The best of the Be & D Cruise 2011 collectionJuly 14, 2010
Be & D just released images of their Cruise 2011 offerings and I couldn’t wait to peruse the goods. We’ll start with handbags since that is what the brand does best. Above, from left to right, the Teague bag in black/nickel lambskin for $998. It also comes in a nude shade called beach and a gray-brown armadillo. The Little J (hmm…wonder who that’s named for) is $398 and comes in armadillo, black and cognac. The Gable is probably the most classic style in the group at $1,195 and it comes in black, cognac and pebble.
The shoes in the collection offer a lot of intricate styles with many thin straps creating a fringe-like effect, but I prefer the more structural heels in the group as seen above. The Fischer, $450 in taupe, black, and lavender/gray, the Amelia (my favorite), also $450 in black and nude and the Abbot, $455 in beige, black, gray and python would all work well in your winter wardrobe well beyond the needs of cruisewear.
The miscellaneous “accessories” collection is heavy on the belts and wallets, and does them well. I like the Cambridge and Garbo wallets, both $295, and I love that the Big Spring style, $398, is billed as a low waist belt/necklace. Other than the disconcerting notion that one’s waist and neck be remotely the same size, the versatility is nice. (Now I want to go see how my chain belt looks as a necklace.)Andrea Kiliany Thatcher
New accessories brand RAGAZZE ORNAMENTALI debuts in ParisApril 21, 2010
RAGAZZE ORNAMENTALI is conceptualized as “a ‘contemporary boudoir’ where the lightness of luxury, hand crafted quality and the expression of a sensual and unostentatious femininity are intimately mingled,” according to press materials. That’s a tall order, and one that a group of artists centered around designers Isabelle Bois and Valentina Tortorella hope to fill.
Their three sizes of clutches are available in four fabrics: calfskin and buffalo for everyday, pure silk satin for the evening and crocodile for a special purchase.
In a sea of fashionistas wearing the same oversized bag, you might like to look to RAGAZZE ORNAMENTALI for a little personalization in your wardrobe. Available beginning in July.Andrea Kiliany Thatcher
We pick our favorite Lauren Merkin bags for springMarch 1, 2010
First up, the Paige, a really classic handbag that comes in lots of colors (as most of Merkin’s bags do) but I thought the orange croco, $525, was just perfect for spring and summer. Even if the rest of your outfit is blah, this bag will really pop! For something that’s a little more “go with everything” I love the Taupe Buff Leather Cecilia, $575. Nudes are a huge trend this spring, and are really a closet staple year-round. Finally, for something a little more girlie and evening, I can think of a million ways to wear the Allie clutch, $250. The pink stingray with rainbow zip trim may be a little too too, but who doesn’t want to go a little overboard for evening? Love.Andrea Kiliany Thatcher
High Style via MessengerJune 30, 2008
Messenger bags are all the rage for the utilitarian in you. Yes the hobos are not going away and high end designer handbags and clutches are the staple for any fashion diet, but Timbuk2, a company known for it’s stylish (if not colorful) messenger bags have teamed up with Threadless.com and are going high end this season. For the summer they have an entire range of messenger bags that are great for the girl who wants a little bit of a rugged edge to her style. I personally picked out this fatigue-inspired bag. It’s a cute and stylishly edgy all at the same time. Take a look at their entire range here.Eva
Jane Marvel by ReferralMay 20, 2008
This was not our pick (this is actually via Sign on San Diego) but it is no less relevant especially considering how the bags are not only aesthetically pleasing, but vegan friendly as well. The first question that comes to mind is what exactly does vegan friendly mean? No animals were harmed in the creation of these bags, they are extremely sustainable and Marvel creates tons of these bags. The ones that are mono-color are normally a favorite in the office, but the patterned satchels are worthy of attention as well. Take a look here.
via: Sign on San DiegoEva