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.

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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 4.47.11 PMJudith Leiber Couture Collection via ModaOperandi.com

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.

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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.

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