Alexander Wang has only been at Balenciaga for a couple of years, but he’s already left a mark on the house’s bag game. His latest addition? The Neo Classic Mini, a petite shoulder bag with a chain strap that has street-style star written all over it.

Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini

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This newest style builds off the Balenciaga heritage while keeping the designer’s modern aesthetic in mind. The duo of top-notch leather and minimal hardware has become a signature within Alexander’s namesake label, so its no surprise that the formula also works for the iconic French house.

Currently, the $1,635 bag comes in black, navy, and a very photogenic shade of bubblegum pink. And in January, a limited-edition, electric-blue option will hit the brand’s online store. All eyes are on February though, when it’s pretty much guaranteed that the Neo Classic Mini will be spotted on shoulders throughout fashion month.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 18, 2014

Gone Girl lead actress Rosamund Pike is on a roll. Her latest project? Collaborating with British brand L.K.Bennett on a collection of carryalls. With clean lines and eye-catching leathers, her namesake styles – the Rosamund and its smaller sister, the Rosie – are poised to become the next attainable It bags.

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On the appeal of L.K.Bennett’s sophisticated look, Pike gushes to InStyle: “I think that L.K.Bennett is the perfect brand for the working woman because it gives you that ability to feel dressed and polished without feeling overdone.”

And the totable, boxy satchels do just that. I’m envisioning the reptilian ones on my arm at the office, at the supermarket, and pretty much everywhere.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 13, 2014

Pop art sculpture. The desirable Hermès Birkin bag. What happens when these two icons unite? One hot-ticket auction item comes up for grabs.

Jeff Koons Birkin Sculpture

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Artist Jeff Koons customized Birkins and worked them into one-of-a-kind sculptures, which will sell to the highest bidders over the weekend in New York City. But these aren’t your average Birkins (as if such a thing even exists). Notable personalities donated the bags for this project, including Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg.

The winners of these covetable pieces won’t just have new décor for their living rooms – they’ll also be benefiting Project Perpetual, an art philanthropy that supports the United Nations Foundation.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 6, 2014

Getting around in extreme weather can certainly be a battle, especially when you’re trying to look chic while pounding the pavement. Take a cue from the fall runways and look for of-the-moment utilitarian details (think exposed zippers and oversized pockets) to elevate the pieces you’ll wear all season.

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  1. Movado “Sportivo” Watch. A sporty watch flawlessly complements your urban uniform.
  2. Rebecca Taylor Tweed Long Coat. This classic black-and-white tweed coat boasts deep front pockets that are big enough to warm cold hands and hold an extra pair of gloves.
  3. Design History Ribbed Fisherman Sweater. I want to live in warm, chunky knits all season. Comfy and cozy? Yes, please.
  4. Tom Ford “Alix” Leather Tote. Padlock your valuables to protect them from the perfect storm in the front pocket of this richly hued bag.
  5. Jimmy Choo “Youth” Waxed Suede Boot. Walk the walk in boots that already look like they’ve trudged through the snow. Tough hardware gives this pair an edge.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 27, 2014

Ever wondered if Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s home is full of quirky accents just like her shoe designs? Well, cue the shrieks of excitement. The Coveteur was just granted exclusive access into her North Kensington London flat.

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Her Charlotte Olympia label has graced the feet of shoe addicts since 2008 with all things whimsical – think coveted Kitty flats, ice cream cone heels, and sky-high gold platforms. After raiding her enviable shoe closet, The Coveteur dove into Charlotte’s newly launched Leading Lady handbag collection. Named after Old Hollywood icons like Dean, Bogart, Gable, and Astaire, the bags are geared toward the 9-to-5 set in sleek yet functional leather silhouettes.

Although the new totes and boxy top-handle bags are perfect for the office, Charlotte’s offbeat shoes are more my style. Hint, hint, Santa.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 22, 2014

Investing in quality staples can mean long-term savings – but, contrary to popular belief, simple must-haves don’t have to be basic. Here, I’ve picked style-savvy updates on the most overworked items in your fall wardrobe. From edgy eyewear to a black bag with striking hardware, these trends are worth buying in to.

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  1. Mackage “Paulina” Merlot Wool Blend & Leather Coat. A traditional wool style is made current with an of-the-moment hue and leather trim.
  2. Catherine Malandrino “Karen” Leather Pant. Replace your go-to skinnies with this versatile pant for an instant dose of luxury.
  3. Chloé “Drew” Small Shoulder Bag. Minimalist hardware has maximum effect on this classically tailored shoulder bag.
  4. Super Unisex “Andrea” Sunglasses. For an approachable look, choose tortoiseshell when trying an edgy frame shape.
  5. Valentino “Rockstud” Patent Leather Ballet Flat. Swap out your basic black flat for this pointed-toe patent pair in a color combo that goes with everything. It’s a commuter’s best friend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 20, 2014

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

Gift Pick: Franchi "Alma" Silk Clutch

Franchi “Alma” Silk Clutch
You know this friend. She always has plans when the weekend rolls around and her closet is stacked with party dresses and six-inch heels. Finding a gift that will match it all? Easy. It’s this studded silk clutch. Guaranteed to jazz up any LBD, she’ll have room for all her going-out essentials – credit card, phone, and lipstick. And with its convenient gold chain strap, there will be no awkward under-the-arm juggling once she’s working the room with a flute of bubbly in hand. That sounds like something worth toasting to.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #4: Extended holiday returns. Purchase now. Return through January 15.

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November 18, 2013

Dooney & Bourke. The name is an American classic, but I’m willing to bet there’s a lot you don’t know about how these duck-branded handbags and accessories got to be so popular (besides their good looks, that is). Here’s the breakdown.

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1975: Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke launch their namesake leather goods line in South Norwalk, CT. Preppy striped surcingle belts and oh-so-dapper suspenders form the foundation of the business.

1981: Dooney & Bourke branches out into the handbag biz with the release of their Tack Case and Equestrian Bag, both made from bridle leather.

1983: The brand releases its first All-Weather Leather (AWL) handbag collection. Moisture slides off the 100% waterproof leather like water off a duck’s back, hence the line’s distinctive oval leather duck logo.

1997: Dooney.com launches, introducing lots and lots of American-made handbags and accessories to the interwebs.

2006 – 2008: Young celebs Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere collaborate with Dooney & Bourke to create namesake styles – a.k.a. the “Emma” and the “Hayden” – that add versatility to the brand’s offerings.

July 24, 2013: This now-iconic leather goods brand makes its Rue La La debut. Oh, happy day.

Our Dooney & Bourke Boutique opens Wednesday, July 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2013

That brand new bag you just purchased a few months ago? You know, the one that’s the perfect shade for chillier temps – a deep red, or an olive green? Well, I’ve got great news for you: that bag doesn’t have to be retired just because the seasons have turned. In fact, sometimes those earthy hues can be paired with shades worthy of spring for some very unexpected – and totally stylish – color combos.

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See? Paired with the right springy colors, these bags make the transition easy. So go ahead and shop – and never be deterred by seasonal colors again.

Our Foley + Corinna Boutique opens Friday, January 11, at 11AM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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