Most of us will steal away this Summer — be it to a lakeside cabin, a quiet beach, or a bustling city — for at least a few days, and the key to effortless travel during the warmer months is packing light. With sunny getaways in our near future (you know, the ones that require little more than a bathing suit and a few coverups) and a "no checked-bag" policy guiding our decision-making process, here are our top picks for chic weekender bags, duffels, and oversized totes. You'll be ready to jet, with no annoying waits in baggage claim.
The CFDA and eBay have teamed up once again for the fight against counterfeits with its annual You Can't Fake Fashion tote collection, launching today on eBay.com. This time, the lineup is bigger than ever, featuring over 90 one-of-a-kind feathered, beaded, embellished designer creations. So just who did they snag for this year's collection? Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, and Rag & Bone are just a few of the designers who have participated in the initiative. Bidding for these exclusive, personalized designer totes start at $100 with auctions ending on March 25. As always, all proceeds from sales will benefit the CFDA Foundation to fight counterfeits and support authentic design. Click on to see the complete (and covetable!) CFDA and eBay "You Can't Fake Fashion" collection.
Spring's bucket-bag trend is a slam dunk in our style book this season, and here's why. Striking an even balance between casual and chic, this classic silhouette can look just as cool with your pretty printed dresses as it does with a pair of laid-back jeans. Depending on how you wear it — we love them worn crossbody — bucket bags inject an effortless aesthetic we're all want to channel on our more relaxed styling days. What's more, this medium-size bag is perfect for any (and all) of your upcoming music-fest outings and warm-weather adventures. From 3.1 Phillip Lim's floral Scout bag to Baggu's neon yellow minimal masterpiece, shop our top picks below.
Backpack, knapsack, rucksack . . . whatever you call it, it's hard to ignore this brewing Spring trend. They're perfect for hands-free toting — whether you're running to work or running weekend errands, you can rest easy knowing that you're carrying everything you need (laptop, books, extra pair of shoes) without looking like a total bag lady. In addition to being smart and effortlessly cool, backpacks fit right into Spring's sportier vibe. We saw them on the runways at Hermès, DKNY, and Charlotte Ronson, not to mention all over the streets on some of Fashion Week's finest style setters. It begs the question: what's cooler for a Saturday afternoon than a loose tee, printed baseball cap, and sleek leather backpack? Answer: not much.
We've rounded up 15 of our favorite backpacks for Spring — so whether you're going for the collegiate-cool look or just want a simpler way of schlepping, click through now to shop our practical picks.
Let's be real: we all love bags, and Paris Fashion Week serves as a fantastic opportunity to sneak a peek at the handbag trends we'll be seeing next season from legendary houses like Valentino, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and more. From oversize leather totes to fur-covered clutches, there was a bevy of bags that we can't wait to snap up come Fall '13. Click through now to feast your eyes on over 60 examples of the coolest arm candy from Paris Fashion Week's Fall runways.
Now that Milan Fashion Week is a wrap, it's time to reflect on all the amazing shoes and handbags we saw hit the runways. Things got very furry at Fendi and Versace, while the footwear at Prada took a cool, colorblocked turn. Dolce & Gabbana showed off its signature brand of Italian sex-symbol chic with velvet, carved-wood heels and sky-high gold wedges, and Marni's metallic loafers had us hooked. Click through now to see 75 bags and shoes that made a lasting impression during Milan Fashion Week, and then check back when we round up the best accessories that Paris has to offer.
London Fashion Week is a wrap, which means it's time to look back at our favorite accessories before charging on to Milan and Paris. Without giving away too much, let's just say that we were big fans of Burberry Prorsum's adorable heart-print handbags — while also falling in love with the oversize envelope clutches offered up by Sass & Bide, Matthew Williamson, and Paul Smith. Ready to drool? Just click through now to check out 20 of the best bags from London's Fall '13 runways.
Now that we've covered the best shoes from New York Fashion Week's Fall '13 shows, it's time to focus on those other important outfit-makers: handbags. We saw a large amount of oversize bags at Diane von Furstenberg, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Victoria Beckham (who is steadily helping the tote-as-clutch trend take off), while designers like Jason Wu and Tory Burch showed teeny-tiny clutches in eye-catching jewel tones. Alexander Wang offered up another round of gorgeous leather satchels, and we were simply smitten with the fur-covered clutches we eyed at Proenza Schouler and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Click through now to see over 100 of our favorite bags from New York Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week has proven that a little (or a lot of) rain, snow, sleet, and muddy puddles aren't going to stop the street-style scene from looking its very best. From head to toe, we've witnessed a bevy of knockout Winter looks. And that's exactly why we're zooming in on what could be the second-most important detail of an outfit: the bag. Céline, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Valentino, Givenchy — see the hottest handbags spotted around NYFW.
There's no question Edward Scissorhands had style, but who would expect the character to inspire a sprightly Spring line? Loeffler Randall's Spring 2013 shoe and handbag collections have arrived, and designer Jessie Randall cites the cult classic film, along with the concept of suburban perfection, as her inspiration. Have no fear: there are no sharp edges in this array. Instead, we're seeing graphic black and white mixed with bright hues, feminine details, and romantic motifs. In a floral-print linen-silk blend fabric, the Dahlia platform heel is an instant icon that we'd pair with silk pants for the day or high-waisted shorts with a little Nancy Sinatra style for the evening. We're also pleased to see the brand's popular Rider bag softened for Spring in a delicious creamsicle-esque orange. Shop the rest of the just-in pieces below.