Who doesn’t love an extra hand? Crossbody bags are no longer just a sluggish sack for lugging school books. With the introduction of chain links, metal accents, fringe and ruffles, crossbody bags are making a fabulous return and great alternative for work, evening and play.
When UGG Australia announced its collaboration with the celebrity run-to footwear company, Jimmy Choo, we envisioned: something comfy (maybe with a heel), as an Ugg boot should be. Something affordable, like the Jimmy Choo/H&M capsule and, at the least, something refreshingly classic, without losing both brand identities. Think the Jimmy Choo/Hunter rainboots.
However, we’ve missed out on all that we’ve banked on, as the newly launched shoes are written off as a starry disgrace to the in-crowd and landing on the feet of Nicky Hilton and tweens everywhere.
The first look: an all-black cushion bedazzled in miniature white stars - catching the attention of famed Hilton sister, Nicky. She tweeted about her "purchase" last week:
"All you got to say is, ‘Batman to the cave!' and everybody lose they job that day." That happens to be a quote from one of my favorite movies, but I will leave the guessing up to you. Nonetheless, when I think of Batman, I think of an attractive man in tights; but when I think of Robin, the image of that dreadful little yellow cape comes to mind - and I hope he's reading. The demand for capes is currently at its highest, in the world of fashion. From the runway to the streets outside of fashion week tents, you can find some of today's hottest fashion icons donning the trend. From wools to artificial furs and from khaki to bright blue - locate a cape that complements your identity and style. Here in Gotham City itself, it's a little cold (brr!), so be sure to have bundles of fun layering with knits and bottoms to pull of your next adventurous look.
Don't want to wear too much black whilst bringing in the New Year? I don't blame you. Put on a white dress that is sure to capture all the marks and stains caused by a night of excitement, new beginnings and regrets. The White Dress is not only a dramatic party choice, but perfect for the nights you'd like to pretend that you're an angel. With a variation of looks ranging from Red Valentino ($895) to Jil Sander ($1675) - channel your inner Temperley London catwalk and show just how angelic you can be.
“When the weather outside is frightful” fashion is always so delightful. This season brought the return of our fine feathered friends in collections from Marc Jacobs to Maï Lamore. If your style is more simplistic and you’re not into dressing like a peacock or a parrot, then do the next best thing and accessorize. Shoes, rings and even necklaces are being decorated with these exotic birds; so anyone and everyone can be a part of this trend. Watch out fashionistas--exotic birds are flying into a department store near you. Are you ready to embrace them?
There's more to rain than just umbrellas and rain boots-there's brands like Burberry and Hunter, providing refreshing items that can ease up the rainy days. Usually, one would don their dowdiest looks to get muddy and wet in. Yet, since Prada's fall debut of thigh high galoshes and body conscious wools, it's possible to look your best during a mad drizzle. With the recent launch of Burberry's Art of the Trench - showcasing savvy spenders in their best trench coat gear - we've become inspired by rain looks you can try, channeling Mary Kate Olsen and Kate Moss in their rainy best. Our fall rainy best picks are: a printed Roberto Cavalli Trench ($3588, www.luisaviaroma.com), fun Marc by Marc Jacobs umbrella ($18, Marc by Marc Jacobs stores), metallic Hunter boots ($115, Bloomingdales) and Burberry Canvas Monogram ($6485, www.burberry.com) - just to name a few.
We all come in different shapes and sizes. We have different personalities and styles. It would be boring if everyone looked and acted the same. So let’s step out of the box and celebrate our uniqueness by adding a little flair to our lives. One of the most interesting trends this season is irregular shapes by way of purses. Bottega Veneta, Chanel and Roger Vivier are just three designers bringing eccentric shapes to every day purses and clutches. Asymmetrical patterns, unlikely materials and odd shapes come together to create these unequaled designs. Have fun picking out the bag that best matches your personality for a one-of-a-kind look ready to rival anyone.
John Galliano has injected the fun back into jewelry with his latest statement necklaces. A welcome alternative to classic silver and ghetto gold, Galliano’s colorful neckwear is playful, yet classic, and perfect for fall. The Deco-like necklaces from the Resort 2009 collection look good enough to eat, taking inspiration from childhood ‘candy necklaces’ with their mismatched diamante, glass and enamel chunks. Galliano says the exuberant collection came from the concept of “a kid playing around with Hollywood glamour.”
Every A-lister knows nothing says Hollywood glamour better than a pair of bejeweled shoes. But, thanks to fashion’s latest love affair with crystal-embellished shoes, there’s no need to wait for a red-carpet event to wear these show-stoppers.
From classics like Sergio Rossi's jewel-encrusted nude strappy sandals and Valentino's blue peep-toe pumps, to Michael Kors' 80s-style gold courts and Armani's crystal animal-print platforms, there’s a glass slipper to fit every foot. Even die-hard rock chicks can play Cinderella with toughened up versions of the trend, like Brian Atwood's studded platform pumps and Armani's bejeweled flat boots. Forget diamonds- this season, crystals are a girl’s best friend.
Will our love affair with the clutch bag ever end? While roomy totes and long-strapped purses all have their place, the clutch has always felt that little bit more special. Perhaps this is because it is the favored arm candy of a-listers on red carpets across the globe, or maybe it’s the way it feels extra-precious as you grasp cautiously at it on a night out, rather than the usual shoulder bags that you let swing precariously by your side. Regardless of why you find it so special, these latest offerings have something even better to offer than your average strapless purse; say hello to the embellished clutch.