Valentino Gives Us All a Reminder That It’s More Than Just Rockstuds

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When a brand has a standout hit like Valentino has with its Rockstud bags and shoes, it can be hard for the average consumer to look beyond that and notice the depth of the brand’s offerings. Balenciaga often has that issue – everyone loves the Motorcycle Bags, and because they became so synonymous with what a Balenciaga bag will look like, some great pieces tended to get pushed to the margins and left relatively unappreciated. With his new Balenciaga Le Dix, Alexander Wang looks to be making sure that the face of the new Balenciaga is one that he’s created. In that spirit, it seemed only appropriate that the Valentino Intricate Soutache Tote got some love of its own, separate from the rest of the Valentino seasonal collection.

Valentino isn’t trying to take the spotlight off its Rockstud bags in the same way that Balenciaga is trying to take a non-Motorcycle step, of course, but I do appreciate that the brand’s accessories crew restrained itself from adding a studded element to these bags in some way, as Valentino does with nearly all of its accessories. I love Rockstuds as much as (if not more than) the next girl, but not everything needs to be Rockstudded. The ornate, tonal piping on the bag’s front panel is as close to leather filigree as anyone will probably ever get, and the subtly luxurious treatment is a perfect representative of the Valentino aesthetic.

On top of that, this bag wasn’t intended just to be admired – with its generous size and two handle options, the Soutache tote is clearly a workhorse. “Pretty” and “functional” don’t often meet in the middle, and the combination should make this bag a customer favorite. If you needed proof that Valentino isn’t just a one-trick Rockstud pony, this should do the trick. Unfortunately, it comes with quite the price tag.

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Kristin Cavallari Uses a Chanel Tote as a Baby Bags

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Here’s Kristin Cavallari carrying her baby Camden and a Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (or the Chanel GST, for Chanel fans in the know) while heading to lunch in LA. This classic Chanel bag has been around forever – I just assume everyone who was ever on The Hillshas one in their collection, as they were a fairly Chanel-obsessed bunch. They probably would’ve never guessed back in 2006 that they’d one day be stuffing their Chanel bags with diapers and little Tupperware containers of Cheerios.

On a related note, I wonder if celeb moms will ever lose the leather jackets and embrace the baby sling. Sure, it obscures a good half of your outfit, but then your baby isn’t made anxious by paparazzi advances and other stimuli that come along with being attached to a someone of a certain amount of noteriety. (That’s pretty much everything, right?) I have yet to see a single celeb mama go whole hog and just wear their baby. It’s possible that Chanel or Louis Vuitton will 

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Oprah Winfrey is an Unexpected Mulberry Fan

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IT’S OPRAH! Oprah has been making the press rounds over the past week, giving interviews to networks and magazines which she does not own willy-nilly, which is rare for Oprah. Here she is leaving the CBS Morning Show studios, where she was promoting her new movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, carrying a lovely white leather Mulberry Willow Tote. Fun fact: that envelope front pocket detaches to become a clutch! Thus the purpose of the seemingly extraneous yet very functional zippers, which give it a nice contemporary pop. You can get Oprah’s bag in black for $2,600 at Net-a-Porter.

As you probably know, Mulberry bags are generally prized by young, twiggy British “It” Girls – the Alexa Chungs of the world, and those who want to dress like them. But while Oprah may stand a tad outside of Mulberry’s most visible demographic, the Willow is a great choice for her, as it’s definitely one of the brand’s most refined styles. It’s polished and neutral enough to go with practically any look.

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Headed to College or Grad School? Here are All the Tech Accessories You’ll Need

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Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant. Most of my classmates, who received their laptops at the beginning of their college careers in 2003 or 2004, couldn’t bear to lug those eight-pound behemoths around campus and settled for pen and paper, thus we required no laptop cases. An iPad wasn’t even a thing yet, not by a long shot. Going to college or grad school now requires a whole host of tech accessories, though, so we’ve stepped up to help 2013′s new and returning students with a guide to the season’s best tech accessories.

Below, we’ve assembled a group of ten products that will do everything from protect your laptop to keep your iPhone charged, and then some. If you want to use some of these pieces for non-school reasons, well, we can’t blame you. iPad cases are remarkably similar to clutches in some ways. In that spirit, we’ve tried to include attractive, well-made items that can be used beyond the classroom – after all, isn’t that a good way to get some bang for your accessories buck?

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Introducing Moreau Handbags

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If Hermes’ continually increasing profitability and Louis Vuitton’s recent shift toward capitalizing on its history with more high-end, all-leather products is any indication, the ultra-high-end leather goods market seems to have a nearly infinite hunger for heritage goods, and French heritage in particular. To help meet that voracious need for fancy purses, 19th century French leather brand Moreau has relaunched and its bags are exclusive to Barneys in the US.

French design and craftsmanship have always been markers of quality and status in fashion, and that’s why those brands are having such a moment right now. Not only are high-end western costumers constantly looking for something more special, limited and expensive than those behind them who are looking to keep up with the Joneses, but consumers in the burgeoning Asian markets seek out heritage goods as de facto indicators of their newly high social status. Because those Asian markets have become sophisticated more quickly than most, a flashy logo bag won’t do the trick; consumers are increasingly looking for pieces that are exclusive, handmade and include a sense of history on their price tags.

That’s where Moreau comes in. Originally founded in the mid-1800s in France, the brand has been revived, at least in part, to capitalize on its origin story. (There is, after all, only so much heritage to go around. It’s a non-renewable resource.) The brand’s limited, rather simple collection of bags will all be made in France, by hand, in Moreau’s saddlery. The look, as you might expect, recalls some of Hermes’ basics, but in a good way – classic, functional styles that whisper about their pedigree instead of shouting. If you’re the kind of woman whose friends’ closet are already full of Hermes and you want to pick up something new that they’ll actually ask about with curiosity, perhaps one of these Moreau bags is for you.

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Florence Welch Totes Dolce & Gabbana in NYC

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Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine fame) was recently spotted rushing to catch a taxi in NYC with her snakeskin Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag. As you can see, Florence has a pretty eclectic, vintage-infused personal style – the Miss Sicily isn’t really a bag I would expect to see her with, but I suppose the lure of the exotic python was just too great. You can get a more everyday Miss Sicily in black textured leather for $1,995 at Net-a-Porter.

Florence tends to favor slinky, yet textural gowns from Italian designers like Miu Miu, Givenchy, and Valentino for her red carpet looks, while Erdem, Anna Sui and Kenzo are top picks for slightly more casual events. Basically, the girl loves bold, outrageous prints – the more outrageous the better. And what’s more outrageous than python?

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