Sure, we feel refreshed and renewed at the start of the week, but there’s still that sense of dread knowing that the beginning of another five days of work has just begun. Thankfully, we have the good people at Shopbop trying to make your afternoon break just a little better, courtesy of early access to their Friends & Family sale. With the code INTHEFAM, you can get 25% off full-price or sale items, ranging from a summery clutch to colorfully beaded sandals to an on-trend velvet choker (long live the ’90s!).
By the time Friday rolls around (and it sure took its time), you feel tired and frazzled, but much like the weekend, another bag is always waiting to offer you a sense of renewal. Plop down that less-organized-than-it-was-on-Monday work tote and get yourself one of these ladylike top handles. You can’t help but feel sophisticated and put-together with polished accessories like these – even if you’re in your sweaty yoga pants.
When it was revealed last year that Chris Benz, he of the neon mesh details, gutsy tropical prints, and skewed ladylike designs (he launched his own line when he was just 25 years old in 2007, and it lived for five years), was taking the helm at Bill Blass, it came as something of a surprise. But then again, who better to revive the all-American sportswear label than the Seattle native, who could make sequins feel streetwise and ruffles feel anything but retro? We got the honor of interviewing Chris, right in time for the release of the Spring collection, featuring breezy shopper totes and sporty duffels, easy slip-on sneakers, and lots more to covet in a perky citrus palette.
Where’s Vetements, you say? Trust Demna Gvasalia’s renegade brand has earned a top spot on this list, but unfortunately, it already feels fashion victim-y, thanks to the nearly instantaneous onslaught of social media posts and copycats. And honestly, the jeans are rather unflattering (I actually returned the pair I bought), as are most other pieces. Overhyped? For sure. Meanwhile, there are many other worthy new fashion darlings to consider…
Few brands can pull off a bag punctuated by a gigantic, belt-like buckle. Then again, BOYY isn’t your average brand. The brainchild of Jesse Dorsey and Wannasiri Kongman grabbed our attention a couple of years ago, thanks to their label’s way with strong, masculine lines and decidedly un-precious details. I have two BOYY bags myself, and I’ve always loved the duo’s unique take on classic styles.
Don’t be thrown by the name. Le Snob is not the European division of Snob Essentials. It’s something different entirely, a self-proclaimed “goth-meets-goldfinger” brand by designer duo B. Åkerlund (she cites styling for Beyoncé and Rihanna on her resume) and Robert Lussier (he launched the label after getting inspired by a bag he stumbled across at a California garage sale). Le Snob is also the ultimate in convertibility.
Impossibly innocent pastels and sugar-coated sweetness are great when you’re of a certain age. The age when you believe the bunny delivered your basket and Easter egg hunts are exciting, no mimosa required. There are different ways to celebrate Easter and the unofficial onset of spring. Bright colors and bold bows, graphics that won’t fade into the grass, and florals that give garden blossoms a run for their money: This is how I like to celebrate the upcoming holiday!
We’ve always appreciated good whipstitching on a bag. It’s instant texture, it’s rustic elegance, it’s a detail that, when done right, doesn’t translate to one that tries too hard. But most importantly, it’s great only when done with restraint – a touch of trim here, a jolt of punctuation there. This season, whipstitching is also a big trend, so jump on it. Here, my pick of the best bags that will have you in stitches…
If there’s one thing we love, it’s discovering noteworthy new brands. Well, that and discovering one of my investment-purchase bags has gone up, not down, in value over the seasons, but I digress. There’s cool, and then there’s L.A. cool (Okay, I’m biased. Once an L.A. girl, always…).