Zippers, hoops, buckles, metallic logos; exposed hardware in almost any form is a serious source of inspiration for me lately. Blending raw elements with highly finished materials in a way that is simple but elevated is a stroke of genius, as far as I’m concerned. The simplicity of 1017 Alyx 9SM’s Fall 2019 runway has been one of my favorite showings in Paris this season because boy, do they know their way around the art of the buckle.
I love how edgy something as streamlined as a single, oversized logo can make a bag feel. And of course, how edgy it in turn makes me feel. Sometimes you’ve just gotta let your inner rebel free. At least now I can be a very fashionable rebel.
There are a few things you probably know about me if you’ve been reading since the beginning of the blog (almost 14 years ago!); one is my affinity for Nancy Gonzalez bags and that I’ve been collecting them for just as long.
This is why I’m super excited to announce that my latest collaborative effort is with none other than Nancy herself (you might have seen sneak peeks on Instagram!) exclusively for Saks! This collection is very near and dear to my heart because it is an ode to Santiago Gonzalez, Nancy’s son and one of the greatest friends of my lifetime. Santiago’s untimely passing two years ago was nothing short of devastating. We lost a beautiful, effervescent and generous spirit.
Santiago was also the President and Creative Director of Nancy Gonzalez, where his passion and creativity helped to define the brand. With this collection I think we would have made him proud!
There are 10 amazing pieces in the capsule that reimagine the classic design and aesthetic that Nancy Gonzalez is known for. You all know that I will always be a California girl at heart, and this collection combines my west coast upbringing with the uncompromising Cali craftsmanship of Nancy Gonzalez hand bags.
(Don’t worry about the barbeque sauce, this is made of durable double coated linen!)
One of the unique cornerstones of the collection is the outstanding functionality of each piece. We’ve blended sumptuous crocodile with a super-durable double coated linen to create pieces that will not only become long-lasting additions to your collection, but will also be able to keep up with the busy lifestyle of a woman on the go. I hope that you will love them just as much as I do.
Shop the collection at Saks Fifth Avenue today! The collection is usually available at 17 locations and online (I didn’t forget my international bag snobs!)
I’ve got no love lost for Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t even celebrate it (after a now amusing years-long pattern of flowers and gifts getting lost and arriving a week late, we both agreed it was a waste of time, money and sanity.) Galentines Day time, though, is a holiday I can get behind. Plus, it’s Leslie Knope approved.
I believe in the power of women and I have been super lucky to see my girl gang grow like crazy over the past year, which means I my shopping list got a little out of control. But let’s be honest: it’s more fun to shop for bags, shoes and the perfect gift card than anything I would have found for my husband. I’ve had my presents locked down for a while, but if you want to get into the spirit here are a few little last-minute ideas I’m betting your friends will fall for.
KENZO eye-motif clutch, $152
ANYA HINDMARCH heart coin purse, $$110
Santi Oval Gem Clutch , $195
Alice + Olivia Regina Stacey Face Zip Card Case, $115
Fashion month is still in full swing, but now that we’ve had a minute to digest everything that New York Fashion Week threw at us it’s time to discuss the most important detail; the bags. Accessories played a huge role in some of my favorite shows this season because, as I think we can all agree, the bag is the best bit.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
My absolute favorites were updated takes on the classics (Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and The Row did this beautifully,) but I’m also obsessing over some of the wilder offerings. Susan Alexandra’s beaded bags fulfilled all of my 90s kid dreams, while Michael Kors’ feathered bag and Staud’s white number were just plain fun.
You’ve got to love a designer that can give you both classic and fun in the same runway – this year that developer was Gabriela Hearst. A super sleek green crocodile piece and her charming accordion bags were standouts.
3.1 Philip Lim and Tory Burch round out my favorites of the season with texture to die for.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
While we’re talking runway, Seis Marjan not only delivered the most glittering show of the week, but an equally sparkling collection to match.