[Photos from Net-A-Porter - $1470, available here]
I've only recently become interested in Stella McCarntney's iconic 'Falabella' bag–its unique color combinations, simple shape, and not-too-formal appearance made it rise among the (large) number of handbags on my wish-list. With the springtime release of this cream-colored boucalé version, I've fallen even deeper in love. Large but super convertible, the purse–which is made of eco-friendly, non-animal materials as per the concerns raised by the designer's famous family–would look just about perfect with almost every springtime outfit I can picture.
What do you think? What designer bag is at the top of your wish-list right now?
[Photo from Gucci - $1950, available here]
For a person like me who's currently feeling very autumnal, this bag by Gucci is a dream. When I look at its sandy brown color, soft nubuck leather, and slouchy silhouette, all I can see are falling leaves, chunky sweaters, and knee-high boots. Gucci's 'sirrup' bag is a classic: the model, with its double handles drawn up from four corners and covered by a thick dropped strap, debuted in 1975 and has been recently brought up-to-date with a few reinventions. The equestrian touches that remain–I can count five spurs on the detailing here–are just as trademark as the luxurious exterior and logo-lined interior. An cold-weather Italian classic? Yes please.
[Photos from Bergdorf Goodman - $2100, available here]
I'm not a big fan of Miu Miu–while it may be a very un-bloggery thing to say, I usually just can't find the color palettes and designs used by the fashion house generally appealing. Yet this jeweled tote is a piece I could definitely see myself carrying. The studded stones add just the right amount of character and sparkle, while its shape is both elegant and practical (just look at how it expands). Speaking of structured top-handle totes, don't forget to enter my giveaway to win your very own Lodis Cory satchel–it ends tonight. I'm completely thrilled with the number of entries it has collected so far– thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to enter!
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[Photo from Neiman Marcus - $975, available here]
You've done something right if your brand's signature look can be identified by just a few pared-down hardware details. This tote has the studs, skinny leather ties, buckles, and dangling mirror present on Balenciaga's most popular styles (like the Lariat, Arena, and Papier) but instead of lambskin, they're all attached to a colorful raffia weave. The warm tones have me thinking about summer and I must say this would make a fierce beach bag. While I worry about sand touching anything pricey, I do love to make a statement while vacationing or day-tripping.
[Photo from Bottega Veneta - $4400, available here]
There is something special in the simplicity that is a Bottega Veneta handbag. I always think I'll get bored by the general sense of repetition in their designs, the neutrality of their color schemes, or the conventionality of their shapes yet I find myself continually attracted to their pieces. This bag especially caught and held my eye. The steel gray color is elegantly stylish and I'm fascinated by the frame-like sense of structure surrounding its zippered opening. The fact that the suede lining is by all appearances incredibly velvety seals the deal: the tote is luxe and positively lust-worthy.
What do you think? Is Bottega Veneta on your fashion radar or are their designs too low-key to merit a purchase–even an imaginary one?