We love the red-carpet dresses, but we're total suckers for the accessories. The Oscars' red carpet is like a diamond-encrusted accessory heaven. From Gwyneth Paltrow's Louis Vuitton seahorse earrings to Hilary Swank's Anna Hu hair pins and Busy Philipps's Irene Neuwirth gems, we've got the best covered. Click on our slideshow to see the prettiest, most sparkly accessory moments on the red carpet, and then be sure to vote on all of our red carpet polls.
>> Now that we've had our shoe fix, peep our 12 favorite bags and clutches from Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week. Our mix includes a taupe zippered carryall from 3.1 Philip Lim; a cool bracelet clutch from Alexander Wang; a fresh furry confection from Marc Jacobs . . . plus more dream bags in the slideshow!
Proenza does a brilliant job of injecting sophisticated, urban chic styles with a hugely refreshing dose of bohemian craftiness. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed a Pre-Fall collection filled with ikat prints, multicolored woven textures, and warm stripes, all in styles we can wear around the city. We love the ready-to-wear, but what really got us going were the fantastic accessories (which include the PS1 in new colors). Brightly woven shoes? Yes, please! Click our slideshow to check out the best of Proenza's Pre-Fall accessories collection.
At Fab, we believe in strategic spending: each season we invest in a few good pieces that we believe will withstand the test of time and changing styles, and then we fill in the holes with affordable goodies from brands like Zara, H&M, and Target collaborations. So, each week we'll bring you an item from our Covet List. To kick it off, we bring you a little Stella McCartney.
The Piece: Stella McCartney Eco Tie and Dye Farabella Shopper
Why We Covet: Stella's pieces are chic, refined, and so simple they never really go out of style. We love the mix of creamy cotton and tough chain; it's like good girl-bad girl in a bag. The brilliance is in the textile: it's an eco cotton that through some magical — OK, technical — process looks like leather. Finally, it's a damn sexy shopper, which means you look amazing somewhere fabulous or in the checkout line at Whole Foods. We guarantee you'll use this bag every day for years. P.S: For naysayers who think cream is a bad investment, Stella offers the shopper in black.
>> 2011 is the perfect excuse to buy yourself a spankin' new handbag so come one, come all and gather around our top picks for the New Year. Our 27 covetable options include Proenza Schouler's PS1 mini in a vibrant green hue, luxe bags from Jerome Dreyfuss, a lady-like satchel from Rebecca Minkoff, Marc by Marc Jacobs saddlery bag . . . and more below!
>> Pre-Fall 2011 collections have been rolling out, with focus squarely on the clothes. And justifiably so — designers like them because they sell extra-well, and we're game because we always like something new to look at. But lest we forget our favorite finishing touches, may we present the best Pre-Fall 2011 accessory offerings thus far, including Oscar de la Renta's feathered confections, left, and Jason Wu's Elsa Schiaparelli-inspired cigarette heels. Peruse the slideshow for more from the likes of Burberry, Michael Kors, and Rag & Bone.
Luxe, carry-everywhere bags to have — basically, if we had to sum up Vanessa Bruno's Winter accessories collection, we'd say something like that. Though we'd hate to omit other words to describe how much we love the rich forest green and plum hues, suede, leather, chain straps, studs, even sequined details that make up a collection of Winter-perfect bags to tote all season long. Click on to glimpse the arm candy and shop all the pretty pieces in Vanessa Bruno stores!
>> Now that you checked out our top 50 footwear picks, it's time to focus on the hottest handbags for Spring 2011. We scoured through collections from New York, London, Milan, and Paris and chose our 50 favorites — from the likes of Chanel, Chloe, and Prada — for you to peruse. Let the bag envy begin.
This Fall, the oversized tote has been superseded by the diminutive shoulder bag. A weight lifted off our collective shoulders — literally — and a refreshing change for our ensembles. Pair one with flared jeans and a slouchy silk blouse.
Left to right: Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Bag ($295), J.Crew Mongolian Bag ($295), Madewell Brownstone Bag ($98), Alexander Wang Camera Bag ($425), Gucci 1973 Mini Bag ($760), Marc Jacobs Saddlery Striped Perfect Bag ($258)
Don't wait until your water breaks to throw things into your suitcase! Pack your bags by the seventh month of pregnancy to enjoy a peaceful third trimester frame of mind. Mamas-to-be usually focus on the contents of their own hospital sack, but her hubby and tots need to also be packed and prepared. Check out this slideshow to see what you need to stock up on and stow away before delivering babe!