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The 30 Best Bags of the Spring 2015 Runways

The 30 Best Bags of the Spring 2015 Runways

Now that the Spring 2015 fashion show season has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back, evaluate and separate the notable pieces from the fluff. It seems like more brands stock their shows with handbags every season, and Spring 2015′s best bags include both handbag stalwarts and notable-but-lesser-known accessories brands.

There were few all-encompassing trends this season; instead, novelty found its way into a lot of collections, whether it was through fun prints, micro-mini bags or charms. Many brands also kept up with the seasons-long trend of showing ultra-expensive exotics, which serves both to wow regular customers and entice the affections of the super wealthy. Check out all of our picks below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Spring Trends: Karate Belts

The Trend: Karate Belts

How I would wear it: I love this easy knotted belt, especially with a cool pair of trousers like at Loewe. I won’t be waiting for spring for this one…

The best looks: From left to right, Loewe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tome, Alexander Wang and Marni.

For more spring trends, click here!

Check Out Edie Parker’s Adorable Spring 2015 Clutches

Check Out Edie Parker’s Adorable Spring 2015 Clutches

During New York Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to drop by Edie Parker’s presentation to check out what the brand has coming for Spring 2015. If you’re a fan of designer Brett Heyman’s retro-modern acrylic evening bags, you’ll no doubt be a fan of what’s to come: more colors, shapes and inlaid designs. Also, for the first time, the collection won’t be entirely acrylic; some styles will feature embellishments like beading or embroidery, which takes the line’s visual cleverness (which was already significant) to a new level. Check out our photos below.

Spring Trends: Stripes

The Trend: Stripes

How I would wear it: Stripes are so classic, it’s no surprise to see them for spring. I like wearing my stripes on blouses, but the runways have me thinking that I’ll go for a striped skirt!

The best looks: From left to right, Marni, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham, Tibi and Suno.

For more spring trends, click here!

GOODBYE

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This seemed like the perfect place go and say goodbye to the city before taking my flight back to Europe. I have been waiting to show you these because photos with this view are always special -even if I didn’t really get to wear the outfit I was meant to wear on this shoot-.

I was actually thinking of a more “dramatic” outfit, but I was also supposed to shoot it on a different day and at sunrise, which didn’t end up happening due to lack of time and a touch of lazyness. You see, when I travel for the blog I often wake up at insanely early hours in the morning just to catch the first rays of sunlight and the morning light, which is what I wanted with this shoot. Instead, I had to stop by just before my driver picked me up to take me to the airport. Maybe next time…

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A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

Tie It Up

I am stealing this idea from the Steven Alan presentation. It’s super easy: just knot together your shirt tails in front and voila! I like it with a pair of shorts or layered over a maxi dress. Of course, you don’t have to go with a neckline quite as low as the models (if you do, grab some double stick).

Thanks Steven!

In Phillip Lim

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

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8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

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9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

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9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

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10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

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10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

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11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

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8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_7__

9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

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9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

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10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

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10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

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11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

EAST COAST

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This SPORTMAX top is probably one of the coolest tops I’ve ever been able to wear and I feel like I could have done so much with it, just to show how versatile it can be. I decided to wear it with neoprene because…well, because I have been wearing neoprene for a very long time and the structure of it still wins me over every time, but I’ve could have easily done a black pair of jeans + stilettos and it would have worked as well (probably not leather pants as it was about 35 degrees that day)

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Photos by Richard Nicholls

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Spring Trends: Suede

The Trend: Suede

How I would wear it: Designers have ruled it more than appropriate to sport suede in warmer temps. For me? I’m going for a suede jacket or skirt come spring.

The best looks: From left to right, Tibi, MM6, Gucci, Burberry and Derek Lam.

WHITE LIES

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“I don’t know,
what am I doing here?
Theres a shadow in my place.

Maybe now
Everything will be so clear
You shed a light into this empty space.

And all I am
all I have
doesn’t even matter now
I can’t understand why I feel this way
But I do
I do.”

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In Transition

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

Barely There

What is the best barely there polish?

I thought I had made a major discovery at Altuzarra last week when I was introduced to Essie’s Spaghetti Strap, a barely there, wear it everyday, sheer, pink polish. My search for that color was finally over.

I came back to the Studio, excited about the polish (which really, is nothing new) and forced everyone to try it (except Erik). Emily and Brie became instant fans but Garance was harder to convince. For her, the color was too pink, it wasn’t right for her skin tone. Her go-to? Essie’s Sugar Daddy.

Now, what’s your favorite barely there polish?


By alex

Barely There

What is the best barely there polish?

I thought I had made a major discovery at Altuzarra last week when I was introduced to Essie’s Spaghetti Strap, a barely there, wear it everyday, sheer, pink polish. My search for that color was finally over.

I came back to the Studio, excited about the polish (which really, is nothing new) and forced everyone to try it (except Erik). Emily and Brie became instant fans but Garance was harder to convince. For her, the color was too pink, it wasn’t right for her skin tone. Her go-to? Essie’s Sugar Daddy.

Now, what’s your favorite barely there polish?


By alex

Marc Jacobs Continues His Handbag Push with Military Vibes for Spring 2015

Marc Jacobs Continues His Handbag Push with Military Vibes for Spring 2015

Marc Jacobs is not a man of opaque themes; he’s preternaturally talented when it comes to a lot of things, and among them is letting his spectators, fans and clients know what he’s thinking during his seasonal shows. For Spring 2015, Jacobs clearly had his mind on the military, and the show contained the dusty olives and khakis that go right along with that, down to the bags.

Since leaving Louis Vuitton, Jacobs has put a clear emphasis on revitalizing his once-dominant accessories business, and he’s released several strong bags in aid of those efforts. The familiar one that popped up in this collection was a theme and variations on the Trouble Bag, a simple flap shoulder bag with a signature disc closure. The collection also included a number of oversized silk-satin knapsacks and totes in the style of traditional military bags, and although those supported the theme, they’re unlikely to be big sellers. Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Style.com]

All Tied Up

Hair for the woman on the go.

Two thumbs up for the hair at Reed Krakoff last week. I loved the simplicity and nonchalance of the looped pony tail, all tied together by that blue leather cord. I’ll be ditching all traditional hair ties going forward…

Hair by Kevin Ryan for UNITE.


By alex

All Tied Up

Hair for the woman on the go.

Two thumbs up for the hair at Reed Krakoff last week. I loved the simplicity and nonchalance of the looped pony tail, all tied together by that blue leather cord. I’ll be ditching all traditional hair ties going forward…

Hair by Kevin Ryan for UNITE.


By alex

At J.Crew

I loved the J.Crew collection this season. As always, the styling was so great (Jenna Lyons for President!) and is already inspiring my wardrobe!

Click on the arrows to see more images…

60 Bags and the Stars Who Carried Them at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

60 Bags and the Stars Who Carried Them at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but we’re not done with it just yet. Below, we’ve assembled dozens of photos of the week’s most notable bags on the most notable arms, all for your viewing pleasure. There’s inspiration to spare.

Renata

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

What I’m Wearing #2

Okay, so this is technically a guest edition of What I’m Wearing because this bag belongs to Yasmin

She came over to shoot a story with me at the Studio in between shows (I’ll show you the photos soon!) and she was carrying this cool new Chloé bag. I keep finding myself drawn to red bags lately… I also really love the hardware on this one, it’s simple but still striking.

Do you like it?

Detail: Michael Kors Sandals

As you know, this week in NYC felt like it was still summer, so seeing all the sandals and light clothes on the runway really made me dream. I loved these sandals from Michael Kors, the ultimate gladiator platform!

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Days Seven & Eight

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Days Seven & Eight

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 has now drawn to a close, and with it, we’ve got our last roundup of the best bags that we spotted outside of the shows. Enjoy.

Proenza Schouler Doubles Down on Exotics for its Spring 2015 Bags

Proenza Schouler Doubles Down on Exotics for its Spring 2015 Bags

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been whispers that LVMH is interested in investing in Proenza Schouler and growing it into a global luxury brand, and although that’s yet to come to fruition, it looks like Proenza is headed in a decidedly luxe direction on its own. After last season’s strong showing of exotics, Proenza’s Spring 2015 bag lineup looks as though it will continue in that direction.

These designs, all of which are new shapes for the brand, aren’t as strong as last season’s, but they do represent a notable evolution in the brand’s accessories look. There’s no signature hardware or digital prints to be found; instead, a neutral palate of black, ivory and tan took over, with the bag’s natural changes generally dictating the placement of the colors. Check out the images below and let us know what you think.

[Images via Style.com]

REAL TIME

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I just landed in Amsterdam and got to my apartment literally half an hour ago, so this is as real time as it gets. I am here for only a couple of hours before flying to London. Unpacking, packing again and most importantly, updating the blog.
I feel like the worst for keeping it so quiet here in the past few days but you know me and I ALWAYS post, unless things are crazy which they were and I really needed to choose whether I slept a little or stayed awake drafting a look.
I didn’t sleep on the flight at all, which means I have been awake for -almost 24 hours?- a long time, but who cares? Life is short, buy the shoes…Oh no, thats a different saying, but speaking of shoes, I think the first thing I am doing as soon as I land in London is going to buy a pair of shoes I have been dreaming, day dreaming, obsessing, perving over for the past few months. I am a bad, bad girl…

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BEAUTIFUL CHAOS

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Yeah, I am in New York for Fashion Week but if I am completely honest, the thing I was most looking forward to was being able to hang out with Carolina again. This NYFW has been short but intense, really intense and I’ve barely had time to sleep, let alone be able to sit and go through all of the photos we have shot. Although I have SO MUCH to show you, I am begging you to be patient with me just this once, you know I always try to update at least daily. You can always follow me on instagram though!, I am pushing content there constantly.

I am leaving New York today and I am flying straight to London -with a 4 hour pit stop in Amsterdam to switch bags-. I am heading to London not only for Fashion Week, but also to film a documentary for Canon for the 4th season in a row which makes me extremely proud and excited, although I cannot imagine the amount of work that will be piled up in the next few days. Beautiful chaos…

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At Victoria Beckham

On Sunday, while I was sitting at the Victoria Beckham show, the team went backstage to take a look at what was happening. After they explored the buffet (and didn’t bring me anything at all) they were able to take some photos.

I always like the simple and warm atmosphere of the Victoria Beckham show.

Okay I have to admit, one of my favorite moments is (actually not spying on David sitting next to Anna Wintour at the front row, even though he’s pretty awesome and charming and all) to check the way Victoria herself is dressed when she takes her bow at the end of the show.

I have a soft spot for her style because she does “woman” so well. I think this collection reflected that very well.

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Day Six

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Day Six

New York Fashion Week is starting to wind down, but we’ve still got tons of photos of the attendees’ bags for your viewing pleasure. Below, check out Vladi’s street style highlights from Day Six.

Spring Trends: Yellow

The Trend: Yellow

How I would wear it: I love a bold pop of yellow in an outfit, so I was excited to see it on the spring runways! I think a yellow coat is at the top of my spring shopping list!

The best looks: From left to right, Creatures of the Wind, Karen Walker, Michael Kors, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Lacoste.

Rag & Bone Puts Handbags Front and Center for Spring 2015

Rag & Bone Puts Handbags Front and Center for Spring 2015

Despite providing fundamental, foundational wardrobe pieces for basically every woman (and most men) in New York City who might be considered even vaguely cool, Rag & Bone is still searching for its handbag groove. The brand’s bag line is relatively young and has yet to hit the cult status of Rag & Bone’s inescapable leather booties, but you could tell by the proud, prominent placement of the models’ bags in the Rag & Bone Spring 2015 show that the company’s designers, who rarely make an aesthetic misstep, intend to change that.

When Rag & Bone started making bags several seasons ago, the problem with the line was that it felt like there was an aesthetic distance between the bags and the rest of the line; they were nice, but they didn’t always feel like they had the same magic that made the rest of the brand so covetable, season after season. Things looked very promising for the several new shapes that the brand debuted for Spring and Fall 2014, and now it looks like the efforts for 2015 will be continuing in that vein.

Rag & Bone’s clothes are so popular because the brand has a way of paring down something that other designer’s might feel the need to make more complicated, and when done correctly, it creates pieces that feel like the platonic ideal of their product categories, like the brand’s best-selling ankle boots and wide-brimmed hats. These bags aren’t quite that, but they have the easy, well-edited feel that indicates Rag & Bones has found its footing.

Check out all the runway bags below.

[Photos via Style.com]

THE ROW SS15

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In love with Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen’s spring collection for The Row. That navy blue wrapped top and pants..just beautiful.

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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Days Four & Five

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Days Four & Five

As New York Fashion Week marches on, so too does our documentation of the most beautiful handbags that grace the arms of the shows’ attendees. Below, check out our favorites from the fourth and fifth days of NYFW Spring 2015 festivities.

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Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Ready to Hit the Gym

Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags are Ready to Hit the Gym

If you’ve ever wondered what a pair of retro basketball sneakers would look like if they were flayed and then restructured into a fancy designer bag (and if you have, why?), then I have, somewhat implausibly, some good news for you: that’s basically the gist of Alexander Wang’s Spring 2015 runway bags.

Bags That Are Bags But Also Another Thing has surfaced as an unlikely trend, and the clutches, satchels and backpacks that graced Wang’s runway even had rubberized soles on their bottom corners, accented with the kind of clear air bubbles that shoe designers used to use as a visual signifier of their brand’s superior cushioning. So if you want to chuck these bags on the ground, go right ahead. They’ve got excellent shock-absorption!

While the designs are clever, in a way, they also lack the refinement that would makes this kind of translation a success. The combinations of suede, leather, nylon and rubber are too on-the-nose to feel expensive or as clever as they might be, if only a little bit of editing had been done. Check out all the bags from the runway below.

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VERSUS VERSACE SS15

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Big up for Versus Versace by Anthony Vaccarello, who did his debut as designer for the brand yesterday. PS. the collection is already available online, things go quickly nowadays!

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GHOSTBUSTERS

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The very first time I came to New York 11 years ago, we went on this express tour me and an ex boyfriend booked where they basically showed you the whole city in 3 days. It was not ideal but at least you got to see “everything” and I say ” because it was all very quick, fast food style. I remember being on a bus and the tour guide saying: To your right you can see the Empire State building, here you have Central Park, down there you will find the set of the Ghostbusters movie and so on…11 years later, as I was walking trying to find a place to have brunch, I bumped into the Ghostbusters headquarters, this time no tour guide, no rush, no bus and I just had to shoot there.

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The Row

What a great atmosphere this morning at The Row! I loved the play on neutrals and volumes. Here are three angles of one of my favorite looks!

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OH MY GOSH

Look at her…

Butt. But seriously – we watched this on repeat. Maybe 10 times. OKAY, 15. Vogue went backstage at Alexander Wang to give some models a dance lesson with Nicki Minaj.

In defense of the model wearing the Balenciaga boots, Brie says they are really heavy…

Nicki, you can come by the Studio anytime.


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ALEXANDER WANG SS15

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So, September is finally here which means that the international Fashion Weeks has just begun and first out is New York! A couple of days ago Alexander Wang showed his collection for spring 2015 and as always, he embraces a sporty vibe. Trainers are the core inspiration, where Wang has borrowed details from classic trainer styles such as Stan Smith’s (Adidas) and Flyknits (Nike) and interpreted them into dresses, skirts and tops in electric colours. The silhouette feels sporty yet super feminine where tight turtlenecks and cropped tops meets high-waisted pants. However, those comfy all grey looks are definitely my favourite ones.

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Crème de la Crème

I really like the style of this New York Fashion Week a lot.

A truly relaxed kind of chic is upon us, we’ve been seeing a lot of girls walking around with great ease (says the girl who only sees what she wants to see while 70% of the girls do happen to be wearing heels) and with flowing fabrics, which gives them a lovely relaxed look, and we’re also seeing a lot, I mean A LOT of light colors and cream.

Ok, obviously everyone copied me, starting with Carine, I could tell she had been checking out my style – but I forgive her. That’s just the price you pay when you’re the leader of the cream trend, right?
I don’t care, I’ve got her beat by a long shot. I’ve already bought a cream colored coat for this winter. Yep, nothing can stop me, I’m headed straight for a total cream look (help!)

Ok, enough nonsense. Here are a few photos of the crème de la crème. Click on the arrows to see more photos, and see you back here a little later for more news on trends that will make you turn pale they’re so radical.

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SO IT BEGINS

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I was going to write something completely different today and I was supposed to post this a lot earlier but then I ran out of  time. I just came back from the Bloglovin’ awards, its like 3:00am in New York and I have to admit, I am a little tipsy so I better keep it short.

New York has been very New York, hectic, crazy, amazing, restless and I have so much to tell you, but I will leave you with my first Fashion Week look. This is something I put together inspired in my biggest love, which is Scandinavian Style and what has been inspiring me for years. Very simple and minimal so I tried to add a touch of Je ne sais quoi with the tulle skirt I made myself months ago but I’ve never really worn before.

Time for bed. Really. I am so tired.

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Plaits Please

Yes, please!

I’m pre-declaring Spring 2015 the season of braids. Whether a single style or in multiples (like you see here, from the Ostwald Helgason show) it’s been the standout trend on the runway these last few days. I like these sleek pigtail braids, they are girly but polished enough that you can get away with them outside of the schoolyard.


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Denim Vibes

Photo by Sandra Semburg.

The FW Essentials

I’m taking these bad boys everywhere.

I try not to change up my beauty routine too much during fashion week (don’t need a fashion week beauty monster on my hands), so I’ve built up a little army of essentials that I’m taking everywhere this season. Here they are:

Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm: Dry hands be gone. Doesn’t hurt that I also super love the scent– fresh, clean and floral.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: For French girl locks on the go.

Beauty Counter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen: Cover spots and dark circles super fast and skip the harmful chemicals.

NYX Blotting Paper: Guys, it’s like 100 degrees here. These are the biggest essential.

Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara: With this, I’m no longer thinking about eyelash extensions.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow: I’ve become a complete cream blush convert. Powders are a thing of the past (especially in this heat).

NARS Sheer Lipstick in Damage: It’s a nice barely there but still there color. I’m wearing more than my normal red.

Flower nail polish in Daylily: A good nude that won’t chip because of….

Tenoverten The Shield Topcoat: Chip resistant super shiny topcoat.

There you have it– my survival kit!


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The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Day Two

The Best Bags of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Street Style – Day Two

New York Fashion Week provides the season’s best bag-spotting opportunity, and we’ll be outside the tents every day to capture the most interesting handbags and accessories of the shows’ attendees. Below, check out our favorites from day 2.

What I’m Wearing…

I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the things we are going to be wearing out and about to the shows these next few weeks!

I know I told you I was ditching heels for flats BUT these are a serious exception. They are by Alexandre Birman– and I can’t decide if I like the brown or white pair more! What do you think?

Coach Spring 2015 Takes Us on a Mod Texas Roadtrip

Coach Spring 2015 Takes Us on a Mod Texas Roadtrip

From the moment we entered the Coach Spring 2015 show, it was clear that creative director Stuart Vevers has yet to end his love affair with the idea of traditional Americana. From the engine sounds on the soundtrack to the flat, dusty West Texas vistas on the walls, the theme was much subtler in the bags, outwear and clothes than it was in the collection’s surroundings.

Although the collection’s western influences were occasionally visible – a utility vest here, a swath of rivets there – the end result was both softer and lighter than expected, down to the pastel metallics, fuzzy furs and little cartoon monsters from California artist Gary Baseman.

If bags are your primary concern (as they are ours), Coach’s big Spring 2015 push is an east-west satchel called the Swagger, which, by the looks of the runway, will come in two arm-carried sizes as well as a shrink-rayed mini crossbody. Take a look at our photos from the show below–what do you think of the collection?

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