Kitsch, quirk and extreme literalness are accessories trends that have survived through multiple seasons and only seem to be gaining steam among both designers and consumers. Mostly these ideas manifest themselves in things that are charming or nostalgic, but it’s a very fine line to cross between a cute and cartoonish Fendi Bag Bug and, well, the bags below. They all feel at least a little odd to me in some way, from disembodied, reaching hands to a stuffed bear bag that looks like it would sneak into bed with you in the middle of the night. They’re all sure to turn heads, but the attention you get may not be exactly the kind you were looking for.
This is one coat I have totally fallen in love with for the fall. My coat obsession isn’t really a secret anymore and after seeing this one on Alana, I immediately added it to my collection. I love how chic but still easy a white coat is, you can wear it with absolutely everything– just be careful where you sit ;)
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When looking through the SS15 collections it’s definitely legit to say that the lace up sandal is the it-shoe for next season. Ever since I saw these goodies from Miu Miu’s Resort collection, I’ve been eyeing for a pair myself. Above is three favorites from Chloé, Stella McCartney and Valentino.
This has been one of those; “Is this really happening?” moments, seriously. I have to be completely honest, I rarely get star struck and maybe its because I have been lucky enough to have seen many talented people at different events, fashion weeks and so on. Its always very surreal to bump into Hollywood stars at random cafes in LA (I still have to tell you that story), or walk past famous singers or my favorite designers (I also have to tell you this story), but standing next to a Rock legend, a Beatle, Paul McCartney was another level of crazy.
I took these photos at a very exclusive event during London Fashion Week when I was filming with Canon. They told me the event would be so exclusive I had to go by myself, no +1 allowed and made me hope to bump into some familiar faces. The event was for the launch of Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet collection and I just couldn’t not say no.
When I got to the venue near Bond Street in London, I took a deep breath, gave my name at the front and got in. I knew or assumed I would see some famous faces but I never expected to see that many.
Once I was in, one of the waiters dressed in a crisp white shirt and clearly hired from one of London’s best modeling agencies (same goes for most of the male model waiters that night) came towards me with a silver tray full of glasses of champagne, I took one and started to glance through the room. Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Barrymore were standing just there, in front of me and made me wonder what had I done to deserve that spot and how on earth did I manage to infiltrate that world. They were certainly not the only celebrities, the whole room was full of British and Hollywood stars and as I was walking amongst them, I had a moment of realization; They are just normal people, like you and me, people who happen to be very good at what they do which is a very realistic aim for you and me.
I was pondering on all of these thoughts as I felt someone bump into the back of me, I turned around and it was Paul McCartney…Sir Paul McCartney! Now I have a very good story to tell my children one day; “Let me tell you the story of the day I -literally- bumped into Paul McCartney”.
The Trend: Denim
How I would wear it: As you maybe alreayd know, I’m a pretty big fan of white denim which means I usually never wear blue denim. I think that might change for next spring…
The best looks: From left to right, Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Chloé and Kenzo.
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Graphics by Carolina Cerutti
Graphics by Carolina Cerutti
Between one fashionweek and one other I spent few days in Milan hanging around in a super casual outfit… C’est la vie!
Fra una fashionweek e l’altra ho trascorso qualche giorno di relax a Milano in un outfit super casual… C’est la vie!
I was wearing:
Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti
Here’s internationally renowned human rights lawyer (and accidental style maven) Amal Alamuddin, hand in hand with new husband George Clooney (some guy who’s acted in/produced/directed a few movies) in Venice, heading to their civil ceremony. Amal is carrying a tasteful Stella McCartney Beckett Envelope Clutch that perfectly matches her chic wedding pants suit (not something I thought I’d ever hear myself say). You can find Amal’s clutch in silver at Neiman Marcus for $835.
This definitely isn’t the first photo you’ve seen from Clooney’s wedding weekend, and it won’t be the last either. Will any event ever be more star-studded and glamorous? Probably not, so we should all just stop trying. George and Amal have won glamour. This celebrity wedding solidly trumps every other celebrity wedding of the last five years, and it doesn’t even look like it’s trying that hard.
Somehow we’ve found ourselves near both the end of September and the end of the week, and that means it’s time for another group of bag deals. Below, check out a carefully curated selection of the best sale bags on the Internet this week. For a continuously updated selection of deals, sales and markdowns across the web, makes sure to visit our PurseBlog Deals Page!
Graphics by Carolina Cerutti
Instagram has been flooded with both amazing bags from fashion week and new fall purchases, but we couldn’t help but notice one Instagram user in particular, @bibi2cuori.
Maybe it was the pictures from her recent travels that caught our eyes, or maybe it was her extensive collection of colorful Hermès and Chanel bags that caused us to find ourselves endlessly scrolling through her feed. While we know very little about who Bibi actually is, she has no problem showing her identity in her photos.
After scrolling through every single photo (literally, every single one), we’re thinking she might be Italian, based on the fact that Italians often have a way of looking effortlessly glamorous. (Okay, some of her captions may have hinted at it as well.) Take a look below at some of our favorite bags from Bibi’s collection or head straight to her Instagram to see the full feed.
Top from Céline, pants from Filippa K, shoes from Stella McCartney, bag from Nina Ricci, sunglasses from Prada.
What I wore the last day of Stockholm Fashion Week. These pants are new favourites of mine, as you already know these ones are too, Filippa K definitely delivers the most perfect pants these season.
Picture via The Urban Spotter.
[Editor's Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We'll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we'll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]
Models and great handbags go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of our all-time favorite collection profiles have come at the hands of supers like Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrosio, and if there were a photo agency dedicated purely to documenting their daily outfits, we’d gladly delve into the handbag closets of even more models. Because there isn’t, though, we’ve decided to put together all that we could find from five of our favorite supers whose collections we’ve yet to dissect: Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.
The results include over 50 gorgeous designer bag, including some super rare exotics (mostly courtesy of Ms. Upton, who seems to have used entire paychecks to buy things even most handbag lovers can barely dream of). The level to which these ladies are both genetically and sartorially blessed may cause a little bit of envy, but once you get past that, there’s certainly a lot of pretty going on below.
Daria Werbowy, Amanda Murphy and Mariacarla Boscono for W Magazine. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful.
I already have this perfect black cashmere turtleneck but I definitely need to invest in a tighter one as well.
Nail polish in the shade Secret from Chanel, hat from Hermès, skirt from Marc Jacobs, belt from Louis Vuitton, top from Stella McCartney, pants from Chloé, eyeshadow from Other Stories, bag from Saint Laurent.
So, I’m back! I’m sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been working every day lately. From now on the updates will be better! I also have a new assistant by my side whom I’m going to introduce you to within shortly so make sure to check in soon again!
Good morning and happy Friday to all! Normally I wouldn’t be this peppy at 10 a.m., but today is bag deals day, so things are different. Below, we’ve got the finest assortment of sale bags we could find on this here Internet, including a totally gorgeous, exotic Valentino bag that we think is a must-see for everyone.
When it comes to adding novelty to high-end luxury, shoe designers have found the most recent success; shoes have relatively little surface area and are far away from the natural line of sight, so they seem like less of a risk. They’re also less expensive than bags, on average, which makes the purchase of something that’s both luxurious and highly specific seem a little bit less like an unreasonable splurge. As bold, weird, literal shoes have gained traction, though, novelty handbags have followed right behind.
Fall’s crop isn’t the first group of weird bags to make landfall, but for the coming season, more designers than ever are following in the steps of fashion’s resident oddballs like Charlotte Olympia and Lulu Guinness. Check out a dozen of our favorites below.
Bag: Stella McCartney Beckett Boston Shopper Tote
Price: $1,350 via Neiman Marcus
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: McCartney’s Falabella has enjoyed a long period of popularity, but it’s high time that people who love designer bags but don’t love leather had a more modern option. The Beckett Boston Shopper is exactly that. On the other hand, if you like leather and want a more affordable option, it’s pretty similar to the Rebecca Minkoff Perry Satchel, which retails for $495. (It also looks like several other things, if we’re being real here, but we still think it’s a great option for the leather-averse.)
It’s not the first time we’ve talked about celebrities becoming style icons (I know you remember Garance’s post on Kim Kardashian that drove some of you so mad…) so today, let’s talk about Rihanna.
She sported a dramatic number from Stella McCartney at the Met Ball (I wonder what Charles James would think about a crop top…) and she was at the Dior cruise show last week wearing head-to-toe pieces from the house. She’s going to be honored at this year’s CFDA Awards as Fashion Icon of the year. And of course, you can’t forget, she’s the face of spring Balmain.
I can’t really comment too much on Rihanna’s off duty style outside of saying it’s pretty casual and maybe a little bit flashy at times (her Instagram was recently deleted, so I can’t go back through her #OOTD posts), but is she on her way to becoming a major fashion player?
If you have Stella and Raf wanting to dress you, a major ad campaign and an award on the way, I think it gives you some serious fashion street cred. So what do you think? Is Rihanna someone with great style or is it all about celebrity status?
Ok, so when Elin first showed me their first collection for Totême a couple of weeks ago I knew I HAD to bring something with me to Greece. This dress is the p e r f e c t piece for lazy days in the sun (actually, I have the shorter, tighter version too, which is great for a night out in town or just with a pair of flats as well), it’s luxurious yet laid back. Tomorrow the collection will hit stores, yippie kai yay, right!?
They say style is in the details… Well – one of the things I do the most, without even thinking about it, is rolling up my sleeves. I even roll up the sleeves of my coats ! At this point, it’s more a weird habit than any kind of style science – and that why I thought it was time to explore the cuff, but like – seriously.
I asked Brie to give me a few pointers…
Here’s what I’ve observed from Chinatown to Fashion Week…
There are just a few simple steps to three very chic (and sometimes old-fashioned) rolled sleeves. This is an art form we’re taking about here!
The Pro Roll
- flip back the cuff once
- pull the cuff up past your elbow
- bring folded sleeve up and over cuff
- pushup to your liking!
- unbutton jacket sleeve buttons, turn back once
- scrunch up to elbow
- flip cuff over once
High and Tight
- pinch excess sleeve fabric, fold left like a pleat
- fold back cuff several times to secure
- wear high at bicep
- note: best with 3/4 or short sleeve shirts
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Here’s Kesha (Yes, she dropped the “$.” Now how will she ever distinguish herself from all the other Keshas?) about to board a flight to Tahiti at LAX, carrying a pale, non-leather Stella McCartney Falabella Bag. You can find a woven cotton version of the Falabella in “bisque” that’s absolutely perfect for spring and summer (and impromptu trips to Tahiti) for $1,780 at Bergdorf Goodman.
In random celebrity hair news: green hair chunking is suddenly a bizarre new trend among celebs – Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, and Kesha have all dyed their locks green within the last few weeks. If you want to ride the wave of this fun, yet presumably extra-fleeting fad, you should probably get chunking within the next 36 hours.
Celebrities: they’re just like us, at least in that some of them go all-out for Easter, and others can’t figure out why the grocery store isn’t open on Sunday morning. Everyone from Fergie to Duchess Kate (who had her Alexander McQueen clutch altered to replace the holiday-inappropriate skull clasp) was out and about yesterday, and we took the opportunity to chronicle their Easter handbag choices, no matter whether they were headed to church or to pilates class.
You know it: I loooooove white shirts. I love them, I never get tired of them and last season, when I saw them popping everywhere on the runway I was all: get ready this is going to be my season. (There was also a lot of cropped tops on the runway and I was all: this is gonna be a tough season).
Here are three most important facts about the white shirt that make it awesome:
- It’s versatile and can be worn from a lazy Sunday to a red carpet ( if you’re Sharon Stone, all right?).
- It works with everything and even with nothing – a little bit longer, and it’s a perfect dress!
- It’s perfect to cover up in in the summer. My shooting outfit for summer is always an oversize white painters shirt: it protects my arms from the sun (not 100%, I still have to put sunscreen!) and I stay cool.
So, now everything I’ve see on the runway is in the stores and it’s time for action – we made a little selection of our favorites.
Mine is definitely the Junya one with the fringes. Which one do you prefer ?
In the photos : Stella McCartney , Maximalist Junya Watanabe, Bracelets Aurelie Bidermann lace cuff and lasso cuff, Earrings Aesa , Downtown Acne , Sneaker Adidas x Topshop , Delicate The Row, Tomboy Alexander Wang, Shorts No.21, Earrings Bing Bang , The Classic Equipment , Necklace Aesa, Ring Jennifer Fisher
I love Andi’s look because it speaks to me about a femininity that I don’t see so often in the streets of New York.
Okay well, my New York… Maybe I should go uptown more often?
What speaks to me is this chic and certain femininity, which is so sexy – a little bit Italian style.
It’s funny, because I bought a skirt that looks a little bit like that the other day; you can wear it only with heels, and the moment I saw myself in the mirror I was taken back by the added femininity it gave me. For me. who mostly wears jeans and shirts, I though that if I was to dress that way more often, my perception of myself would totally change and you know what? I’d like that.
Then I remembered I like to walk everywhere.
Pffff, life is full of unsolvable contradictions.
Do you find that having really feminine style is tough to keep up in everyday life?
The hint of sun this week has me wanting to wear lighter layers and show just a little leg.
Wouldn’t these pieces be great for the start of Spring?
After being stuck in layers of black clothing and endless snow, we’ve found ourselves in a constant state of daydreaming. We’ve been wishing for sunny palm trees, bold handbags and endless outdoor brunches. While we continue to wait to make those dreams happen, we can love yours in the meantime, even if it’s just via Instagram! Check out our favorite shots of the week below.
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.”)
Hello!!! So, what’s up with life?
Other than the fact that my English and French keep getting mixed up, giving me headaches and making me say weird words, life has been pretty cool since I’ve gotten back from Paris.
Now that we have the Studio, the way we work has changed, and it’s super interesting for me to find the right balance between keeping an eye on everything and letting the team have full creative freedom. Seeing them work together and have such a great time is a real joy. I hope you can sense that in the blog, even if we’re getting a little experimental sometimes (hey, that’s what a blog is for !)
Speaking of blogs, by the way, I wonder what we’ll call them ten years from now. With all the different forms they’ve taken – collaborative blogs, blogazines, Instagram, Tumblr, and all the different modes of expression and publications out there – will the word eventually disappear?
Scott and I will be talking about that and a lot of other things at my conference at FIAF this week…
The talk was sold out so it was moved to a bigger space – which means there are still a few more tickets if you want to come say hello !
I think it will be interesting to be interviewed by Scott himself! That’s a first!
Another first this week… We’re launching our newsletter!
I imagine it being like a letter from the Studio, or more like a club.
It will be there to keep you informed about what we’re doing, and things we like, and it will give us a chance to tell you more about the members of the studio. It will also have all the information you need for special events and meet-ups (tell us where you live so we can let you know when I’ll be in your area!) and lots of other things we’re brainstorming right now.
If you’d like to sign up, you can click on the newsletter box in the sidebar!!!
…Hey, by the way, we’re planning an event in New York, on the 28 and 29 of March, and it’s going to be pretty cool – mark it in your calendars if you’re in the area. I’ll tell you more about it very very very very soon.
Anyway, long story short – ever since I left, I miss Paris, and I didn’t talk to you about Paris enough while I was there. So, this week we’re doing a Paris theme.
Because, as the Americans say: Paris is always a good idea!
PS : Oh, if you’re wondering what’s in the picture, it’s a few things I brought back from Paris – a few photos taken by Sandra Semburg and Athens Streetstyle, a candy– which was the only thing I was able to save from the crazy Chanel show, a Stella keychain that was given with the invite, and an amazing pair (even though I’ve always preferred to wear my earring on only one side) of earrings by the super amazingly talented Aurélie Bidermann.
Translated by Andrea Perdue.
I can’t believe it might actually, finally, really, seriously almost be spring!
Here are a few things that I’d wear, rain or shine!
Author’s note: Mom, don’t read this.
Everything about this guy seemed ideal: he had a genuine interest in the mundane details of my day, a career and a regular flossing habit.
Everything, that is, until we had sex.
Sex with him was like playing opposite day with a Cosmopolitan article: silent (not even a single moan? c’mon!), fast (“Have you seen a doctor about this?” fast), boring (there are other positions, you know) and embarrassing (of all words you could string into a sentence after, “I” and “am” and “sorry” are just about the worst picks).
I gave the failing sex a pass for a few weeks. Maybe he was nervous. Maybe it was me. Maybe I could teach him. Maybe I needed to be more vocal with my wants and needs and “a little to the right.” Maybe it would get better. Maybe we just haven’t found our rhythm yet. I rationalized and sympathized for as long as I could.
But it didn’t get better, and the more times we had sex, the less interested I became. By the time my next rent check was due, my sex drive disappeared altogether (come back! where did you go?) and numbness, not to mention a tiny bit of spite and dread, set in. Suddenly I was claiming exhaustion and headaches and “I think I’m getting a cold.” The more we discussed what was going wrong, the more I wanted nothing to do with it, and ultimately, him.
Which brings up a touchy subject: Is bad sex a deal breaker? At first thought it seems so shallow. But what about his steady job and solid education, you ask!
Untimately though, I kept coming back to the question, “Can I live with bad sex forever?” And the answer, after a half-second of soul-searching, was a resounding, shout-it-from-the-rooftops no, never, nuh-uh, absolutely not.
To his disadvantage, when he and I started dating, I was still licking my wounds from a particularly painful breakup — a breakup with a long-term boyfriend who was the best in bed. That’s a tough act to follow, no matter how skilled you are in bedroom tricks. But here’s hoping he figures out what makes both him and a lady feel good. Because, really, his teeth are far too perfect and plaque-less to be single forever.
Fashion week (month !) has me inspired to mix up patterns…
Here are a few things I’m looking for this weekend!
The Trend: Sweater Dressing
How I would wear it: I’m totally into long, oversize sweaters year round but I am loving the idea of wearing a big sweater with a knit bottom for fall to really stay cozy.
For more fall trends, click here!