Handbags

Interviews Style

Alexander Wang on His Exclusive Rose-Gold Capsule Collection & Favorite Lunch Spot

Being part of Alexander Wang‘s squad (#wangsquad) has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We imagine it would involve wearing really amazing clothes—in lots of black—to warehouse ragers, followed by drive-thru burgers and late-night routs of mini-marts with Vince Staples and Anna Ewers.

But we’ll settle for our brief chat with the wunderkind designer about his favorite lunch spot (it’s not fast or snack food) and picking up several pieces from his gorgeous Nordstrom-exclusive rose-gold capsule collection, which unveils today. Truth is, we probably don’t have the kind of energy it would take to stay so many steps ahead of the trends after pulling an all-nighter. But we can definitely pull off those studded sandals.

And it turns out Alexander is pretty chill too.

READ THE INTERVIEW

{ 2 comments }
Fashion Week Interviews Street Style Style

Friendly Advice: How to Stitch Together a Trailblazing Career from Rebecca Minkoff

As a designer, Rebecca Minkoff is known for artfully mixing bohemian romance with downtown rock-and-roll. At her recent spring show at The Grove in Los Angeles, Minkoff’s perspective emanated in a profusion of gauzy blouses and watercolor-inspired botanical prints that breathed fresh life into studded black leather and safety-pin earrings.

The show gave the impression that women can combine whatever they like, mixing and matching as they choose. And just as women can determine their own personal style, they can also craft their own path in life.

Rebecca Minkoff

In the hope of gleaning insight into the professional acumen and personal grit that have sewn together her trailblazing career, we spoke with Rebecca Minkoff about her role as a designer, a businesswoman and an entrepreneur.  

ADVICE FROM REBECCA: READ ON

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS

Best in Show: Behind the Scenes with Our Canine Models

As any model will tell you, the work really isn’t that glamorous. You hardly get to eat anything—just a biscuit after every take. There are long hours under the lights with your water dish out of reach. The photographers and art directors can be real handsy, too, always petting you, calling you “sweetie” and “good girl.” They just drool all over you.

Best in Show

And then there are the other models. Some are real amateurs. They’re so excited to be a model, without realizing what the job entails. They come in all excited, greet everyone on set affectionately and really kiss up to the crew. But when it comes time to work, they’re always taking breaks and darting off camera. It’s like they have no concept of time.

Best in Show

IT’S A RUFF JOB: SEE THESE PUPS AT WORK

{ 1 comment }
ALL POSTS Style

We’ve Got Your Backpack: 10 to Carry This Fall

Even if you’re not headed back to school—if the only classroom you enter is the one in your anxiety dreams—backpacks are back in a big way this fall. But these aren’t the JanSports of yore. Consider the current styles graduates of a master class in cool. Sophisticated, sleek and practical, there’s nothing schoolgirlish about these accessories. Some of the best fashion talent in the game have designed rucksacks that will make your handheld bags look downright grannyish. For travelers and commuters, the style makes a lot of sense, too—just remember to flip it around to wear in front when on the train, subway or bus.

Here are 10 of our favorite backpacks to slip on this season.

rag and bone backpack

rag & bone Pilot leather backpack

This style’s clean lines and pebbled leather make it a classic. Small enough to leave you unencumbered but roomy enough for everything you need to tote, the Pilot will fast become your primary purse substitute. The design also comes in a mini version, as well as a soft woven suede.

IT’S IN THE BAG: READ MORE

{ 2 comments }
ALL POSTS Art Interviews Style

Designer Jérôme Dreyfuss on Why Nice Is Cool and Making Fashion Funny

Some people are just more pleasant to speak to, it’s true. After a recent conversation with the Paris-based fashion designer Jérôme Dreyfuss, several reasons for this were clear. For one, the thoughtfully cheerful Dreyfuss exhibits interest in a variety of topics. Secondly, his passion seems sincere. And he doesn’t take himself or fashion too seriously, which isn’t to say that he approaches his craft lightly.

Jerome Dreyfuss Bobi handbag

Known predominantly for his luxurious handbags that project personality, Dreyfuss has a reputation for being a bit of a rebel. He worked with John Galliano in the early part of his career and has since cut a streak across the industry both for his unique designs (his fall-winter collection includes bags made of deer and goatskin leather; some come with interior flashlights for finding your keys or phone at night) and his wildly artistic methods for presenting them.

Jerome Dreyfuss Igor handbag

Read on for our chat, which covered architecture, Le Marais, what “cool” really is and why fashion snobbishness is out of style.

ENCORE: READ MORE AND SEE INSIDE HIS SHOWROOM

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS Fashion Week Style

The Strange (but Adorable) Charm of Bag Charms

Bag charm at Fashion Week

Strapped to the side of some of Fashion Week’s most fashionable ladies were assorted oddball accessories. Although their luxe handbags needed no frippery, many chose to outfit them with a little bauble. After all, these are women who don’t miss an opportunity to dress up. And these trinkets aren’t without their charms.

Bag charms have become a popular statement for the fashion set. Spotted on models like Lara Stone and Kendall Jenner, these playful accessories for accessories let wearers add some personality to their purses.

Bag charm at Fashion Week

Many of these bag charms take the shape of furry characters. Fendi has a Pompom Karl, a miniature Karl Lagerfeld doll ensconced in a fluffy tuft. British designer Sophie Hulme‘s quirky bag charms have become collectibles among those into the trend. You’ll find furry, feathered, tasseled and jeweled characters among her menagerie of creations. Burberry has a high-style teddy bear charm. Many designers, like Rebecca Minkoff and Stella McCartney, make tiny versions of their own handbags into charms, as though your purse seems naked without its own purse.

SEE MORE AND SHOP OUR BAG CHARM SLIDESHOW

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS Style

Your Handbag Profile: Which Style Are You?

It goes with you everywhere: errands, outings, meetings, appointments. You put everything you’ve got into it. If you were to lose it you would be, well, screwed.

A gal’s relationship with her handbag is a pretty dependent one. And finding the bag that’s right for you leads to a future of well-cordinated organization, i.e., bliss. To aid in your annual accessories update, we’ve selected some of the best new purses for several personalities. Find the one below that you most identify with, then follow our suggestions to discover your handbag mate.

MARC JACOBS Gotham City saddle bag

YOUR PERFECT PURSE IS IN THE BAG: READ MORE

{ 0 comments }
Beauty Culture Film & Television Skin Care Style

The Weekend Guide: January 1-3

Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman

SEE: Anomalisa
Writer and director Charlie Kaufman’s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) stop-motion movie is mundane in its magnificence. Kaufman’s story follows claymation characters as they navigate the banality of an existence like any other. But the lilt of Kaufman’s questioning is touchingly met in his manufactured puppet men and women.

COLOR: “The Radical History of 1960s Adult Coloring Books” by Laura Marsh
Writer Laura Marsh traces the not-new trend of adult coloring books to their subversive ’60s counterparts. Read her piece in the New Republic, then join the revolution with an adult coloring book of your own.

HEAR: “Shakin” by Timbaland featuring Aaliyah
Part of Timbaland’s mixtape King Stays King, “Shakin” features the honeyed vocals of the ’90s pop icon Aaliyah. The R&B chanteuse tragically died in a plane crash 14 years ago, but the world was drawn back into her soulful snare this week with the hook on this catchy track.

RESOLVE TO HAVE MORE FUN: READ MORE

{ 1 comment }

How Jason Wu’s Diane Bag Got Its Name

A short list of the icons of fashion and style who’ve had a handbag named in their honor: Jane Birken, Brigitte Bardot, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Lana Del Rey and …

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS

New! Rebecca Minkoff’s Jewelry and Ready-to-Wear Goes Perfectly with Her Iconic Handbags

By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagship where we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of her jewelry and ready-to-wear collections.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }