Mercier; Diorshow Mascara, Dior; Blush in Orgasm, NARS; Rosebud Salve, Rosebud Perfume Co.; Shea Butter Hand Cream, L’Occitane; Lipstick in Red Lizard, NARS; Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, NARS; Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, Aveda; Styling Cream for Curls, Oribe; Surf Spray, Bumble and Bumble; Botanical Kinetics Purifying Cleanser, Aveda; Lait-Crème Concentrate, Embryolisse; Tourmaline Exfoliator, Aveda; Tourmaline Charged Radiance Mask, Aveda.

Check Out the Bags Celebs Carried to the Paris Couture Shows

Check Out the Bags Celebs Carried to the Paris Couture Shows

Did you feel the change in the air over the weekend? The small, nearly imperceptible shift that meant, half a world away, some fabulous people were doing fabulous things to which none of us were invited? That can only mean one thing: Paris Haute Couture Week is well underway, and both the fashion-famous and the objectively famous were out in force to attend the Chanel, Dior and Versace shows with fabulous (and free, probably) handbags on their arms. Below, we sussed out the celebs both American and international to see what they carried to the world’s most glamorous fashion week.

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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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PurseForum Roundup – January 3

PurseForum Roundup – January 3

Happy New Year! It’s 2014, and we welcome all of you to our first PurseForum Roundup of the New Year. The holidays have drawn to a close, and we spent the afternoon looking in on our PurseForum members to see what they have been up to this week. We found some resolutions, and of course some reveals, too!


Dior Diorling Bag

We can always count on Dior to provide us with elegant classic bags in eyepopping colors. This week, a couple of reveals caught our eye in this popular subforum. ThisVNChick’s new “red and gold” Diorling is a perfect holiday red, but we predict it will be a wardrobe staple in every season. Baghagg posted a Dior Soft in delicate poudre, a pretty reveal perfect to ring in the New Year.

Dior Crocodile Lady Dior Bag

It’s freezing in many places, but it’s warm and delightful in Dior! We found two beautiful sunny reveals this week – Brandee1002 revealed a purple crocodile Lady Dior, and sleepyl0verxgrl posted a pink python Lady Dior that is just stunning. Her thread also started an interesting conversation on exotic leather care. It seems we may need to be careful with those hotel towels, yikes!


Longchamp Le Pliage Tote

The turn of the year is so often a time for resolution making. Large or small, life-changing or not, it is always interesting to see what we find our PurseForum members resolving to do (or not to do) each New Year. We found the 2014 iteration of the Shop Your Closet theme going strong: The 2014 Shop Your Bag and Wallet Collection thread reminds us that a bag doesn’t have to be brand new to be fabulous. Cupcakegirl’s classic and carefree Longchamps tote looks crisp and ready for adventure, and Clevercat put it perfectly – “isn’t it nice to have a thread that makes you appreciate what you have rather than making you want to run our and buy something new!” This sentiment is happily accompanied by her purple Balenciaga, which actually makes us want one – oops!

Are you thinking of wardrobe-related resolutions? If so, you will absolutely love this thread: Fashion Resolutions 2014, a hot new discussion in The Wardrobe that not only makes for good reading, but is also full of tips and suggestions for getting a handle on your style and wardrobe. This will be one of our favorites this year, for sure.


Jo Malone Candle Flower Arrangement

Roundup regulars may remember the Painting and Glass of Wine thread in our Home and Garden subforum. We have watched LuckyDogMom re-decorating her beautiful living spaces and been inspired by her creativity and style. This thread is special because – like shopping our closets – it is about showcasing your treasures, repurposing what you have, and making a house a home.

Also in Home and Garden, we have seen some amazing kitchens lately in the Show us Your Kitchen Thread, including jeh3v’s end-of-the-year remodel reveal. And if you are needing some support decluttering (like we are), there is a place for that, too!


Christian Louboutin Reveal

Over in Christian Louboutin, we found some more resolutions in this thread. Hint: One theme is Wear Your Shoes!

Christian Louboutin Makeup Trash Pumps

We found some reveals, too. Pollygal spiked her holidays nicely with this collection, as did FreshLily with these Daffodiles. S2Kgurl shared a pretty fierce pair of new shoes with a sweet story to boot! There to see in the New Purchases thread, including the Make Up Trash pair MrsHunnycutt found at a great price.


2013 Crystal Star Ornament

We like to remind our readers of the rich and diverse non-fashion areas of the PurseForum, where conversations range across a seemingly infinite assortment of topics. And within these conversations, information is shared and friendships are formed. Drop into the Television and Cinema Subforum for all the latest on your favorite shows, or visit the Money Talks discussions to help get a handle on your finances – the 2014 Curbing Consumerism Thread is sure to be a popular one, so drop in and join the dialog! If you are interested in browsing, The Playground is the place to start!

We close our this roundup with a very last look at Holiday 2013, this pretty star from StyleMeChanel, in the Random Picture Thread.

Thank you for stopping by and reading our Roundup of this week’s happenings on the PurseForum. Once again, we wish you all best for the coming year and look forward to bringing you the best of the PurseForum each week! Have a great weekend!

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PurseForum Roundup – January 3

PurseForum Roundup – January 3

Happy New Year! It’s 2014, and we welcome all of you to our first PurseForum Roundup of the New Year. The holidays have drawn to a close, and we spent the afternoon looking in on our PurseForum members to see what they have been up to this week. We found some resolutions, and of course some reveals, too!


Dior Diorling Bag

We can always count on Dior to provide us with elegant classic bags in eyepopping colors. This week, a couple of reveals caught our eye in this popular subforum. ThisVNChick’s new “red and gold” Diorling is a perfect holiday red, but we predict it will be a wardrobe staple in every season. Baghagg posted a Dior Soft in delicate poudre, a pretty reveal perfect to ring in the New Year.

Dior Crocodile Lady Dior Bag

It’s freezing in many places, but it’s warm and delightful in Dior! We found two beautiful sunny reveals this week – Brandee1002 revealed a purple crocodile Lady Dior, and sleepyl0verxgrl posted a pink python Lady Dior that is just stunning. Her thread also started an interesting conversation on exotic leather care. It seems we may need to be careful with those hotel towels, yikes!


Longchamp Le Pliage Tote

The turn of the year is so often a time for resolution making. Large or small, life-changing or not, it is always interesting to see what we find our PurseForum members resolving to do (or not to do) each New Year. We found the 2014 iteration of the Shop Your Closet theme going strong: The 2014 Shop Your Bag and Wallet Collection thread reminds us that a bag doesn’t have to be brand new to be fabulous. Cupcakegirl’s classic and carefree Longchamps tote looks crisp and ready for adventure, and Clevercat put it perfectly – “isn’t it nice to have a thread that makes you appreciate what you have rather than making you want to run our and buy something new!” This sentiment is happily accompanied by her purple Balenciaga, which actually makes us want one – oops!

Are you thinking of wardrobe-related resolutions? If so, you will absolutely love this thread: Fashion Resolutions 2014, a hot new discussion in The Wardrobe that not only makes for good reading, but is also full of tips and suggestions for getting a handle on your style and wardrobe. This will be one of our favorites this year, for sure.


Jo Malone Candle Flower Arrangement

Roundup regulars may remember the Painting and Glass of Wine thread in our Home and Garden subforum. We have watched LuckyDogMom re-decorating her beautiful living spaces and been inspired by her creativity and style. This thread is special because – like shopping our closets – it is about showcasing your treasures, repurposing what you have, and making a house a home.

Also in Home and Garden, we have seen some amazing kitchens lately in the Show us Your Kitchen Thread, including jeh3v’s end-of-the-year remodel reveal. And if you are needing some support decluttering (like we are), there is a place for that, too!


Christian Louboutin Reveal

Over in Christian Louboutin, we found some more resolutions in this thread. Hint: One theme is Wear Your Shoes!

Christian Louboutin Makeup Trash Pumps

We found some reveals, too. Pollygal spiked her holidays nicely with this collection, as did FreshLily with these Daffodiles. S2Kgurl shared a pretty fierce pair of new shoes with a sweet story to boot! There to see in the New Purchases thread, including the Make Up Trash pair MrsHunnycutt found at a great price.


2013 Crystal Star Ornament

We like to remind our readers of the rich and diverse non-fashion areas of the PurseForum, where conversations range across a seemingly infinite assortment of topics. And within these conversations, information is shared and friendships are formed. Drop into the Television and Cinema Subforum for all the latest on your favorite shows, or visit the Money Talks discussions to help get a handle on your finances – the 2014 Curbing Consumerism Thread is sure to be a popular one, so drop in and join the dialog! If you are interested in browsing, The Playground is the place to start!

We close our this roundup with a very last look at Holiday 2013, this pretty star from StyleMeChanel, in the Random Picture Thread.

Thank you for stopping by and reading our Roundup of this week’s happenings on the PurseForum. Once again, we wish you all best for the coming year and look forward to bringing you the best of the PurseForum each week! Have a great weekend!

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Deck Yourself Out for the Holidays with a Designer Bag from Christie’s

Deck Yourself Out for the Holidays with a Designer Bag from Christie’s

As much as we talk about shopping and the joys of luxury, women tend to be pretty selfless during the holidays. It often falls on us to make sure everyone’s presents are perfect, all the food is delicious and no one’s drink ever runs dry when it comes time to get together for the season. Those tasks are joyous but exhausting, and we, in conjunction with our friends at Christie’s, are here to make sure that you don’t forget to treat yourself to something fabulous before the year is out. Luckily, the Christie’s Luxury Handbags and Accessories Online-Only Sale is full of fabulous things.

This auction includes a lineup of the most lust-worthy bags, with pre-owned, difficult-to-find pieces from the likes of Hermes, Chanel and Christian Dior. (None of whom, it should be noted, sell their handbags online, making this auction a particularly exciting opportunity.) The sale also includes tons of brightly colored, spring-perfect pieces, which can be extremely hard to come by in these exact shades in stores. Below, check out some of the best bags the auction, which kicked off December 2, has to offer. If you’re on for variety, check out the full 186-lot auction via Christie’s.


Hermes Kelly Ghillies Bag
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Hermes Kelly Ghillies Bag

Hermes Haut A Courroies Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Hermes Hau Au Courroies Bag

Hermes Crocodile Birkin
Bid via Christie’s

Hermes Crocodile Birkin

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Chanel Cosmos Flat Quilt Flap Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Chanel Flap Bag

Dior Miss Dior Bicolor Shoulder Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Dior Miss Dior Bicolor Shoulder Bag

Hermes Capucine Togo Birkin Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Hermes Capucine Togo Birkin Bag

Hermes Jypsiere Bag
Bid via Christie’s

Hermes Jypsiere Bag

Hermes Bicolor Birkin Bag
Bid via Christie’s

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My Christmas Wishlist

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Weather is getting colder…hearts are getting warmer…and radios are starting to play “All I want for Christmas is….”
Yay! Holidays season is just behind the corner and, of course, we need to think about the gifts we would love to find under our Chrismas tree! So, as I was used to do when a was a little kid, I’ve created my wishlist, a selection of dreamy gifts and little presents either for you, your love, your family or your friends…just to make someone happier! ;)
And you? what’s your favorite picks?

I giorni son sempre più freddi, i cuori son sempre più caldi…e le radio iniziano a suonare “All I want for Christmas is…”
Sii!! Natale è dietro l’angolo e, ovviamente, dobbiamo iniziare a pensare a cosa voler trovare sotto l’albero!
Così, come facevo quando ero piccola, ho creato la mia wishlist, ho scelto una selezione di regali: da quelli da sogno ai piccoli pensieri da dedicare a voi stessi, al vostro amore, agli amici o alla famiglia.. Giusto per donare un pizzico di felicità in più questo Natale!
E voi? Quale preferite?

xmas_TBS

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Everyone Loves a Beauty Gift; Here are 17 of the Absolute Best

Everyone Loves a Beauty Gift; Here are 17 of the Absolute Best

As much as we’d like to give everyone a handbag for the holidays (and we really, really would), that’s just not an idea that’s within our budgets this year. Makeup, skincare and haircare, on the other hand, are a much more price-flexible gift idea; a $30 eyeshadow palette is delightful, but so is a $600 set of Tom Ford lipsticks.

Beauty gifts run the price continuum, and there is literally not a single person on this planet who can’t be plied with a lovely set of hand creams or some new nail polish. Secretly, beauty gifts are also among my favorites because all of the sets and coffrets offer ample opportunity to try new things and beef up my own stash. Below, check out some of our favorite beauty items for both giving and receiving.

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The Bordeaux Lip

When I told Garance I wanted to talk about the deep, berry lips we had seen on the fall runway, I was bombarded with questions from her and the Studio:

What shade should I wear? How do I not look like a vampire? Can I wear a dark lip without feeling too 90s? Do you have one I can try? Are my lips a weird shape?

I’m here to address all of those pressing questions (minus the one about lip shape, sorry Christiana)…

1. Pick a shade. I’m a big advocate of testing them out. I know it seems like a daunting task, but it’s really the best way. Emily has olive undertones in her skin and she first tried a deep aubergine shade, and it wasn’t right for her. A similar shade looked great on Christiana who also has olive skin. You’ve gotta try them on. I often leave Sephora with a half sleeve of color swatches and it really is the best way to find the right color for you.

If you’re looking for something subtle and want to ease into the look, try a tinted balm to start, like a Chubby Stick (Fuller Fig or Richer Raisin) or try Butter London’s new Tinted Balm in Black Cherry.

2. Avoid looking like an extra in Twilight. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Avoid a smoky eye or heavy liner with the deeper shades (Fendi did this well for fall, even though the hair was a little intense). For blush, try a light, warm shade to give you a healthy glow. I was really into a deep plum shade one summer (I know, summer!) and happened to also be really into this long black maxi dress…it was a little too Morticia Addams at times.

3. Embrace the 90s. I know you’re groaning over there but come on, were the 90s really so bad? Drew Barrymore rocked a bordeaux lip like no other. The strongest image that comes to my mind is that one of her with the daisies in her hair. You know, that one. If you’re really fearful, try a warmer shade and leave the deep bordeaux to Drew (or Winona, Liv, Gwen or Courtney).

4. Try these! From top to bottom: L’Oréal Infallible in Bold Bordeaux, Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, Marc Jacobs Lovemarc in Saboteur, Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani in #609, and By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in Sangria Appeal.

Are you wearing a bordeaux lip this fall? Tell me your shade! Tell me your favorite 90s bordeaux lip icon!

- Alex

A beauty minute with Alexandra

“Morning: First, I use Lotion Aromatique from Joëlle Ciocco and then Intensive Eye Care also from Joëlle. I use Le Jour from Chanel, as a serum or I use the Serum + Eclat from Absolution if I am tired. And finally, I use a cream, either Crème Soyeuse de la Mer from La Mer or Reparative Moisturizer from Tata Harper, depending on the season and the weather…

Day: I bring a red lipstick, #999 from Dior is my favorite these days. I also take small stuff for my “in very bad conidtion” nails! I use Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum from Dior for my nails and cuticles or Nail Regeneraor from Talika. I can use it when I have five minutes in a cab or while waiting for someone.

Night: To cleanse, I use Lait Onctueux Capital and Lotion Lactée from Joëlle Ciocco. Then I use La Nuit from Chanel, Supremÿa Yeux La Nuit from Sisely around the eyes, and Médiateur Régénération from Joëlle Ciocco, I love the smell. And finally I use Le Soin des Mains from Absolution on my hands when I go to bed.”

-Alexandra Golovanoff, September 27, 2013, Paris

Lotion Aromatique, Joëlle Ciocco; Intensive Eye Care, Joëlle Ciocco; Le Jour, Chanel; Serum + Eclat, Absolution; Crème Soyeuse de la Mer, La Mer; Reparative Moisturizer, Tata Harper; #999 Lipstick, Dior; Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum, Dior; Nail Regeneraor, Talika; Lait Onctueux Capital, Joëlle Ciocco; Lotion Lactée, Joëlle Ciocco; La Nuit, Chanel; Supremÿa Yeux La Nuit, Sisely; Médiateur Régénération, Joëlle Ciocco; Le Soin des Mains, Absolution.

Woman Steals Nearly 1,000 Designer Bags, Sells Them on eBay

Woman Steals Nearly 1,000 Designer Bags, Sells Them on eBay

Considering how many luxury boutiques have reputations for staffs that seem to purposefully ignore customers who don’t fit a very narrow profile, it’s perhaps surprising that more people don’t simply pick up bags and trot right out the door with them. After all, if a salesperson is busy pretending you don’t exist, it must be hard for him or her to make sure you don’t get a case of the sticky fingers. Apparently a woman in England has been using that behavior to her advantage to the tune of 904 handbags for the price of free ninety-nine.

The woman, Jayne Rand, got caught on handbag 905, according to the BBC. There’s no word on what that fateful bag was, but during her years-long spree, Rand swiped bags from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Prada and Mulberry, mostly from high-end department stores. She traveled around the country to vary her targets and help avoid detection on repeated visits, and her technique was simple: walk in without a bag, put one on her shoulder, walk around browsing with it for a while and then leave with it.

Rand wasn’t snatching bags to fill out her own collection, though. Instead, she sold the bags on eBay, some to repeat customers for whom she’d boost particular bags on request. She made over $140,000 on the bags via the auction site, with the court-determined value of the bags being over double that. The actual retail prices would have been much higher.

A British court has sentenced Rand to a year and a half in jail for her one-woman theft ring, which seems a tad short compared to what she might get for a similar spree in America. What’s more interesting, though, is that with how many authentic designer bags she sold, it’s likely that one of our readers or PurseForum members may have bid on one of her auctions or bought a bag from her. So, does that name ring a bell, eBayers?

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I Love Calligraphy

Even though I love all the crazy invites we get to shows, most of the time the ones I keep are the simple ones.

What I love is the calligraphy. This beautiful way to give shape to letters, the attention and the time it demands. The Balenciaga ones are the most crazy, they’re all handwritten… It really touches me.

To tell you the truth, I’ve always played so much with my pens that when I was young, I didn’t really have a writting style. People would tell me that you could see someone’s personnality in their writing, and mine would change everyday, so many times I wondered if I had no fixed personnality :)

When I see the part that writing plays today in my life (I wouldn’t call what I do calligraphy, but I get a lot of commissions to write titles or create logos) I tell myself that you really never know where your little weirdnesses can take you…

Back in NYC

After a month of fashion week it feels good to be back in New York.

I’ve had time to relax, hug some trees, and develop a new obsession for this Valentino cape. You can see all my shopping picks for this week on my Pinterest!

xo,
G

PurseForum Roundup – October 11

PurseForum Roundup – October 11

So, is everyone absolutely exhausted from the National Handbag Day festivities? We celebrated this auspicious day by scouring the PurseForum for wonderful handbags, of course, but really, everyday is Handbag Day for us! This week, our stops in the PurseForum Roundup include Dior, Valentino, Gucci and more. So finish putting away those National Handbag Day decorations and come on in and join us!


Gucci Houndstooth Bag

In Gucci this week, we spotted two of our favorite words right on page one: “Instant Reveal”. D.Grl12 got right down to business and showed off her gorgeous birthday gift, the retro Seventies Web Boston, a bag that pulls at our vintage heart strings. Missarewa also added to her collection this week, and we could definitely feel the love as she revealed this classic bag. Before a reveal often comes a decision, and LVBarbieDoll is looking for opinions on a purchase, if anyone would like to weigh in. As usual, we pick both options (but if absolutely pressed, we choose orange). How about you?

PurseBlog readers know we have a special place in our hearts for the Gucci Bamboo Top Handle (BTH) bags, and our Gucci PurseForum family feels the same way. The thread dedicated to this line is always front and center, and this week we have a reveal and are anxiously awaiting a new BTH shopper for BagLovinMom.

Gucci Collection

In the Show Your Collection thread, we caught up with Dorf, our gentleman connoisseur we introduced to you last month, who treated us to a family photo of his collection, and it is fabulous. Collection threads are a staple of the designer subforums, so if you have a favorite designer, be sure to check out what our members have curated in their closets – you won’t be sorry!


Dior Watch

Are you pressed for time? Well, DiorrificLady sure isn’t. National Handbag Day had us feeling particularly drawn to the iconic design houses, and when we stopped into Dior, we found a watch reveal that made time stand still. It took a moment to tear ourselves away from this Grand Bal, but we did, and then stumbled right into another blockbuster reveal from this lucky lady! And DiorrificLady was not the only member with something new to share this week. If you love summer, you will absolutely swoon over Nahreen’s new Lady Dior in a delightful shade that will be a great pop of color in the fall, too. Lucky Materiliasic28 picked up a sweet little vintage piece this week, too.

Dior Crocodile Bag

We have seen lots of wonderful posts in the Dior in Action thread this past month, too, so please stop by and see how our members are styling their bags. Superstar collector kellyng dropped in with a shot of her Samourai that made us weak in the knees. There is a lot to this design house, and if you are just getting familiar with Dior and want to learn more, we have a wonderful reference library to help you find your way around. We hope to see you in Dior soon!


Valentino Rockstuds

This week, Valentino‘s first page was all about first purchases – some we missed the first time around, like nascarfan’s summer splurge on a pair of Rockstuds and a fabulous bag to match. New mom weetzie_bat recently made her first post-baby bag purchase, and it’s a beauty (or it is a beast? Check the thread to see). U580729 picked up a bag and shoe combination in an eye-catching nuanced nude, and mga13 had us mesmerized by the details of her extraordinary snake bracelet evening bag.

Black and White Outfit

We loved this photo of LeeLee1098 in her black and white ensemble in the Action thread – LeeLee is sporting the best accessory of them all, a happy smile!


Diamond Finger Cuff

This week, we found a fun new thread in the Jewelry Box and we’re sure it’s going to be a winner. It’s the Insane Wish List thread, and it is off to a rollicking start. Please drop in and add to the insanity! We also caught up with the Statement Jewelry thread and found ITlovesfashion’s incredible armor ring photographed against a background of equally incredible hydrangeas. (See, we have been hanging out in Home and Garden, too!)

The Jewelry Box is also a place for serious conversations, many of which revolve around diamonds. We have plenty of reference and photo threads, dovetailed with ongoing discussions that really get to the heart of the all-important facets of a diamond purchase. (See what we did there?) Phoebe_0526 got the ball rolling this summer with her GIA Diamond thread, which is a must-read for anyone considering a diamond purchase. Once you have made your purchase, we have a long-lived, active thread with everything you need to know about cleaning your diamonds, too.


Hermes Kelly Bag

The Hermès subforum is the place to go for beautiful bags any time, any day, all day long. One of our favorite threads is the Perfect Match thread, where members showcase combinations of bags and scarves, and sometimes, as in the case of Aurelia24, a super hot pair of shoes as well! By the way, her bag is 63 years old, which is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of this singular brand. Hermès may be out of reach for many of us, to be sure, but being able to share these pieces with our gracious members is always a real treat. The Fall 2013 scarves are making an appearance in this dedicated thread, and The Clubhouse is loaded with photographs of shawls, scarves, and everything else Hermès.

Hermes Trio with Kelly Bag

We don’t want to leave Hermès without a reveal or two, of course, and we found even more vintage to share with you. Katillathehun was thrilled with her vintage classic Kelly, which is now off for refurbishing (though we thought it looked amazing right out of the box). We can’t wait to see more of this splendid bag! Aurelia24′s vintage Mini Kelly is not to be missed – we cannot imagine a more charming pop of color for the fall.

Before you leave Hermès, be sure to check out the Non-Hermès Indulgences thread. There’s always something wonderful to see there, like aerinha’s new shoes!

Well, Roundup fans, with that we end this exciting week on PurseBlog and PurseForum. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us – we certainly appreciate each and every one of you and absolutely love your comments, photographs and conversations. Happy Friday, and remember National Handbag Day will be here again before you know it!

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This Was Paris

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A little more from Paris Fashion Week:

Anna congratulates Marc Jacobs on his last show for Louis Vuitton

Gold alert at Dior and Dries Van Noten

We went and had an intimate moment at Isabel Marant

Karl puts on an amazing Chanel show and creates the ultimate nonchalant jacket

Rick Owens approaches beauty in a new way with step teams on his runway…

There were a lot of cool things happening this season, what were some of your favorite moments?

Instant Beauty: Miroslava

“Morning: I clean my face with baby soap, the soap that I wash my son’s face and popka… How do you call it… Bum… ! with. It’s all organic and natural. I use a cream made by my cosmetologist, Lubov Andreenva. She makes the cream herself, it’s all super organic, everything is super free. Then a toner, the brand is Omorovicza. You can find it at Bergdorf Goodman. Maybe a little bit of MAC pink blush. Just mascara and a pencil, both MAC…

Day: I take one of those little round lip balms, EOS, that they sell in US pharmacies. And maybe just a black pencil.

Night: It’s Dior Lait Pureté Démaquillant makeup remover, it’s a very good one. I use the soap again and again a cream made by my cosmetologist, a night cream.”

- Miroslava Duma, Paris, September 27, 2013

Cream, Lubov Andreenva; Toner, Omorovicza; Blush, MAC; Mascara, MAC; Black Eyeliner, MAC; Lip Balm, EOS; Makeup Remover, Dior Lait Pureté Démaquillant.

Dior’s Spring 2014 Bags are Wall-to-Wall Exotics

Dior’s Spring 2014 Bags are Wall-to-Wall Exotics

The bags of Dior Spring 2014 seem to have one very clear message: if you have the budget for exotics, Dior would like to talk to you about some handbags. If not, well, most of these bags will also come in regular leathers…but do you have any friends who have the money for crocodile? If so, can you give Dior their contact information? The brand would be much obliged.

To be sure, Dior likely already knows many of those customers well. The brand has always traded well on its rarified French history, and with the nipped waists of the New Look, the brand is even more well-suited to a wasp-waisted socialite look than some of its Parisian compatriots. That look brings around moneyed customers, and even more important, moneyed customers who wish to look moneyed. There’s no polite discretion to the bags in the brand’s spring collection. The python comes almost exclusively in multiple candy colors per bag, and the crocodile, similar ample, is bright and glossy in almost all instances. The shapes are classic Dior, and the bags are beautiful and will likely sell extremely well. A well-developed exotics program is important to attracting the most lucrative high-dollar customers, and Dior’s clearly putting a strong emphasis on making sure it continues to be among the few brands of choice for the world’s very, very elite. These handbags should do the trick.

[Images via Style.com]

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Dior Beauty

The look at yesterdays Dior show was a little bit boyish, a little futuristic and a lot of gold (I feel a beauty trend coming on…)

I love that Dior (with the genius Pat McGrath) is putting such an emphasis on beauty, always pushing to find something new. It’s actually pretty exciting after the extremely natural looks we’ve been seeing this fashion week.

It was all about the eyes this time. There were three different looks that included a gold glitter brow and a liquid gold eye. I loved the pairing of the simple and chic hair with the futuristic, super artistic eye.

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PurseForum Roundup – September 6

PurseForum Roundup – September 6

Welcome to the PurseForum Roundup for September 6. We know we often remark on the swift passage of time, and this week is no different! Where did summer go, and is it really nearly time for Fashion Week already? Well, actually we wasted no time pondering these matters, as it was off to the PurseForum to catch up on two weeks worth of reveals and conversations!


Garden Manicure

It’s been a while since we have been in Nail Care, one of our most active subforums, and it’s been a very busy summer for our polish aficionados! Nail Care is full of reference threads, advice, and of course fun polish exchanges of all types. We are so fortunate to have dozens of very active swatch threads in our Reference Library, and polish of the day threads for Chanel, YSL, the new Marc Jacobs line and many more. Our members are so generous with their time and information and are so happy to share their latest swatches, giving all of us an amazing resource for all our nail needs!

The latest round of the Indie Polish Exchange got off to a rousing start this week, and as the box makes its way around the world, our members are selecting and adding to this fun collection and posting their picks in this exciting thread. Kristinized and aurawn have already made their selections, and we cant wait to see what is next! And, please don’t miss the Nail Art thread for some really unique and interesting looks, including this lively manicure from fluttershy. Wow!


Coach Bucket Bag

PurseBlog readers know that colorful bag reveals always catch our eye, and this week in Coach, we curiously dropped into BonBonz’s “I’m wearing white..” reveal and happily found lots of bright surprises! BonBonz scored some wonderful deals and we were particularly smitten with this classic duffle in rich, luscious moss. Elsewhere, Lisa Lisa shared her beautiful Legacy Lowell in a shade of plum that is certainly one of the prettiest colors we have seen among this fall’s offerings. We also spotted a colorful watch reveal – vgomes selected a deep ruby red for her first Coach timepiece: a Boyfriend watch that is just great!

Lots of Coach fans made some super second-hand and vintage purchases in August, too, so be sure and drop by their thread to see these treasures, including SEWDimples’ fun orange find and ObsessedwithLV’s very, very vintage shoulder bag that she is hoping to rehabilitate with the help of Coach leather care experts! We love to see a wonderful older bag have a chance at a new life and will be watching to see how this develops.


Rupert Sanderson Pumps Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

We love new shoes. We are so lucky to have so many PurseForum members eager and willing to share their new shoe purchases. The Glass Slipper has been brimming over this summer with wonderful shoe bargains, as well as super modeling shots in the What Shoes are You Wearing Today thread. Some of our favorites in the latter thread include CocoSapphire’s Gucci sandals with a sweet bamboo detail and her Moschino slides. Fellow shoe lover ericanjenson posted some terrific shoe and bag pairings, which showcased her Rupert Sanderson heels and her gorgeous Alaia platforms, among others.

Alexander Wang Strappy Sandals

In the Glass Slipper’s New Purchases thread, we promise that you will not want to miss the colorful Brian Atwood finds from jeninvan, gatorpooh’s Zanotti steals, LabelLover81′s cute Valentino espadrille wedges and the absolutely fabulous Alexander Wang Petra sandals Mia Bella wears so very well! We could spend all day looking at new shoes, and these represent just a wee fraction of the fabulous shoes we spotted this week!


Coastal California

Conversations in the Playground have been very interesting lately. In General Discussion, which is a mixed bag subforum that includes anything not specifically covered in any of the many other areas of the PurseForum, you can imagine that anything is likely to pop up on Page One. This week, we found a lively discussion on the use of terms of endearment,  an interesting thread on luxury spending and a place to share your “weird habits,” if you are so inclined.

In Television and Cinema, there is a thread for most every television show or franchise and many current films as well. Why not drop in and see what hot topics are on the table? We have a hot thread for the hit show Graceland, and of course the incredibly tense final episodes of the AMC series Breaking Bad. You can also weigh in on the pros and cons of the cast selection for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. By the way, this is just on the first page! Oh, and of course fans of Dexter can join in the camaraderie in the thread dedicated to the show’s final season. If you are like us, you will appreciate the humor, predictions and wide variety of viewpoints that make these threads so enjoyable, whether as a lurker or participant.

We would like to say a special thank you to twin-fun for posting the magnificent coastal California scenery in the Random Picture Thread.


Valentino Suede Bow Bag

One of the most popular handbag-focused areas of the forum is the Bag Showcase. We stopped in this week and found some old friends back on Page One, and some new bag collections as well. Longtime member mga13 has continued to build and share her exquisitely curated collection of bags and shoes, some of which she has waited years to acquire. During the past two weeks fans of her thread celebrated the addition of these wonderful Valentino sandals, and another pair of stylish sandals by Marni.


Dior Lady Dior Crocodile Bag

While visiting the Bag Showcase, be sure to take some time to savor the new showcase by HermesParis, featuring bags, shoes and accessories from Hermes and more. And, if you haven’t dropped by Kellyng’s thread featuring some Very Special Bags, this is a perfect week to do so, as she has added a stunning green crocodile Lady Dior and treated us to photographs of her amazing Vivienne Tam dragon belts!

Thank you so much for stopping by the PurseBlog and joining in the Roundup. We look forward to continuing to be your guide to our Forum, and hope to bring you lots more conversations, bags, and shoes as we wind our way into fall. Happy Weekend to all!

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PurseForum Roundup – August 9

PurseForum Roundup – August 9

Happy Friday! We are happy to be back again with another PurseForum Roundup of the conversations and fun going on in the PurseForum this week. We took a break from the heat and stopped in Proenza Schouler, Christian Louboutin, and we also found some new Ferragamo fans have taken the plunge!


Blue Bags Family Photo

In Proenza Schouler, Pretty Peanut revealed her PS1 in splendid chianti, a lush, saturated red and a great pop-of-color fall bag! Skyflower also got a new PS this week, after quite a long wait. Some of you all know how much we love blue, so MAGJES really caught our attention with this fantastic PS1 in magnificent royal blue. We couldn’t resist sharing her family photo, which will haunt our dreams tonight! Lizz66 also got a new bag, and both SuLi and AngelBabyGal are looking for feedback on their new bags. Feel free to spend some time in Proenza Schouler and get to know this brand and its fans on the PurseForum!


Hermes Lindy and CDC

It’s been a while since we visited Hermès, and this week we caught up with what we have been missing. Hermesian has been shopping this week and was lucky to score a very special shade of green for her Lindy. Sparklelisab had some help unwrapping her orange boxes this week and has quite a reveal in store for you! Pinkilicious lived up to her name when she brought home her first Birkin this week, and it is absolutely stunning! Pretty99′s 3 Trips 3 Surprises thread is a must-visit as well. Finally, we stopped by the Fall 2013 Scarves thread, and it was such a pleasure to see the wonderful selections our members have acquired this season.


Christian Louboutin Peep Toe Shoes

Double trouble? Well, no problem when it’s a double Christian Louboutin purchase! We stopped by our subforum dedicated to this powerhouse brand and found that DariaD had snapped up two classic pairs of “Loubies” last month. We found some nice pops of color in the New Purchases thread this week, too — Louboulove chose canary yellow for her peeptoes, and we love the mauve-lavender shade of pp29′s new suede shoes — we love it a lot!

Of course, not all threads are reveals. This week, we have a situation with a sole-protector product, those pesky white strings and the dreaded mold problem. And please don’t forget to visit the “What CLs are You Wearing Today” thread for some great modeling shots and style inspiration!


Dior Bags

Multiple-item reveals seemed to be the order of the week – we found another in Dior, and it was fabulous. This thread from earlier this summer is still hot, and for good reason. ThisVNChick picked up three beautiful Dior bags and they are simply lovely! We also found a very pretty bicolor Lady Dior selected by zhangyi901124 as her very first Dior, and what a perfect choice it is! The Diorissimo is such a versatile and stylish bag, and poohbag’s new acquisition in gorgeous purple with contrasting lining got us thinking – maybe it is time to get a new Diorissimo, too. Several Dior fans made their purchases just in time to avoid the August 1 price increase, and new reveals are underway every day, so stop in and see what’s new in Dior.


Salvatore Ferragamo

Quite a few members fell under the spell of Ferragamo this week and made some super selections of shoes and bags. Rowy65 could not help herself when she discovered the legendary comfort of Ferragamo’s flats, and she added some other pieces for good measure. Oliciaocho picked up a pretty new Sophia last month, as did eehlers. Cocobean1793 and CoachCruiser were among others that have reveals up on page one this week! Stop by and see what is new in Ferragamo – this brand continues to offer classic styles in beautiful colors, and maybe you will fall under the spell, too!

Thank you for visiting the PurseBlog, and we hope you will drop into the PurseForum and join in the fun. Until next week, have a great weekend and don’t forget to look up and enjoy the meteor showers if you can. See you next week!

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The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne

The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne

As you can imagine, it takes several hours of work to put together one of our “The Many Bags of…” features. We have to look through thousands of paparazzi photos, squinting at grainy thumbnails that may or may not include bags we haven’t even thought of in four years, trying to remember what they’re called and who made them. When that’s done, we have to organize all the information we’ve gleaned into a logical whole for your viewing pleasure. It can get a little tedious at times, but with the right celeb, it’s actually pretty fun. Lucky for me, Sharon Osbourne is definitely one of those “right” celebs.

First of all, it’s important for you to know that a significant portion of these photographs were taken while Sharon was either heading into or coming out of Barneys in LA, which seems to be her favorite place on Earth. (Who could blame her, really?) Many of the others were taken on shopping trips to various other locales. By all accounts, Sharon would make the best shopping buddy ever, and she’d probably buy you a little Chanel while she was at it. Second, the Chanel – she loves it. There is just…so much Chanel. Third, Sharon often makes faces at the camera, has crazy, fiery, unnaturally red hair that has, at times, been styled like she put her finger in a socket and seems to own little in the way of clothing beyond items that are black or white and loose-fitting. I say that with love, of course – I’ve loved her since the days of The Osbournes and look at all these photos only made me love her more. If kids of my parents’ generation thought June Cleaver was their TV mom, then Sharon Osbourne is mine. (And actually, she reminds me a lot of my actual mom. In a good way, if you’re reading this, Pam.)

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PurseForum Roundup – July 26

PurseForum Roundup – July 26

The last PurseForum Roundup of July is here. [Editor's note: How'd that happen so fast?] Fall collections are on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean that PurseForum members have stopped shopping for summer. We visited Valentino, Coach, the Kitchen, plus we took in some beautiful Bag Showcases. Come join us!


Valentino Bags

Our first stop this week is Valentino, where we found LabelLover81 in the middle of a no-nonsense reveal of two very different and equally fabulous bags: a Rockstud single and a stunning Nappa Rose tote. Other eye-popping reveals in the Valentino subforum this week included Pinkrose98′s noir Rockstud pumps and new shoes and a bracelet from MademoiselleXO. We also cheered nascar fan along as she added to her growing Valentino collection! Congratulations to all who brought Valentino to their lives this week!


Coach Drawstring Bag

Over in Coach, member whateve is on the fence over the new pebbled drawstring bag she brought home this week. We absolutely love the color but agree that the hang tag color may be a bit off. Feel free to weigh in! New member scarytales picked up a nice Legacy Flight Bag this week, and SomethingWitty revealed a pair of delicious totes in similar but equally beautiful neutrals. There are lots of reveals in Coach this week, so be sure to check in often. Don’t miss this pretty Caroline that Scorpio1101 picked up just yesterday!


Bottega Veneta Veneta Hobo

Bottega Veneta was quite busy this week, and we hurried in to see what StarStarMoon chose as her very first BV: a beautiful nappa Veneta in a color that can move easily between seasons. Fans of exotic leathers will love this reveal by pfjlvoer, two unusual and very different wallets, each one stunning in its own way. We like to warn you in advance, so this would be a good time to pull up a chair, because Fatcat2523′s reveals might make you swoon. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say the pretty clutch in the first post is just the tip of the iceberg! Stay seated, because Scottish Girl’s new shoes are next, and don’t miss LynxR’s new bag. Sale season is the happiest time of year for fans of this design house, known for its understated and beautifully crafted leathers.


Cake

As you know, we love to pop into the Kitchen fairly regularly to see what our members are cooking up. We found these funny doughnuts that put smiles on our faces without adding to our waistlines. Slightly more elegant but surely just as delicious is the beautiful lemon cake from princesspig, devilishly coupled with a pretty nice selection of cookies, too! And don’t miss this irresistible al fresco meal we shared with Blueberry12. When you need a break from bags, visit the Kitchen for discussions on such varied topics as oatmeal, bottled water and coffee pots! See you there (we will be in the “I ate this” thread, if you are looking for us.)


Christian Dior Doctor's Bag

This week, we finish off in the Bag Showcase subforum, where longtime member MAGJES shared her incredible collection, which includes all the colors of the rainbow and then some! Speaking of color, please do not miss yototomatoe’s collection, which includes the pretty Dior Detective Satchel pictured above. Lots of pretty bags in this thread, which is a must-see! It was a real treat to catch up with poohbag’s collection thread, in which she shares not only terrific photographs, but a sweet little memory or tidbit with each bag. We enjoyed getting to know poohbag and her bags, and are sure you will, too. Also, Chanel lovers will enjoy the shoes, bags and tweeds nestled among the many bags in this wildly varied and wonderful collection!

Well, dear readers, that wraps up another Roundup, and another month. We will see you right here in August! Time is flying, but be sure to stop and smell the roses. Have a great weekend and week ahead from all of us at PurseBlog!

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Accessory Binge

This week, I’ve got accessories on my mind (oh and a few beauty products too)…

Here is what I’m shopping for this week!

Have a great weekend!

:)

Garance

Dior roses

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And after the Dior video of my experience in Cannes here is some photos shot in the fabolous Domaine De Manon, where the roses for J’Adore fragrance are taken care of…

E dopo il video di Dior della mia esperienza a Cannes ecco qualche scatto rubato nella favolosa Domaine De Manon, dove vengono coltivate e raccolte le rose per il profumo J’Adore…

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Photos by Riccardo Pozzoli and Senio Zapruder

I was wearing:

MSGM TSHIRT AND JACKET
KENZO BRACELET + CARTIER LOVE BRACELET
ZARA LEATHER TROUSERS

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