The Oscar de la Renta Eliza is the epitome of an everyday handbag. It will fit right in at your son's baseball game, but you can dress it up for your daughter's ballet recital as well. With measurements of 14.5"W X 10.5"H X 5.5"D, it's far from oversized, but you'll never have to leave any daily essentials at home. This bag also features a sizeable exterior slip pocket, which I've learned over the past year can come in quite handy for busy moms on the go and business women alike. Perhaps, my favorite aspect of this bag is the subtle logo intricately designed around the turn-lock closure. Only truly bag poor individuals will have any idea where you picked up such a breathtaking, understated bag. Did I mention that this handbag doubles as tote? Perfect for those days when you want to bring your magazines or iPad, in its own luxurious Oscar de la Renta case of course, to the office. My favorite version is without question, the grey deerskin. Grey is making a major comeback for fall, but you'll never have to worry about this bag going out of style, thanks to the classic shape and buttery-soft high-quality leather. Even the interior is ever so indulgent suede. The yellow ostrich variation certainly makes a strong statement and it's absolutely gorgeous, but not versatile enough to justify the $4990 price tag. The Eliza also comes in two suede options, both of which didn't impress me. Purchase the grey deerskin Eliza handbag directly from Oscar de la Renta for a very reasonable $1690.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Apparently Style.com and Vogue.com are splitzo. At least when it comes to sharing online followers. After Labor Day, a new and improved Vogue.com will launch, and the site will no longer share content with Style.com. Online traffic competitors much? We shall see...
Speaking of Style.com - the site put together a Fall 2010 Buyer's Guide. Some pieces to die for - while some just sported a ghastly price point. Out of 90 selections, these two picks were definitely worth lingering over. The camel coat from Carven (about $1000) and the Jerome C. Rousseau Artemis Boot (priced at $1080) weren't paired together by Style, but they were a match-made in my mind.
When wearing this number, who needs anything else on? Just skip the coat check, give the dance floor a few minutes of flounce - then hit your next destination. Two essential pieces you can re-work and style for years to come.
Don't you ever think a themed wedding gives you a pass for this type of Tom foolery. These poor bridesmaids fell victim to the mermaid themed wedding of Prince Nikoloas of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik's wedding earlier this week. If you're ever requested to put yourself in an unfortunate situation such as this, just imagine yourself dancing to "Money Can't Buy You Class" at the reception. Someone will undoubtedly request it.
There's been chatter that Kimora Lee was booted from Baby Phat. All I have to say about this is, Baby who?? The brand better hope there is something more over-the-top and watch worthy than Kimora and her fab antics, to keep its name alive. I'm guessing there are more google searches for cute baby Kenzo pics, than queries for Baby Phat fashions. I'm just sayin'.
This post was brought to you by one of many new additions to the Bagpoor team, Danielle! She is a talented writer with an internship at Allure as well as a Master's Degree in Journalism from NYU under her belt. Currently she's working as a business reporter for Inside Business. Everyone please give her a warm welcome! ~Michael St. James
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Attention Bagpoorians (lol...that sounds so stupid)! I've got some exciting endeavours in store for you in the coming weeks. The first of which is a weekly celebrity bag envy post, every Saturday! Today's is brought to you by the always
annoying fabulous Kimora Lee Simmons. She was spotted shopping at Fred Segal with her adorable daughters, rocking an orgasmic pink ostrich Hermès Birkin. Talk about bag envy! In other news, Kimora recently stepped down as the creative director of Baby Phat. Let's all take a collective sigh of relief. Now that she's out of a job, inquiring minds want to know what this season of Life in the Fab Lane is going to be about!?! Shop Hermès bags at Portero.com.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The only quilted bags that get me out of my chair are usually Chanel, but this Alexander Wang clutch is certainly an exception. For a long time designers have been throwing predictable diamond patterned quilted bags at us, so I am relieved to see something unique. The craftsmanship that is illustrated in the intricate quilting that envelops the bag is truly astounding. I actually thought it was Alexander McQueen at first glance. Did I mention that this clutch can also be worn as a shoulder bag, with the detachable strap? In an effort not to distract from the beautifully quilted leather, the subtle brass ribbed bar clasp lays flat against the bag. I know I haven't been Wang's biggest supporter over the last year, but I am highly impressed with his spin on an age old concept. Purchase the Alexander Wang Isis Quilted Frame Clutch at Shopbop.com for $1050.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The quality and fabulous modern aesthetic of Jil Sander bags is bound to be eye-candy in anyone's hands. Although bags with decorative detailing appeal to me, I am always impressed with the pristine simplicity of Jil Sander creations. The Half Frame bag features rich, textured black leather and an optional shoulder strap, which offers versatility. The only detail keeping me from drooling over this design is the half frame closure. I'm just not sold on zipping one side of my purse and clasping the other. This feature sounds like a brilliant and unique idea, but no one actually wants to unclasp and unzip their handbag every time their phone rings. Not to mention the fact that it just looks silly! I think a full push lock closure would have completed the sleek and refined look that is true to Jil Sander. Purchase at Barneys New York for $1895.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
When Emilio Pucci steps away from their signature graphic prints, they can create some of the most beautiful, modern handbags and the Marquise is no exception. I love the fact that Pucci never follows trends. Nothing about blue crocodile-embossed suede is reflective of ladylike chic detailing or military influences, but it looks absolutely breathtaking, and therefore, it works. The abundance of gold hardware truly pops against the gorgeous petrol blue exterior of the bag. With Chanel's outrageous price hikes and long-standing granny appeal, I've been on the prowl for suitable alternatives and I think I may have found it. Purchase directly from Emilio Pucci for $1495.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The September issues are finally starting to trickle in and as I was flipping through Elle Magazine, I spotted this amazing clutch from Dominic Jones. He's a new designer based in London that has already made quite a name for himself with his breathtaking jewelry collection. He started designing because his friends were completely interested in fashion, but not jewelry. They simply couldn't afford it. He applies the same skills that are implemented to couture, but uses metals, so his pieces remain accessible. Jones is most inspired by nature, stating that, "if you can reference nature, then you're instantly borrowing from the best. You can't match the symmetry and fluidity...found in nature." For this clutch in particular, he used a resin caste of an alligator jaw, that he then gold-plated and used to envelope the bag. The alligator jaw clutch is made to order through his website, and you can shop the Dominic Jones jewelry collection at Net-a-Porter.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
As I stated in my fall handbag trend report, fur is in this season and, for the most part, I'm not a fan. With the exception of a few designs, most notably from Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, I just don't find fur bags visually appealing. Unfortunately, this tragic trend has reared its ugly head at one of my favorite design houses, Miu Miu. Many of you may remember that I fell in love with the sequined version of this tote and of course the leather variation is a total lust-have, so you can imagine my disdain for this fugly fur monstrosity. Multitonal, pieced mink placed in a zigzag pattern on a bag of this size is a design fail of epic proportions. To add insult to injury, it's available for preorder at Neiman Marcus for an astounding $2990.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Lanvin consistently gives us luxury and elegance year after year and I personally can't get enough! It's certainly not for everyone, but if you're the kind of girl that likes to dress all the way up for parties, then the Lanvin Pouchette Oulouette Flap Bag is for you. I prefer the blush variation, but it truly depends on your personal style. If you're embracing the neutral nudes that began to make a major comeback this spring, then the lighter version will be better for you, but if your wardrobe consists mostly of black and other darker hues, then the rich purple will work better for your needs. The satin exterior is completely enveloped in asymmetric stitch detailing and the clasp resembles a glamorous cocktail ring. Clearly, the real showstopper is the ostrich-lined shoulder strap, but I love the fact that it can be removed, giving you the option of wearing this bag as a chic clutch, simply embellished with the signature Lanvin grosgrain ribbon pompom. Purchase at Net-a-Porter for
Friday, August 13, 2010
Christian Louboutin bags are always eye-catching and absolutely beautiful. This pony hair round clutch is just as regal as the fabulous and much coveted Louboutin pumps. The leopard print decorated pony hair lays exquisitely on the ball shaped bag, giving it an amazingly smooth texture. The kisslock closure at the top of the bag is like the icing on a scrumptious red velvet cake! The small size of the bag allows it to get the attention it deserves. I can't get enough of the iconic pair of Louboutin high heels that stand on the kisslock. The red fringe tassel that hangs from the bottom of the piece takes the bag from predictable to edgy as it dangles gently with every step you make. Although the Eden Pompom Pony Hair Clutch is an absolute show stopper, I must admit that its tiny size makes it less than ideal. I have to question the functionality of a piece that is 5"W X 5"H X 5"D. Despite the size, I find myself still mesmerized by the bag. If you're willing to sacrifice function for breathtaking beauty, head over to Net-a-Porter to purchase this clutch for $1195.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Let's start with some background information about Want Les Essentiels de la Vie. Design duo as well as twin brothers, Byron and Dexter Peart, are the brainchild behind the luxury travel accessories brand. Their aesthetic focuses on timeless, functional design for modern lifestyles. All of their pieces are handmade from the highest quality leather. You can always spot a Want L.E.V. bag by their signature two-tone zippers, that are both silver and gold. I'm obsessed with their new travel bags. The raised piping detail is so simple and modern, but these bags still manage to maintain their classic appeal. The black Linate Carry All is the smallest version, while the cognac Charleroi 48 Hr Travel Bag is the largest. My personal favorite is the grey Malpensa 24 Hr Travel Bag. It's the ideal size and that gorgeous color will flawlessly transition into fall. The two larger variations come with optional shoulder straps and organic cotton tote bags; perfect for beach vacations. They all feature a mini padlock and key for added security. These travel bags are available at La Garçonne and they range in price from $1095-$1595, depending on the size.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I absolutely adore Valentino! It is the yin to Chloé's yang. Sometimes classic and ladylike becomes dull and the perfect way to break out of a rut is an opulent bag. The Rose Glam Clutch features shimmering grey and gold-tone sequins that create a stunning rose mosaic. That is what I love about Valentino! Everyone is utilizing sequins this season, but only Valentino would use them to form a beautiful rose design. The rose is quickly becoming one of their signatures, in addition to the bow, of course. I think I just have an affinity for designers that do not follow trends, but instead, stick to their aesthetic, which for Valentino has always been feminine and glamorous. This clutch is quite sizeable at 11 1/2"W x 7 1/4"H x 2"D, and with the addition of the optional chain strap, it doubles as an evening shoulder bag. Purchase for $1695. WARNING: The Valentino Rose Glam Clutch is a showstopper and it will get you noticed. Shop Valentino bags at Net-a-Porter.com.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
With Louis Vuitton and Gucci getting tackier by the day and the outrageous price hikes at Hermès and Chanel, Chloé is quickly becoming one of my favorite handbag brands. Everything Hannah MacHibbon touches turns to gold! The Darla tote epitomizes effortless, ladylike chic. You have the option of carrying it as a top-handle or shoulder bag, with the contrasting black leather strap. It features zippered pockets on either side of the bag, providing easy access to keys, lip-gloss, etc. The minimalist sophistication is kicked up a notch with a traditional hanging pouch and key fob. One concern that was brought up in my last Chloé post, is the high scuff and scratch factor. Personally, I think minor imperfections will only add to the timeless aesthetic. Purchase the chestnut and large burgundy variations at Net-a-Porter for $1995 and $2480 respectively.
Friday, August 6, 2010
There are only three words that can adequately describe this bag - WHAT THE FUG!?! This hairy monster is just hideous and quite scary. I know goat hair bags are unique, but if I have to sacrifice beauty for innovation, then I'll pass. I can just imagine how weird it would be to feel the hair brushing against my thighs as I wear this piece as a cross body - yikes! Seriously, if I wanted a small animal with me every day, I think I would just get a cute black teacup poodle rather than this incredibly frightening long haired bag. What makes this piece even worse is the heavy price tag! For $1500, you can get this Marni Goat Hair Bag from Net-a-Porter just in time to put together your Halloween costume.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The Christian Dior 3D flap bag takes contemporary ladylike chic to a whole 'nother stratosphere! The structured shape is certainly on trend, but I'm most impressed by the geometric detailing featured on the flap and turn-lock closure. It updates the style without being over-the-top, and the overall design remains timeless. It's as if this bag were the brainchild of NASA's best and brightest in conjunction with premier Italian artisans. With measurements of 10"W X 7½"H X 3½"D, this flap bag is larger than it appears. It will undoubtedly store your evening and weekend essentials. The sizeable 8" shoulder strap drop should accommodate all women. My only complaint is the outrageous pricing. I know
we're China is recovering from the economic downturn, but $6,300 for a small shoulder bag is outrageous, even if it is ring lizard. The black leather variation is available for preorder at Saks Fifth Avenue for a slightly more reasonable $2,400. At least it will go with everything in your closet and never go out of style. Maybe if you wear it every day for the rest of your life, the price will be justified.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I love all Sang A bags, but the Mini Pop literally made my heart stop at the fall presentation. It is the most adorable tote I've seen thus far for fall. This is the perfect bag for those of you that aren't embracing the ladylike trend and would rather stick with your oversized casual bags. My personal favorite is the black version, because the gold elongated zipper, which doubles as a shoulder strap, becomes the primary focal point against the understated matte black seasnake. The blue and gold python variation pictured below, is an absolutely breathtaking option as well. This bag is far from mini at 19" x 14" and it will certainly hold all of your daily essentials. Purchase directly from Sang A. Prices range from $1595 to $1995.