Archive for the 'Handbags' Category

Deal of the Day

March 4, 2011

There’s not too much explanation needed here — we’re looking at a vintage CHANEL Black Jumbo Flap Bag for $2,199. If you bought this bag at Chanel today, you’d pay over $4,000, and honestly, it probably wouldn’t be as cool as this vintage version. This bag will absolutely never go out of style, so when you think of $2,199 over the next 20 years, this bag pays for itself easily!

Don’t believe the hype? Check out some pics below to see the many who worship at the altar of the Chanel Flap bag, or shop our entire collection of pre-owned Chanel:

Nicole Richie

Victoria Beckham

Kourtney Kardashian

Nicky Hilton

Kate Hudson

Alexa Chung

Karolina Kurkova


Oscar recap!

March 1, 2011

Now that we’ve had a day to let the fashion sink in, it’s time to round up the favorites! Let’s start with Mila Kunis, radiant in Elie Saab. I love the lavender on her complexion, and the flawlessly tailored gown with peekaboo lace was romantic, fashion-forward and a little bit naughty.  I think she just killed it on the red carpet this awards season and I’m hoping she’s nominated much more in the future so we can see her choices. Like the ring she’s wearing on her pointer finger? Try something like this Vintage Diamond Flower Ring for a similar romantic effect.

Hailee Steinfeld was the other red carpet standout this season in my opinion, and she didn’t go wrong here with this custom made Marchesa dress. I could not imagine something more befitting a 14-year-old Oscar nominee–the gorgeous detailing, nude color and tea length were just perfection in my book. She wisely chose to keep the jewelry to a minimum, but picked a small silver Ferragamo bag — get something similar with this Prada leather and crystal clutch.

While this is admittedly not a look that everyone can pull off, I am so grateful that Cate Blanchett chose this unusual Givenchy Haute Couture gown. The combination of the pale lilac and yellow is totally inspired, and her very minimal (but flawless) hair and makeup lets the dress shine. Go understated like Cate with these 18-karat gold Henry Dunay door knocker earrings — she definitely didn’t need diamonds to dazzle.

While there were several of Anne Hathaway’s dresses that impressed me during the telecast, I think I liked this Versace cranberry-colored gown the best. It felt very modern without being overdone, and the color is just fabulous on her. Go for a long, black embellished bag like Anne’s to keep the look current. I like this Dolce & Gabbana Black Snakeskin and Satin version.

Now this is how you do 65. Helen Mirren knows exactly how to dress her figure to show it off without looking like she’s trying too hard. This Vivienne Westwood Couture does all that and more — it accentuates her waist and covers the arms without feeling too covered up. She goes stately with her diamond jewels, but it works for this revered Dame. Try a pair of pearl drops when you want to keep it classy like Helen — how about these diamond and Tahitian pearl earrings in 14-karat white gold?

Last but not least, I just loved Sandra Bullock in bright red Vera Wang. Completely timeless, totally elegant and styled to perfection. So simple it seems effortless. I particularly liked her choice of two single-row diamond bangles: She didn’t feel the need to wear a ton of bling to make the look red-carpet worthy. Get your own set on Portero with this group of three diamond-studded bangles.

Look of the Day: Kate Bosworth

February 23, 2011

I’m really digging the monochromatic Burberry Prorsum look Kate Bosworth wore to the British brand’s Fall 2011 presentation. Her cropped leather trench and gold-studded skirt are not for the shy, but I love the structured embellishments and the pattern-on-pattern play. (Apparently Kate said that while the skirt is not uncomfortable to sit in, it is extremely heavy. Fashion as exercise?)

I think this would work well in other colors too – as long as you keep the color scheme the same from head to toe, you’re good to go.

Get a similar look by pairing this Burberry Nickie Mega Stud Tote:

…with a 2011 Balenciaga Higgings motorcycle jacket in brown:

Image via JustJared

Grammy Glamour

February 14, 2011

Alright, I’m just going to say it: I found the Grammys kind of fun last night. Even though the winners were completely predicted by the performance right before, and even though Rihanna looks good but can’t really sing live, there were still some surprises and some great clothes. Unlike the super safe movie awards gowns, the Grammys give celebs a chance to get sassy and show their personalities. Case in point: Jennifer Hudson in Versace, Neil Lane Jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes. By far my favorite of the night, she had just the right amount of shimmer, sex appeal and class to feel rock and roll without going overboard.

Jennifer Lopez went for ultra silver shimmer in her Pucci mini, Cartier jewels, Swarovski clutch and Louboutins, but it works. She followed the rule of short skirt, long sleeves, and went minimal on the hair and makeup. The Grammys are really all about the sequin, so JLo knew that to make a statement, she’d have to rock the look from head to toe.

My final favorite was Lea Michele, also opting for Pucci. But her dress couldn’t be more different than JLo’s – instead of sparkle, she chose a plunging neckline with lace inserts and a sky-high slit. The hot pink lips and Lorraine Schwartz bracelet were the perfect additions to a slinky, sultry ensemble.

If you want to get your own red carpet rock and roll look, a silver clutch will never do you wrong. Here are some of our favorites:

JUDITH LEIBER Silver Chatelaine Minaudiere Evening Bag

ZAGLIANI

Metallic Gunmetal Python Plum Clutch

 

 

 

 

JUDITH LEIBER

 

 

 

Black & Metallic Silver Leather Austrian Crystal Evening Clutch


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punch of Color

February 7, 2011

If you haven’t seen True Grit, I totally recommend it – even if it is just for the movie’s 14-year-old star Hailee Steinfeld. While I really enjoyed the film as a whole, I fell in love with Hailee and her tough-as-nails portrayal of a young girl trying to avenge her father’s death. An even bigger surprise has been this teen’s performance on the red carpet. She has been one of my favorites at the Globes, SAGs and now at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, above, wearing Alberta Ferretti.

Somehow she always manages to look age appropriate and fashion forward at the same time, and I’m particularly loving her pop of red with a cute (and affordable) clutch from H&M and shoes from Aldo. This is a great way to make a solid white or black dress stand out from the crowd. If you do decide to wear shoes and a bag of the same color, try to mix it up with different textures or materials — stay away from pieces that are too matchy-matchy.

Here are some standouts to get you started:

CHANEL 11C Fuschia Patent Classic Quilted WOC Wallet Chain Purse Bag

DARBY SCOTT

Green Python Champagne Hardware Frame Clutch

 

 

 

BOTTEGA VENETA

 

Vintage Bordeaux Woven Suede & Lizard Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image via JustJared

 

Hello, Sailor?

January 10, 2011

Stripes can be terrifying to women, mainly because we were always told to avoid horizontal stripes in order to look as svelte as possible. So what’s a lady to do when these symmetrical lines are back in a big way? Style.com is “In the Mood For: Stripes” this week, and I have to agree that the look is showing up everywhere.

Whether you’re feeling preppy or just a bit avant garde, stripes can convey totally different styles. If you’re not ready to start wearing the lines on your clothes, why not try them on your favorite handbag? Here are my picks for super stripes for 2011:

 

CHANEL Rare Chanel Teeny Tiny Striped Mini Flap Bag


 

ASPREY Signature Steamer Collection Purple Beige Striped Canvas Tote Bag

NANCY GONZALEZ

Black Python and Suede Tote

 

 


 

 

 

First Finds: Zagliani

January 6, 2011

If you haven’t heard of Zagliani before, we’re really excited to introduce you to this unusual, but beautiful, handbag line. Created by an entrepreneurial dermatologist who figured there must be other ways to use his workplace techniques, the collection fuses exotic skins and silicone to create a whole new genre of luxury.

Intrigued yet? Here’s the story: Mauro Orietti-Carella had the novel idea to apply the same concept of Botox on people to the animal skin of bags. Once injected with his certain mix of silicone and resins, the skins are buttery-soft, luxurious, and wear even better than a traditional skin.

Although the Italian brand has been around since 1947, Orietti-Carella got on board in 2006, relaunching the company with a modern face. Regardless of the ‘Botox for Bags’ idea, Zagliani makes gorgeous, timeless bags handcrafted at its factory in Milan.

Check out our just-launched First Finds–with prices up to 55% off retail–now!

 

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year?

December 9, 2010

Presenting: Honeysuckle! This is Pantone’s annual color of the year choice, just in time for your holiday sale shopping. This warm rose color is admittedly feminine, but in my opinion the pretty pink is strong enough to avoid the much-dreaded pastel label. Plus, I love a man in a pink shirt or tie!

Want to get in on the trend early? We totally endorse the gorgeous patent Chanel bag below in nearly the exact shade.

Perfectly Prada

November 10, 2010

Here’s an unusually casual Rihanna in Italy this week. Although her red hair is pretty hard to ignore, I think it’s her cute ostrich Prada bag that’s the standout. Ostrich is a super durable material that has an inherently chic pattern worked in naturally, and some of my favorite bags right now–in all colors and sizes–are made from it. Whether you’re looking for a similar Prada bag (try this Runway Bauletto Cervo Patch Naturale Satchel on for size) or something in ostrich (see below), it’s good to know that a signature tote can really make the outfit.

Here’s my ostrich faves of the moment:

HERMÈS Saffron Ostrich 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The gold standard of ostrich bags in a warm, neutral color.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA Grey Ostrich Clutch. It’s totally minimal and very chic.

BODHI Genuine Ostrich 13″ Laptop Sleeve. It’s a total splurge, but the acid orange makes carrying your computer around super fun.

Image via JustJared

Hand-held Handbags

September 22, 2010

It’s London Fashion Week right now, and one of the most anticipated shows was Christopher Bailey’s presentation for Burberry. This storied fashion house has a ton of history to draw from, and Bailey didn’t disappoint by taking those much-loved silhouettes and making them totally modern. His 2010 Burberry woman is definitely an Easy Rider–signature trenches were shrunk and cropped and then quilted to take on the appearance of ultra-couture motorcycle gear. Leather pants and neon belts were also everywhere, again proving that body-con looks will still be around next year.

But maybe most interesting were the handbags that came down the runway. Nearly every one was compact and brightly colored, whether in neon patent leather or eye-catching python. Even if they had long shoulder straps, the models carried them by hand, grasping the body of the bag rather than swinging it from the body. Could this possibly mean the beginning of the end of oversized handbags? Probably not, considering all that women have to lug around. But I wouldn’t be surprised if women start putting their small satchels inside their larger bags, ready to pull out at a moment’s notice.

Shop these Portero favorites to get the look:

JIMMY CHOO Snakeskin Patchwork Celeste Clutch

HERMÈS Orange Chevre Leather 23cm Constance Bag with Palladium Hardware

HERMÈS Special Edition Palm Tree Jaune Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag

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