What’s better than a present that is actually a present? Forget the bows, ribbons, and wrapping paper…and Scotch tape, scissors, and fumbling hands. When your bag is designed to look like a glamorous little gift box, every day will feel like Christmas or your birthday.
I will always love the use of cool hardware, especially on a super-functional tote. The “safety buckle” motif is now almost as famous as the designer himself, Christopher Kane, or at least intrinsically linked to his designs, from his wild, belted dresses from Spring ’07 to this season’s smaller, sleeker bags.
While the adage, “things aren’t always as they seem,” may be old, it applies to some of the freshest designs out there. In English, trompe l’oeil translates to “deceives the eye,” and these designers make that deception one that you’ll welcome with a smile.
Between Target and H&M collaborations, designer fashion is more accessible than ever, and those collections are just getting better all the time. If you thought Isabel Marant’s H&M tour de force was highly anticipated, then there’s not even a word to describe the mania that’s about to ensue for Alex Wang.