Bloomingdale’s put together a collage featuring an assortment of the hottest trends for the spring and summer season in one lookbook guide; The Ultimate Accessory Wardrobe.
What I love about the lookbook is there’s something for everyone for whatever your fashion mood is.
* Browse through the ‘Brights’ for a selection of accessories to liven up your look with color popping hues.
* Jump into the ‘Athletic’ section if you are looking for sporty with a feminine twist.
* ‘Metallics’ aren’t just for the winter season anymore. It’s your moment to shimmer and shine with glimmering tones.
* Keep it ‘Romantic’ with sweet candy colored pastels.
* Check out the picks for the effortlessly stylish ‘Bohemian’ trend.
* Or if you’re looking for stylishly simple and classic, standout in some graphic high-contrast ‘Black and White’ print.
Seriously such a great selection in one guide. There are hundreds of items to discover! Here are a few of my top picks from the Bloomingdale’s Ultimate Accessory Lookbook.
The major bag trends this season: structure, flaps, chain straps and color blocking can be found in one beautiful bag. The Cole Haan Vintage Valisse Jenna leather bag has it all and does it extraordinarily well.
Many of us have been enamored with hobos and slouchy bags and while as attractive as the ladylike flap bags have been, it can be hard to commit to a completely new style. So you wan to find just the right one. I love the beautiful vintage feel to this bag with it’s rich two-tone cognac leather. The darker leather trim is a subtle nod to the hot color blocking trend without being too much of a contrast for hesitant to try bold colors.
I’m loving the weave Cole Haan Heritage Hobo. It’s very Bottega Veneta – esque without the quadruple that price tag. Currently it’s available over at Saks Fifth Avenue in classic black and yummy woodbury brown for $348 – Bottega Veneta bags in this similar style would range from $1,800 + so in my eyes this is such a fabulous look for less. What do you guys think Fab or Drab?
There’s no denying that another major color this season is grey. In all it’s shades, it’s a wonderful neutral that goes with so many colors that it is perfect for your everyday handbag.
Saks and Cole Haan have collaborated this season to bring you an amazing bag in this versatile color. The Heritage Weave Jade Shoulder Bag is definitely a bag that you should consider if you are in the market for a fabulous grey bag!
Cole Haan is a brand that has offered quality footwear year after year. In recent history, they have produced beautiful outerwear and their handbag selections have only become more exciting each year. The Heritage bag is a wonderful example of classic styling with details that keep it interesting without being too trendy.
Did anyone get their hands on a straw tote for the warm climate season? As soon as summer is about to roll in, designers from all sections of the globe start pouring out their interpretations of the perfect straw totes. At that very point in time I contemplate finally adding a straw addition to my collection, and of course, I never get to it. To my surprise, name brand Cole Haan has a really pretty straw tote out in their collection that reminds me of summer with a twist of fall to it. It’s the Halsey Rosette-Detailed Straw Tote, a piece that doesn’t necessarily scream summer-only. Living in Texas where the sun is scorching most of the year, this tote would be perfect to wear year round. The details that makes this piece stand out from other straw totes has got to be the artistic black floral decors and patent leather trim. It’s very feminine, eye-catching and definitely not your granny’s floral purse. If the tubular flowers aren’t necessarily your favorite, you can always detach them from the tote for a more simple and casual look.
Starting tomorrow, Friday March 19th, Cole Haan is throwing an event to benefit Soles4Souls, a charity that donates shoes to people in need all over the world. The company has even given away more than 7 million pairs, and is currently donating one pair every 9 seconds. How crazy is that?
This is a wonderful opportunity to recycle a pair of your old, but gently worn shoes (any brand) to someone in need. And even get 20% off your next Cole Haan purchase in the process. The 20% can be used not only at the Cole Haan retail boutique, but in the outlet stores as well.
Dates: March 19-29, 2010
Location: Cole Haan retail and outlet stores nationwide and at colehaan.com
Have you ladies added a fall/winter handbag to your collection yet? Nicely detailed is this classy Saks Exclusive hobo by Cole Haan. I was drawn to the basket weaved leather found on the Prudence Hobo, and if you’re a fan of textured leather with a twist, you might find this hobo intriguing as well. When weaved texture is done on handbags, and right of course, they’re noticeable and attractively classy. The rich toned colors of Chestnut and Zinfandel have a nice sheen to them, making them the perfect bag candidates for those cool autumn days we’re all approaching. This ought to make a great style for the woman with sophisticated taste or for the girl who seeks that boho chic look in a handbag.
Honestly speaking, I never found interest in Cole Haan’s accessory collection, but what I really liked about the Prudence even more than the large tassel, gold toned hardware and oversized woven design was it’s price tag. $428 is what they’re asking for, and for this handbag being all leather and having a contemporary designer name to it, that’s not too bad of a decision at all.
You can find the Prudence Hobo and more Cole Haan accessories by shopping online at: Saks Fifth Avenue
The Chat: Cole Haan Prudence!
In 1928, Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan designed their very first shoe. It was that year that Cole Haan, a men’s shoe company, was born. Now, nearly a century later, the company is still going strong with women’s shoe and handbag collections that were added along the way. Cole Haan offers good quality, modern styles for the woman looking for something within a more moderate price range. In other words, Cole Haan is something just about anyone can afford. And that certainly isn’t a bad thing during these tough economic times!
Now everyone knows of Cole Haan’s collaboration with Nike, but just this last Spring, the company teamed up with someone that I normally would not have associated with the word “fashion”. This new collaboration was with tennis player Maria Sharapova. Her designs seem to have brought some fresh-looking pieces to the Cole Haan family. Her handbags, in particular, are chic and modern. I really love the architectural details paired with fun tassels. The Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan Handbag Collection is definitely worth a second look, especially if you are looking for a less expensive handbag for Fall. Below are the styles currently available!
1. Maria Frame Convertible Clutch
I love the pretty pleats on this bag! Perfect for a fancy night out!
Available in Soft Gold or Black Snake.
2. Maria Small Hobo
Super soft lambskin and architectural pleating make this bag effortlessly chic!
Available in Black.
3. Maria Small Triple Zip Satchel
Enjoy the convenience of easy-to-care-for nylon without sacrificing style!
Available in Estate Blue, Plumeria, or Black.
Side Note: EVENT ALERT! Cole Haan’s Madison Avenue store will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out by hosting its very own US Open viewing party, in honor of international tennis champion Maria Sharapova’s chic new line of accessories for the brand. Arthur Ashe Stadium will come to life as Cole Haan’s floor space is converted into a tennis court complete with astro turf, white viewing benches, and a tennis tent serving beverages. Cole Haan welcomes all to stop by for some tennis themed fun and tasty treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar.
location: Cole Haan Madison Avenue Store – 677 Madison Avenue
when: Thursday, September 10th, 6 pm – 11 pm
The Chat: Maria for Haan!
The 21-year-old tennis star Maria Sharapova was snapped by the shutter bug at arrival to a promotional event for Cole Haan at the CH boutiques at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida.
For the event, Maria, who is the latest face of Cole Haan for spring 2009, of course was spotted wearing noneother than one of their bags from CH’s spring collection – she’s sporting the new large Phoebe tote.
Available in soft gold, ivory, and black over at Nordstrom. And comes in 2 sizes: large for $598 and small for $498