Chanel Cruise 2017 Wood Kiss-Lock Bag

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When it comes to fanciful minaudières, no one does it better than Chanel, and as with tradition every season will see the launch of at least one such key piece to celebrate the collection. And for #ChanelCruiseCuba, nothing is more apt than doing a take on the ubiquitous cigar box, something that’s as synonymous as vintage American cars and colonial houses awash in pastel hues.

Measuring some 18 cm across by 15 cm by 5 cm, the body of the bag is mostly wood, with the detailing around the perimeter of it looking like it’s been laser-engraved. Then come the metal embellishments, from Coco Chanel’s enamelled portrait that sits in the middle surrounded by a string of pearls to the gold coins that each come etched with different icons of the French luxury house, from the unmistakable camellia to the number 5.

Lined with the lushest of metallic gold lambskin leathers, this is truly one of those collectors’ pieces that won’t look out of place on a shelf already covered with Classic Flap and Boy Chanel bags, and something that will take you back to everything that’s good about Havana in an instant.

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HERMES MUSARDINE BAG

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Hermes is full of surprises, when we saw this bag for the first-time, we thought: ‘Hermes Soie-Cool Bag in the Bucket Version’. But when it comes things like silk, we know that Hermes has put a lot of art into the print.

You might like it, or not. But presenting the Hermes Musardine Bag.

Now here’s the astonishing part, the exterior (that holds the silky drawstring bag together) is made from actual leather. To be exact, it’s Epsom Calfskin.

The pouch is removable and interchangeable, which is a clever design?

So this bag features an adjustable strap that can be worn on the shoulder or carried by hand. Long story short, we can say that its like the bucket bag and you can swap the silk drawstring bag anytime, to change the taste.

Measuring 6.5’ x 8.5’ x 8’ inches, priced at $4125 USD, €2200 euro via Hermes boutiques. (And oh yes, the Silk Pouch can be changed and its priced at €400 euro)

So what do you think? Gorgeous or not? Clever or not? Is it worth your investment?

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Bag Collection

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Introducing the Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Bag Collection. Pierpaolo Piccioli has finally unveiled his first creation as the sole Creative Director of the Maison at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. The collection presents femininity and romanticism with a funky vibe. Piccioli was greatly inspired by “The Garden of Earthly Delights” triptych, created by Hieronymus Bosch. Valentino has collaborated with print designer Zandra Rhodes to reinterpret these images into the collection. This season’s handbags comes in different shades of pink, yellow, and Valentino’s signature red. The brand’s iconic studs comes in variety of shapes and sizes. Flap bags were also presented, which comes in various styles, mini sizes, studded, suede, leather and python. Models were seen in mini lipstick holder bags across their bodies and were also worn with other bags.

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Chanel Boy Bag with Handle

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This week’s arm candy comes from the handbag veterans at Chanel. From their delicious Cruise Collection bags to the larger than life hula hoop bag, Chanel is always pushing the boundaries of the bag world and delivering something new that still has their trademark classic French aesthetic. This week we’ve got our eyes on the Boy Chanel Flab bag with handle. This new take on the brand’s Boy bag was part of the Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Paris in Rome 2016 collection and combines ladylike quilted leather and a traditional boxy shape with edgy chains.

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The bag is available in three variants, black calfskin with ruthenium metal details, silver metallic effect calfskin with ruthenium metal hardware and a combination of lambskin and python skin in dark red with bronze metal details (our personal favorite!). We love the top handle which gives this bag some flair while retaining the casual luxe feel.
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Whether you’re clubbing, shopping or working, this versatile purse will see you through everything. The chain detailing also adds some instant rock-and-roll drama to any outfit. For an edgy evening look, pair the bag with grey jeans, a leather jacket and boots or get dreamy with a maxi dress and sandals for a boho-fusion look. No matter what your style is, you can shop the bags at your closest Chanel store. The black and silver versions are priced at $5,300 while the smaller red version costs $7,200.

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PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 WHIPSTITCH BAG

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The classic and holy grail bag Proenza Schouler PS1 is a famous bag that now comes in a new cover: Whipstitch. As if this bag couldn’t get any better, geniuses behind the brand thought of a way to reinvent this favorite style staple.

Made from genuine leather with leather lining and silver-tone hardware, this beauty comes in two colors you can choose from: Warm Sand and Black & Orange. It has a fold-over flat top with metal flap-hook closure with whipstitch trim that made it all the more darling.

It also features an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap and a handle for easy transitioning from being a handbag to being a shoulder bag. This beauty also has an interior zip pocket and exterior back pocket.

Measuring 10′ x 6.5′ x 3′ (W x H x D) inches and is available via Proenza Schouler e-store.

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Reed Krakoff: The Bionic Man Bionic Crossbody Bag

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Reed Krakoff Academy Bionic Crossbody Bag

Now that Reed Krakoff is free of his consuming Coach duties, I am confident his line will continue on as a strong contender in the snob world. He already has all the A-listers on his side, and he will likely gain a few more with this deliciously laid-back addition. I’m loving this new style, even though it’s not quite as versatile as I would like it to be. The straps are actually too short to go crossbody (try and it will end up hovering above your waist). A frustrating missing touch, but the Academy Bionic still makes for a great shoulder bag. With clean cutouts, it capitalizes on a sporty vibe and they keep it lightweight in appearance – and literally lightweight on the shoulder. The straps furthers the casual feel, but thanks to a touch of functional hardware bling and Reed’s refined perspective, there is enough polish overall to pack on the appeal.ReedKrakoff_Bionic_Bags

Did you hear the news? Reed Krakoff is in a binding agreement to buy his eponymous brand from Coach, where he resided until just recently as president and creative director for 16 years. I am completely for this! Reed has succeeded in luxury, while Coach has not. Given the choice, trust I would spend my thousand bucks on Reed, not on Coach (even if I could get more bags for my money). I have a feeling most purveyors of luxury fashion will agree with me.
Needless to say, I have a few Reed Krakoff bags but not a single Coach in my bag collection. I know it has been pretty much the same stuff, since Reed designed both and both brands are made at Coach factories. But the designs are very different. Luxury isn’t just about the goods. It’s also about perception, and Coach is and will forever be “entry-level” in my eyes, even if they hired Jean Paul Gaultier to design. Coach ought to stick to what they are: affordable “designer” bags.
Krakoff’s new Bionic collection goes to show he is making the right decision stepping away from Coach and focusing on his namesake vision. His modern-day classics – the Atlantique and the Boxer – are revived with screens of perforated leather. Lush suede on supple calfskin lends to dimension to black on black, and the restrained color palette (or lack thereof, rather) makes the message clear: Reed means business.

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