When it comes to classic-cool style amped up by a thousand percent, Phillip Lim puts other designers to shame. He has an eternally fresh sensibility, something you just can’t fake. Once again, Phillip has brought his downtown-with-a-hint-of-uptown aesthetic together in a flawless manner: the result is an amazingly edgy shoulder bag.
I’m not really a fan of bucket bags, namely because no one has managed to design one that’s anything short of cringe-worthy. I have to admit that Elizabeth & James has done pretty well with this precious pink mini version (pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $455), though. They kept it simple with just a single zipper to add structure.
We’re never surprised to see fur grace the Fall runways, but the number of fur bags this season is off the charts. From Donna Karan’s shaggy style (her 30th anniversary collection was all about movement) to DVF’s trim shoulder bags, black seemed to be the shade of choice, with Vera Wang also throwing her noir beaver shopping bag into the ring.
Stuart Vever’s first collection for Coach is completely straightforward for those worried that the brand’s typicalicon customer wouldn’t get it. Americana idealized and suburbian Oregon track homes in the fall serve as inspiration for a utilitarian collection that purposely lacks polish, but instead is infused with charm. Colors are literal fall foliage of ochre and auburn.
Spring’s hottest shade – none other than Pantone color of the year radiant orchid – makes an appearance on a clutch destined for awards season red carpets. The purple hue gives a decidedly more whimsical flair to designer Deborah Sawaf’s signature cheetah than we’ve seen in the past, which seems more than appropriate for a dewy, springtime clutch.
Don’t like wristwatches? Italian accessories designer Corto Moltedo has come up with a unique alternative – the Time Machine clutch. Inspired by the writings of James Joyce, this collaboration with the Bamford Watch Department will ensure you’ll never run late!
Colorblocking combined with texture-mixing: Sounds disastrous, right? And the blocking of not two but five shades sounds like a train wreck, I know. But somehow, against all common sense and logic, the Johan bag works. It works really well. Jérôme Dreyfuss has put his quirky-casual aesthetic to good use, executing a lighthearted a day bag that feels fun and fresh.