So, I hesitated to publish this because guys, this is a $165 tote, and it’s not even on sale, but then I realized the infamous LV Neverfull tote is like, a bajillion dollars, so … anyway, this is pretty scarf company Leigh & Luca’s newest foray into bags, and I’m actually really digging this Peacock Flock tote.
The pattern is really classy but also casual enough for daily wear (of course! this is why I never understand things like ‘croc skin shoppers’), the chain strap detailing is fabulous, and I’m liking the removable superfluous little chain strap. But what really moved me, forgive the pun, is the interior. Brilliant lining, and that kind of pocket, from personal experience, is absolutely ideal. I only wish the pockets had maybe been on the other side of the inside, or that they had had more pockets … I love pockets … but clearly a lot of thought went into this, and props.
Gilt is offering this exclusively before it hits stores, so grab it now.
Happy 200th post! :)
In conjunction with the massive fashion presence that was the Oscars, Net-A-Porter whipped up a little selection of “Oscars Style" gowns + shoes + accessories combos, most of which are enjoyably sparkly. Normally I would have oohed and aahed and passed on my way, but then this pretty little Anya Hindmarch number caught my eye. This is the Nadja metallic leather reversible clutch, and I would be lying if I didn’t say that the first word that I saw was “reversible.” This multi-tasking beauty can not only match with any number of gold OR silver accessories, a feat which I basically consider the crowning achievement, but does it in a reasonably small package (giant clutches are so overrated)! The N-A-P folks paired this with a pair of Loubie Straratata 140s (silver and nude, yummy), which is also worth looking at. Love love love.
Clutch - $565, shoesies - $1,045, and it’s worth mentioning that the Oscars Style section is different for the US and Intl, so check them both out~
Ever since I saw a Furla box-like tote a month ago, I’ve been positively salivating for The Perfect One. The Furla one failed on a few accounts, but I can’t say the same for this Juicy Couture China C bag. This gorgeous yummy leather tote is structured like a piece of luggage, but has enough smoosh (the subtle pleat detail is nice) to make it versatile for everyday wear. There’s an option for a over-the-shoulder strap, and the charms, cute as they are, are detachable. The dimensions even roughly resemble a B-bag, but for about 1/5th of the price.
But seriously, I should have written this post in flashback, because I was drooling over this bag when it came out back in April or May (back before this tumblr was started), and totally forgot about it until the Furla bag made me remember that I really wanted a nice rectangular piece of arm candy. Of course it’s been ages since then so basically you can’t find this bag online anymore (the picture was snagged from Neiman Marcus, where it sold out ages ago … sob), especially in this bright “prepster” pink—because if you can’t go for an all-out bold color on such a minimally designed bag, when can you?—but I persisted and managed to find it going for $378 in Windowseat, a lovely dusty blue color. Get your hands on it before it passes beyond the digital realms forever!
Sometimes, my taste level with regards to accessories borders on tacky-gaudy, but in real life my personal style philosophy seems to be about simple classic clothing pieces, so I figure it’s pretty forgivable. I mean seriously, there is no other way to defend my questionable interest in the Betseyville Painted Python Wristlet in Green. Gold hardware, fake python with green/pink/red, lightning bolt zippers, shiny patent fabric … add some tulle and you have Bobby Trendy in a clutch.
Still, it’s no mean feat to put together so many decorative elements and really sort of make it work … which I think can be attributed to the size of this bag. Betsey Johnson went ahead and stuck the same pattern on some larger purses, but I think the small pop of visual impact that the clutch serves up is just the right size, as Goldilocks might say.
More technically speaking, this wristlet is terribly multifunctional. I love that the two front zippers work, and someone thought to stick in another zippered bit in the main compartment as well. The red and green are perfect for Christmas without being overly adherent to the holiday’s tacky decoration schemes (the slight teal tinge to the green just makes my day), and outside of this coming month it could also add a little more refined punk to any normal pink and girly outfit.
Amazon, of all retailers, currently has a bit of a sale running on the green and pink (with orange and light pink compliments) ones—only $44.90 from the original $58! The blue (purple and lavender) is also worth checking out.
I had seen people in the blogosphere mention the Proenza Schouler PS1 leather pouchette before, but it wasn’t until I saw it in action that I realized how absolutely sublime it is. (See what I did there? SubLIME? Oh shut up.) I don’t particularly care for the PS1 bag in its full-on form as I’ve never been an advocate of big bags, but the clutch version retains the classiness of the former with an added dash of miniatured (relatively) cuteness. The color is great, and could be that cherry on top for an otherwise plain colored outfit.
As for buying this baby: it was $895, but slashed to $626.50, and is now sold out on the Net-A-Porter US site. It is, however, still available on the international version site (you’ll have to change your country) for £749.82, or $1,223 (no sale). I only mention this because the comparative pricing disparities make NO SENSE to me. o_O
Insert obligatory “eating my own words” comment here (I seem to be doing that a lot this week). Since when did Marc by Marc Jacobs stuff get so cheap? His entire “Special Items" section is full of things I would reasonably spend money on right now. I especially like this Punk Wallet (also available in plain colors, or even mock python) because 1) it’s made out of PVC, which means that all manner of liquids will roll off of it and 2) the envelope design is unique. Having used (and currently use) a PVC wristlet for a number of years now, I can attest to its almost universal versatility. Consider me sold. (And by that, I mean ACTUALLY sold, hehe. I’m totally buying a full-on white one. ^_^)
Glove optional (and detachable!), but oh-so-preferred. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Alexander Mcqueen Faithful Leather Glove Clutch. (Although seriously, how hot would that glove look by itself as well? Channeling MJ at his height, natch!)
*Also available in icky brown, not shown here
This is actually an old bag that I’ve had my eye on for some time, but didn’t get around to blogging about until right now. This is the Ostrich Folio with Tulip Tattoo, of the Paige Gamble brand. My favorite popular exotic these days is ostrich, and I love how Paige Gamble works with a variety of other exotics that look AMAZING. Her Sapphire Python with White Flowers clutch, for example, features patent leather “flowers [that] are cut, pressed, and crafted by a third generation flower-maker in New York.” Just SOUNDS rich, eh? She also does some stingray stuff, which I imagine is only fair considering the world has lost Steve Irwin. (Too soon? Hah.)
But what I love about this particular clutch is that it has a timeless, Audrey Hepburn quality that would make it look cute with pearls and a LBD or just jeans and a cute top. The attention to detail is also a draw; apparently each tulip tattoo is different due to the handcrafted nature of the bag. Downside? The price. Be prepared to set aside a few Gs ($3,400, to be exact) if you want this baby. Hook you up!
This is the Sade Clutch from the Japanese Paper line of Matt & Nat, and let me tell you, I love it. I like giving credit where credit is due (particularly, when something is very cleverly designed or presented visually) and part of the appeal of the Matt & Nat line is their awesome looking mannequin. So I guess one could argue that all of their bags benefit from this advantage, but it looks particularly striking with this shade of red, in this particular size bag.
But enough about presentation, let’s talk about the actual bag. Matt & Nat apparently make 100% vegan/recycled bags, and the concept of vegan leather is weird to me, but it looks pretty legit in the photos. I’ve shied away from shiny leathers in the past, but here it looks very smooshable and most importantly, waterproof, for those less-than-sober nights out. I’ve also been slow to come around to the giant clutch idea (ye lords, the Limelight clutch from last year’s LV nearly killed me) but the size looks pretty approachable. Not too shabby in the price department either! 90 Quid … which I guess is almost 200 bucks American now. Buy here.