The Hottest New Bag Trends For The Fall & Winter Season

As the seasons change, so does fashion.  This fall and winter season, mini backpacks and bucket bags are the perfect transitional carry-all bag.  Every designer has some sort of backpack they are debuting this season, from Fendi to Versace to Chanel.  In all shapes, sizes, and colors, it is easy to find one (or ten) you’ll love.  Of course, clutches and shoulder bags are the timeless counterparts, if a classic bag is more your style.

Check out the top picks below.

 

 

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag, $345, via Moda Operandi

Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag, $345, via Moda Operandi

 

MOSCHINO 'Fashion Kills' Printed Backpack, $850, via Shopbop

MOSCHINO ‘Fashion Kills’ Printed Backpack, $850, via Shopbop

 

Saint Laurent Monogramme quilted leather shoulder bag, $1,990, via Net-a-Porter

Saint Laurent Monogramme quilted leather shoulder bag, $1,990, via Net-a-Porter

 

Dolce & Gabbana 'Sicily' backpack, $2,595.00, via FarFetch

Dolce & Gabbana ‘Sicily’ backpack, $2,595.00, via FarFetch

 

Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring book clutch, $1,651.66, via FarFetch

Olympia Le-Tan x Keith Haring book clutch, $1,651.66, via FarFetch

 

Versace Palazzo Medusa chain trim backpack, $1,804.97

Versace Palazzo Medusa chain trim backpack, $1,804.97, via FarFetch

 

Prada Bibliothèque watersnake-paneled leather tote, $3,580, via Net-a-Porter

Prada Bibliothèque watersnake-paneled leather tote, $3,580, via Net-a-Porter

 

Balenciaga Traveller textured-leather backpack, $1,885, via Net-a-Porter

Balenciaga Traveller textured-leather backpack, $1,885, via Net-a-Porter

 

What do you think of these bags?  Are you into bucket bags or backpack-inspired bags?  Share your favorites in the comments section below!

xoxo

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia is inarguably one of the most innovative shoe designers of today.  Diana Vreeland is recognized as “The Empress of Fashion”, and was a fashion icon of her day.  These sandals by Charlotte Olympia are inspired by the late and great Diana Vreeland and her unique and fashion-forward style.  The architectural details and luxurious textures make these sandals truly remarkable.

Diana Vreeland, via 40plusstyle

Diana Vreeland, via 40plusstyle

Pair ’em with ruffled black shorts and an off-the-shoulder black crop top for a show-stopping look.

Charlotte Olympia Vreeland Crocodile-effect Leather Sandals, $910

Charlotte Olympia Vreeland Crocodile-effect Leather Sandals, $910

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Charlotte Olympia Vreeland Crocodile-effect Leather Sandals

What do you think of these sandals?  How would you style them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Charlotte Olympia

I’m a sucker for anything kitschy, especially when it comes to high heels.  These stilettos by Charlotte Olympia are no exception.  Featuring a pair of legs for the heel, these shoes are not for the faint of heart.  Pair ’em with a simple LBD and some gold jewelry for a night out.

Charlotte Olympia 'Cheeky' pumps, $1,608.07

Charlotte Olympia ‘Cheeky’ pumps, $1,608.07

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA  'Cheeky' pumps

 

What do you think of these pumps?  How would you style them?

xoxo

The It List: The Fall’s 10 Most Coveted Bags

Bag, Borrow, or Steal:

This Fall’s most coveted handbags range from furry to fringed to equestrian-inspired styles from Chloe & Gucci.  It seems as though almost every designer came out with a cross-body bag this season of many different shapes and sizes, as well as drool-worthy clutches, totes, and bucket bags.

Read on for 10 of the most hottest bags of the season.

1.

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

2.

Loewe 'Barcelona' Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

Loewe ‘Barcelona’ Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

3.

Givenchy Antigona Medium Satchel Bag, $2,435

4.

Saint Laurent Monogram Small Lipstick-Print Crossbody Bag, $1,990

5.

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

6.

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

7.

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

8.

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

9.

Charlotte Olympia Modern Maggie embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $1,295

10.

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

What do you think of these bags?  Which are your favorite?

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Miu Miu

Miu Miu’s glitter-emblazoned pumps made headlines after their retro-inspired runway debut for Fall/Winter 2015-16 at Paris Fashion Week.  Their block heel is on-trend for this season, and the baby blue details and cartoon-sized button add the perfect eccentricity to what could very easily become blah.  Pair these heels with a pair of flared, dark denim trousers & a fitted turtleneck, or with a shift dress and a contrasting, candy-colored jacket.

Miu Miu Glittered Patent-Leather Pumps, $755

Miu Miu Glittered Patent-Leather Pumps, $755

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What do you think of these glittery pumps?

xo, beauties

Trending Now: The Boho Look

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Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Style Roots

Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Fashion Inspirations

This amazing style is a throwback to the 1970’s, being an inspiring combination of characteristic shapes and fabrics embodied in flared jeans, bell sleeves, culottes, fringes, suede dresses and many others. Even though it was fairly popular back in the 70’s, it actually reached its peak in 2005. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen largely contributed to the popularization of this specific style.  They introduced oversized tunics and dresses, peasant blouses, maxi skirts, and fringed jackets, and we have those lovely ladies to thank for bringing this trend into the mainstream.  This season, many designers recognized the beauty in this style, and chose to incorporate it into their collections.  Stella McCartney’s larger than life flared pants, Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary boho floral dresses, Asian-influences at Marchesa, and Marc Jacobs’ woven hobo bags with fringes are true representatives of this free-spirited style.

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Ethnic Influences

Wearing bohemian clothes means connecting with nature as well as with other cultures which influenced this style.  It is present everywhere, from runway to high street fashion, which is why it became so trendy and available to everyone. The most prominent elements of this style are related to ethnicity, because designers are drawing their inspiration from the distant cultures of Africa and Asia. In this way, they are creating unique pieces of clothing that are indeed a form of art, but which can be combined with basics such as jeans or classic trousers. If ethnic wear is your cup of tea, the possibilities are infinite. There is a wonderful variety of Salwar suits for true fans of Indian ethnic wear. You can choose them in accordance with your favorite colors, and be sure that gorgeous embroidery will blow you away. Of course, jewelry is unavoidable when it comes to this style, and the rule is – go big or go home!

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Layering jewelry is key to achieving a boho look. Image via Pinterest

How To Achieve the Boho Look?

Vintage accessories and flowy clothes are a basis for this look.  

Beauty:

To achieve the look with your make-up, choose natural make-up and relaxed, beach waves for hair.

Clothing:

When it comes to fabrics, with the bohemian style, anything goes – there is everything from cotton, leather, suede, linen, and (faux) fur pieces.  Make sure that you have chosen items in natural colors, such as beige or white, so you could pair them up with other patterned items.

Patterns & Prints:

A wide range of patterns is allowed, from floral to more abstract and ethnic-inspired ones.  Lace dresses, as well as crocheted blouses and tops are an absolute must-have when it comes to boho look.  Accessorize yourself with fringes and beads and you are halfway there.

Bohemian Color Palette:
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via TheChicFashionista

Boho style is all about comfort, which is why it is characterized by oversized clothes, often worn in layers. A great option would be to try combining skinny jeans with a flowy, floral blouse and a fringed vest for a gorgeous & easy look.

As you can see, this fashion style is beyond inspirational and it allows for playful exploration with clothes and patterns. This is exactly why many people would agree that boho is a state of mind, and not just a trend in fashion that will pass sooner or later. No matter how you perceive it, boho chic is a style that is worthwhile, simply because it survived and remained popular throughout many decades of confronting with different trends in fashion.

About the Guest Blogger:

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute Of Creative Design, he worked as a style assistant for many local fashion events. Combining all his skills and experience along with his complete love for fashion, he is planning to launch independent styling company.

xo, darlings

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: J. W. Anderson

J. W. Anderson was nominated for the Womenswear & Menswear Designer of the Year by British Fashion Awards earlier this week, penning him against the likes of Victoria Beckham and Christopher Kane.  He couldn’t be more deserving of this award, with his innovative and unique designs in both the men’s and women’s sector of fashion.  Check out these loafers created with suede, leather, and a varnished, marbled effect on the heel.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Style ’em with cropped, frayed denim & a lacey blouse, and fringed cape for a full on 70’s boho chic look.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Would you wear these loafers?  If so, what would you pair them with?

xo, lovelies

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

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DSquared2 is one of those super awesome labels that just exude a certain cool attitude, with a unique IDGAF kind of feel.  And these skeleton heel ankle boots are totally in on it (and kind of perfect for the Halloween season…).  The outsides of the boots have a shoelace-inspired lace-up closure that reminds me of equal parts Frankenstein and football, which isn’t an easy feat to pull off.

Wear them with anything and everything during any months ending in -ber.

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DSquared2 Skeleton Heel Ankle Boots, $1930

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What do you think of these boots?  What would you wear them with?  

Stay beautiful,

xo

Can Flip-Flops Be High Fashion?

Charlotte Olympia Teams Up With Havaianas To Create Fashionable Flip-Flops

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What is it about the (unofficial) national sandals of Brazil that designers and fashion insiders alike love so much?  This upcoming collab is one of my favorites: Charlotte Olympia teams up with Havaianas to create perhaps the most fashionable flip-flop ever.  The Spring/Summer 2016 collection will debut this upcoming February after a preview at Milan Fashion Week this September.

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The collection will include 3 flip flop styles and a beach towel.  The best part?  You can snag a pair for only about $40, rather than the usual high price tag for Charlotte Olympia shoes.  The collection is inspired by her signature kitty motifs, retro pin-up style, and, of course, her quirky, tongue-in-cheek attitude.

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The designer, Charlotte Dellal, is daughter to Brazilian model Andrea Dellal, which may have contributed to one of the reasons for the collab.

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Brazilian model Andrea Dellal with designer daughter Charlotte Dellal, via StreetPeeper

What do you think of Havaianas?  Will you be shopping this collection?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Francesco Russo

Animal prints have never really been my thing.  I blame all of the zebra prints I saw growing up that made adults look larger than life (such an unforgiving print, sigh…).  However, in the last few years, snakeskin and crocodile prints have been quickly crept into my life and I can’t pretend I’m not absolutely obsessed.  On that note, leopard print has also quickly become a guilty pleasure of mine.  I love, love, love leopard print & Louboutin red mixed together, along with deep, ruby reds and burgundies.  Of course, you can’t go wrong with leopard print and black, and, as our dear fashion icon Kate Moss has shown us over the years, it always looks badass.

Francesco Russo fur detail leopard print sandals, $1,635.00

Francesco Russo fur detail leopard print sandals, $1,635.00

Enter, these Francesco Russo fur detail leopard print sandals, shown above.  With an adorable fur mohawk on the heel, these are a perfect sandal to transition into the fall with.  Match ’em with a pair of baggy athletic harem pants, and maybe this adorable Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia satchel (if you really want to go above and beyond).

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What do you think of these leopard print sandals?  Do you wear animal prints?

xo