Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Perforated is the new black

Everywhere you look, there are perforated accessories. Designers are punching holes all over their bags this season, and the results are gorgeous.

Photo courtesy of eluxury.com
I wasn't quite sure if I like Louis Vuitton's line of perforated Monogram Canvas at first, but certain pieces are really quite fun. Pockets of color peek through and add a rather alluring element to the bag. The cute but useless lock on the side of the pochette is just enough hardware to justify the price tag.

Photo courtesy of eluxury.com
Marc Jacobs' Perforated Leather Brigitte has already been seen toted all over town by bag diva Jessica Simpson. I just love this bag, it's so elegant and the shape is a classic. Obviously, Marc borrowed freely from the LV Speedy here, but since it's so very lovely, he gets a pass on this one.

Photos courtesy of bergdorfgoodman.com
The Perforated Suede Flap Bag and Thong Sandal make yet another unbeatable duo from the great Jimmy Choo. The shape of this bag is instantly recognizable but the radiating diamond pattern with the metallic gold underlay is a fresh new take. This combo is just delicious, and underscores my belief that you can't go wrong with the Choo.

Photo courtesy of saks.com
Bottega Veneta joins the party with this Perforated Leather Hobo. Tiny pinholes give a subtle new texture to the trademark woven leather, and the ruffled trim is a playful and unexpected touch.

Photo courtesy of neimanmarcus.com
My absolute favorite of the perforated purse parade would have to be the New Boogie Calfskin Bag from Celine. I love the refined femininity of it. It's an iconic shape updated with a delicate swirl pattern, it's simply stunning and perfect for spring.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The post in which I can't shut up about Paddingtons

How do you make a bag more fabulous than the Lizard Paddington?

You make it in CROCODILE. Words cannot describe how I love this bag. Some of that trademark slouchiness has been sacrificed, but it's much more formal and elegant in this luxe skin. This heartstopping arm candy rings in at a staggering $12,880 and is available for pre-order now.

If you don't have the twelve grand handy, you can always make due with the $1,695 large metallic Paddington, which is in stock now. I do like it, but it kind of reminds me of the tinfoil swans encasing leftover ribs at the local Tony Roma's.

On the other hand, I find this gold Paddington satchel to be just divine. It's a fantastic size and shape, and surprisingly understated despite the color. This gorgeous bag is on pre-order now for $1,825.

Photos courtesy of bergdorfgoodman.com

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Handbag from Anthropologie

If you're searching for something a little different and unapologetically frilly, look no further than the handbag from Anthropologie.

Photo courtesy of anthropologie.com

Tiers upon tiers of pleated linen ruffles trimmed with black stitching make this purse an unusual and lovely accessory for spring. Gracefully curving raffia handles and a simple tie closure keep the focus on the voluminous body. It doesn't strike me as an everyday bag, but for $98, you can afford to have this as a distinctive accent in your collection.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sweet Framboise

Louis Vuitton recently unveiled their newest color in the Vernis line, a vibrant raspberry hue.

Photo courtesy of eluxury.com

This is the kind of bag Barbie and Elle Woods would get into a screaming, hair-pulling catfight over. That said, I love it. The Bedford in particular is a very showy bag, eye-catching and extremely impractical. The dang thing actually rolls all over the place and it's hard to get into due to the stiffness of the patent leather, but it's actually a classic Vuitton shape and can be quite elegant if paired with the right outfit.

If you want to indulge your inner Barbie doll, you can pick this bag up for $1,040 at eluxury.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Boots for every occasion

When I'm bored, I like to browse "The Strip" section of Zappos for interesting new shoe styles. They seem to have an endless variety of boots for every hobby and function, including:

Wookie Impersonation

Seducing the Michelin man

Stashing pots of gold at the end of rainbows

Flaunting your emaciated calf muscles

Subduing feet that have evidently gone insane

Candy Raving

Expressing your love of parquet flooring

Inflicting pain on strangers for an hourly fee


As an aside, I actually consider the second to last pair of boots pretty hot. I'm trying not to think too hard about what that says about me.

Photos courtesy of zappos.com

Monday, February 06, 2006

B. Fendi Linen with Patent Leather Small Bag

Although I'm not a huge fan of the line of B. Fendi bags, I have to make an exception for the small linen version.

Photo courtesy of eluxury.com

I find it to be much more elegant and subtle than the other styles- the single, oversized buckle seems quite understated in comparison. The combination of the demure linen and black patent leather trim is striking and has a distinct mod feel. Featuring aged brass hardware, easy magnetic flap closure, and an adjustable shoulder strap, it has a simplicity to it that will withstand the test of time. Available for $1,430 at eluxury.