December 2010

| December 21, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Style Stealer: Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani’s signature style is hard to pinpoint. This is a woman who is comfortable wearing slashed up rock and roll jeans, rasta wear, baseball caps and t-shirts (though she tends to pair them with platinum curls and bright red lipstick), gorgeous red-carpet gowns, party frocks, and printed maxi dresses. What is striking about her look is that she always appears to be completely at home in whatever she’s wearing. This casual confidence has won the heart of millions of admirers. Stefani, previously renowned for her rock goddess status, has emerged in the past few years as a fashion designer who really knows her stuff. Her line, L.A.M.B., has been well-received by the fashion industry. Mother, singer, musician, and fashion enthusiast – Gwen Stefani does it all.

Though her urban tomboy-meets-rockabilly fashionista look is hard to pin down, we still tried our hand at putting together our take on Gwen’s enviable style.

Gwen Stefani

Bags in this Gwen Stefani Style Set come from Bag Inc! They are:

Esme Skull Shopper

Alexy Crossbody Leopard Print Bag

Chic White Scorpion Clutch

The Scottish Bucket Drawstring Bag

| December 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM

All About Gaga

No fashion and celebrity oriented blog could exist without at least one post dedicated to the inimitable style of Lady Gaga. With her twisted, avant-garde sense of dress, and her willingness to make herself ugly for spectacle, there is no end to the onslaught of her particular brand of fashion. Whether it’s meat dresses, covering her body in pearl pustules, claws, or S&M masks, Lady Gaga is always pushing the boundaries of imagination.
However, the Lady Gaga we know now is not the one we knew before. She has gradually become more and more eccentric with her clothing choices. What is interesting is that the public still reacted with shock to her earlier, tamer style: crazy sunglasses, blunt bangs, Clara Bow lips, and giant shoulderpads. With her growing sense of identity and her very individual Gaga brand of mania, her demented style grew, and the public’s expectations of shock and outrage grew with it. No one really made a big deal when she decked herself out in a meat dress. We’ve come to expect this kind of thing from her. It seems like the more she pushed the envelope, the more famous she became. She’s been around for only three years, and has amassed such a following that she has completely eclipsed all other pop stars, in the world!
We wanted to take you on a short style journey where we chronicle some of her earlier looks and some of her looks now. Through these pictures you can see how much she’s changed.

Back when she was Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta:

After her change to Lady Gaga, she still had dark hair for a little while. This is her at Lollapalooza in 2007, before she was a household name:

Some photos from early in her career:

Classic Gaga style (After “The Fame” came out in 2008):

Her famed “Clara Bow” lips

Blunt bangs, long platinum hair, sunglasses, and a silk red hoodie used to be part of her signature look.

Outrageous to us then, but tame by her present standards.

Neo-Gaga Style (Post-“Bad Romance” Music Video Release)

The Caution Tape Outfit from the “Telephone” video that launched a thousand Halloween costumes.

Most Memorable Outfits/Moments:

Bubble Outfit from the Cover of Rolling Stone

Machine Gun Bra Cover of Rolling Stone

Her bloody performance finale at the 2009 MTV Music Awards.

Accepting her award for Best New Artists at the 2009 MTV Music Awards from a very shocked Eminem.

Her Phantom of the Opera Mask that she wore on her date with Kermit the Frog

Her famous Kermit the Frog dress.

The Pearl Pustule outfit.

The Meat Outfit.

Playing a burning piano.

With Elton John at the 2010 Grammy Awards Show.

Barbed Wire Dress at the Grammys.

It seems like every fashionista worth their weight in Manolo’s has a deep and reverent respect for Lady Gaga. She does what no one else dares to do, and she does it without looking back. She is so confident and so self-assured, that this attitude towards life alone is enough to create a cult following. At Baginc, we love Lady Gaga, and we created our Lady Gaga Customized Studded Bag to look like her personally customized Birkin. Own a little piece of Gaga’s famed look with this gorgeous, dangerous, creative handbag:

Lady Gaga Customized Studded Bag

| at 3:13 PM

Bag of the Week

For this week’s “Bag of the Week” selection we just had to go with the timeless Rue Saint Honore Handbag in Purple.

Purple is fall/winter’s most decadent color, bringing to mind images or royalty and expensive gems. We love the handbag in this shade, with faux python trim, gold hardware, and unique side zippers. This bag combines so many wonderful looks, but manages to come across as a serious, sophisticated, stylish bag rather than “busy” or “gaudy”.

In September, when Kim Kardashian went on a Hermes Birkin shopping spree, dropping over $100,000 on 7 Birkin bags, the public was outraged by her excess. It’s especially curious behavior given the recession, and the fact that Kim Kardashian attempts, with her marketing and branding onslaught, to appeal to middle America. For fun, we decided to comb the gossip rags and paparazzi sites for glimpses of all seven bags. This is what we found:

Shades of Birkin:

You could follow in Kim’s decadent footsteps, or you can snag our designer-inspired Monaco Top Handle Bag for $69:

Monaco Top Handle Tote

What do you look for in the perfect travel bag? We look for a roomy bag, with lots of pockets and a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is essential for allowing us to walk about hands-free. There’s no room in our life for added complications, so a high maintenance bag (like a clutch – just imagine traveling with a clutch!) simply won’t do.
Whether you are catching a plane or train, or driving to your Christmas vacation destination, you have to carefully plan what you bring. Flying is now fraught with tension and more rules than the Code of Hammurabi. You can only carry toiletry containers of 3 oz or less. Pay extra for your luggage. Strip for security. Turn off your cellphone. Take out your laptop on the security conveyer belt. Take off your shoes. It’s tedious and annoying, which is why being organized can decrease the stress of travel exponentially.
We have put together a list of some of our best travel bags. Organize your essentials in their many pockets, throw in a novel and maybe a wrap for comfort, sling over your shoulder, and go!

The Big Apple Studded Crossbody Bag has an adjustable shoulder strap, an outside pocket (very convenient!), inside pockets for your cellphone and keys, and is very roomy. The Hottest Bag from 2010 has many pockets and pouches for easy organization, an adjustable shoulder strap, a top handle, and a flap closure. Flap closures are great because they reduce the risk of purse spills!
The Trendiest Messenger Bag is the perfect size for travel. It comes with many exterior pockets for ease of use  (for example: just throw your boarding pass into an exterior pocket for easy access. No fumbling at checkpoints!). Bring colorful cheer to boring holiday travel with this Louisa Crossbody Bag.   It’s made from durable, washable denim and has an adjustable shoulder stap.   This is an ideal casual travel bag. The The Ashton Woven Messenger Bag is a unisex bag that goes the distance. With a sporty look, and multiple features this bag is perfect for carting your essentials, from magazines to laptops.

When The Osbournes first debuted on MTV in 2002, it was a revolution in American television programming. It was the first reality-based television show centering on the every day life of a celebrity family. Whether it was watching Sharon with her dogs, Jack being rebellious, Ozzy stumbling around, or Kelly pouting – America was riveted. It spawned hundreds of imitators. Think about it: if it weren’t for The Osbournes there would be no Kardashians.
Kelly Osbourne quickly became a common paparazzi obsession, and the media documented and scrutinized her weight, hair color and clothing choices with a tenacity. Yet, just as quickly as she came into our lives, she was gone again. She faded quickly from the spotlight in 2005 when the show ended. Remember her “promising” career as a singer? Her muched talked about Papa Don’t Preach music video? It wasn’t that long ago that she was achieving a certain level of notoriety in the fashion world. She had an avant-garde sense of dress coupled with typical teenage mall-goth fare. She’s put the pink hair behind her (for the present). She’s now back on the scene and looking cuter than ever.

When she’s not looking polished and gorgeous, she goes for comfortable scene-kid attire. On most girls this hipster look is tired. But, Kelly Osbourne is true rock royalty, and with her attitude and confidence, she can really pull it off. We are loving this new, hip Kelly Osbourne. Keep it coming, Kelly!

The color grey is in season right now, and it’s one of our favorite, most versatile neutrals. Everything goes with grey, and the subdued hue allows other shades in your outfit to really “pop”. Whether it’s tights, scarves, dresses, coats or bags, you can’t go wrong with grey this winter. Pair them with teals, greens, reds, and purples to bring some colorful cheer to your ensemble.

Here are a few accessories that will be key to capturing the grey hue trend right now:


Grey Bags


Link List to Our Bags:

*Moto City Bag
*Desperate Housewives Snakeskin Tote
*The Designer Inspired Boston Bag
*The Designer Inspired Tote
*So Soho Large Leather Satchel
*The Look of Love Stunning Hobo Bag
*Start Me Up Zipped Shoulder Bag
*Cocooning Large Tote
*The Biker Bag
*French Riviera Large Tote
*Halle B Shoulder Bag

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