Gwen Stefani has a way of taking pieces and styling them in the most unexpected ways. When Miu Miu rolled out its newest accessory on the Fall/Winter ’13 catwalk, it was hailed as an elegant update on the classic bowling bag style, yet the “Rock Steady” beauty has incorporated it into a moto-chic look – complete with black leather pants.
My love of the biker jacket is no secret, but this season it’s gone full throttle with equally sharp biker bags. Quilting, hardcore hardware, zippers, studs – everything you expect from your favorite leather jacket compacted conveniently onto a tough girl carryall.
Miuccia isn’t one to go halfway with her ideas. In case the shag carpeting wasn’t an indication, the brilliant designer plunged into the swinging American sixties (with a splash of freewheeling ‘70s vibes) for her Spring 2014 collection – and came out far into the retro-mod future. In terms of pop-culture characters, think Marcia Brady meets the Jetsons.
This Miu Miu was one of my favorite outfits of Fall 2013. I saw it glide down the Parisian runway in February and have been waiting for the precious pink bag to materialize ever since. Well, good things come to those who wait, and at last it’s arrived! No blurred lines here – I immediately picked the striped beauty for Cosmopolitan’s bag guide in the September issue.
With a New York City upbringing and a first bag style called the Trigger, you can count on Monika Botkier to pump some streetwise grit into your functional daily bag. I love Monika for her rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and refined biker sensibility, and this bag has both in spades.