On The Rag
Thu 03.29

Top 5 Folk-Art Faux Pas: Craft (Un)Fair

‘Tis the season to get a little free with your style – we all get a bit looser in the spring, even maybe slightly bohemian. But not too free, please! I’m all for a bag with some whimsy to it, but these five overly embellished examples show that sometimes more is too much, whether you’re […]

Mon 03.19

Derek Lam Small Snakeskin Anthea Satchel: I’ll Take Bore over More

I’m sorry but if you’re going to leave Tod’s, your namesake line has to step it up. I have no problems with this bag’s shape in general but doing it in a Venn diagram patchwork is just terrible. Pretty much, as a rule of thumb, the words “snakeskin” and “patchwork” should not share a sentence. […]

Fri 03.16

Marni Bandoleer: A Little Too Convenient

Instead of for weapons, like the apron hair stylists wear, this Marni Bandoleer is for your essentials that must be kept within a second’s reach. A slim zip top compartment with 4 ample outer pockets (yes, double pockets on both sides) this is a pick pocketer’s dream bag so city girls beware. In fact, stay […]

Fri 03.16

Oh No! Dolce & Gabbana, is that you?

It is hard to believe this DIY by Raggedy Ann bag is from the same brand who showed this chic collection of bags on the runway just mere weeks ago. I’m trying to figure out what is going on here; zig zags, stripes, squares – not a pattern or color was spared. I have vertigo just […]

Mon 03.12

Deborah Barnett Ostrich Three Leg Clutch: Bag or Dinner?

The name of this clutch sounds more like a description of a Chinese delicacy rather than what I’m going to carry my gloss and cell phone in. But that is the name of this Deborah Barnett ostrich clutch. The natural, organic shape is very interesting, but is it maybe too organic? Let’s be honest: there is something slightly […]

Thu 03.08

Zagliani Python Shoulder Bags: The Hangover

What happened to chic and stately? What happened to a nuanced, sophisticated way with skins? What happened to Zagliani?! The nearly century-old brand has suddenly gone Las Vegas. But not ironic Balmain-style Strip – like old-town, cheesy, desperately glitzy Vegas. I’m left wondering if that was the inspiration or if these python bags ($7,036) are […]

Fri 02.24

Milan Fashion Week Roundup: Prada vs. Fendi

It’s safe to say that Milan’s Fashion Week is usually the most luxurious of all. Italians are known for their way with skins after all, and Milan designers’ time-honored craftsmanship is usually countered with creative innovation. For Fall 2012, two of the most major Italian bag houses had very different interpretations on what we should […]

Thu 02.23

London Fashion Week Roundup: Burberry Prorsum vs. Mulberry

London Fashion Week Roundup: Burberry Prorsum vs. Mulberry London Fashion Week was a mixed bag (no pun intended), especially when it came to the two most indelibly British brands around: Burberry Prorsum, representing the old guard reinvented, and Mulberry, the fresh, young house aiming to cement its role as classic luxury label. Some from each […]

Wed 02.22

Versace Two-Tone Eyelet-Studded Leather Shoulder Bag: Happily Never After

Picture this twisted fairy tale: if Little Bo Peep ditched her sheep and became a porn star, this would be her bag. There’s something at once vulgar and childish about this pink purse. Considering how streamlined and polished Versace’s ready-to-wear has been at Donatella’s helm, it just doesn’t make sense to keep making bags like […]