Alexander Wang kicked things off when he released his super-chic, pared-back Prisma tote. Sporting nothing more than little metal corners holding four panels of quality leather together, the tote bag was a lesson in how to do understated accessories with style. Last week, Ginger & Smart put minimalism back on the map, with their MBFWA models toting simple, structured, almost masculine clutches and shoulder bags as they hit the runway. After a few seasons of printed, quirky, misshapen styles, these clean, monochromatic bags are like a breath of fresh air. See our top 10 picks here!
You might have picked up by now that we love our bags. Whether they're hardlined numbers full or structure and form, or a floppy version you can take to the beach, a pretty hold-all is always at the top of our must-buy list. This week, we're shining the spotlight on camera bags. We first spotted these square, satchel-like goodies when Derek Lam released a version that quickly flew off the shelves. We've since spotted them everywhere at last week's 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week, inckuding at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs, and we reckon it's time you got in on the action! Click through to see our our 10 best buys. . .
Ladies, pack away your floppy hobo bags. Set aside your satchels and toss the totes — the structured handbag is back. After seeing these hard-edged bags making their comeback in a too-pretty-for-words Louis Vuitton video, and the Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, it became pretty apparent that the days of soft, floppy bags are over — at least, temporarily. Victoria Beckham's been all over the look for years, while Rachel Bilson and Olivia Palermo are just two stylish stars who've joined the fan club more recently. With characteristically short handles, a strong square edge and thick leather, these little crowd-pleasers are the kind you can't go wrong with. Cick through our top 10 and take your pick!
How's this for a little Christmas cheer? ShopStyle.com.au is giving away a designer bag a day this week. Yup, you read right. Now that'd make for a stylish start to 2013. And when we say designer, we mean capital D designer. Arm candy from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rebecca Minkoff and Claire Vivier are all up for grabs. Want a piece of the action? It's easy! Simply 'like' Revolve Clothing on Facebook as well as FabSugar Australia (as if you don't already), then email us the answer to the below question — in 25 words or less — along with your full name, contact number and postal address. Winners will be announced first thing the following morning. You know what they say. . . you gotta be in it to win it!
Wednesday's prize: Rebecca Minkoff 'Love Letter' leather tote, valued at a tidy $427, from Revolve.
Wednesday's question: Whick look from Rebecca Minkoff's S/S '13 collection is your favourite, and why? This giveaway has ended.
The piece: Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel in Vine Green
The investment: Approximately $901.54
Why it's worth it: With the New Year just weeks away, we can't think of a better way to kick off 2013 than with a brand-new bag. Yes, it might just be another excuse to go shopping, but there's no denying the star quality of this gorgeous green Alexander Wang Rocco duffel. With style setters and stars around the world sporting iterations of the Rocco season after season, the sporty-cum-chic silhouette has become a classic in its own right. And now that Wang signed on as Balenciaga's new creative director, we expect the Rocco to be even bigger next year. What's more, the refreshing vine-green hue — we love how it contrasts against the bag's iconic studs at the bottom — is right in line with 2013's colour of the year. Thanks to the roomy size and handy two-strap option (it also comes with a shoulder strap), this stunner is perfect for toting around all day, every day. What more convincing do you need?
Bags really are a woman's best friend. They hold all our essentials, protect our most precious bits and pieces and, not least of all, they're ace at jazzing up outfits. Show us a gorgeous bag that's in mini size, and we're basically slave to whoever created it. They're teeny-tiny, they look beautiful and classy, and when we carry them, we get a much-needed breather from the massive bags we tote around day in, day out (buh-bye, back pain). Plus, there's the small fact that with mini bags, you can add a bit of designer goodness to your life for just a couple hundred bucks. Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Diane Kruger have all jumped on the micro bag bandwagon — here are our top ten picks!
How does an invitation-only shopping site where private sales from the likes of Balenciaga, Prada, Gucci and Stella McCartney are a daily occurrence to members sound? Yep, thought so. Want in on the latest online destination that prides itself on designer accessories for less? Welcome to Reebonz — where membership is as easy as a click of a button and designer goods are premium, authentic and minus added fees. How it works is simple: Reebonz holds shopping events where members are invited to shop from a selection of designer goods at discounted prices. The two or three day events include labels from Céline to Chloé, and the price you see on screen is the final price you pay at checkout, which means no shipping or additional hidden costs.
Affordable luxury sound too good to be true? Reebonz also offers Layby options, which means the cost of a handbag can be broken down into easy fortnightly payments, so you don't ever have to worry about missing out on a sale due to the wrong end of your pay cycle! To sweeten the deal even more, Reebonz are offering lucky FabSugar Australia readers $35 worth of credits when you sign up here. Got a shopping itch to scratch? See you in the member's lounge!
Satchels are one of our favorite handbag styles — they're versatile, stylish, and instantly add a menswear touch to any look. Fun fact: satchels were popularised in the 17th century and even predated the backpack! Suffice to say, this trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so with that in mind, we've rounded up five fabulous satchels that you need to get your hands on. From classic to studded, we've got you covered.
Along with shoes, a fab bag is one accessory that we're prepared to spend the big bucks on. Celebs know just as well as us that switching up your handbag is the easiest way to change up your look and add some designer cred to an otherwise ho-hum ensemble. Worn leather satchels, like Nicky Hilton's Balenciaga screams effortless cool; sophisticated totes like Sienna's YSL are a favoured by celebrity luxury, and Rachel Bilson's ladylike Chanel 2.55 is a coveted classic. Click through to see which celebs tote what.
Designer label Pour La Victoire has recently undergone a major overhaul and they asked Aussie model Jess Hart to be part of the upcoming campaign. Jess was shot by uber-photographer Terry Richardson (who seems to be very busy with Australian models these days!) in a nightclub on New York's Upper East Side, and we've gotta say, the result is amazing! Jess is looking as gorgeous as ever, modelling the brand's bags and shoes to perfection. Want to get acquainted with the designer label? We love this Pour La Victoire handbag — it's a similar shape to the one Jess is spruiking, and exactly what we hope to be carrying to and from work, come spring-time.