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Mon 02.28

Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

While the ready-to-wear had a decidedly Sixties “Mad Men” aesthetic to it, Tomas Maier’s fall Bottega bags were noticeably sportier and more relaxed in their shapes, many of them elaborately hand-worked in construction. Adding variety to the mix was the use of innovative materials to further illuminate the eccentric effect, illustrated, for example, in a … Continue reading Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

Fri 02.25

Fendi Bags Fall 2011

Classical silhouettes resigned supreme in the bags at Fendi’s fall show. Overscaled in size and popping in bright colors, the handhelds featured nifty longer straps that made them instant cross-bodies. I love the roomy shape of the Fendi day bag for fall; it harks back to an iconic shape Fendi has shown since the days … Continue reading Fendi Bags Fall 2011

Fri 02.25

Prada Bags Fall 2011

What was odd about Miuccia’s runway show Thursday was that, despite proclaiming a new girlish innocence for her woman, the models encapsulating this aura seemed filled with anxiety. No more was that more evident than in the way they clutched and almost manhandled their bags. Rush, rush, rush they did down the runway. The bag … Continue reading Prada Bags Fall 2011

Fri 02.25

Tom Ford Lavender Palm – Beverly Hills Flagship Exclusive

As has been the case with his other flagship openings, Tom Ford has chosen his Beverly Hills flagship, which makes its debut this official public debut this weekend and will feature his first-ever dedicated womenswear floor, to launch Tom Ford Lavender Palm, a fragrance Ford feels best evokes the image of California’s “sparkling sunlight, natural … Continue reading Tom Ford Lavender Palm – Beverly Hills Flagship Exclusive

Fri 02.25

Hermès Barda Messenger Bag

For the last year or so, I’ve been a strictly hand-held kind of guy when it comes to my bags–I always found messengers to be a bit uncomfortable despite their hands-free advantage–but if I’m going to cross that great bag divide, this Hermès messenger will do it. Dubbed the “Barda 35,” Hermès’ latest men’s creation … Continue reading Hermès Barda Messenger Bag

Thu 02.24

Gucci Fiat 500 Collection

Gucci is one brand that is always up for a fun collaboration. To wit, Frida Giannini this week unveiled her design partnership with Lapo Elkann on a limited edition Fiat 500 (absolutely adorable!) that will launch in April for around $24,000. For those who love the project but don’t have the need for a car, … Continue reading Gucci Fiat 500 Collection

Wed 02.23

Gucci Bags Fall 2011

With clothes offering an abundance of texture and color for fall, Frida Giannini made the right move by keeping her accessories subtle and, for the most part, understated. The majority of the collection shown on the runway was small and subtle. The idea, it would seem, is that they’re meant to complement, not dominate, the … Continue reading Gucci Bags Fall 2011

Tue 02.22

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Review

While the ready-to-wear had the critics drawing mixed reviews, Christopher Bailey’s fall bags at Burberry Prorsum were whimsically beautiful. The bowling bag was the clear standout style, with an alligator trimmed landscape version drawing top remarks for its English men’s shoe inspired details (note the two large tassels). The oversized yet simple tassels add a … Continue reading Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Review

Thu 02.17

DAX GABLER Fall 2011

Designed with a leisurely feel in mind, but updated to be modern and chic, Devi Kroell had returned to the fashion scene with DAX GABLER, a new line whose name draws from her grandmother’s maiden name. The Tyrolean heritage was evident throughout the garments, with their indigenous roots, as well as in the practical nature … Continue reading DAX GABLER Fall 2011