The rich texture of calf hair makes it the perfect addition to fall accessories, and we’re seeing plenty of it with the animal print trend. But what about colorful calf hair? There was a time when I thought a blue fur bag was unequivocally tacky and belonged on Sesame Street. But tastes change…
Nobody does glamorous all-American ease like Michael Kors. Not that looking as good as the glowy models who poured down his Spring 2014 runway (for a hefty 56 looks in total) is easy, but Kors sure makes it look impossibly effortless. And isn’t that what glamour is all about? This year, he had me at the first burst of light and airy fur. Yes, fur.
This was the decade of the it bag. I don’t mean to say that there weren’t iconic bags before – the term “it bag” was coined in the ‘90s! And there were many (yes, Dior is on this list twice – no, I won’t apologize). Which of these styles did you carry?
When it comes to fashion, the ‘80s was all over the place. There were power suit-sporting businesswomen, New Romantics, polo-popping prepsters, and Madonna (a fashion movement in herself). The decade brought us a slew of trends that ranged from shoulder pads to leg warmers to M.C. Hammer-style parachute pants…
The ‘70s were coined as the “Me Decade,” and this emphasis on individuality brought about a wide range of styles from that of groovy hippies to DVF’s iconic wrap dress to glam rock David Bowie. One movement defined bag design more than any other, though – feminism.
I may not have been around for the Swinging ‘60s (I’m not that old!), but there’s a lot to love about the generation – Twiggy, white go-go boots, Balenciaga, the Beatles, Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour, and of course, bags! This was the decade when women finally broke out of the tweed jacket/chain bag combo and embraced their personal style.
When first released, this was called the Sac à dépêches. It wasn’t until twenty years later that it became truly iconic when Grace Kelly used it to hide her pregnancy. And so the “Kelly” (inquire at Hermès) was reborn. There are few bags like it. The Fendi fashion top handle ($2,210) gives you a little taste.
I’ve fallen hard for fatigues this season. I’m getting everything in the print (of course, wearing it all together would be a serious no-no). Believe it or not, camo is incredibly versatile. I mean, it was designed to blend in! Wallflowers need not apply, though. Camo must be executed the right way and that requires confidence and style.