Outside a heavy wet snow fell, but inside American Eagle's New York showroom it felt like a beach in Costa Rica, complete with cute guys serving breakfast burritos. AE debuted its Summer collection with the theme "Take the new path," which we interpreted to mean the shortest path to the beach in some faraway place. It was a global-minded collection of casual, beachy separates and ethnic-inspired accessories. Embroidered peasant tops, baja knits, and sundresses are meant to be thrown over your bikini and layered with beaded necklaces, while your brightly woven bag will be filled with a wide-brim hat and a cute pair of espadrilles with a floral tie. We love the recurring global theme for Spring! Mark your calendars: the collection will hit stores beginning in April.
All this time I've been trying to focus on acquiring classic handbags for my collection. But after visiting the bag bazaar I am drawn to the colors, prints and funkiness of the newest crop of bags. I still think having an everyday Prada or a coveted Chanel is a Fab idea, but so is mixing it up with an interesting tote that causes your pupils to dilate upon first look. With all the fresh options for Spring, get lost at the bag bazaar.