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Katie Holmes was a fashionista in full-force in the early years of the TomKat whirlwind romance. In the last few years, the actress has seemed like she’s deathly tired of the media attention. To ward off press attention and paparazzi hound dogs, the young mom stopped stepping out looking like a million bucks.

It seemed like she just wanted to blend in and be left alone. Now and then however, she’s spotted carrying a cool bag or wearing interesting shoes. Bags seem to be more of her thing though. (She’s been spotted wearing the same boots all of last season, shockingly.)

This bag has two flaps and creates the funny illusion that the viewer’s vision has doubled. The optical trick makes you look at it more intensely, a cooler way of getting someone to notice your bag than having a logo plastered on it. This quirky design shows that the bag isn’t just a run of the mill mass-produced item, it was designed by someone who puts thought and creativity into their work.

Even though Katie looks like a miffed superstar with her oversized sunglasses, cold steely glare and designer bag, she’s traveling on New York’s subway like an ordinary commoner just like the rest of us. Seems like a woman who is grounded, down to earth, highly fashionable but very weary of the media scrutiny, even though some speculate she engineers her life to keep public interest growing. What do you make of this leading lady and her complicated yet intriguing life and fashion sense?

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Lady Gaga is always a new character every time she steps out. Sometimes she’s the epitome of class. Sometimes she’s just a hot mess. Sometimes we have no idea what she’s trying to be (a meat dress? really? still not over that.) Here, she looks like she could be Cruella de Ville’s more fabulous younger sister.

The bag she’s carrying is the perfect color for a monochromatic outfit – simply chic black. One way to make sure a tote looks fabulously expensive is to pick one with simple, sturdy handles and a square base.

A well-defined and symmetrical base prevents a bag from slouching at the bottom, something that makes it look cheaply made and worn out. It’s also important to hold it on your shoulder almost as though it’s delicate – dragging a bag around like you don’t care what happens to it can make an elite bag look tacky! So wear you handbag with pure confidence, whatever brand it is!

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The boy bag Gwen was seen carrying combines multiple fashion trends:

1. Lack of a visible logo. We’ve been blogging about this trend for a while now. Seems the high fashion designer houses have declared that there’s something to be said for not flaunting labels. You don’t have to declare what you’re wearing to appear uber stylish and wealthy.

2. Sleek lines, no tassles, hassles or frills.

3. Color blocking. Although Gwen was seen carrying the solid white bag, it also comes in color blocking schemes. White paired with black, for example. The color blocking trend has been hot for several seasons now and is most visible in shoes and bags.

Gwen always manages to look stylish no matter what she wears. It’s due to the combination of her gorgeous platinum hair, retro glam makeup and her friendly smile. The designer bags she carries don’t hurt either!