Summer is the perfect excuse to indulge in new arm candy. We're talking about bags: whether it's a satchel, clutch, or crossbody style, we got you covered with our top picks from the likes of Fendi, Marc Jacobs, and Givenchy to name a few. Tip: pair these bright and bold offerings with a white dress for extra pop. Special thanks to Neiman Marcus!
>> We have a warm weekend ahead of us, so dress accordingly with our fantastic Friday picks. We've been dreaming about Isabel Marant dresses, Proenza Schouler heels, cool accessories, and the perfect one-piece suit from Zimmermann. Join in on the fun with all of our picks above!
Left to right: Isabel Marant Gusto Striped Dress ($420), Swash Quilt ($1,030), 3.1 Phillip Lim Box Necklace ($195), Proenza Schouler Sandals ($995), Alexander McQueen Western Leather Cuff ($345), Zimmermann Laughing Gull One-Piece ($318)
Looking for a budget-friendly version of the PS1? Check out OnSugar blogger Bella Vita's affordable alternative to the ultrachic Spring bag.
So similar, so lustworthy.
Nothing says Summer quite like these woven shoes and bags. The perfect, light foil to a Summer dress, these pieces will make you look like you're on vacation even when you're not. Stella McCartney even sported her own woven bag out and about in London. We've found some of our favorite styles, ranging from a multicolored Prada heel to a chic Topshop purse. Click our slideshow to shop the best-woven Summer accessories.
>> Now that Proenza Schouler's accessories line is firmly established, the label is looking into fashion's other great cash cow: fragrance. Proenza CEO Shirley Cook reveals: "We’ve been researching perfume — eventually we’d like to have one — so I wanted to understand the market better and also understand what is nice and what isn’t nice. And I’ve really found that I like the Serge Lutens ones the most." [Into The Gloss]
It's been hard to find a fashionista who doesn't have a wrist full of bracelets the last few seasons. Part luxury, part junk, part gifts — all sentimental — the stacked wrist has become a style tattoo. It's the place to gleefully combine your mother's hand-me-down baubles with a trio of those friendship bracelets you bought in Costa Rica for 10 cents during Spring break, the love bracelet your best friend gave you, and costume jewelry from J. Crew. We tracked down some stackable bracelets, but keep in mind that you can always get a head start by buying some string and making your own. Lastly, these are truly the best gifts to give your friends, hence the name.
Photo from Where the Sidewalk Begins
>> Designers, like us all, have their fair share of introductory meetings they wish they could do over — as I recall, Gareth Pugh wished he hadn't first been introduced to Anna Wintour backstage with beer in hand. But it sounds like Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough may one-up Pugh. Early on in their career, they say, one moment in particular stands out: "One that still makes us laugh is the time when we were still living in our studio, and some big important magazine was coming to see the collection for the first time. We were such messes back then and hadn’t realized the clocks had changed an hour back. It was early morning and we were doing the final lint-rolling still in our pajamas (read: underwear!) thinking we were totally on time, when the elevator door opened and the editor in chief of the magazine walked in. There we were, lint-rolling half-naked. We were mortified. She [the editor] still reminds us about it every time we see her. We have made it a point to wear a watch ever since." [The Window]
>> We love our heels, but running across town sometimes requires a more functional type of footwear. In preparation of the impending Summer heat and countless number of post-work gatherings, we rounded up our favorite flat sandals ideal for walking, dancing, or just putzing around. Check the slideshow to see our top choices from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Charlotte Olympia, and more . . .
As evidenced by the styled renditions from Fearne Cotton, Michelle Monaghan, Carey Mulligan, and Rebecca Romijn — the versatility of a shirtdress can't be overstated, and, likewise, overworn. We love how the style gets continually reinvented in everything from a retro, printed, or denim silhouette to the military-inspired variety. Indeed, there's something for everyone to slip into to take you to the office, cocktails, and beyond.