It’s been a while since I’ve been all about a bag. I’m just not really a bag girl; they never excite me too much and I always find something intrinsically wrong with their design or engineering. This is exasperating to me, as bags are so unbelievably expensive these days. For Christmas this past year, my mom and I turned the world inside out, looking for a bag that would fit perfectly into my sister Erin’s lifestyle. It seemed like mission impossible until we finally stumbled upon Coach’s Large Borough bag, which miraculously fit her copious criteria ~ including room for a laptop, easily-accessed interior pockets, and cross-body optionality. It’s well-made at a refreshingly accessible price point considering the quality. But it’s an anomaly in the market.
That hunting process reinforced my frustration over how hard great bags are to come by. You want something stylish but unfussy, lightweight but visually interesting, a versatile silhouette with multifarious storage functions. And affordability cannot be overlooked. Why is this combination so hard to come by?
One rare bag that’s gotten my heart racing recently has been my fuzzy Nina Ricci Ballet bag, which I acquired in early fall and still really love. But given its furry finish, I know won’t be able to wear it year-round. Looking forward into spring (if it ever comes) it’s finally found competition in my everyday repertoire by an equally adored contender: Kurt Geiger’s Britton bucket bag. I am officially all about it. It’s an insane value for the chic quotient; I carried it nearly every day of Fashion Week (click HERE for an album of our FW looks; preview above) and intend to keep it by my side all the way through till summertime. |ABOVE| backstage at DELPOZO, wearing an Otte hat, Billy Reid coat (stolen from my man), Everlane sweater (a true classic), Maiyet pants, Kurt Geiger Britton bucket bag and Ask Alice boots
Well-made classics like this are deserving of celebration in a fashion landscape inundated with useless noise and overproduction of unnecessary stuff. Fashion Week only reinforces this feeling in me. I’m increasingly in search of quietly interesting, timeless items, in the interest of building a streamlined, signature style for myself. It’s this sort of focused vision and development of distinctive voice that has made a modern icon out of artist Sarah Sophie Flicker, who we’ll be taking a dreamy-eyed look at this week. She’s a performer, director, writer, activist and muse to many, and she’ll enchant you tomorrow in the most ethereal Reem Acra gowns, then entrance you in Zimmerman Wednesday. The fantastical fun of frothy eveningwear is always tantalizing to our team, so we’ll be taking you to Marchesa’s latest runway show later in the week, then round things out with a studio visit at milliner Gigi Burris’s atelier come Friday. Stay tuned to take these adventures with us!