A couple new favorite things including the ever chic Fendi 2 Jours (now in miniature size) and these clever athletic-esque Gx by Gwen Stefani tie-ups. When in doubt, go for classics–preferably with a little re-imagining!
As we mentioned yesterday, the final season of Mad Men starts this weekend, and because several members of the PurseBlog team are totally obsessed with me show (present company included), we’re pretty excited. We also figured this would be a perfect time to update our handbag surveillance of Betty Draper herself, January Jones.
We first took a look at Jones’ collection back in 2012, and unsurprisingly, its grown since then. We’ve documented as many of the new additions as we could track down below.
Kate Upton was recently spotted doing a little shopping in Paris with her The Other Woman costar Leslie Mann, who’s hidden behind someone’s head in the photo above while leaving the Saint Laurent boutique. Kate is carrying a Fendi 3Jours Shopping Tote. The embroidered leather design on the front of the bag looks a lot like a computer chip, n’est ce pas? You can snatch up the black-and-white version of this graphic print 3Jours for $2,790 at Net-a-Porter.
You probably haven’t heard about this through the regular gossip channels, but Kate Upton is in an exclusive relationship…with blue handbags. Almost every single bag we’ve ever seen her carry is the exact same shade of medium blue. Don’t believe me? Here’s Kate with her blue Chanel Cerf Tote. Here she is with her blue Celine Crocodile Luggage Tote. I guess you should look out for our inevitable profile of Kate’s collection, “The Many (Blue) Bags of Kate Upton.”
On Sunday, the seventh and final season of Mad Men debuts, which spells the beginning of the end for two of television’s most exciting female characters: Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson. Today, we’ll pay a small tribute to the force of nature that is Joanie by breaking down her accessories style in the second installment of our Character Study series. (Scandal superfan? Check out our first edition, starring Olivia Pope.)
Translating Joan’s style into today’s fashion presents a unique challenge because Mad Men is so inextricably tied to a very particular era and, by extension, that era’s very particular aesthetic. Handbags in the early 60s weren’t the functional carryalls that we know today; instead, shapes tended toward the compact and structured, with an emphasis on top handles and, later, small shoulder bags.
Within those parameters, Joan’s style tends toward the attention-getting. On the show, the character has spoken about being a woman who was raised to be admired, and she adorns herself accordingly. Her style is bright, detailed and exquisitely tailored, with occasional notes of kitsch that characterize the time period’s ultra-feminine look. With her promotion to partner at the end of the fifth season, Joan could certainly afford any of the retro-modern bags we’ve chosen below.
You know that question: What you would bring along if you were trapped on a desert island? Well, it’s been a little revised for spring and it might be more appropriate to ask your friends: If you can only fit three items in your mini bag, what will they be?
These tiny, miniature sized bags were a plenty on the runways (the first spotting happened for spring 2012 at Rochas), some of the styles being just straight up small, and others being shrunken versions of classic styles we’ve come to love (like the one in the photo from Loeffler Randall, a mini Rider bag).
Think of it kind of like a forced handbag cleanse. These mini bags force you to really examine what you really need to keep with you all the time. For me? My iPhone, a metro card, a credit card and the keys to my apartment (if you’ll allow me one more item, a lipstick).
Of course, if you can’t narrow your life down to just three belongings, you can always carry all of your mini bags together, like Meredith is doing here :)
Here’s Cindy Crawford at LAX, scurrying past some overzealous autograph seekers while carrying a sleek, black Fendi Peekaboo Bag. (Are you completely disturbed by the small boy holding a pic of Cindy grasping her own boobs? Me too!) You can purchase the Selleria version of Cindy’s Fendi bag for $5,050 at Barneys, as well as peep at the “peekaboo” elements of this bag, which are not so obvious in these pics.
Cindy took over “Oprah’s Lifeclass” last week and talked to a live audience about her personal travails and triumphs, including failing as an actress (or, rather, deciding she didn’t like acting after starring in one big-budget flop) and being judged for her beauty rather than her brains. If inspirational yarns are totally your jam, you can catch all the “Lifeclass” webisodes on Oprah.com.
If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it might be like to be one of Karl Lagerfeld’s special friends, a quick tour through the bag collection of British singer Lily Allen is pretty illuminating. Allen, with her signature mix of fashion world glam and filterless British grunge, is so beloved by Karl that she even starred in a Chanel handbag campaign a few years ago, and now that she’s back in the spotlight after getting married and having a couple of kiddos, we thought it was high time we looked into her collection, from her first days of post-MySpace fame to the present.
Here’s Lily Allen, leaving her hotel in NYC and carrying a Fendi Fur Peekaboo Bag. She’s also wearing Christian Louboutin Glitter Pigalle Pumps and a Chanel tunic, not that you’d have trouble identifying either. Lily has been in town for a while now and always seems to have a little Chanel on her person. (Here she is with a Chanel Bowling Bag last week.) Lily’s furry Fendi bag is sold out, but you can shop a wide assortment of Fendi bags, shoes, and apparel at Saks. You can find Lily’s glittery Pigalles for $625 at Barneys.
Lily is exactly the girl I would expect to carry this bag. Some designs just require oodles of personality to pull off, and a furry Fendi is definitely one of them. We’ve already discussed how Lily and Karl Lagerfeld are great chums, but I frequently forget that Karl is also the creative director of Fendi (because being the creative director of one major fashion house simply isn’t enough). Which only means more free Chanel AND Fendi for Lily and all of Karl’s other celeb muses!
You guys weighed in, we did the math and the field has been winnowed from 16 to just 8. Which designers will live on to the Final Four? That’s up for you to decide in Round 2 of PurseBlog March Madness. Just like you did early this week, choose which bag brand you prefer in each matchup and cast your votes – the winner of each will move one step closer to being our 2014 champion. Some of the matchups in the last round, like Louis Vuitton vs. Balenciaga and Gucci vs. Alexander Wang, were quite close, so every vote counts!
You might have heard a whisper here and there about some sort of basketball tournament that’s starting this week. Most members of the PurseBlog team went to football schools, so while this may not be our time of year in a sporting sense, we believe in substituting handbags for literally anything in which we are not naturally interested. With that in mind, we’re proud to announce PurseBlog March Madness!
We’ve chosen 16 of the biggest handbag brands in the world at a variety of price levels, and we’d like you to help us determine the best bag brand of 2014. You’ll have two days (work days – even handbag critics need a weekend) to vote on each round, and once we’ve tabulated the votes in each bracket matchup, we’ll move the winners on to the next round to face a new opponent and a new round of voting by you, our readers. We’ll do this all the way until a winner is crowned!
As we inch ever closer to spring (one week left!), our weekly round of bag deals gets brighter and brighter, as warm-weather shades flood sites and, eventually, sale sections. This week, we’ve put together a roundup of beautiful bags that you can wear both now and well into spring and summer, all for less than their original retail price.
The boldest accessory from fashion week? The flower brooch.
They had a strong presence on the runway, here at Dries and at Fendi and Céline. Will you be so brave as to wear a flower to accent your look this fall? Or should we leave this trend to Carrie Bradshaw?
Click on the arrows to see more images…
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.
I was wearing:
Photos by Riccardo Pozzoli
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When it comes to accessories, I’m pretty good at shoes, okay at bags and terrible when it comes to jewelry. I couldn’t stack bracelets to save my life, I will lose at least one knuckle ring everytime I put one on and I wear a necklace about twice a year. I’ve decided it is time to improve my bling wearing skills, starting with earrings.
I think that earrings are the easiest piece to wear, which might be because everytime I wear a pair, my hair covers them up so there is no chance of me screwing it up. Come on Alex! Get your s#&! together!
The earrings on our radar at the Studio right now are begging to be seen, heck, to be shown off in all of their shiny, furry, sparkly glory.
I asked Sheridan to come to the Studio and help me come up with three ways to show off the earrings that we are loving right now. My favorite? The Fendi earring paired with that sleek side part and straight hair. I’m doing it.
Actress Margot Robbie was recently spotted leaving LA via LAX after the Oscars, where she made headlines for wearing a gorgeous Saint Laurent gown and debuting her newly brunette locks on the red carpet. (You might recognize a blonde Margot from The Wolf of Wall Street. She played “The Duchess.”) Margot is carrying a tidy black Fendi 2Jours Petite Tote here. You can get your own in glossy black patent saffiano leather for $1,750 at Saks. (And don’t miss our post about the best bags from the Academy Awards red carpet!)
Margot is still a newcomer by Hollywood standards, but our Aussie readers might recognize her from the wildly popular Australian soap “Neighbors”. After leaving “Neighbors” in 2011, she enjoyed a brief stint on US network TV on ABC’s short-lived “Pan Am” series, and then made the leap to American movies as of 2013. She now has a slew of movie roles lined up through 2016 (owing largely to the success of Wolf, of course), including a leading role in the post-apocalyptic thriller Z for Zachariah.
How best to wrap up February? This is our last PurseForum Roundup of the month, and we wanted to go out in style. We paid a visit to Fendi, dropped into the Wardrobe to see what is new and found some truly incredible purchases in Chanel. Come on along, spring has sprung on the PurseForum!
This week, we took a cue from our PurseBlog Bag of the Week, the Fendi Demi Jour. For our first stop, we visited the Fendi subforum and dropped by some of the hot threads on page one. Rubyslippers01 revealed her bag last month, but between her fabulously appropriate user name and her fun new bag, we could not resist giving her a shout out here.
Ahhh….the Fendi Spy. Love it or hate it, this bag was a monster hit for Fendi, not to mention the first luxury bag for countless PurseForum members. Are we looking back at Spy already? Well, yes, we are. Rubyslippers01 was on a roll, and kindly shared a whats-in-her-bag look at her well-loved Spy. We hope you are still rocking your Spy, if you have one (and if you are, please visit this thread to share with us). The 2Jours, of course, is Fendi’s current reigning bag, and we have a special thread just to show the love.
Iridescent Goodness? Who can resist a thread with a compelling title like that! And what Alexander Wang fan can resist this beautiful white stunner snapped up by ladybug10? Watch this thread for more iridescent offerings from this edgy brand, too! Anyone who has followed the Roundup knows we get a little carried away by a blue bag, and this Rocco is one of the bluest ever – Antonia and this brilliant purse are a match made in heaven, and we absolutely couldn’t get enough of it. One of the most enjoyable threads in Alexander Wang, or any subforum for that matter, is The Waiting Room – where members expecting a package cool their jets with their PurseForum pals. This week, chicblondie announced the impending arrival of a black Rocco with rose gold hardware, and TaraP showed us that black with iridescent hardware is just gorgeous.
With so many designer specific subforums, it’s easy to overlook the PurseForum’s more generalized areas, such as The Wardrobe. But these destinations house true gems, such as the Do You Shop for Your Real or Imaginary Lifestyle thread. This thought-provoking and long-lasting favorite is full of photographs and conversation on a topic that has occurred to so many of us. This week we found this quote from Ralli: “Life is short, wear the shoes.” Don’t we all have something special in our closets that really needs to get out and play? If you want to escape with your shoes, how about a visit to Dream Closets, where life – whoops, we mean storage – is nothing less than perfect.
The Wardrobe is also home to myriad brand threads, such as Helmut Lang, Zara, J. Crew, Rick Owens and so many more. In Who Else Loves Zara this week, we found some cute shots from the dressing room, courtesy of Mia Bella, and we couldn’t resist sharing one here.
Fabulous, isnt it!? We found this breathtaking wallet in bleu yen belonging to cuteandcouture in Chanel’s February Purchases thread. Yes, we could stare at it all day and be perfectly content. For you, Roundup Readers, we pressed on and found this sublime WOC from cdinh87, and this brilliant fuchsia one from MojoandMe. You will not believe the month our Chanel family has had, really. Happily, in order to make sure the rest of spring and on into summer is equally successful, H-angel has started a thread for our members to keep track of the bags they are hunting – join the fun in The Mission Thread! Elsewhere, _Siobhan requests your opinion on a purchase, as do Jodith and barbie444. Nycmamaofone, who requested and received sage advice a while back, revealed her absolutely perfect new bag, and it is easy to see that her careful consideration paid off handsomely. Congratulations to all the happy new bag owners in Chanel this month!
Cold weather made us think of tea, and tea made us think of Mulberry, so off we went to see what is new across the pond (so to speak). This blush Alexa of JP23′s really caught our eye – a pretty color just short of pink that will be quite wearable this spring. Our stairway to Mulberry heaven this week is courtesy of LittleMissPeppa, whose collection took up quite a lot of real estate on the steps! The Mulberry Family thread includes member collections as well as a primer on the bag collecting habit, as described this informative post by batfish. As with most of our subforums, members seeking help with a purchase get plenty of assistance, cheating (on the brand) is perfectly acceptable and sharing your Bag of the Day is always welcome! If you are new to Mulberry, this thread should be your first stop. See you there!
Thank you for spending your Friday with us on the PurseBlog, Roundup Readers. For us, the fun of the Roundup is discovering threads, sharing stories, and seeing photographs of beautiful bags on the arms of our lovely PurseForum family members. We are glad you enjoy it too. Stay warm, dry and happy this week, and we will see you right back here in March!
The third leg of fashion’s seasonal four week journey around the globe as come to a close, and as always, Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 brought out a cadre of celebrities both Italian and international, all carrying leather goods from Italy and beyond. (Although even brands based elsewhere often manufacture their bags in Italy – the country’s tanneries and ateliers are that good.) As always, we have a faithful study of just what everywhere was carrying to the shows and parties, including a lot of Anna Dello Russo’s signature outrageousness.
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Bag: Fendi Demi-Jour Small Color-Block Shoulder Bag
Where to Buy: Purchase via Net-A-Porter
Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Sleek, refined, perfectly color-blocked, plenty large to carry your essentials (plus it’s been on my mind for months), this bag has my hearts this week.
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If you’re one of the zillions of Scandal fans out there, you already know that our one true hero, Olivia Pope, returns to television after a too-long holiday hiatus in a little over 24 hours. In the two-and-a-half seasons of Scandal that have already transpired, DC political fixer Olivia, played by the excellent Kerry Washington, has become something of a wardrobe icon for women who work hard, love luxury and want to look both professional and totally feminine in both their professional and personal lives. Naturally, that means she’s carried a ton of covetable handbags, and we’re here to help you get her look.
More than anything, Olivia always looks luxurious. That’s largely because she is the sort of fictional character who can constantly drink red wine from impossibly long-stemmed glasses without every spilling a single, solitary drop on her pristine, dove grey cashmere, but it’s also because the materials and colors that she wears are picked very carefully. Pale neutrals give off an air of elegance because they show off a material’s quality and aren’t as commonly worn as darker neutral like black and navy, and that idea extends to Olivia’s handbag choices, which are featured fairly prominently in the series. Like any good corporate raider with a sense of style, Olivia is first and foremost a Prada girl, with bags from the Twin Pocket Tote to the Saffiano Lux Tote on her arm in most episodes.
Olivia sometimes deviates from Prada, but she never deviates from her signature look: simple (but not boring) totes or satchels, carried in the crook of her arm, always in pale or mid-tone neutrals with the occasional black bag thrown in. Her bags are always expensive-looking, but they’re never conspicuously branded. If I worked in a conservative place, I’d want to dress like her every day. Below, we’ve selected over a dozen of the best ways to embody her handbag style, including the Prada tote that she carried practically all last season.
Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, but not before giving us a ton of bags to lust over. From Gucci’s luxurious minimalism to Dolce & Gabbana’s neoclassical maximalism, check out our favorite picks from what the Italians will have on offer come fall.
Milan Fashion week is over and.. I woke up like this: a little bit more casual a little bit more everyday me!
A simple outfit which always works for me: a funny black sweatshirt, some cool skinny ripped jeans.. And some cool accessories like my Tmoscow booties from my capsule collection “The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden”, maxi sunglasses and this new Pandora bracelet from a very special collection whose inspiration is to combine all the little stones with charms of meaning: I chose pink for love, white for hope, but i also picked freedom, strength and energy… exactly as I am!
La Milano Fashion Week è appena finita e.. Mi sono svegliata così: un po’ più casual e un po’ più me di tutti i giorni!
Un outfit semplice che per me vince sempre: una felpa nera, dei jeans skinny strappati.. Senza dimenticare gli accessori che fanno la differenza come gli stivaletti Tmoscow della mia capsule collection “The Blonde Salad per Steve Madden”, occhiali con lente a specchio ed il bracciale Pandora, che fa parte di una collezione speciale per la quale ogni pietra ha un significato preciso e può essere abbinata a propria scelta: rosa è amore, bianco è speranza, ma c’è anche libertà, forza e energia… proprio come me!
I was wearing:
THE BLONDE SALAD X STEVE MADDEN CROC BOOTIES (available on Stevemadden.com)
J BRAND RIPPED JEANS
PRIVATE PARTY SWEATER
MINUSEY OSTRICH FEATHER COAT
FENDI TOUJOURS BAG AND FENDI BAG BUG
Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti
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The Trend: Graphic
How I would wear it: I love a bold print coat or a sweater but usually paired with something solid and more subtle (like my white jeans). It’s an easy way to make a statement !
Best Looks: From left to right, Roksanda Ilincic, Fendi, Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Missoni.
For more fall trends, click here!
After two seasons in a row of furry, futuristic, ultra-covetable wildness from the brand, Fendi’s Fall 2014 Handbags are a bit of a step back toward simplification, if only a small one. There’s a bit less fur, fewer textural embellishments and not as many colors residing on a single purse, but there’s still the signature Fendi look that Karl Lagerfeld has taken care to develop over the past few years.
Fendi fans will automatically recognize both the Peekaboo and the 3Jours bags, both of which debuted for fall in new iterations that include details like fur handles and aggressively industrial metal trim, but the bags that dominated the Fendi runway were overwhelmingly small, squat, squarish and, dare I say, highly reminiscent of Hermes, with their leather-cloaked keys, short handles a la the Kelly Longue and traditionally French detailing. The bags were show as hand-helds on the runway, but I suspect they’ll come with removable shoulder straps at retail; if not, they might be a tough sell.
[Images via Vogue.com]
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You can say a lot of things about Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but you can’t claim the man doesn’t have a sense of humor about himself. Fendi, a brand that knows as well as any other when it has a hit on its hand and how to maximize its success, opened its Fall 2014 runway show (full coverage of the show’s handbags is coming your way at noon) with one of the brand’s popular Bag Bugs in the visage of Lagerfeld himself, held aloft daintily by Cara Delevingne so that one and all could snap clear pictures of it for Instagram and beyond. Well played.
Lagerfeld intuitively understands better than almost anyone else in fashion how powerful moments like this little Bag Bug can be – photos of this furry, miniaturized version of himself immediately flooded social media after the show, and East Coasters woke up to find Lil Karl staring back at them from their phones. Not only that, but Fendi had the biggest model in the world carry it; the brand signed Delevingne to a Milan exclusive, so her appearance along with this Bag Bug was the only one she’ll be making on the Italian runways. It was, clearly, the only such handbag accessory presented in this way. Based on our sources, Lil Karl saw his shadow, so we’re predicting six more months of brisk Bag Bug pre-sales.
If you want to get your hands on one of Fendi’s original furry bag charms, check out our guide to pre-ordering them.
[Image via Vogue.com]
I never thought myself much of an anglophile until I got into fashion. There’s something about London that brings together luxury and innovation in such a playful way that every season, I look forward to London Fashion Week more than any other, even if the names are generally newer and the brands generally smaller. British retailers are also some of my favorites to browse, which is why we’ve selected MATCHESFASHION.COM for this week’s edition of The International Edit.
The site just released a new edition of its print magazine, featuring Lake Bell and some beautiful Oscar de la Renta pieces, and we gave MATCHESFASHION.COM a little edit of our own. Check out our favorites from the site’s most recent arrivals below or shop the whole selection via MATCHESFASHION.COM.
The runway shows during fashion week are great, but one of our favorite things to do during the week is see what bags some of fashion’s favorite insiders are carrying. Most people use fashion week as an opportunity to break out their weirdest bags or their most covetable fashion items, and trust us when we say that they certainly did just that. We often found ourselves drooling over some serious arm candy outside Lincoln Center.
Take a look at some of our favorite handbag Instagrams of the week, and for more bag love, make sure to check out Vlad’s amazing street style bag roundups. Beware: May cause impulse buys or slight heart palpitations.
It’s nearly impossible to buy a $700+ Fendi Bag Bug and has been for months, so it was only a matter of time before other designers looking to get a piece of the irreverent-bag-charm pie. Up first is Brit Sophie Hulme, whose attainably priced, cleanly designed leather bags we already adore. Now we have the Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Pink Bag Charms, which are somewhat more restrained (and considerably less expensive) than their super-popular Fendi counterparts.
The most obvious difference between these bag monsters and the originals, of course, is that these are much, much smaller. Fendi’s fuzzy charms are so large that it’d be difficult to use one as a keychain; they’re very much meant to live on the outside of a bag at all times. These little buggies, on the other hand, are proportional to what you’d expect for a keychain, and they feature a chain long enough that your new friend will dangle below your house keys, in full view. If you like Fendi’s idea but want to spend a lot less money or would prefer a keychain, these are the way to go.
Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm
$130 via MATCHESFASHION
Sophie Hulme Fuzzy Mink Bag Charm
$130 via MATCHESFASHION
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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Friday has rolled around once again, and not even New York Fashion week, which we’ll be covering over much of the next week, can keep us from our weekly installment of bag deals. Now that sale season has largely concluded, we’re searching even harder to find you the best handbag steals and markdowns around the web.
As many of you know, today marks the first day of New York Fashion Week, and that means that for the next month, self-dubbed fashionistas around the globe are going to put on their most attention-seeking outfits and fling themselves in front of photographers in hopes of having their 15 seconds of fame on Vogue or Style.com. The vast majority of them will fail, for two reasons, usually happening in tandem: their clothes are cheap and they’re not famous. We can’t help you with the fame part, but street style photographers can, as long as you’re willing to shell out thousands upon thousands of dollars up front so you can wear some a whole bunch of “statement pieces” all at the same time.
That may sound like a ridiculous proposition, but there are Italian heiresses and Chinese socialites and the wives of Russian oligarchs (not to mention the children of 80s American and British rockstars) who are more than willing to pay what is, to them, a relatively paltry price for the prospect of fashion fame. If you’d like to be among those people, you’re going to have to put your money where your mouth is, and that means layering pink fur over a coordinating floral crop-top-and-shorts set (contrasted with another floral elsewhere in the outfit, natch), complete with bare legs and open-toe sandals in frigid February weather and in a city full of slush puddles of indeterminate depth and composition. Oh, and put something dumb on your head. Go hard or go home.
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The first time I attended New York Fashion Week (which begins tomorrow, or already began, depending on whose schedule you’re on) after moving to the city, I carried a Celine Luggage Tote. That was several years ago, right when the Luggage Tote had reached the height of its unobtainability, and I had acquired the bag by paying for it six months in advance, in full, over the phone, sight unseen. I never ended up using it very much, but if it was going to make an appearance anywhere, it was definitely at Fashion Week, where I still felt a bit like I was faking it in a sea of people who truly belonged. (Before long, you realize that absolutely everyone feels like they’re faking it unless they have genuine delusions of grandeur.) (Some of them do.) Not even those insiders could get their hands on this bag, though, which made me frequent fodder for the street style photographers who prowled the fountain area outside of Lincoln Center.
That’s when I learned something that I had always suspected to be true: it’s completely possible to disappear behind your handbag, if the bag is good enough. My outfits were an utter mess, which I knew at the time but know even more vividly now, but that didn’t matter to anyone because I had the bag, the bag, that everyone wanted to look at. Even though the accessories industry is without a reigning It Bag of the moment, a great handbag is still the best way to get your picture snapped, if that’s your goal, but it’s also a great way to pull together a simple outfit in everyday life and make it seem special. That’s all those “fashion people” are doing, after all. Below, check out the best bags to wear for flinging yourself in front of photographers or re-wearing that shirt you may or may not have already worn to work on Monday.
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As you’d imagine, our weekly installments of Want It Wednesday are a pretty good week to take the temperature in the PurseBlog offices. Some weeks everything we want is black, sometimes it’s all weather-specific, but today, we’ve gone as colorful as we ever have in our history. Even my stuff is colorful, and I’m a person who has a large collection of summer-appropriate black dresses and shoes. Maybe it’s the second coming of the Polar Vortex that’s getting us down, but we’re all craving some brights and prints.
By now, you’re all well-acquainted with Fendi Bag Bugs, Buggies or Monsters (the name seems to vary depending on the retailer, time of day and direction of the wind), and even if you’re not interested in the $700+ handbag charms, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to move pretty quickly for something that lacks legs and is also otherwise inanimate. Shoppers snap up these little darlings as quickly as Fendi can make them, and the only reliable way to get your hands on one is to pre-order.
Neiman Marcus recently opened up online pre-orders for three spring styles of the Bag Bug, and as far as we can tell from the other retailers we checked, it’s the only place to secure one at the moment. Check them out below for price and pre-order information; the new Bugs are expected to arrive by late April.
Fendi Crystal-Eyed Monster Bag Charm
$800 via Neiman Marcus
Fendi Crystal-Eyed Fur Monster Bag Charm
$800 via Neiman Marcus
Fendi Fur Bag Charm
$700 via Neiman Marcus
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We briefly touched on the trend of miniaturizing successful bag designs last spring, but now that we’re in the back half of January and it seems like warm weather may one day come again at some indeterminate point in the future, it seems like the number of designers who have decided to make everything tiny has expanded exponentially. In fashion, unlike literally every other facet of human life, the warmth of spring doesn’t make things grow – it makes bags get smaller. Below, you’ll find over a dozen mini designer handbags to lighten your load, now and in the future.
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It’s rare that we do a Many Bags feature on a celebrity that I’ve met before, mostly because I do not hobnob with celebrities on the regular (or ever). Olivia Palermo works with an events firm that used to be housed on the same floor as the PurseBlog offices, though, and I am here to tell you that she (and her handbag collection, which we first documented in December 2012) is absolutely lovely. Not only did she not mind that Bea and I accosted her to ask about her handbag when she was in the building one day, but she dished with us about it like a totally normal person. A totally normal person with flawless skin, but still. Below you’ll find all the pretty things that Olivia’s been carrying since the last time we checked in with her.
With all the new spring arrivals that have started showing up for pre-order at online retailers, the PurseBlog team has returned back to basics for this week’s Want It Wednesday. Yep, that’s right, we’re craving handbags and leather goods this week, plus one particularly sparkly cuff to set it all off.
It’s been a weird week, man. Last time we got together to discuss our ideal Outfit of the Week, the windchill outside was below zero and I couldn’t feel my face. On the other hand, I broke a sweat walking in to work in a heavy sweater. As a result, this week’s ideal outfit is my official white flag to the concept of dressing for the weather, since the weather seems hell bent on reminding me that it is in charge at all times. So here’s some spring stuff I’d like to put on my body and/or head, all at once, in the near future.
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The men’s versions of Fashion Week never get nearly as much attention as the women’s do, but there are still exciting details to find within the menswear collections, even if bags are your main concern. After yesterday’s Fendi Men’s Fall 2014 show, several images of a very particular bag popped up: the Fendi Men’s Peekaboo, this one (captured by Tamu McPherson of All The Pretty Birds on Instagram) with the ever-popular monster facade that’s gained Fendi so much accessories traction in the past six months.
That the Peekaboo has had a resurgence at all is surprising; its debut wasn’t all that long ago, and it lived a perfectly normal life cycle as a popular bag, with its visibility tapering off as Fendi introduced the Chameleon and Silvana bags. It was reintroduced without much fanfare last season after never totally being retired, and now the bag, along with the 2Jours, is Fendi’s marquee handbag shape. It lends itself particularly well to the irreverent structural shenanigans that Fendi has been up to with its Bag Bugs, and this new men’s version is big enough to allow for easier viewing of a smiling mouth (a zipper picket lined in bright red, natch), which is more easily obscured by the front flap in the the women’s version.
For comparison’s sake, here’s a picture from Fendi of Delfina Delettrez carrying the women’s version:
There’s no word on price for the men’s, which will debut in Fall 2014, but we’ll keep you posted.
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With several seasons of success for the Fendi 2Jours Tote, it’s only natural that we’re now seeing brand new bag shapes based on the best-selling original. The smaller Demi-Jour shoulder bag popped up first, and now for those of you who carry everything you own on a daily basis comes the Fendi 3Jours Bag (Or the Trois-Jours, depending on who you ask.)
Like the Demi-Jour, this bag brings over the metal bar trim that serves as the most distinctive design detail of the 2Jours, but it does it in a way that’s modified to serve the structure of the big, roomy tote. Instead of a solid bar, the metal is split in two and serves as an oversized handle attachment. That allows the bag to shift and move in ways that the 2Jours doesn’t, which is necessary at this larger size. The bags top handles will fit on the shoulder, which means that this tote doesn’t come with an optional strap.
So far, the 3Jours comes in an impressive array of different versions, including solid colors, split bicolor versions like the one above, denim and stripes. You can pick up the one above for $2,650 via Nordstrom.
Springtime flowers on fashion pieces are common enough to garner their own Devil Wears Prada reference, but there’s little use in arguing that a good floral can’t bring a smile to the face of most shoppers looking to thaw out from a long winter. As spring deliveries start to arrive at online retailers, it looks like floral bags are set to be even more popular than usual, from delicate embroidered clutches to large everyday totes. Check out over a dozen of our favorites below.
Believe it or not, we’re drawing to the end of sale season. There are lots of good bag deals to be had, but good bag deals on good bags is another thing entirely. You’ve got to look much harder to find covetable markdowns than you had to in weeks prior, but as we do every week, we’ve searched out the best on your behalf.
It’s been a couple of weeks since we were able to celebrate the completion of another half of a work week with Want It Wednesday, but the holidays have gone on their merry way and we’re back to shopping online while we work. We’ve got our eyes on some new stuff for spring, should it ever get here, and you can check it out below.
We’ve covered the ever-growing Fendi Bag Bug phenomenon a couple times before, but if you ever doubted how much luxury consumers absolutely love the weird, cartoonish, absolutely adorable little accessory monster that Fendi introduced a season ago, consider this: Net-a-Porter got a $1,500 pair of double-monster Fendi Bag Bug Earmuffs in stock over the holiday, and as quick as they showed up, they were completely sold out.
If you thought $700 was a mind-boggling price tag for Fendi’s perpetually sold out bag charms, then you’re probably somewhat dazed right now. I know I am, and I’ve been staring at the product page for these earmuffs for like a week. The rich, they’re different from you and me. They can spend north of a G on novelty earmuffs. For comparison, a pair of Gucci fur earmuffs costs about $400. (Does anyone actually wear earmuffs?)
Maybe they’re not so different, though; the Fendi bag bugs (both the charms and the bags that look like monsters themselves) have sold well because they have a sense of fun to them. Fashion can be an endlessly self-serious interest to have, but these cute accessories value irreverence as much as they do luxury. That combination, when done well, can be endlessly enticing, and Fendi seems to have hit the nail on the head. If you’d like a pair of these muffs reserved for you when they come back into stock, you can add them to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter.
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When Megs and I sat down a couple of weeks ago to discuss what we’d be covering for the end of the year, we knew we wanted to do a post about the most important bags of 2013. (And we did do that!) What became obvious as soon as we began assembling the list of bags, though, was that we’re in a bit of an It Bag power vacuum at the moment.
The Celine Luggage Tote, although still a very popular bag, isn’t the hysteria-generator that it was a couple of seasons ago. The Givenchy Antigona Bag, although it was poised to take over the world, suffered a from a lack of interesting new versions to push it over the edge. The Fendi 2Jours is as close to an It Bag as the industry has right now, and although it’s beautiful and popular, it hasn’t (and won’t) turn reasonable, educated women into crazed shoppers willing to purchase a non-refundable bag six months in advance. (I was one of those women for the Luggage Tote. I know that level of desperation.)
When the bag first debuted, The Cut predicted that Saint Laurent’s Classic Duffel would be the Next Big Thing, and we disagreed. Turns out, we were right. Saint Laurent’s taking an interesting approach to its accessory business right now, but so far, the bags just aren’t quite there. The brand has a good opportunity to generate an It Bag, though; despite lackluster show reviews, Saint Laurent is a favorite of people who actually buy and wear designer clothes, and all those street style photos of everyone’s favorite editors and dubiously employed Fashion People have the power to sell more than a few bags to industry-watchers. Those industry-watcher then spread the gospel to their less tuned-in friends, and that’s how a craze is born. It all hinges on whether or not Hedi Slimane can get it right, though.
At the contemporary level, the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag is the closest thing that segment of the market has had to an It Bag in years. The brand new company, with its simple designs and small-batch production, sells out its orders basically as soon as they hit the shelves. Wait lists start months in advance, especially for the much sought-after black Bucket Bag with a painted red interior, and even some well-placed industry insiders have had a rough time of getting their hands on one. It’s difficult for a contemporary bag to become an industry-wide It Bag, though, because part of what makes something an It Bag is a prohibitive price tag and the exclusivity it brings. Mansur Gavriel has scarcity on its side and will likely be able to sell as many bags as it can produce for the foreseeable future, but far-reaching industry dominance isn’t in the immediate cards.
Price works both ways on the issue of It Bags, though. Louis Vuitton would, by all indications, love to be included in this conversation for its push toward more refined leather goods, but the brand’s all-leather bags are too expensive to pick up the wide swath of luxury consumers needed for a full-on craze. Around $2,000 is the It Bag sweet spot for It Bags, and for that, all you’ll get at Vuitton is the monogram canvas that the brand is currently trying to push to the back of the shelves.
It seems likely that the next super-popular It Bag has not been introduced to the public yet, so now we want to know what you think. Where will the Next Big Thing is going to come from?
Anyone who’s an active pop culture consumer in 2013 knows that the things that are popular are not necessarily the same as the things that are the best. The two categories are related and often similar, but they’re not the same, and they’re both interesting for different reasons. We’ll be exploring the year’s best bags more thoroughly in January, but right now, we want to talk about The Biggest Bags of 2013.
Some of these designs (which are listed in no particular order) are new for this year and some have been around for a while, but they were all instrumental in shaping the way that consumers viewed accessories in the past calendar year. They’re trend-setters, they’re wait-list-makers, they’re the bags that have driven thousands of women crazy until they got their hands on them. Here’s to another year of bag lust.
The late Thanksgiving went and messed up everyone’s holiday season, from interfering with Hanukah to making the shopping season quite a bit shorter. However, Christmas is on our doorstep and I have a wish list that would make both Santa and my loved ones absolutely cringe. But that won’t stop me from sharing some of the items I am wishing for under the tree this year, no matter how over-priced.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours, hope you get to spend your holidays with the ones you love!
Fendi 2Jours Calf Hair Shopper
$2,770 via Nordstrom
Arguably one of the hottest bags of the season and the best combination out there
We’ve made it! Well, we’ve almost made it. Christmas is a mere five days away, “Out of Office” email auto-replies are multiplying by the second and even the most generous of free expedited shipping offers are starting to expire. For a lot of you, this is your last day at work before a generous “weekend,” and we’d like to tempt you away from your final pre-Christmas duties with our weekly roundup of bag deals, including some new markdowns from your favorite retailers.