Archive for the ‘Handbags and Purses’ Category

Celebrity Style: Jennifer Lopez at the World Music Awards

May 19, 2010

 Jennifer Lopez wore Roberto Cavalli and carried a Swarovski vintage Gilda clutch to the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo on May 18th. Now was was Jenny at the World Music Awards? LOL…The jury is still out on that. Yes, I’m being facetious. Jennifer, we love you but stick to what you know best, dressing like a diva.

Accessories: Gucci 2010 Cruise Collection

October 30, 2009
Gucci - Joy Boston bag in silver.
The Joy Boston bag in silver with D ring detail. 

If you love Gucci, get ready to salivate over which bag you’ll want more. The latest collection is arm candy that will make you the envy of every fashionista you pass. Not to worry though, Gucci has something for everyone. The beauty of a new handbag is almost as exhilerating as taking your first step. Who could forget how much fun that was? The collection features more than 50 bags and they are available online and in Gucci boutiques internationally.

See the entire Gucci 2010 Cruise Collection here.

Fashion & Style News: Moschino’s Cheap & Chic Accessories Collection

October 23, 2009

Moschino, the luxury Italian fashion house is debuting a contemporary priced accessories line in Spring 2010 under their Love Moschino label. Alongside designer names such as Betsy Johnson and Jimmy Choo, the lower priced accessory line is for consumers who want luxury accessories without the luxury price tag.
Since its inception in 1983, Moschino has come to be known for its eccentric, colorful designs that reflect a satirical criticism of the fashion industry. While some high-end designers continue to design clothes for their upper class clientele, Moschino views the debut of their lower-priced accessory line as an opportunity to allow frugal fashionistas to own one of their handbags at a more affordable price.

After the successful debut of the Love Moschino ready to wear line in 2008, it has been a goal of Michelle Stein, the president of business group Aeffe USA whom represents Moschino, to offer more affordable goods for their contemporary customers whom comprise 20 percent of the Moschino business in the United States.

When the accessory line debuts in the spring, the collection will feature totes, shoulder bags, wallets, and clutches made out of canvas and leather materials such as calf, nappa and patent leather. The design concept for the collection will stay true to the unconventional Moschino design concept. Fashion enthusiasts describe the line as “whimsical and elegant” with hardware finishes in bright gold and silver that will capture the essence of Moschino. Sure to be a hit with Moschino customers, the collection will retail from $165 to $445.

Fashion & Style News: Badgley Mischka Coming to HSN

October 12, 2009

High-end designer label Badgley Mischka will hit the tube in a partnership with HSN. The luxury brand will present the American Glamour Collection featuring apparel, footwear, and jewelry. The items will be priced from $39 to $499.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka will host the two-hour live show, November 17th at 9 PM.

(Photo: A handbag from the American Glamour Collection, courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.)

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Wardrobe 101 The Tote Bag

September 29, 2009

The tote bag is a wardrobe staple that everyone should have. What is a tote bag? It’s a bag or purse that is made to carry everything from your wallet to your books to your bikini–pretty much all of your everyday belongings. Most bags are made with interior pockets like the one shown at the left by Bottega Venetta. Now totes are made with compartments for cell phones, keys, and other items.

Thought the term tote which means to carry can be traced back to the 17th century but it was not used to describe bags until the early 1900s.

With it’s versatility and style, the tote bag can take you from work to the airplane runway all in one swoop.

Item Details

Top Row: 
CC Skye Snake-Embossed Leather Tote, $595
Bally Cornella Tote, $1,315
Furla Aphrodite bowler tote, $497
Bottom Row: 
Donal J. Pliner Narah Tote, $415
Perugia Leather Tote, $406

Burberry Prorsum Checked cotton tote, $1,595

Accessories Trend Report: The Finest

September 21, 2009

Chocolate Fashionistas with discerning tastes be on the lookout for the finest accessories this coming spring. Statement jewelry, feminine fabrics and bright hues are on point for 2010.

Interesting pair of shoes to say the least. 
 This clutch is kiyute!!
I really love this bag!
For the dainty ladies.

Fashion Week Events: Fashion’s Night Out at Dior

September 11, 2009
Dior hosted their Fashion’s Night Out event with special guest Charlize Theron who signed copies of Vogue maagazine’s September issue.
Charlize at the signing table. 


Dior Lady Dior bags on display.

The Dior Le Trente shopping bag. 

The quilted Dior quilted Doctor’s Tote

Dior handbags on display. 

Dior sunglasses love the limelight. 

Dior sandals and boots make the cut.
Red is haute at Dior

Accessories: Cosmetic Bags Do Double Duty

September 7, 2009

These cosmetic bags are so cute they can also serve as clutches.

Item Details: 
Top Row:
Love Jungle case, $30, Betseyville by Betsey Johnson
Double-zip foldover cosmetic bag, $9.99, Sonia Kashuk
Large cosmetics case, $420, Bottega Veneta
Middle Row:
Cosmetics clutch, $49.50, Jacqueline Jarrott
Cosmetics case, $156, Alexander McQueen
Pretty nylon cosmetic pouch, $48, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bottom Row: 
Music leather cosmetic bag, $97.69, L.A.M.B.
Python cosmetic bag, $28, Betseyville by Betsey Johnson
Nova large cosmetic case, $225, Burberry

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9 Items to Keep in Your Handbag

August 12, 2009

A true Chocolate Fashionista is never with out a great bag or the tools to get her through life (in a fashionable way of course). Storing these items in your handbag can make life a lot easier:

1. Wallet with identification, medical cards, a $20 bill, a credit card or debit card.

2. A spare tampon. They always come in handy and you’ll need one when you least expect it.

3. A cell phone with camera and emailing capabilities. Why because this isn’t the stone age. You never know when you may need to snap a picture or give an update on that report.

4. Your business card or calling card. Let’s face it, most people hate the cliche business card exchange but they are a requirement for every professional or those who aspire to be.

5. Lip balm or gloss. Cracked and dry lips are not sexy–ever.

6. Mints because fresh breath is essential and gum is tacky.

7. A pen and pad (counts as one item) for jotting down notes, thoughts, and oh yeah, lists like this one.

8. A pair of designer shades. Why? The sun and because they are tres chic and oh so mysterious.

9. Hand cream or lotion. Dry skin is annoying and if you’re on the go and interacting with people throughout the stay, a soft hand as better than a rough one any day.

Let’s Go to the Farmer’s Market

July 31, 2009
Adam at ShopStyle

Saturday morning shopping, fresh brewed coffee, a bag of fruit, freshly made tamales. Dress for comfort and style in a chic silk dress by Adam, leather thong sandals by Steve Madden, and a simple necklace by Sonya Renee. Throw all of your purchases in your satchel by Roxy Over the Rainbow.