Accessories Talk: NYFW SS17 Best of the Bags

Loving this bag strap! Rachel Guillaume photo for Sarara Couture. SS17 street style.

Loving this bag strap! Rachel Guillaume photo for Sarara Couture. SS17 street style.

It’s extremely hard to admit that indeed, I was not that into bags until well through college. There I said it.  Maybe I just used my “school” bag so much (pause for gasp) I just never used anything else, but my jean pockets and that, gulp, book bag. It was the 90s I blame it on that….. Then when I moved to Brazil that all changed. I did my doctorate there in the early 2000s. It was then that I got back into the creativity and joys that fashion design has to offer. Maybe it was the fresh coconut water, fruit availability, the music, Copacabana, the walks, bus rides ( you need to carry your stuff around when you don’t have your own car)…. or maybe it was just their take on bags; from bohemian styles, straw bags, recycled plastics to various color options.  I’d always loved jewelry and that whole history that comes with it, but “the bag” had meant nothing to me. Then all of a sudden I had…well let’s just say more than 10 where there had been only 1 or 2. I began to use the objects I once thought only utilitarian to add something to my wardrobe as well, I figured out they were yes….accessories!

What does this have to do with fashion week? Glad you asked. On the streets during this time can be found one of the biggest free for all, eye candy shows of amazing bags to behold.  The bloggers, stylists, designers, models, fashion fanatics, just whip out everything from the latest Chanel or Gucci to unique vintage finds.  What did we spot this time? Glad you asked…yet again:)  There were some themes in terms of modern lines, smaller shapes, chains and grommets, metallic details, lucite, color block bags, interesting shapes and even surprises.  We shot lots of inspiration images on the streets for you to wet your whistle with and get those creative juices flowing next time you are pursuing a new purse. Now some of these are in the higher investment piece area in terms of price. I have also included some ideas that are priced less.

THE HANDBAGS:

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Fantastic look with this oversized tote or the new it bag the “Bazar” Balenciaga. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Black and white Prada, in a smaller size. The contrast is chic! Rachel G image.

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Structured and bejeweled. Fairy tale style bag Dolce and Gabbana Autumn 2014. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Mother and Daughter duo. I think the bags are Valentino- maybe the mini?Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Bing Walton in between shows. Taken outside the Proenza venue. Loving this modern fanny pack look on her. Rachel Guillaume photo.

Smaller scaled structured bags. Baby pink Prada bag. Caught by Rachel Guillaume photo.

Smaller scaled structured bags. Baby pink Prada bag. Caught by Rachel Guillaume photo.

Provenza Schouler Hava Bag.

Provenza Schouler Hava Bag.

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This bag has a very 80s vintage look with the zip top! Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Rachel Guillaume photo for Sarara Couture. Golden chain detail and the Mondrian style color block suede make this a fun bag!

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A great little check bag, yet another colorful option! Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Kate Spade Crab bag. Out of Stock. Rachel G photograph.

More chain details. Photo Rachel.

More chain details. Photo Rachel.

Love bag.

Les Petits Joueurs Women’s Gold Alex Mini Pleated Leather Crossbody Bag. Link in photo.

Our Lust List:

This Dionysus bag is great with the hand effect, Gucci has really brought out the guns on design lately.

This Dionysus bag is great with the hand effect, Gucci has really brought out the guns on design lately. Gucci image, linked.

Vintage Rambler on etsy bag image of a 70s Char bag. Any boho bag by Char is a big YES. In this color and style =LUST..... You can get lucky and sometimes find her bags on etsy or eBay on 1stdibs they command more. Rare.

Vintage Rambler on etsy bag image of a 70s Char bag. Any boho bag by Char is a big YES. In this color and style =LUST….. You can get lucky and sometimes find her bags on etsy or eBay on 1stdibs they command more. Rare.

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Cambridge Satchel Company. They have worked with J. Crew and I’ve seen it on Gilt once for less than 200. Their site has the most options.

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Gucci Ghost bag. Image from Gucci site, link in image.

Angular Pouch by Anthropologie.com, image link via their site.

Angular Pouch by Anthropologie.com, image link via their site.

Chloe patchwork Drew bag.

Chloe patchwork Drew bag.

Vintage Vespa Bag. Toilette's Vintage on Rubylane. $48.

Vintage Vespa Bag. Toilette’s Vintage on Rubylane. $48.

Edie Parker "Downtown" bag, filed under their custom designs. I love her work, vintage and modern! Brett has her hand in both when designing these. From the edie_parker instagram account. Linked image Edie Parker.

Edie Parker “Downtown” bag, filed under their custom designs. I love her work, vintage and modern! Brett has her hand in both when designing these. From the edie_parker instagram account. Linked image Edie Parker.

Zara fabric mini. Image Zara, linked.

Zara fabric mini. Image Zara, linked.

Always a classic, vintage 1990s Chanel lambskin bag. From 1stdibs dealer: Endappi.

Always a classic, vintage 1990s Chanel lambskin bag. From 1stdibs dealer: Endappi.

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Valentino Rockstud Untitled Clutch. I say this with a bit of sadness as I have a vintage brown envelope bag about the same size and I was happy to be the only one with this style! While it is not the exact match, my loss is your gain. Studs and all… Link in Valentino image.

Mr. Ernest vintage magazine bag. Memphis Vintage, etsy.

Mr. Ernest vintage magazine bag. Memphis Vintage, etsy.

Zara leather "back pack", I like the way it can be worn cross body back or front.

Zara leather “back pack”, I like the way it can be worn cross body back or front. Zara image, linked.

Recycled computer keyboard bag by Joao Sabino, linked image by Keybag.

Recycled computer keyboard bag by Joao Sabino, linked image by Keybag.

Stated Style on etsy. Vintage Moschino Fanny Pack.

Stated Style on etsy. Vintage Moschino Fanny Pack.

Accessories Talk: The Shoe Lined Streets of NYFW SS 17

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New York Fashion Week Moment. Photo by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture.

Every season, what I most look forward to are the accessories we see on the streets. Some of those of course are entering the shows.   Now, it is true that of a few of these are given by the designers to the wearers and represent the runways.  However, the unique interpretations we see outside each fashion week keep us smiling and inspiring. I love what the the models wear in between shows, their own interpretations, the writers, the editors etc.  It’s not about the “trend”, but about how everyone makes their own looks using these little accessories gems.  There were some definite themes and some fun inspiration possibilities this season.  Designers were mixing it up with straight off the runway fall collection availability and change was in the air. We saw metallics shoes and accents, cat eye styles and mirrored sunglasses (hail to the 80s and 90s -yes I remember these- as a baby;) #iwish #oldish), stripes, things also were a bit punk or studded, light denim was about, handbags are smaller and belts are big again, just to summarize a few things we spied. What I love about street style, is in the way everyone seems to be in a rhythm….giving us hints about fashion weeks to come….Yet showing us what can be made wearable. Yes it is a high stakes game, but there are true flashes of brilliance and realism there too.

This time we wanted to pull together some looks we spotted and coveted by accessory type, giving readers some alternatives as to where to find those piece or something similar they desire. There is always a lot of vintage used during fashion week which I applaud, so we will do our best to discuss a few options! One thing is for sure this fall and coming spring seems to be all about the shoes. Embroidered, colorful, metallic, studded, metal details…..it’s time to pamper your foot.

THE SHOE CUT:

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachael Guillaume.

New York Fashion Week , SS 17 street style. Rachel Guillaume shot.

Metallic tennis inspiration!

Metallic tennis inspiration and the power of a good Adidas. Knotted slip on sneaker by No. 21. See link. Rachel G image.

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See through boots by Noelle, feel a bit naughty and I know some anti toe people won’t feel that these are for them. I thought they were unique and let me say pointed heel fans will be happy as they are indeed something we see in the coming year. Rachel Guillaume photo.

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Obsessed with these velvet Prada sandals, just a tad 90s-reminding me of the good old days! Rachel Guillaume photo.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

Nina Garcia rocking these bad boys. Prada velvet sandals. Photo by Rachel.

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Rachel Guillaume photo. See more of her photographs via her instagram. Link in photo.

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Gunmetal metallic boots, Spotted on the street and snapped by Rachel. SS17

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Givenchy velvet and mother of pearl boot. Sold out. Snapped by Rachel. SS17.

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Fashion work casual. Caught by Rachel.

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Street style, Givenchy Boot. NYFW SS17. Image by Rachel.

OUR PICKS:

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Leather lace up Pom Pom sandals. Zara, link in photo.

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Anthropologie sneaker. Link in image. Anthropologie photo

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their "Trezzo" version also fits the bill.

Narcissa by Aldo Shoes. Their “Trezzo” version also fits the bill. Aldo Shoe image, link in image.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes....However red shoes are fun if done right so have a bit of fun this year.

Zara red leather mules. There is a saying in the south that only hookers or kids wear red shoes (there I said it)….However; red shoes can be chic, just in the right dose. Have a bit of fun this year!

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link.

ROCHAS Enea Sequined Mary Jane Heels. Via Moda Operandi. Image link. These could be an accident waiting to happen, but the scale sequins have me all in….

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16.

Spotted on Brian Atwoods instagram (which is a fun follow by the way) Fall16. Brian Atwood image.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

Asos has some great options like these Monki lace ups.

YSL Star sneaker. Image link via Saint Laurent.

Saint Laurent Star sneaker. Image link via their website.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Okay so maybe you need a star boot? Saint Laurent star boot, image link.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

Acne Studios. Adriana Metallic sneakers.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

AQUAZZURA Christy shoe. Image Aquazzura Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Gucci metallic embellished sandal. Net a Porter.

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey - The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Adidas Gold! This cool shoot shown via the instagram account of stylist and BHG contributor Deanna.Dewey – The shoe appears to be sold out on Asos but there is an option in the photo link!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Fenty Puma by Rihanna sneaker boot. Her creepers are also going to be restocked soon!

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Zara silver laminate leather ankle boot.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake.

Gucci crossover sandal with snake. Image link via Gucci.

ELLERY Desmond Velvet Boot Via Moda Operandi. link image.

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Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Louis Vuitton Sandal, image link via their website.

Boots by Balmain.

Boots by Balmain.

VINTAGE FINDS:

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

YSL vintage denim shoes, on eBay. The kind of great score you can run across.

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

90s Red Velvet Prada Sandals. If you can find these they are a lot of fun for the coming seasons. Image by Sarara Couture. We had them but of course they sold quickly!

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Times Vixen 1970s Glam Rock Platforms. Available on 1stdibs. See image link.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins.

Hell Hound Vintage, 1990s Floral Doc Martins. Docs in black would be a great basic for the fall as well.

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1970s Gold platforms, from Birthday Life Vintage. Size 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Week Accessories Street Style 2016- Personal Favorites!

Street shot, now I must say turquoise is a personal favorite color so I cannot get enough. Hannan Saleh image.

Street shot, now I must say turquoise is a personal favorite color so I cannot get enough. Hannan Saleh image.

I’ve already wrapped up our street style and SS 2016 accessories forecast report for New York on and off the runway…. However; I really couldn’t get enough of street style this season, so I decided to conclude my accessories inspiration extravaganza with some of my favorite looks as shot by the lovely Hannan Saleh, for us at Sarara Couture.  I think a blogazine like this one, needs to showcase how individuals interpret and wear jewelry, hats, bags, shoes, rings and beyond.

I love personalized items- that is pieces that we find that speak to us for whatever reason.... Hannan photograph. 2016

I love personalized items- that is pieces that we find that speak to us for whatever reason…. Hannan photograph. 2016

 

Why do we wear accessories? What role do they play in our daily lives. For some of us we have a fear of them and how to wear them, for others they are part of the dialogue that makes us who we are. I am one who feels naked without them.  Accessories are truly part of our material culture- physical objects that offer clues about our cultures and ideologies. They speak to our roles in society, beliefs, gender and status…. I think as the international fashion week scene wrap up and Paris begins and ends there is still a bit more room for a little New York inspiration.  This city offers a panorama of visual stimulus and messages through accessories.  Hannan has a great eye for those moments, so enjoy a curated look at my personal favorite NYFW street style highlights from SS 2016. These are the things I would wear, inspire from and adore regardless of the trends.  All below images were shot by Hannan- so let’s discuss-

NYFW SS2016, the perfect sunglass look. Captured by Hannan.

NYFW SS2016, the perfect sunglass look. Captured by Hannan.

Bag envy, captured at NYFW, street style image. Hannan.

Bag envy, captured at NYFW, street style image. Hannan.

Layered necklaces and an a modern take on the 1970s.

Layered necklaces and an a modern take on the 1970s makes this so appealing to me.

Giovanna Battaglia fashion editor wearing the best little golden bow belt! Hannan Saleh photo.

Giovanna Battaglia fashion editor wearing the best little golden bow belt! Hannan Saleh photo.

Gucci and snake rings...yes..

Gucci and snake rings…yes.. As seen on Natalie Joos.

Accessories inspiration in an easy breezy knotted scarf. Hannan photograph.

Accessories inspiration in an easy breezy knotted scarf. Hannan photograph.

The style maker in an easy vintage inspired flight suit look/jumper and a touch of silver and gold.

The style maker Sarah Rutson in an easy vintage inspired flight suit look/jumper and a touch of silver and gold.

TK wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann style it up in an effortless way. The models and Vogue contributors are a street style duo that continue to heat up the pavement!

TK wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann style it up in an effortless way. The models and Vogue contributors are a street style duo that continue to heat up the pavement!

A little yellow Chanel bag never hurt anyone....

A little yellow Chanel bag never hurt anyone….

NYFW street style image 2016. One of my favorites for the pop of red and the Lanvin necklace used in a unexpected combo of urban western.

NYFW street style image 2016. One of my favorites for the pop of red and the Lanvin necklace used in a unexpected combo of urban western.

Big green rings...

Big green rings…

Can't get enough of big mod silver cuffs ever....

Can’t get enough of big mod silver cuffs ever….

Perfectly placed belt!

Perfectly placed belt!

Arm candy and a good smile. Great accessories inspiration.

Arm candy and a good smile. Great accessories inspiration.

Love everything about this necklace and look!

Love everything about this necklace and look! I mean what is this bag, where can I find one?

A little 60s bag inspiration.

A little 60s bag inspiration.

Men can accessorize too, good mix up.

Men can accessorize too, good mix up.

This red Valentino bag and basics is a great reminder of jeans, white and a pop of color in our main accessory goes a long way.

This red Valentino bag and basics is a great reminder of jeans, white and a pop of color in our main accessory goes a long way.

Stacked necklaces is always fun and adds a personal touch.

Stacked necklaces is always fun and adds a personal touch.

Long earrings in a fresh fun way.

Long earrings in a fresh fun way.

 

Walk Like An Egyptian Red Carpet Style-Harley Viera Newton for Judith Leiber

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Image via Judith Leiber.com/Rights Reserved. Couture skull bag.

So, I admit I have a love – hate thing with Judith Leiber bags. I either love them, especially her 1970s clutches or it just doesn’t do it for me. That said, I kind of feel that this is due to custom nature of the designs, it is meant to be that way- a bag sort of speaks to you or doesn’t. One of my favorites designs features a snake as seen below. Examples of the 70s styles include both crystal and exotic skin bags. Judith Leiber was a pioneer in terms of women designing bags, as the first woman accepted into the handbag guild. She has been creating these accessories for first ladies and the red carpet since 1953 (Her company was officially founded in 1963). Now in her 90s, and a survivor of the holocaust, she is an inspiration.  Judith moved to New York with her husband and focused on her dreams. I personally remember learning about her time working with one of my favorite accessories designers- Nettie Rosenstein. Her bags are now in various museum collections like the Met, as well as her own official one located in East Hampton. The Judith Leiber museum contains over 900 bags. Since many designs were limited or couture, the museum must be still searching some of the rarer ones to add to that archive.

As of more recent years something which bridges fashion accessories and the Judith Leiber vintage designs seems to be happening. Who could forget the cupcake bag via Sex and the City…..Well, that was just the beginning of a sort of renewed interest in the designs. Today, in part this is due to the appointment of Ana Matheson as creative director.

This rejuvenated interest in her bags, includes a whole new young client base, and you can see this in the choice of designs as of late. Per this bag, front and center on the website- called the  BELA LAUGOSI  Skull bag. The company seems to be producing some fashion forward couture bags which bridge the gap between past and present.


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The newest endeavor for S/S 15 is pure fashion fun. Harley Viera Newton, a New York DJ, model by trade and a new fashion favorite worked with the iconic bag company to create a couture collection. She describes her discovery of Judith Leiber in the recent Elle magazine interview.

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Vintage accessories lovers can relate to her enthusiasm and most have at least one of Leiber’s bags in their collection.  ModaOperandi.com has the Harley collaboration for preorder now exclusively. One thing you will notice is what a bargain the 70s snake bag may seem to be! However, the Harley collection does feature thousands of quality crystals and 24K gilt on some of the bags.

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Judith Leiber Couture bags-image via ModaOperandi.com- snapped by my computer as I shopped!

In terms of reviewing the designs, her creations for Judith Leiber are really a great merge of her interests in Egyptology and the brand’s own Egyptian revival/deco influenced styles of the past. I think a serious collector or red carpet maven could do no wrong having one.

Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Bag

Vintage 70s Leiber crystal bag via our shop. See the bag link for vintage examples.

My anthropology background also relates to her interest in ancient Egypt.  I think she has a whimsical, yet chic approach to the couture bags she’s created.  My favorites bags are the river snake (which actually has a pretty head shape when seen from above), the silver pyramid and the hieroglyph clutch. It features Egyptian hieroglyphics which spell out Judith Leiber as well as Harley. The camel gets an honorable mention for its whimsy! Honestly the winged scarab box clutch isn’t too shabby either! Not to mention the scarab is a sign of rebirth- referring to the Egyptian god which pushed the sun across the sky to be reborn each day. So, it is fitting that this collection highlights a sort of resurgence of interest in Judith Leiber bags.

 

Finell Bags: The Modern Woman’s Carry All

When I saw this lifestyle brand on instagram, I was mesmerized by their new bag line.  At that time I just couldn’t seem to find anywhere to buy one! So, I’m here to introduce you to them… Finell.co — based in the good old US of A. FINELL describes itself as “a designer and manufacturer of neo luxe housewares and fashion accessories, based in Austin, TX. ‘Great design is what drives every part of the FINELL brand’ explains CEO Rebecca Finell. We celebrate simplicity and smart design. We let go of convention to create new utilities and exciting products that redefine modern design.”

If you’ve seen them, but were in the dark, like me, as to where to buy- guess what? They now have them for sale on their online site.  Who knows exactly why these speak so clearly to me? Maybe my husband’s origami tradition/obsession finally trickled down to me unconsciously, but I am loving these bags.  Quite possibly it’s their simple yet modern lines, chic materials, and perfect basic tones.  The “greige” or grey beige style putty colored bag is perfection. Now Finell bags are works of art and priced that way, they range from $95 for a coin bag to $1095 for the tote and everything in between.  You can find the various locations to see one in person listed on Finell.co, but I can tell you Bergdorf Goodman just started carrying them. If the new accessories line, launching soon, is as good (bracelet shown below), they might have to make accessorizing a full time job.  And like us all after a hot summer day, these bags need to be stored in a cool dry place.

Finell Bags

Finell.com images, rights reserved.

Judy Garland Had All the Best Shoes

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“Rainbow” Sandal cork lined and suede. Created for Judy Garland in 1938. © Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

I remember when I first started out and I saw Salvatore Ferragamo shoes from the 80s, I’m like what’s the big deal? Then I saw the Judy Garland rainbow platform shoe above made in yes 1938, yeah he invented the platform, the cage heel, the wedge- you name he probably did it first. He started making shoes at 9. His items were handmade and until the 60s and when he died he was still designing. He worked in California making a name for himself in the late teens early 1920s, before returning to Italy to start the brand. The Ferragamo museum in Italy is a must see for the history of the fashion shoe. Maybe I need those reissued rainbow platforms? Ferragamo where ever you are, because I’m feeling very over the rainbow today. In 2010 they reissued 80 iconic models in limited quantities sold at select Ferragamo boutiques around the world… Maybe it’s time to pony up. Well, actually now these will be harder to find and more expensive-so probably should have bought them when they reissued the fab shoe in the first place….Better late than never. Let the hunt begin!