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.
Serving as the happy medium between big satchels and small clutches, it's no wonder why we love little bags so much. These perfectly sized bags are ideal for those days when you don't have to lug around your laptop (or don't want to) or when you want to keep the load light on weekend shopping trips, concert excursions, and on a night out — you catch our drift. The bottom line: these little bags are packed with possibilities, despite their outward appearance, for you to wear now and straight into Spring. And while we value our roomy totes and carry-everything shoulder bags, it's time we downsized, the stylish way. Thus, we've handpicked the best of the bunch for you to shop. From this patent silver Proenza Schouler PS11 mini to Jason Wu's coloblocked crossbody, herein find the prettiest, most irresistible minibags on the market right now.
It's hard showing off your styling skills underneath all of those Winter layers, but we have just the cure for your fashion conundrum: switch out your usual everyday tote for an eye-catching embellished bag. As the street styler chicly proves below, the right statement handbag adds that extra flourish and finishing touch to just about any look. Seriously, how amazing is that rosette-embellished Chanel bag? To follow suit on this styling trick, don a floral or beaded satchel against a minimal office look for a new twist on your 9 to 5 getup, or try out a stunning jewel-encrusted iteration for an evening out on the town. Easy, right? Just shop our 18 editors' picks below.
Source: Phil Oh
The piece: Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel in Vine Green
The investment: $895
Why it's worth it: With the New Year just weeks away, we can't think of a better way to kick off 2013 than with a brand-new bag. Yes, it might just be another excuse to go shopping, but there's no denying the star quality of this gorgeous green Alexander Wang Rocco duffel. With style setters and stars around the world sporting iterations of the Rocco season after season, the sporty-cum-chic silhouette has become a classic in its own right. And now that Wang signed on as Balenciaga's new creative director, we expect the Rocco to be even bigger next year. What's more, the refreshing vine-green hue — we love how it contrasts against the bag's iconic studs at the bottom — is right in line with 2013's color of the year. Thanks to the roomy size and handy two-strap option (it also comes with a shoulder strap), this stunner is perfect for toting around all day, every day. What more convincing do you need?
Embellished handbags were all over the Fall runways at Lanvin, Valentino, Prada, and more. Now you can get in on the trend with our top four picks. Whether you're looking for a studded or jeweled bag, we've got your number. And remember, these amazing accessories aren't just for evening anymore — use them to amp up your Winter basics from day to night.
With the holiday season upon us, what better time than now to invest in a festive clutch? We're talking everything from glitter to sequins to bows to feathers to studs to lace. Take your pick or choose more than one to go with your various party ensembles. If your style is on the edgier side, we recommend this gold architectural clutch because it's simultaneously cool and chic. If you're more of a dainty gal, luxurious lace is the way to go. And if you're feeling extra sassy, look no further than the fuzzy feather or crystal dotted clutch. Step inside to discover those and way more festive clutches to carry all holiday season.
We've been fans of the Coach Legacy Collection since it hit stores earlier this year — and now we have a reason to love it even more, thanks to the arrival of the new Legacy Duffle Kit. The Coach Legacy Duffle has wowed us with its versatility and how much it can hold — iPads, scarves, notebooks, and even gym clothes have made it into ours — and now customizing your Coach is as easy as switching out the shoulder strap. These cool kits come with colored tassels and straps, so you can swap them out to match the season or your outfit. With nine strap colors and 16 different types of Legacy duffles to choose from, the possibilities are almost endless. Which color combo is your favorite?
This Fall, we're looking to embossed totes, moody hues, and rich calf hair to make the shift accordingly — of course, we all have our respective favorites when it comes to staking out the best bags of the season. Inside, we've culled the picks of our whole editorial team — some make the case for brilliant color, others for structure, even some metallics. There's a bag to suit every girl from designer favorites like Phillip Lim, Wang, Mulberry, and more, so click on — this is a mixed bag of only the best purses, satchels, and crossbody beauties to hit the shelves this season.
Aside from being an actress, spokesmodel, and occasional rapper, Rachel Bilson is one of the most sought-after style setters around. She often sticks to a rotation of chic contemporary separates. sporting a bevy of Vanessa Bruno blazers, Current/Elliott jeans, and Ray-Ban Wayfarers — and with one look at Rachel Bilson's latest piece of arm candy, it's easy to see how she wouldn't want to put it down. Rachel has been spotted toting her sleek white Boy Chanel handbag (inquire for price) all around town lately, and whether she's pairing it with short shorts or a slouchy tee and jeans, the boxy, menswear-chic silhouette and optic white hue bring a luxe, sophisticated edge to her look. Click on to see how Rachel has been wearing hers, then shop our editors' picks to find your own version.