Equal parts ladylike and tough, the chain-strap bag is a must have in our style books. Whether you're on a tight budget or looking to splurge, our polished picks are sure to please every discerning eye. Make a jaw-dropping statement in Valentino's Va-Va-Voom leather studded minibag or Stella McCartney's classic-meets-cool Falabella tote. We're also sweet on Marc Jacobs and Juicy Couture's pink hues. Shop every color, every silhouette, and every price point right now.
Gwyneth Paltrow and her family vacationed in Mallorca, Spain earlier this month, and from the looks of it, the actress packed her suitcase with coordinating separates — so far, a mix of grays and whites. In one daytime outfit, Gwyneth paired a gray tank with white skinny denim, then finished with black ballet flats, a red studded Valentino bag, and dramatic cat-eye sunglasses. It was a simple look, but the accessories helped give it major impact.
During another day of touring, Gwyneth tucked a basic white v-neck tee into a tiered gray miniskirt, then added flip-flops for comfort. In this ensemble, it was all about the flirty skirt and her same red studded bag. The good thing about a two-tone packing palette like Gwyneth's is that you can easily mix and match the pieces. Whether or not you have a getaway planned, look to Gwyneth by sticking to neutral hues, and then make your look all about statement accessories. Want to know what other stars have worn on their exotic Summer escapes? Just click here.
Leave it to Valentino to create the perfect pair of Summer pumps; we just cannot get enough of these strappy, studded sandals. And while the price tag might not fit every budget, there are plenty of other ways you can play with this season's spiky trend. From Forever 21's array of options (tees, dresses, vests, and more) to Marc by Marc Jacobs whimsical mouse flats, there's something for everyone — from the punkiest of punks to the preppiest of preps.
Feminine beauty is something Valentino does well, but for his Fall 2013 Couture show in Paris, he went downright dainty. Center parts, delicate braids, and petal-pink eye shadow made for a fairy-tale-like facade. And paired with the embroidered fabrics of his collection, the dewy-faced models looked like angelic princesses. The only thing that gave the overall style a bit of edge was the inky black nail polish on each of the girls' fingers.
The look: Delicate braids, dewy skin, and petal-pink eye shadow.
Who would wear it: A girl seeking out the ultimate low-maintenance Summer beauty look.
Color scheme: Varying shades of pink.
Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013 is all in the details, quite literally. With pieces that required upwards of 800 hours of handwork, this curiosity cabinet-inspired collection lends itself to a closer look. References ranged from coral branches to early Renaissance Madonnas as Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo brought uniquely Italian touches to the house's presentation. Gold overlaid lace and coral-embroidered gowns played off deceptively simple pieces like a camel dress-and-coat set and a rich red satin dress.
The dominant shape for day is a boldly rounded dolman shoulder over a narrower A-line body — cool enough for the It girls in the front row, but wearable enough for the more mature couture purchaser. And will Valentino's Hollywood fan base find dresses for every event? Yes, yes, and we have some suggestions if one needs help narrowing it down.
Seize the moment and make a head-turning statement in animal prints. With options that range from Lanvin's chic belted sheath dresses to Christian Louboutin's subversive studded pumps, there are copious options to please every sartorial eye. Our top designer picks from Neiman Marcus feature investment-worthy designer pieces that can easily make the transition from hot Summer weather into the cooler months around the corner — see it to believe it.
At first glance, Valentino's resort collection could appear a bit conservative — almost as if Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are urging people to cover up during a season which usually emphasizes the opposite. But just when you think you've figured out the collection, it surprises you. An expertly tailored top features hot-pink animal print with a matching bag. Bright fur shrugs come in neon pink and brilliant camo print, and an array of decadently embroidered floral dresses channel the luscious tropical destination to which you may find yourself wearing such special pieces.
The design duo turned to lace to inform their finale, from delicate neon filigree to angelically white gowns with deep texture, showing this season is about undermining first impressions with astounding detail.