Luxurious but not exactly affordable is probably the most obvious — and most accurate — way to describe Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen's collection of handbags for The Row, which includes a $39,000 backpack (that we've only ever seen the designers themselves wearing). Now the sister duo is looking to change all of that with the launch of a bag collection for their Elizabeth and James label. The major difference in this endeavor is the price point. While The Row skews towards the high end of the market, Elizabeth and James is the designers' more accessible brand, and Mary-Kate and Ashley have crafted these bags with that focus. "The price point is below [Alexander] Wang and [Phillip] Lim but above Marc [Jacobs] and Tory [Burch]." "And Rebecca Minkoff," Ashley interrupted. "We wanted these bags to be affordable." That means the full range of bags — which includes satchels, shoppers, messenger bags, backpacks, hobo bags, crossbody bags, clutches, pouches, and wallets — will stay between $125 to $395 for small leather goods and $395 to $625 for bags. Not bad considering this duo won't be sacrificing quality to meet their lower price points. Looking to Italian suede and leather, calf hair, lambskin, and strong hardware, these accessories will be getting the signature Olsen design treatment without the exclusive, Olsen-only price tag. Stay tuned: the bags hit stores this July.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived at LAX to catch a flight in her signature casual-meets-cool travel outfit. And while we can't deny the classic appeal of her gray tee, faded jeans, and gray booties, we couldn't help but zoom in on two noticeably new additions to her jet-set getup: her black-and-white bags from Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 collection and her bird tattoo. OK, so technically that's three new things to take note of. Neither Gwyneth's satchel nor tote is available to shop yet, but we don't — and shouldn't! — have to wait to get in on the sleek dual-tone look. What we love most about black-and-white bags is that, besides the fact that black and white are the hottest color couple right now, they feature two neutral hues that will go with just about anything in your closet. Plus, they're the easiest way to add instant sophistication to any piece, especially with your go-to denim. Thus, taking a cue from Gwyneth, we hunted down 17 equally fabulous black-and-white bags to add to your closet now.
With January in full swing, there's no time like the present to reflect on all the gorgeous accessories we saw on the Spring 2013 runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. When it came to bags, we saw all shapes, sizes, and colors, from the structured, ladylike satchels at Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta, to flirty floral-print bags at J.Crew, Mulberry, and more. It's time to drop your jaws and start saving your pennies — just click through to get your fill of the best bags for Spring '13 right now.
If you're on the hunt for a new handbag, why not (metaphorically) travel back in time for a bit of mod arm-candy flair? We suggest this "throwback" option because we're pretty sure the retro-chic look is already gaining major momentum this year. Need proof? Just check out these bags straight from these Spring '13 runways: Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Marc Jacobs, to name a few. In order to curate a well-rounded list of '60s- and '70s-inspired bags, we paid extra attention to key details, like structured shapes, geo prints, top handles, and pretty hues that will complement almost anything in your closet. Behold the nine bags we instantly fell in love with, right this way.
'Tis the season for giving, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with keeping a little something in mind for yourself. And if that little something just happens to be a gold-striped Derek Lam camera bag in deep, dark burgandy or a Reed Krakoff anarchy bag in dreamy dove-gray leather with a shiny chain strap, then so be it. This is, after all, also the season of cheer — and what's more cheer-inducing than a fresh new clutch, satchel, or tote? Check out these 30 joyous options, right here.
The (style) doctor is in, and suffice it to say, the superstructured, boxy bag known predominantly for holding medical accoutrements, has become a top contender for this season's must-have bag silhouette. Thanks to Prada's whimsically retro Fall '12 accessories, we're currently experiencing a newfound disposition for this particular classic shape, albeit reincarnated with a fresh batch of sleek patent finishes (or conversely, vintage-inspired textures), modernist lines, and some pretty cool prints. Perhaps, most obviously, we love that the resurgence of the fashionable doctor bag means we'll have more than enough room to store our wallet, phone, and charger. It's a sensible accessory choice with an undeniably chic twist, and as far as throwback trends go, this is one worth investing in. Doctor's orders.
The piece: Coach Transatlantic Travel Carry-On
The investment: $698
Why it's worth it: Don't let the fact that you'll find this perfect, will-only-get-better-with-wear leather weekender in Coach's men's section bother you; you can find some pretty amazing stuff there (try the boys' department at J.Crew, for example, or that cashmere pullover you borrowed from your boyfriend and aren't giving back). The fact is that this weekender isn't just gender neutral, it's a classic. It's the kind of luggage that looks like you inherited it from a grandparent with its timeless, unassuming shape and luxe finish. Since we weren't so lucky, it's also the kind of piece we wouldn't mind investing in on our own — a piece that will give us that sophisticated, world-traveler look, no matter where we're headed. Plus, years from now, we will be the grandparent that gifts our granddaughter (or grandson) with this perfect travel companion — one that we suspect will look just as gorgeous then as it does now.
Between its functionality and the sleek structural shape, it wasn't even a question of whether or not we liked Derek Lam's Fall '12 bag fare. Rather, a better question would be: when can we get our hands on the Newton camera bag ($1,390)? The answer? Now. The price tag may be a little steep, but here are three reasons why this style should be your next accessory splurge. One: The stark, boxy silhouette is classic, through and through. As in, you can count on this bag being a go-to favorite for seasons to come. Two: You can schlep your camera around, no problem. But the less-obvious zinger is that it's roomy enough to hold the bonus essentials (read: a compact mirror, lipstick, and a minibrush). Three: It's the perfect size for any occasion, and to add to its versatility, most camera bags double as crossbody bags, too. Whether you're taking in the sights somewhere, running errands, or are off to a swanky dinner, this is it. We get that the Derek Lam iteration might be a bit of a budget stretch so, if you love the idea of a camera bag, you're still in the right place. See our picks below to get in our latest Fall bag crush.
When Valentino accessorized his runway with a bevy of studded clutches and handbags, he set off one of Fall's biggest bag trends. The proof is in this crew of celebrities who've taken the trend from the runway to real life with Valentino, Burberry, and more of this season's coveted studded clutches and bags in tow. With just a smattering of cool studs to lend sparkle or oversize studs for edgier interest, these bags put a glamorous spin on rocker-chic that goes with just about anything in our closets. Click through to see who's wearing them — like style setter Poppy Delevingne and Kate Hudson — and how they're styling them; then shop the latest celebrity bag trend for yourself.
From Chloé's new colorblocked Amelia shoulder style to Chanel's amazing hula-hoop pouch, the runways of Paris offered no shortage of gorgeous bags. Herein, the very chicest of them all.