In just two years, Taylor Momsen has gone from squeaky clean teen to full on modern goth.
(Left to Right) Taylor Momsen in 2008, Taylor Momsen in 2010
Since her onscreen debut as Jenny Humphreys in the popular show, Gossip Girl, she has slowly transformed her personal appearance to one of angsty black eyeliner, blood red lips and slashed up tanks. Her perky blonde haircut is now lank and long. Even though her appearance is dramatic and showy, we love her pouty, “stop looking at me” attitude. It’s so….1990. If you want to get “retro” like Taylor, we put together two looks to help you cop her style. Bags pictured provided by Bag Inc (of course!).
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No matter what kind of controversy Kate Moss finds herself embroiled in, she’s always bouncing back with a one fabulous ad campaign or another. This time, she’s starring in Longchamps new handbag campaign for fall. We took this news with a grain of salt, only because the two ideas (Kate Moss + Longchamps) seemed unsual. There was certainly a lot of gossip in the fashion industry about this particular ad campaign, as major design houses tend to want to distance themselves from controversial models.
Since 1948, Longchamps has been making posh bags for posh women. Longchamps bags favor solid structure, rich leather materials, and bold hardware. Some may find it unusual to pair the bohemian, free-spirited Moss with a traditionally stuffy line of handbags, but Kate Moss’s new fall 2010 ad campaign for Longchamps hits all the right notes. Moss can really glam it up when she wants to. In the Longchamps ads, she looks soft, feminine and sophisticated. With just the right amount of polish and approachability, Moss is able to transform these bags into something every girl wants.
What do you think of this ad campaign?
There is not one single bag more easily recognized than the HermÃ¨s Birkin bag. Since its creation in 1984, this ubiquitous bag has been seen dangling from the arm of every celebrity, socialite, singer, and trophy wife. Where did this bag come from and why has it remained so popular for over 25 years? According to fashion legend, the designer for HermÃ¨s, Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to one of the century’s most stylish women, Jane Birkin, on a flight from Paris to London. The contents of Birkin’s bag kept spilling out and she confessed to Dumas that it was impossible to find a proper leather weekender. With that comment as inspiration, Dumas created the HermÃ¨s Birkin bag. Jane Birkin hobnobbed in the best social circles in Paris and London, played muse to countless designers, directors and musicians, and mothered two of the most recognized present-day style muses in the world: Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Her influence reached far and wide. It comes as no surprise that the inspiration from the most recognizable and covetable bags in the world originated from Jane Birkin.
(Left to Right) Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Maybe it’s the indelible impression left on us that the wearer of this handsome bag is wealthy, or famous, or somehow more worthy, that makes this bag so desirable. It transmits a message of sleek privilege and haughty social status. Just check out the brief celeb roster of Birkin fans (but there are literally hundreds more).
The Birkin bag used to have a 6-year wait list – the longest wait list of any item in history. In April of this year, Hermes did away with the wait-list. Even though the bag is more accessible, it’s still cost prohibitively expensive. The bags range from $9,000-$15,000 and come in calf leather, ostrich, crocodile and lizard hides. The rarer the hide, the more expensive the bag. For the prices of a Hermes Birkin you could buy a brand new mid-size sedan, a semester at Harvard, or 100 pairs of Ugg boots.
This attractive bag with its magnetic personality has inspired other bag designers. Many versions of the Birkin bag have been created and at a fraction of the cost. We have several bags that look and feel like the Birkin you’ve been searching for:
In our second Friday installment of “Bag of the Week” there seems to be one clear contender. This bag is a new arrival, and it’s probably going to sell out quickly. We’re speaking, of course, of the The Vintage. Even though we already mentioned it as one of the many perfect accessories to use to capture the Schoolgirl Chic Look, it should be noted that this bag is more than just a flash-in-the-pan trend.
Its graceful structure and supple leather qualify it for the category of “Timeless Classic.” Indeed, this bag is reminiscent of vintage Salvatore Ferragamo and leather Lanvin bags from the 60’s. Since the recent vintage revival in the fashion industry, there have been many vintage-inspired bags from top designers, but none beat the simple, gorgeous look of our bag. Coming in two shades, rich oxblood and matte black, this casual handbag looks best with business, casual, and vintage-themed outfits. It’s all too easy to picture this vintage classic shape on the arm of Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, or in the hands of Marianne Faithfull back in her hey-day.
It’s hard not to covet a bag where every detail (luxurious leather, subtle silver hardware, vintage-inspired flap closure, etc.) is so perfect – which is why this is our pick for Bag of the Week!
After perusing the Victoria Secret Fashion Show After-Party pics online, we came to one stunning conclusion: Paris Hilton looks FABULOUS. We actually had to do a double-take when we saw the party picture. Was that really Paris Hilton?!
Not to get all snarky on the heiress, but she hasn’t exactly been known for putting together the most tasteful outfits. In fact, she’s a regular offender on Go Fug Yourself, with a signature style (favoring sequins, feathers, transparent fabric, and hot pink shades) that screams “trashy princess.”
Check her out at the After-Party:
Demure, classy, and, dare we say it, gorgeous.
What’s happened to America’s favorite party gal? According to Radar Online Hilton has stopped her wild ways. She’s in a stable relationship, and she’s working on “giving back” through charitable organizations. She’s stable and happy, and she looks fantastic.
If this is the path that Paris Hilton has chosen to take, maybe there’s hope for Lindsay Lohan after all?
For a season that tends to embrace neutrals, thick textures, and layering, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see the Fall 2010 runways dripping with bright red.
(Left to Right) Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabanna, Jil Stuart, Marc by Marc Jacobs
From red-all-over to punchy, red accessories, it’s clear that this trend is a winner. This bright shade perks up neutrals and helps to transport us out of our winter doldrums. Celebrities are turning to red handbags to bring a pop of color to their outfits.
Just in time for fall, we stocked a great selection of bags in brilliant red hues. Browse our selection and pick out the perfect red bag to accessorize with for fall!
The schoolgirl look is in full swing for fall, and we’re loving the youthful, fresh look of this trend! The wonderful part about this look is that it’s simple to put together.
Ways to wear the trend:
There’s no reason to be extreme and go so far as to wear your hair in pigtails or find regulation Catholic school knee socks and plaid skirts. If you have a button-down oxford shirt, saddle shoes, and a great leather satchel, then you’re good to go!
Other ways to wear this trend:
Oversized shirt paired with shorts over tights, ankle boots, and a clever little chapeau. We love this look from Wildfox Couture’s fall line:
You can also pair a cardigan with a plaid button, like this look from Forever21:
Comfort and a laid-back approach to style are key to achieving this look. Taylor Swift perfects the schoolgirl trend in a plaid top, skinny jeans, a slouchy beret, and gorgeous leather crossbody bag:
Pairing plaid with this trend is a good way to incorporate two fall looks into one outfit. Cop the style of Christian Dior’s Fall 2010 runway by mixing a plaid skirt of jacket in with knee-high boots and a leather newsboys cap:
There are many ways to accessorize this trend. Leather satchels, messenger bags, and vintage-inspired handbags comprise three of our favorite purse accessory trends for fall. As you can see, they go perfectly with the schoolgirl trend.