Actually, make that a very lucky 13 — or a very lucky girl who walks away with any of these coveted Fall satchels. We've compiled a bit of a lust list: the bags that are at high alert on our style radar this upcoming season. Yes, each one requires a commitment and a real investment from its buyer. But we're firm believers in spending when it's truly worth the money, and these satchels, clutches, and carryalls have proven their worth. Even if you're just window-shopping, each of these beauties is worth a look (or a longing stare, at the very least). Click on to see the bags that made our list and the reasons why they're worth the splurge.
You have the floaty sundress and a woven wedges, so now it's time to complete your sunny-day look with a classic straw bag. Dolce & Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Prada showed straw and woven bags on their runways, solidifying their place in our fashion consciousness as a chic Summer staple. Whether you opt for the iconic shoulder bag to stash your beach essentials or a sleek straw clutch to sweeten up an LBD, this relaxed piece is perfect for adding a bit of retro pop to your Summer look. Jordana Brewster, Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, and more of our favorite style-setters have given us the inspiration to snap one up this season. See how they wear theirs, and shop some of our editors' picks now.
We're trading Winter's heavier hardware for Spring's lighter fare — bags and all. We watched bags in every hue, print, silhouette, and style make their way down the Spring '12 runways, and now we're translating those styles to our own wardrobes with a closer look at all the options. From the oversize clutch to the sportier colorblocked styes, we zeroed in on this season's biggest bag trends — just consider this your Spring bag field guide. Whether you're ready to make a serious investment or just looking for a little fun, we promise there's something in here for everyone. Just click through to find your It bag for Spring.
>> Milan Fashion Week has come and gone, and in its wake? No shortage of gorgeous shoes and bags to covet. From the cherub-embroidered chain-strap pouches on offer at Dolce & Gabbana to the colorblock Kabuki platforms spotted at Marni, they're all right here. See them up close — in all their drool-worthy glory — now.
Handbags: we all need them, we all love them — and this past week on the Fall 2012 runways, we were given scores of new ones to drool over. Designers like Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, and BCBG Max Azria played to the season's cozy fur obsession, while Diane von Furstenberg won our hearts with her cheeky, colorful clutches, and Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang introduced styles we have to have. We're sure you'll feel the same as we do — so we've rounded up 80 of the hottest bags from New York Fashion Week to get you excited for the Fall season.
Winter dressing calls for chunky sweaters, lots of layers, and super-functional boots. But don't let your personal style get lost amongst the cold. We think a bold arm-candy statement is a seriously simple way to spruce up your cold-weather attire. Try a playful Marni PVC purse, a subtly sexy exotic-print Victoria Horning satchel, a neon-infused DVF duffel, or a snakeskin-detailed Zara tote on for size. These accessories are standalone pieces that defy dreary skies and chilly temps, so click through to see our editors' picks and shop your favorites.
Source: Telva Magazine
>> Accessories line Meredith Wendell is relatively new — but its colorblock bags, quirky-chic belts, and geo-pop baubles are already regular fixtures on the pages of Vogue, Elle, W, Harper's Bazaar, and Marie Claire. Created in 2008 by husband-and-wife duo Meredith and Wendell German, the line features strong silhouettes, luxurious textures, and richly-vibrant color combinations — a sporty-luxe aesthetic that's right in step with the mood of recent seasons. "The color inspiration comes mainly from The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. I spent my childhoods there, and the Dorothy Draper-designed interiors are so vibrant and dynamic, it’s hard not to become inspired," Meredith explains. In fact, In fact, the Greenbrier is such a strong influence that in recent seasons, the Germans have traveled to West Virginia to shoot the line's lookbooks — lushly styled by friend and creative collaborator Beth Fenton — on the grounds of the storied hotel.
Here, a look at the current collection — including images from the Chris Brooks-shot lookbook, and a selection of pieces (priced from $220 to $1,900) currently available to shop online.
If you're looking for fur and shearling in small doses, we suggest you try out this season trend on a handbag or clutch. Bag swaps are the easiest way to update a look, and the best part? These shearling and fur bags can easily go several ways: pair them with leather leggings, booties, and a sweater for a cool day look; dress it up with a minidress for an evening ensemble; or follow Karolina Kurkova's lead, shown here on the Michael Kors Fall 2011 runway, and go for silky pants and an oversize knit for ultimate luxury. The result will inevitably feel cozy, but totally cool. Peruse the slideshow to see our top 10 picks and why we love them. Don't forget, a little can go a long way.
Clutches used to be more of an evening thing, but we love the idea of wearing them during the day as well. When we don't feel like lugging around our gigantic bags, we're leaning toward a more polished touch via foldover clutches. Thanks to oversized silhouettes and casual chic design, foldover clutches can easily hold all of your essentials and maybe even an extra lip gloss or two. Click the slideshow to see and shop our top 10 picks — like this amazingly luxe red Lanvin clutch — for the Fall season and why we love them in the slideshow.
When you feel like getting away for the weekend, the last thing you want to do is worry about what to pack your outfits in. That's why we compiled all of the best weekend bags for you to get now, so next time you plan on fleeing the city, you don't have to fret about what bag to bring. Fall and Winter getaways require a sturdier bag, something durable, water-resistant, yet chic. Our mix includes a variety of styles and prices ranging from this fun pink leopard print duffel from Mulberry to investment-worthy finds from Coach. Click the slideshow to shop more cute weekend bags for your next fun getaway.