Whether you’re spending a little time inside this weekend because of Hurricane Arthur or just because you prefer air conditioning at all times, you’re in luck – the July 4th Sales are pretty great, and online shopping is among our favorite indoor activities. Below, check out some of our favorite deals from around the web, and for the full listing, check out the PurseBlog Deals Page.
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Final markdowns at the Saks Designer Sale mean discounts up to 70% off. Shop the sale now!
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Extra discounts off tons of merchandise, including an extra 50% off all shoes. Shop the sale now!
We saw the Moschino Jacket Bags coming, and now they’ve arrived, either to delight or torment you, depending on your personal taste.
Personally, I’m not even sure how to write a review of something so nakedly obvious. Either you think fashioning handbags after different articles of clothing is clever, you’re probably into these bags, and if you think it’s silly or juvenile, you probably want to set them on fire. There’s not much nuance to dissect, which has always been creative director Jeremy Scott’s MO, and that tactic’s success generally succeeds or fails depending on any particular individual’s feelings about the joke he’s trying to crack with a particular piece.
These bags don’t do anything for me, even in a conceptual way, but they seem to be interesting to at least some shoppers – a $3,400 tote made in the image of a Chanel jacket has already sold out at Net-a-Porter. Check out what’s not sold out below and let us know in the comments if you’d ever carry one of these bags.
Bag: Alexander McQueen Heroine Shoulder Bag
Price: $2,085 via Net-a-Porter
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Although this design isn’t new, its feels fresh in this totally gorgeous shade of ultra-pale blush, with just enough black edgepaint to define its lines. I much prefer this version of the Heroine to the original tote – the closure is much more functional and intuitive on this shoulder bag.
This weekend, I’m set to make my first beach pilgrimage of the season, and with almost all schools out for the summer and July 4 quickly approaching, I likely won’t be the only one seeing sand for the first time in a year. Naturally, that kind of outing presents a few very specific accessories challenges, and we’re here to solve them with a bevy of beautiful beach bags.
Whether you’re planning to hop a bus from Manhattan to the Far Rockaways or board a yacht in Saint-Tropez, we have a beach bag that will fit your budget just as well as it fits your towel, sunscreen and beach book. Check out well over a dozen of our favorites below.
When I look back on my own history of sale purchases, one very clear pattern emerges: I usually buy on the second wave. Once a sale has been going on for a little while, stores will add new, often covetable pieces to it to reignite customer interest, and that’s where you can snap up a lot of things that rarely go on sale. The Net-a-Porter Spring Sale just hit its second wave, and that includes lots of Givenchy bags and shoes in particular, plus some awesome pieces from designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens and Saint Laurent.
Bag: Givenchy Printed Leather Lucrezia Bag
Price: $2,990 via Net-a-Porter
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: One of the things that gives Givenchy’s bags their intense appeal is how the brand manages to find new ways to adorn the traditional shapes each season. While some get florals or pop-culture prints, this one has cartoonishly bold snake-like stripes, except without the delicate, pricey skin itself.
One of my favorite ways to end a week is to stop for a manicure and pedicure on the way home from work. Something about spending half an hour in a chair, thinking and doing absolutely nothing, just feels like the right way to transition into a weekend. (Actually, it might not be such a mystery exactly what that “something” is.) Summer means that all of your nails are exposed far more often than the other nine months of the year, and it also means that everything is a little more bright and cheery.
I’m already anticipating getting my nails done on the way home this afternoon, and if that sounds like a custom you’d like to adopt for yourself, here are five shades you might want to consider.
Usually fur bags and accessories are released for fall and winter and then go into hiding until the next cold weather season approaches. But much to my surprise I saw a newer designer, Shrimps, release a couple of faux fur clutches just in time for spring and summer.
These bags are colorful and different, but still took me off guard. There’s a green and yellow version along with an orange and black. Price is $310 via Net-A-Porter. I want to know what you think about it too.
Fill in the blank: The Shrimps Faux Fur Clutch is _______________.
For many fashion lovers, and especially bag lovers, our obsessions are learned in one very specific place: from our mothers. Not only did we catch the bag bug from them, but most of us learned a lot of subtle (or, depending on your mom, not-so-subtle) things about how to choose bags, what makes them beautiful and what our choices signal to others by watching our mothers go shopping and get dressed.
Fashion is a social language, after all, and now it’s time for your mom’s bags to talk back. Below, take a peak inside what your mom’s Mother’s Day gift wishes say about her.
When I think of warm weather, I think of pink. Some people gravitate toward yellow or orange, but I prefer pink’s diversity and versatility; blush is delicate enough for the first timid days of springs, and hot pink will serve you well through the hottest days of summer. And then there’s rose gold, which is an argument for the shade unto itself. For this week’s Want It Wednesday, the PurseBlog team compiled its favorite pink picks from around the web.
The Row has made bold accessory moves one of its brand signatures; the brand debuted its handbag line with a $34,000 alligator backpack at a time when no one in the industry thought backpacks could be a luxury draw, after all. Even though The Row Sling Shoulder Bag might not be quite that jaw-dropping (or expensive), it’s still well worth noting that they disappeared from Net-a-Porter’s stock almost immediately upon arrival.
When we first covered this design’s runway debut, many of you spoke positively of the possible return of the hobo, and it seems as though a number of shoppers have put their money where their mouths are. Both the $1,600 silk-twill bag and its $4,600 leather counterpart were slapped with “sold out” markers within hours of their arrival at Net-a-Porter on Monday, and they’ve yet to come back in stock, as sometimes happens with new products that quickly go out of stock on the site.
It’s impossible to tell at this point whether this bag’s nascent popularity is indicative of a coming shift in luxury bag preferences, but The Row did do a pretty good job calling that whole backpack thing several seasons before the rest of us.
If you’d like to get on the list to buy one of these bags when they’re restocked, you can do so below.
The Row Sling Leather Shoulder Bag
$4,600 via Net-a-Porter
The Row Sling Satin Shoulder Bag
$1,600 via Net-a-Porter
Generally, stars vary their day-to-day handbag choices quite a lot. Not only does the average celebrity have plenty of money to buy whichever bag she might desire, but most are also regularly sent the Next Big Thing by brands with which they have existing relationships. Not only does it help the brands subtly promote their products, but it gives stars new things to be photographed with every time they leave their houses. Sometimes, though, a star loves a bag so much that it becomes a constant companion, and that appears to be the case with Taylor Swift and her Dolce & Gabbana Sara Bag.
Taylor’s clothing choices are always very measured and precise, probably out of consideration for her traditionally young fanbase and her carefully crafted image as on of pop music’s girls next door. As Taylor has gotten older, though, she’s embraced pieces that are more expensive and luxurious, and this bag is a great example of how her stylists are attempting to bridge the gap between the new and old Taylor. The Sara is from an enormously well-known luxury brand, but it’s not flashy or particularly obvious. Taylor’s preferred versions of the bag are neutral and mid-sized, which makes the look seem accessible to her admirers, despite the fact that it retails for two grand. Those leather versions are currently a bit scarce, but you can pick up the bag in black lace for $1,896 via MATCHESFASHION.COM or gold brocade for $1,945 via Net-a-Porter.
For all the ways that Taylor has worn her Sara bags, check out the gallery below.
The first thing that it’s important for you to know about this post is that I have really, really dry skin. I’m 28, and people always say that skin gets drier as you age, so I shudder to think where I’m headed from here. The second thing you need to know is that I have successfully conquered my dry skin, and I’ve done it with the daily use of the five products below.
Winter is generally credited with being the time of year that’s toughest on dry skin, but in my experience, seasonal transitions like the one we’re experiencing right now can cause some wacky skincare problems. If your years of skincare trial-and-error haven’t been as fruitful as mine, maybe I can point you and your dry skin in the correct direction.
Karl Lagerfeld is, to put it lightly, an interesting dude. Not only does the Kaiser have a knack for the utterly luxurious (as seen at Chanel, Fendi and beyond), but he seems to have a parallel appreciation for low culture as well; his designs often feature inventive spins on the kinds of objects that regular people interact with everyday, recast as fashion pieces that are purposefully fantastical and ripe for discussion in the fashion press. Lagerfeld does the same at a more accessible price point in his eponymous contemporary line, where the inclusion of the Karl Lagerfeld Printed Canvas Belt Bag shouldn’t feel all that shocking.
When I laid eyes on this bag, the initial surprise I felt was not that Lagerfeld had put his name (and indeed, his visage – the tonal print is Uncle Karl in profile) on a fanny pack, but instead that his Fall 2014 send-up of the American supermarket didn’t feature one of the brand’s iconic flap bags repurposed as a belt bag. What bag is more typical of suburban superstore culture, after all, than that hands-free wonder of 80s tourism? Maybe that’s something we can look forward (“look forward”) to in the next collection; for now, Lagerfeld superfans will have to settle for this little bag. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $125.
I get a sense that a lot of women feel weird about being pale when the weather outside starts to get warm. I don’t ever feel weird about being pale, mostly because I have no idea what it’s like to be not-pale, but, you know, I’m a good listener. I hear things. Lately, most of those things have to do with the impending need to bear limbs in public that have previously been shielded from the winter cold, and in my mind, the best way to do that is via a good sunless tanner.
My mother has been drilling the anti-tanning gospel into my head since I was a child, and as a result, I’ve rarely laid out and never been to a fake tanning bed, even in my early-2000s high school days. The only color I’ve ever had is from a bottle, more or less, and you can find a couple of my favorites below, as well as a couple I’ve heard on glowing recommendation from friends. A word to the wise, though: be careful about handling light-colored bags or clothing until you’re sure how they wear. (May we suggest the chicest beach bag ever? After all, skipping the sun will save you some money on skincare down the line.)
We’ve once again reached midweek, and that means it’s time for another round of Want It Wednesday. This week, the members of the PurseBlog team have carefully cataloged our most-wanted accessories, but here’s the catch: we excluded handbags. There are so many other little details that go into a look that we don’t get to talk about all that often around here, so from caps to kaftans, we’re doing it today.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but over the next month or two, something confusing is going to happen: your favorite brand is going to try to sell you a backpack. Even if you’re not a student. Even, in some cases, if you haven’t been a student in several decades and you thought the designers you prefer knew you wouldn’t ever need one again. Whether or not you’re receptive to their pitch is up to you, but it’s coming. If you’re a contemporary customer, it’s already here.
When we’ve written about backpacks in the past, readers have seemed split in the idea, at best. Now that the trend has reached critical mass, with backpacks (or the euphemistically termed “sling bags”) appearing in Spring 2014 accessories lineups at virtually every level of the price spectrum, we want to hear if your opinions have changed or softened at all. Before you answer, take a look at the nearly two dozen backpacks below; some are brand new designs from brands who have gone all-in on the trend, others are familiar bags with double straps added by designers who seem to be hedging to see if backpacks are nothing more than a passing fad. (I’m betting on “fad.”)
I walk through Grand Central Terminal twice a day, five days a week, and during that portion of my commute, I have a weird little opportunity to take stock of what an enormous swath of New York City is wearing. No matter what the weather, almost everyone’s wearing something dark, year-round. New Yorkers are famously more prone to black attire than some other locales, but nearly everyone has an oversupply of his or her preferred dark neutral in the closet. That means that spring’s trend for pastels is going to be a little bit difficult for most of us, but the best way to ease into the look is with a light nail polish.
Pastel nail polish has a way of making nails look neat and hands look tan, and even if the idea of a pale pink polish seems a little too traditional for you, a blue or green might feel more natural. My favorite manicure has been pale blue for most of the past year, and I’m the furthest thing you could imagine from a lover of pastels. A polish is a good way to dip your toes, both literally and figuratively, into any kind of color trend because of the limited real estate and expense you’re investing. To get you started, we’ve included some of our favorite pastel nail colors below. (Plus a few coordinating cosmetic bags, because you need something to carry it all, right?)
Spring’s official beginning is just a couple days away, and although New York likely won’t feel all that spring-like until sometime in April, we’re feeling a little bit eager to season-push at the PurseBlog offices. For this week’s Want It Wednesday, we’ve rounded up the team’s favorite pieces for starting the new season.
Bag: Anya Hindmarch Albion Bag
Price:$2,250 via Net-a-Porter
Why it’s the Bag of the Week: Rarely do we find a bag like the Albion that’s not already hanging from the arms of every in-the-know fashion person on Earth. It’s a modern, exquisitely edited day bag that’s perfectly suited to the season’s trend for minimalism and pastels, but without looking trendy. Everyone will want to know what this bag is and where you got it.
For all the writing I do about style, color and accessorizing, I’m not particularly good at adding anything to my personal wardrobe but black, grey and silver. One notable exception to that rule, though, is lipstick; I rarely buy any lip color that wouldn’t be accurately described as “aggressive,” and I’m a big advocate for pushing outside of one’s makeup comfort zone. While we still wait for spring weather to land permanently on New York City, lipstick is also a great way to invigorate your wardrobe with a little color even while the chill remains.
If you’ve never worn bright makeup and are worried it won’t look right on your, fret not. Try to think of the tones of red, pink and purple that look good on you in clothing and seek them out in lipstick. Your friends or coworkers might be a little surprised the first time they see you in a neon pink lipstick, but you’d be surprised at how quickly people adapt. Plus, lipsticks are relatively inexpensive, so they’re a great way to dip your toes into the water of spring dressing without putting out a lot of cash. To get started, check out some of our favorites below!
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Luggage is ugly, almost without exception. I’ve spent two days of the last week traipsing through four separate airports on six distinct occasions, so I’ve had a lot of time to stare at people’s suitcases, and they don’t vary a whole lot. And, you know, I get it. They’re durable, they’re functional, they get thrown into cargo holds. The Charlotte Olympia Excess Baggage Perspex Clutch, on the other hand, is basically the exact opposite of a real suitcase – it’s beautiful, but please don’t hand it over to a member of TSA.
Charlotte Olympia’s relentless literalism has started to wear on me over the past six months, but this clutch is one that I love without reservation. Instead of taking a random object and splitting it open to fit an iPhone and a few sticks of gum, designer Charlotte Dellal did something similar to what she did with her beautiful Trunk Clutch – she took an archetypal storage object and turned it into something cheeky and unexpected. Dellal’s at her best when she’s riffing on fashion tropes, and this clutch ranks among her most beautiful creations. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2,995.
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Huddle up, you guys. It’s March. I know that it doesn’t feel like it in about half of the United States, but it is, and we’re going to forge ahead into spring even if the weather has decided that it doesn’t want to join us for a few weeks. That’s why we’ve chose to pick only floral clothes, bags and shoes for this edition of Want It Wednesday – perhaps a sunny outfit can help Mother Nature along a little bit. At the very least, it’s worth a shot.
24 hours from now, Bea and I will be off to warm, sunny Austin for a long weekend of learning about all things Internet-y at the 2014 South By Southwest Interactive Festival. (We’ll also be eating a lot of tacos, but that’s both irrelevant to this particular post and implied in any statements I ever make about going to Texas.) Unfortunately for all involved, going to SXSW requires both suitcase-packing and air travel, two of the most pernicious and hateful activities known to modern man. We’ve had some time to think about it, though, and in case you’re going on a trip in the near future, we’d like to present you with our travel essentials for SXSW and beyond.
As you may or may not have picked up on (but probably, because you guys have two eyes and an Internet connection), New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago and we all need a rest. The long weekend helped, of course, but we’ve scoured the Internet to find the best beauty products, balms and potions for reinvigorating and rehydrating our winter-bitten skin, right down to our chapped lips.
You know those people who are always up to date on everything, to the point where when you’re talking to them you always feel behind?
For me, it’s a couple that I’m friends with: Delphine and Wes Del Val.
So I asked them to make us a weekly column to share their discoveries.
Here’s the first – I hope that you like it!
The best of indy mags.
For fans of illustration, the original watercolors from the beloved international book The Little Prince.
Kanye’s handsome French connection.
The fashion world’s favorite documentarian is back.
You want her body, here’s how to get it.
Get to know The Gentlewoman’s designer.
In case you missed it last week, a rare interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere’s right hand woman, Marie-Amélie Sauvé.
Porter is out and here is all you need to know.
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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Finding a premium designer bag under $1,000 isn’t as easy as it used to be even a few years ago. Not only are leather and labor prices ever on the increase, but designers keep prices high in order to keep an air of exclusivity around their products and prevent lower-market customers from snagging their most recognizable (and bankable) goods. That’s what makes the Givenchy Easy Tote pretty unique.
At $990, the bag is not exactly inexpensive, and it’s about as close to $1,000 as a bag can be without actually hitting four digits. What’s surprising about it, though, is that the bag is both real leather and fairly distinctive. Some brands will turn out PVC totes or simple, sack-like bags to give customers something that seems attainable without giving them something overly recognizable, but this angular bag is pretty much classic Givenchy. (Riccard Tisci-era Givenchy, at least.) It’s simple without being basic or anonymous, and it’s big enough to comfortably carry to work while being tailored enough to look like it belongs there. For the price, it’s the bets deal on the top-tier market that we’ve seen in a while. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $990.
Awards season always puts clutches on our mind, and when it comes to selecting a little evening bag, we always have the same problem: wedging a phone into a box clutch in a way that also accommodates our keys, wallet and lipstick. Getting my phone in there at all is difficult, especially when it has a case on it (naked iPhones make me nervous), but accessing it throughout the evening without upsetting the delicate balance of my bag’s contents is well nigh impossible. The Kotur #Getsmartbag Elaphe Minaudiere has come up with at least one way to solve that problem: clip the phone to the outside of the bag. Ok then.
At first I was nervous that this placement would encourage screen-scratching, but let’s face it: my phone is out all the time, colliding with tabletops and bars and the edges of dinner plates and all kinds of other things, not to mention the contents of my bag that it has to contend with on the regular. Especially when flipped around, this doesn’t seem any riskier, and checking Twitter or answering a text would be pretty easy. For photos, the case part of the bag flips away from the body (it’s generally secured with a magnet), allowing you to expose the lens. I’ve thought through it a couple of times, and I haven’t been able to ascertain any obvious design flaws, which is fairly impressive when you consider that the designers were trying to find a way to solve a persistent handbag functionality problem that few others have tackled.
The most noticeable limitation, of course, is that the bag will only fit an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S, but if you’re in the market for an expensive clutch, then you’re probably more likely than average to have the most updated version of the world’s most fashionable phone. Android users are out of luck, but y’all are probably used to that feeling, right? (I say that in commiseration as a former Android user. Back in my day, we didn’t even have Instagram.) Buy through Net-a-Porter for $400.
It is deliriously cold outside right now. So cold that you want to punch yourself in the face. (Why? I dunno. Maybe because the ER is warm and then you also probably don’t have to go to work.) The snow has mostly cleared from the streets and sidewalks of New York City, but right now, Mother Nature, who is kind of a jerk lately, insists that we won’t see a temperature above freezing for at least a week, and mostly they’re going to be really, really far below that. Like a degree. One single, solitary degree. That is a temperature that can happen, apparently. This is all new to me.
As you can probably tell, I’m getting pretty sick of all of this, and it’s only January. There are precious few ways that I can protest the Earth’s global climate processes, but my favorite one is to refuse to dress like a professional adult for the duration of the season. It’s going to be all sweats-masquerading-as-clothes and sneakers-masquerading-as-designer-shoes from here on out, or at least until we get back to, like, a balmy 35 degrees. For this weekend, and maybe all of the weekends, I have selected the outfit of the week below.
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As January draws to a close, so does the traditional luxury sale season, but that won’t stop us from scouring the Internet each Friday for our weekly dose of bag deals. This week, we searched the best sales that are still ongoing and found some treasures, from calf hair, to exotics, to the perfect Marchesa spring wedding clutch for 60% off. Check them all out below.
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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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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A couple of you have been asking about the Net-a-Porter Fall 2013 International Sale and when it would start, and we had to stay mum at the time, but now the secret (and the sale) is out! Starting this morning, you can shop up to 50% off Net-a-Porter’s huge selection of designer clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. You guys know the drill, though: the best stuff disappears quickly, so shop like you mean it.
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In most areas of my life (although, for some reason, not at work?), I’m an unrepentant procrastinator. Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow, especially when the tasks I’m putting off are stressful or tedious and my other options (Netflix, brunch, napping) are fun and relaxing? Based on the crowds at the mall the week before the holiday, a lot of you feel the same about last-minute Christmas shopping.
The rise of online retail has made last-minute shopping both easier and harder. You don’t have to brave the lines and parking lots of America’s crowded shopping dens, but you do put yourself at the mercy of retailers and shipping companies in hopes that their delivery guarantees actually mean something. Below, some gift options from retailers who claim that you have a few days left to order before your Christmas shopping mission must be undertaken in person.
Now that Marc Jacobs has said goodbye to his sixteen year career at Louis Vuitton in order to focus on his eponymous line, it’s exciting to see just what Marc Jacobs has up his creative sleeve for his own brand. With someone who has as much of an intuitive gift for fashion as Jacobs does, who knows what to anticipate. What I didn’t anticipate was the pattern-clashing extravaganza happening on this Marc Jacobs Polly Mini Glossed-Elaphe and Leather Shoulder Bag.
This shoulder bag just has way too much going on, even for me. Many of Marc Jacobs’ designs are playful and not always meant to be serious, but when they’re good, they still evoke a sophisticated, urbane cool. The main drawback with this handbag is that the print and color combinations are too overwhelming for the size and shape of the bag. When I’m intrigued or interested in a bag, there’s always a focal point that draws me in, and with a bag like this, there is too much to find one thing to focus on. If you look at the front of the bag alone, the two overlapping neutral patterns of the black and camel and black and white are workable. These prints are neutral enough that together, they maintain wearability. However, when you add the pink and white gingham print around the bag’s edges, that’s when things get a bit out of hand. I may not be an admirer of this particular bag, but I’m still eagerly awaiting what Marc Jacobs has in store for us now that his eponymous brand is his primary focus.
Buy your Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag for $1,395 via Net-A-Porter
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I opine about Fendi a lot, but right now, its handbag business is the most interesting on the luxury mass-market. Six months ago, I’d have told you that there’s no way I’d ever feel even the slightest temptation to hang a $700 furry monster keychain from every handbag I won, and here we are today. That temptation is real, and based on how quickly the Fendi Bag Bugs sell, I’m not the only one feeling it. Today, though, my temptation is for the Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag.
The 2Jours has been so successful for Fendi that its transformation into other bag structures was inevitable. Fendi’s inventiveness, both in construction and detail, has been its hallmark lately, though, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it didn’t take a super-obvious route when turning the 2Jours into the Demi-Jour. The hardware bar across the bag’s top is the same, as is the overall angular-minimal feel of the design, but this shoulder bag gets its own identity impressed upon the 2Jours DNA. If only all brands were so thoughtful when fleshing out full lines based on their most popular bags. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,850.
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Today’s Friday the 13th, but we think that our customary Friday roundup of the Internet’s best bag deals will have you feeling a little bit luckier. There are tons of sales still ongoing, including Net-a-Porter, Saks, Neiman Marcus, SSENSE, ShopBop, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and we’ve scoured their sale sections to find our favorite discounted pieces. Happy shopping!
We might as well go ahead and dub Charlotte Olympia the Queen of the Hyper-Literal Handbag, because I doubt anyone’s going to take her spot anytime soon. She’s done everything from golden-age Hollywood to flakey French baked goods, and now she’s here with a fresh crop of Christmas clutches.
As we learned back in October, designer Charlotte Dellal loves a holiday, and Christmas is rife with inspiration for funny little bags. This year, in addition to a reissue of last year’s Christmas Pudding Pouch, we’ve got gingerbread women, reindeer and a lil’ sprig of holly atop Dellal’s popular Pandora clutch. (The closure is usually a spider.) Check ‘em out below.
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By now, you’ve probably heard that Hunger Games: Catching Fire went over like gangbusters at the theaters over the long weekend and set all kinds of records for November releases. Because the Hunger Games is partially set in a world of stunning opulence, fashion has come to figure rather prominently in the movie’s visuals, landing costume designer Trish Summerville lots of attention and a movie-inspired capsule collection at Net-a-Porter. Naturally, when the collection launched, we went straight to the bags and found…the Capital Couture by Trish Summerville Belt Bag?
The story’s main character, Katniss Everdeen, is an unlikely heroine who’s forced to compete for her life in a dystopian battle royale that pits her against representatives from the other territories in her country. Katniss is from the poorest area, and she uses her skills as an archer to survive. In that context, a rugged, hands-free belt bag would make a lot of sense; I’m just not sure it makes sense in any other context, particularly the context of luxury fashion. I’d have been more interested to see a handbag designed in the image of a Capitol resident like Effie Trinket, with her over-the-top tastes and highly detailed ensembles. Of course, a bag like that would probably just come out looking like any normal Dolce & Gabbana piece.
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I’m a fairly pragmatic dresser. When I’m looking to buy something expensive, I generally pick something that I know I can use or wear frequently. That doesn’t mean I buy “basics,” necessarily, but I know my own tastes and tendencies and I try to pick things that fit with them. This crazy-gorgeous Christopher Kane Animal Print Coat doesn’t fit those standards, exactly, but I’m totally obsessed with it anyway. Thus, the latest edition of Outfit of the Week.
Holiday parties are as good an excuse to wear ridiculous, luxurious statement pieces as anything, so this is what I’d be wearing to my ideal pre-Christmas fete. If you’re going to wear an animal-print fur coat, it’s wise to keep the rest of your outfit simple, and you can’t really go wrong with an Alexander Wang draped jersey dress and some red heels with lipstick to match. A lot of people like to go super-sparkly with their holiday looks, but to me, it feels more modern to reel that in a bit; the Edie Parker clutch and these petal-accented earrings have just the right amount of shine.
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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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When you work in fashion on the Internet, people ask you a lot of questions about your job; this time of year, the most popular one is, “When does the Net-a-Porter Sale start?” Sometimes we don’t know, and usually even if we do, we’re sworn to secrecy until the whole thing blows up. This year, we’ve got a little scoop to share: Net-a-Porter’s twice-yearly sale will launch on Black Friday, November 29, just in time for you to skip the crazy lines at the mall, curl up with your morning coffee and shop the fashion Internet’s most anticipated sale of the season. Also, we can exclusively reveal that the first round of markdowns will feature items from brands like Saint Laurent, Valentino, Mulberry and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
We’re all well familiar with animal print by now; it’s been a general fashion trend for years and manifests itself on bags season after season. I suppose that the current trend for printing actual animal images on bags is a somewhat extreme extension of the classic animal print idea, but the finishing ends up being quite different. One’s luxurious and often a little sexy, the other swings cartoonish and irreverent. You can probably guess which is which without much assistance on my part.
In execution, this trend skews similar to the odd trend of putting eyes on bags (and, notably, involves several of the same brands); simple totes or pouches emblazoned with a print that’s intended to be the bag’s defining feature. In some instances, though, the bags take the shape of the animals themselves, which means that they fit both the animal trend and the eye trend. I’d say you’re killing two birds with one stone, but that might be a tad on the nose.
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While going through literally thousands of pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio yesterday, one thing struck me above all else: being Alessandra Ambrosio must be a pretty great gig. The Victoria’s Secret superstar has two beautiful children, a handsome husband and an enormously successful career predicated on her own innate attractiveness. On top of all that, she doesn’t seem to sweat the paparazzi nonsense too much, unlike some of the celebs we’ve profiled in the past. Alessandra’s taste in handbags more or less goes along with that attitude – laid back but luxurious, with lots of crossbody bags and options suitable for a mom of two young kids. If that mom is also a Brazilian lingerie model, anyway.
Originally, when I wrote the title of this post (which is the first thing that I do with every post), the word “October” creeped in. Having to delete it and replace it with “November” is a pretty jarring reminder that time marches forward despite our inept human complaints. As you guys well know, around here we like to deal with the inevitability of human existence in the only way we know how: with a rousing Want It Wednesday full of things we’d all like to own.
I never feel more like myself than when I’m wearing all, or almost all, black. This wasn’t a new thing that happened when I moved to New York City a few years ago, which is a famous refuge for those of us that will wear black until someone finds something darker. Instead, I was the little girl on the playground in elementary school who wore black Keds when eveyone else’s were pristine white. Considering that, it’s not particularly surprising that my favorite outfit of the week is full to bursting of the color.
One thing New York City has done for me, though, is make me an ardent evangelist of the high-low combo. If you have a good eye for things that look more expensive than they are, then clothing yourself and making rent don’t have to be mutually exclusive pursuits. Below, I’ll reveal one of my greatest secrets: a pair of $35 jeggings from Old Navy that don’t look like they cost $35, came from that great bastion of suburban basics or are even a pair of jeggings. They are a clothing miracle and I live in fear of the day that they are discontinued.
Some weeks, the PurseBlog team’s sartorial obsessions are in sync with some sort of theme – a particular color palette, a category of clothing, a material or texture. This week, they’re all over the place, ranging from tough motorcycle jackets to pretty jacquard dresses that just scream to be taken to an upcoming holiday party. Below, check out what our team members are lusting after this week.