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Can you define the word “minimalism” in only three words? I certainly can — Maison Martin Margiela! You have probably seen handbags from this designer floating around here and there. They are always very clean and simple. You won’t find any flashy hardware or complicated designs here! If you love this minimalistic look, then Maison Martin Margiela sounds perfect for you! There’s just one problem, these pieces tend to be a bit pricey (especially considering the fact there isn’t much to them). There isn’t a lot of bang for your buck. That is why I was so excited when I saw this designer’s diffusion line called MM6. Check out the MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Shopper and tell me what you think!
I know it is January (A.K.A. the dead of winter). Spring and summer are the farthest things from most people’s minds. Yet, many designers are already releasing (or will very soon) their collections for those warmer weather months. That means bright colors and summer-ready materials like canvas and straw. Although these pieces are strictly seasonal, they can still be a lot of fun to own. The trick is to look for more affordable pieces. Right now I am really liking the Rebecca Minkoff Billy Woven Straw Clutch ($295)! Not only is it affordable, it’s really cute too!
The Alexander McQueen De Manta Clutch is back! This is probably one of my favorite McQueen styles. And judging from all the new versions that keep appearing season after season, this is a favorite for a lot of other bagistas as well. I don’t blame anyone though, this clutch certainly has an allure. I have always loved the soft lines and folded corners. They give this clutch a certain degree of uniqueness that I find very attractive. I don’t think I have ever seen a version of this clutch that I didn’t like. The one you see here is certainly no different! Introducing the new Alexander McQueen De Manta Flesh Dragonfly Spine Clutch!
L’Wren Scott? Am I the only person who doesn’t know who this person is? Well I saw the L’Wren Scott Bomb Print Clutch and I was instantly intrigued. So I figured I should do a little investigating. A quick Google search was all I needed, with L’Wren Scott popping up on a number of websites. She is an American fashion designer, costume designer, stylist, and model. But she is most well-known for her romantic relationship with Mick Jagger. Oh, so that is who that is! I have probably seen her before, but never paid attention to her name.
A lot of things come to mind when I think of Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags. They are fun, unique, and even a little bit quirky at times. That is what I love about Marc Jacobs though. The handbags in his diffusion line are never boring. But do you know what is sort of funny? That means that anything sophisticated-looking that comes from this line is a little more unusual. Well I stumbled across an “unusual” Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag today. Meet the Marc by Marc Jacobs Thunderdome Satchel!
Rebecca Minkoff is no doubt one of my favorite designers. Her handbags are stylish and affordable. But they also have an element of predictability. You know what I’m talking about. Rebecca Minkoff has a very distinct style. Her designs have a little bit of edge to them. They are fun and flirty too! But there is also something else I have noticed. Most Rebecca Minkoff handbags have more relaxed shapes. And even those bags that are structured, the lines are soft. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this new Rebecca Minkoff style. Introducing the Rebecca Minkoff Blake Satchel!
When it comes to handbags, Milly isn’t normally on my radar. Designed by Michelle Smith, the brand attempts to bring together vintage and modern elements. Originally intended for the younger woman, Milly has developed quite the following among celebrities. Yet when I think of this brand, I still think of clothing… not handbags. Well that might be changing here soon. Over the years, there have been a few Milly handbags that caught my eye. Perhaps there is more to Milly than I had previously thought. That is why I decided to write about the bag you see here. Introducing the Milly Lola Canteen Bag! This one definitely caught my eye!
This past year was filled with so many wonderful bags from so many wonderful designers. It is so difficult to choose just one as my all-time favorite for 2012. Lucky for me, I don’t have to. I was told I could have a list of my top picks. Admittedly, this was still somewhat difficult. But I think I managed to come up with four bags that are the best of the best. They are all something I think every bagista should consider adding to her collection. So check out my top picks below. They are listed in no particular order.
Rebecca Minkoff Studded Affair Bag. $425
I absolutely adore my Affair. It is such a sweet little shoulder bag. The pyramid shaped studs and classic flap closure design create the perfect balance between edge and sophistication. I also love the pairing of gold-tone hardware with soft black leather. It is such a great, updated look. This bag looks great with just about any ensemble, but personally I love it with a dressy top.
When I was asked to pick my favorite trend for 2012, I had to stop and really think about it. There were so many wonderful trends this past year, it was difficult to choose just one. Bright colors, animal prints, polka dots… I love them all. But there is one trend that stands out from the rest. I mean, really stands out. I’m talking about the Highlighter Hues trend! I originally wrote about this trend last Spring. I loved it then and I still love it now. What better way to make a statement than with a “notice me” neon color? That is why I want to officially declare Highlighter Hues as my favorite trend for 2012! So if you’re still itching to get your hands on a delightfully neon piece, check out these suggestions below!
Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro Satchel – $155
This bag is probably my all time favorite of the Highlighter Hues trend. The structured shape, the bright neon colors, and (of course) the awesome price tag make this bag an excellent choice. I love the flap closure complete with buckles.