Beaded/Embellished
Wed 03.05
Floral Aplique Bags

Top 5 Floral Appliqué Bags: Everything’s Coming Up Roses

…And tulips and daisies and lilies. Some people say the first day of spring is March 21st (and technically, they are right). Others say it’s when new buds have returned to the trees. But I say it’s when a fresh crop of blossoms hits the shelves by way of my favorite accessory.

Tue 03.04
Valentino Fall 2014 Collection

Valentino Fall 2014 Collection: Rome is Where the Art Is

I say this with confidence: When it comes to mastery of the craft and virtuosity of divine execution, Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo are unparalleled. In a most emotional Fall 2014 show, the pair made their inspiration felt by each and every onlooker: unconventional women deeply rooted in a moment of change.

Tue 03.04
Chanel Fall 2014 Collection

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection: Supermarket Sweep

Nobody understands the importance of showmanship as well as Karl Lagerfeld. For Fall 2014, he took us to market, and the once-in-a-lifetime Chanel Shopping Center experience was one that left all attendees reeling. Strolling into the Costco-sized big-box market made for a surreal moment, one that made me wonder to myself (and I was not alone!), “Where am I?”

Tue 03.04
Best Tech Accessories

Best Tech Accessories: The Next Big Thing

Face it – you’ve become permanently attached to your smart phone, tablet, and laptop. And by you, I mean me! It feels like my life would fall apart if any one of these things were to disappear or be damaged. Just like you would with anything that is so precious in your life, you make sure it’s safe and snuggled up in the most fabulous coverings.

Fri 02.28
Nina Ricci Fall 2014 Collection

Nina Ricci Fall 2014 Collection: A Day in the High Life

What is the essence of the Nina Ricci woman? That’s the question Peter Copping explored at his show at the Jardin yesterday, and the answer he reaped was a most satisfying one. Not that we didn’t have more than a hint already.

Thu 02.27
Viktor & Rolf Bag

Viktor & Rolf Bag: Spring Into Action

Did anyone else just catch that balmy breeze in the air? What a delightfully fresh summer bag! Sometimes a bag is all it takes to make you feel like a new season is finally in effect, and for me, Viktor & Rolf’s eyelet-inspired creation is it.

Wed 02.26
3.1 Phillip Lim Wednesday Flap Shoulder Bag

3.1 Phillip Lim Wednesday Flap Shoulder Bag: Eight Days a Week

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.

Tue 02.25
BottegaVeneta_ChristianLouboutin_BurberryProrsum_Marni_StellaMcCartney

Top 5 Perfect Polka Dot Bags: Crazy, Spotty, Cool

Right now, it’s all about polka dots on everything from sundresses to stilettos, but you know I have a special place in my heart and closet for bags. A smattering of spots can serve a real purpose. Take a boring, serious bag and add the right kind of dots – whether magnified, hardware-decked, perforated, or perfectly wacky – and bam! Suddenly you’ve got something cheerful and delightful for summer.

Mon 02.24
Trend Alert

Trend Alert: Bucket List

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.