One new reason to look forward to summer’s end: for his latest collection, Jason Wu is set to follow up last season’s attention-getting bags with even more exciting styles. Daphne still has the trademark Miss Wu owl eyes, for a dash of sweetness, but her wide-eyed gaze isn’t what makes this satchel stand out. The shape is so cool – it has a vintage feel, courtesy of the sturdy frame and short, ladylike handle – but the flair is in the trapezoidal silhouette. Plus, that totally crazy-amazing hardware? Wu has got it down to the final detail.
The quirky hardware actually opens up to my very favorite bag feature: a big front-pocket. Thin yet perfectly proportioned, the adjustable shoulder strap allows for a close-to-body sixties’ look or a longer, more modern length. Surprisingly, the bag’s main compartment has a zipper closure, which is a bit of a hassle in my book (I’m lazy about closing up my bags), but this is a must for some girls. Zipper or not, I’m just waiting for Daphne to come out in a fun color; a really beautiful, rich green would be to die. At Nordstrom for $1,875.
Pair with: Wear a classic dress in a modern pattern. The full skirt and cap-sleeves of Raquel Allegra’s cotton and silk-blend dress reads lady, while tie-dye reads new rebel. On Net-a-Porter for $820.