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.
I love green in all its many incarnations, from forest to moss to lime to mint, but it’s military that’s perhaps the most versatile of them all. On the tomboyish side of the spectrum, it eliminates the prissiness from any ensemble, but don’t think the army-inspired shade can’t feel fresh and alluring.
The little girl in me will never get over my love of polka dots!