A Good Time For Resale (Buying)

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Occasionally, when I find myself with some nice chunks of free time (aka commercial breaks of Bravo shows), I like to trawl the various resale sites (Fashionphile, The Real Real and the like) as well as eBay, looking for old season items that got away. Lately, I’ve been noticing a trend – prices seem to be going down, down, down – on everything from bags, to clothes, to other accessories like scarves and jewelry.

While this is good news (unless you’re a designer bag flipper), it’s been very tempting on my wallet. There seem to be quite a few items out there going for less than they would have a year or two ago. Why this is happening, I don’t know why – maybe it’s due to the still weak international economy, currency fluctuations, or some combination of the two. Here’s an example – I remember when this Chanel black metallic flap was so in demand, and here’s one in very nice condition for almost half off.

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And another example below (of all the resale sites, I’ve been finding that Fashionphile has the best prices generally, along with regular eBay auctions).

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Agh! An almost new, limited edition Bottega Veneta Cabat bag for $2,700? Amazing. I watched this one for a good few weeks, but then it got sold (of course). So there’s a lesson – there are some great deals out there right now, but you still need to act fast for the steals.

As for me, I’ve largely been good and watching from the sidelines…envious of all the deals that are being had. Well okay, I did just pick up a limited/seasonal Chanel bag that I had been looking for, for probably the last five years (I’ll share when it comes). My advice for if you’re in the market for some second hand/pre loved luxury accessories right now? Try not to get sale goggles…and take advantage of some of the great prices!

Have any of you noticed a trend in prices declining lately? Where are you based? I’d love to hear more details!

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Balenciaga Cabas M and Cabas S Leather-Trimmed Canvas Totes: Label Conscious

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Is Balenciaga attempting to usher in a new era of label-flashing? Looks like they’re at least giving it a go. I have mixed feeling about these new Cabas totes. On the one hand, a simplistic logo set on beige canvas and trimmed with black leather is so modest and pared-down, it’s chic. On the other hand, a simplistic logo on beige canvas reminds me of a perfume-bottle label, a freebie tote, or a shopping bag (or maybe all three).

Then again, the Cabas M, oversized and angular, and the Cabas S , smaller with bolder strips of black accents, both make for decent ways to get your designer fix without breaking the bank. That’s why I’m leaning towards yes, as long as they’re worn in the right context. Made in Italy and inspired by the sea and sailboats, either of these will make for a breezy beach bag, discreet gym tote, or easy-access carryon. Just carry it casually, and keep the rest of your labels on the hush-hush. Cabas M toteicon, $865, and Cabas S tote, $795, both available on NET-A-PORTER.

Pair with: Capture the feel of St. Tropez in the summer with Tomas Maier’s lace-up espadrilles. In all-black, you can wear these from city streets right to the sandy beach.

Tag: Balenciaga Cabas

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Inside Sofia Vergara’s Fairy-Tale Wedding in Miami

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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, 43, finally got married to actor Joe Manganiello, 38, in a fairy-tale wedding on November 22 at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Miami, Florida. The couple swapped vows in front of nearly 400 guests, among which Vergara’s co-stars and several of the couple’s celebrity friends were reunited to celebrate the magic moment.

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Before the wedding actually took place, the 43-year old diva had declared she would rather look sexy than ‘like a virgin’ at her own wedding, adding: “My body looks better when I have fitted dresses with more support. I’m 43, so I can’t really be looking for something too crazy. I have to go with what looks good on me.” That’s why, since the couple announced the good news there was a mood of great anticipation not only around the wedding itself, but also around Sofia Vergara’s bridal dress.

Unsurprisingly, Vergara chose to wear a Zuhair Murad wedding dress, confirming once again the mutual esteem the Colombian-American actress and the Lebanese fashion designer have always shared (Vergara is often spotted wearing Murad’s iconic mermaid evening dresses at different red carpet events). Our curiosity about Vergara’s bridal dress increased when talking about the actress’s style choices, Zuhair Murad revealed: “She’s very much in control of her image. She knows how to dress for her figure, choosing the designs that enhance her hourglass shape and show her marvelous curves.”

Sofia walked down the aisle accompanied by her 23-year-old son, Manolo, donning a unique, sensual gown with a classic heart-shaped strapless top that made her look absolutely radiant. The intricately designed removable overskirt, which took more than 1,600 hours of work, 32 people, 350 crystals and 11 pounds of sequins in order to be completed, featured a silk tulle fabric and handmade baroque and arabesques embroideries, adorned with 3D vintage motifs. The dress’s motifs and embellishments, which weighted more than 17 lbs, were in a perfect harmony with the elaborate floral installation by florist Jeff Leatham, which stunningly decorated the aisle.

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

The actress ditched a veil following the wedding tradition, instead, wearing a delicate wavy hairdo and a pair of dangling diamond earrings to the tune of 55 carats, designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Even more diamonds were spotted on both her head and wrist. Why did she keep her hair down, you may ask? Here’s another Vergara’s piece of advice:

“I think women once they hit 40, they shouldn’t put their hair up again until they’re 60. I think in your twenties and thirties if you put it up you look great, once you’re 40 you age yourself putting your hair up.”

The actress’s pre-wedding cocktail party dress is also worth mentioning. Sofia Vergara wore a languid dress by Mark Zunino, a Los Angele-based fashion designer known for his custom corsets, for her pre-wedding dinner at The Breakers Resort in Miami the night before (it was a weekend-long wedding celebration and the couple had created a special hashtag #Jofía to share the details of their Big day with the fans on Instagram). Regarding this, Zunino recently told People that “she expressed she wanted a form-fitting dress that was sexy and sophisticated.” Zunino’s cocktail dress features an all-white/blush pink silk organza mini skirt (which took 3 weeks to complete) and a sweetheart-neckline top enhanced with crystal appliqués.

When it comes to weddings, style and fashion, Vergara definitely knows best! Congrats to the happy couple!

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

Sofia Vergara's Wedding In Miami

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This Tote is Louis Vuitton’s Most Expensive Leather Handbag Ever

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During my most recent perusal of Louis Vuitton’s new arrivals on the brand’s website, I came across something that shocked even me: a crocodile version of the beautiful new Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag, retailing for a mind-boggling $55,500. I have a couple questions, including, why couldn’t they leave off the $500 and make it a nice, round number?

My other major question was whether or not this is Louis Vuitton’s most expensive handbag of all time, and according to my research, it’s not. The Richest counts two special edition Louis Vuitton minaudieres at more than $100,000 apiece, but neither was made out of traditional handbag materials, so that seems like cheating. When you narrow the list down to regular handbags, the most expensive representative of which I can find record is the Dora PM in crocodile, which is close (but no cigar) at $50,000 currently; the most expensive previous version of the bag was $54,500. This bag, in my humble opinion, is leaps and bounds more beautiful than that one.

With that in mind, I’m comfortable declaring this bag the brand’s most expensive leather offering of all time, and for the most powerful luxury brand in the world, that’s worth noting. Louis Vuitton has been ramping up its leather and exotic offerings for years in an effort to charm the world’s wealthiest shoppers, and it seems clear this model is meant to compete head-on with the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive exotic versions of the Hermès Birkin. Someone had to take on that iconic bag eventually, and there’s perhaps no one more qualified than Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton.

Check out the bag for yourself at Louis Vuitton; to purchase, you’ll have to have your people call their people.

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Saint Laurent Classic Baby Duffle Bag Comes With a Zip Front for Cruise 2016

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The Saint Laurent Cruise 2016 Collection features a new design for the Classic Baby Duffle Bag. This season, the bag comes with a zip front pocket. Compared to the original design, the old style is seen in a plain front. The new Baby Duffle still has the same features though, such as top zip closure, double handles and an adjustable/removable shoulder strap.

Style, Price & Size

Style

Price

Size

Saint Laurent Classic Baby Duffle Bag with Zip Front $1,490.00 (USD) 8.8″ x 5.8″ 4.3″

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Saint Laurent Classic Baby Duffle Bag - Resort 2016

Saint Laurent Classic Baby Duffle Bags - Resort 2016

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The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week: From Italy, with Lust

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The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Trust the Italians to bring a sense of magic to the runway. While the level of craftsmanship is always elevated, it’s their flair for the nonchalantly fantastical that makes the Milan runways a standout. At Fendiicon, a single clutch pretty much sums up the new season. Karl Lagerfeld, never one to let us know what to expect, planted a striking bird-of-paradise flower in each of the bags – which, happily, put the show’s emphasis on the well-deserving accessories. (And let us know the habit of accessorizing our accessories is only gaining traction.) Styles clean, architectural, and undeniably classic that boast artsy accents, sudden bursts of color, patchwork and ombré effects, and panels of chunky beaded embellishments make for a mood that’s trendsetting with a heavy dose of whimsy, one that will satisfy editors and street bloggers alike.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Leave it to Miuccia to go for an utmost juxtaposition. She described Prada’s Fall ’15 collectionicon as “sweet…but violent,” and she played with a candy shop’s palette of pastels, as well as some technical, digital-inspired patterns. It’s the deconstructed bag-within-a-bag that really captured my attention: color pairings like nude with Pepto-Bismal pink and clay blue with olive green ensure you’ll leave the outer portion unzipped to reveal the contrast.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

It’s a new era at Gucciicon, one now led by Alessandro Michele, and it shows. The revamped Gucci girl is eccentric, eclectic, and unafraid of all things sheer. And unsexy, for that matter! It’s a symbol of her newfound confidence, and so are the bags in her hand: structured and emphatic, they speak of the leather goods of Gucci’s heritage. The canvas, double-G chain-strap bag is back, now with tough hardware, and so is the sense of attitude.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

Dolce & Gabbanaicon paid homage to the matriarch of every Italian family, as well as mothers everywhere, with their collection. Not only did it make for a warm and poignant show, it made for some fanciful and elegant bags. Brooch-inspired embellishments might give grandma’s closet a little too much attention, but the miniaturized boxy top-handles, some in lizard, others coated in Art Deco-inspired crystal motifs, are definite winners. Finally, Tomas Maier was craving graphic structure and spotty, mod-derived patterns over at Bottega Venetaicon, which gave way to saturated, colorblocked takes on their heralded bags. Switching their trademark intrecciato over to the lining, for a smooth shell, complete with origami-folded gussets, makes for a cool twist, and so do the front-flap and ombré-effect alligator top handles. The colors may be lighthearted and bright, but the message is serious luxury all the way.

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week

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