In a world where going hands-free is the ultimate luxury, the cross-body bag reigns supreme. But this season, the most sophisticated shape is a classic top-handle, made modern with graphic lines, bold hardware and striking materials. (Hand-painted python, anyone?) Click here for prices and where to buy. (You know you’re curious.)
If you’re lucky, come summertime, the purse you’ll carry most is your beach bag. So why do these sandy-day bags always play second fiddle to their leather and suede sisters? I say it’s time for an upgrade. These eight woven numbers are rugged enough for the shore (and large enough to stash beach-day essentials) but they’re stylish enough to replace your ol’ landlubber bags. While they might not be entirely appropriate for the workplace, they certainly play nice with weekend-wear and casual cocktail dresses. Plus: pom poms! Click here for price and where to buy.
The most lust-worthy bag this season is Valentino’s exotic confection, festooned with feathers and beads, and shot through with gleaming dashes of brand’s now-iconic pyramid studs. It speaks to spring’s luxe bohemia, with funky embellishments that let it fly far above the rest of the flock. Valentino Lock Glam Feather bag, $4,450 by special order at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd.
It’s time to start thinking summer, which means ditching the heavy leather bags and swinging something a bit lighter over your arm. My pick? This be-pom-pommed wicker beach basket from Everything But Water, which begs to be whisked away to some sandy-beached spot. Or, you know, to Sunday brunch. (Why not?) Read more »
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The semi-slouchy bucket is the handbag silhouette of the season. The poshest iteration is by Nancy Gonzalez, whose take involves smoky charcoal crocodile and a tasseled strap for a look that is totally luxe and effortlessly classic. Our only warning? This gift will be very, very hard to top. (Buy it anyway and worry about that next year.)
Long ago, the pedestrian stud pierced its way into fashion vernacular, dotting everything from leather jackets to heels with a steely gleam. Now the hardware gets the understated treatment thanks to Canadian brand Ela. The studs on this oversize clutch are actually reverse-embossed (and filled with silicone!), for a heavy-metal feel without any of the hard edges — or punk pretenses. Large M.I.L.C.K. clutch, $498 by special order at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, or Elabyela.com.
Now that you’re equipped with the most fashionable bathing suits and strut-worthy sandals, the only logical step is to add a stylish carry-all to your beach gear arsenal. From raffia to nylon to canvas, these are the eight beach bags that can hold their own against the most stylish of swimwear.
‘Hood: Lower Merion
Day Job: Interior designer
Where We Found Her: On her way back from a luncheon birthday party for a friend at Estia. “This day was so divine that I had to come to Rittenhouse. I use to live at the Dorchester and I just wanted to be in this glorious sunshine. You can’t help but fall in love with Philadelphia on a day like today. Everyone just seems so happy. ”
What She’s Wearing: Ellen Tracy shoes; shirt and pants from Julie’s Bottega in Bala Cynwyd; Hermes bracelets and necklace; purse bought while she was traveling in Shanghai; hair cut by Sharon at Millennium Hair & Day Spa in Wynnewood.
- We’re so close to Friday, guys. That means only one more day of lugging all your stuff back and forth on your commute. While piling all your stuff into a fancy bag might look nice, it’s not always practical. Here are 10 cool canvas totes under $50 that can take all the daily abuse your commute has to offer. [Refinery29]
- Here are some more details about that ‘naked’ dress Rihanna wore to the CFDA awards, including this gem: “[It was] held together by ‘fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed.'” [Washington Post]
- New Balance is suing Karl Lagerfeld for ripping off the design of its trademark sneakers. See a side-by-side comparison here. [TMZ]
Sure, it’s kooky. And for over four grand, most people would probably opt for more classic, Birkin-esque styles. But Fendi’s fall 2013 collection is at the top of my lust list, especially this hilarious holdall (or hold-some). It’s like investing in a pet, only this one doesn’t need house-training, vet visits or pet food—and it’s way more fun to take out for walks.