The fantasy inspired theme is clearly running throughout the Valentino Fall/Winter 14-15 collection because there are elephant and unicorn buckles on this very Valentino bag. Just in case you wonder why elephant and unicorns, I am not very sure myself but I know that back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, animals were once very popular design element for European fashion labels, including Valentino. It is therefore, quite easy to mistake this vintage looking box bag as a vintage piece itself. Isn’t this bag just wonderful to admire? Price is USD2,230 which makes it a very good alternative to the popular Celine Box or Hermes Constance bag.
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If Gucci were to make a Kelly bag then this is it. Fresh from the Resort 2015 collection, this is a Gucci bag I feel so strongly for in a long time. The bag is available in two sizes – small (27.5cm) for EUR1,350 and large (41.5cm) for EUR1,900. The clean design and sleek structure of this bag, accentuated only by the iconic Gucci Bamboo turn-lock, makes this a classic darling. It is time for Gucci to reclaim the bag market that once it dominated alongside Louis Vuitton. If this is how Gucci bags will look from here on, I am sold! The only thing I think Gucci might need to do for commercial success is to make a medium size of this bag at around 30cm-33cm, which is the most popular size for ladies’ handbags.
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Have you been feeling love for Tod’s bags lately? You are not the only one and just in case you wonder why, it is probably all the doings of Tod’s current Creative Director, Alessandra Facchinetti who assumed the post earlier this year. I have been feeling love for the D-Cube bowlers and now the shopping bag got my attention too. After not so good mark at Gucci and Valentino, Alessandra Facchinetti seems to have found her home at Tod’s. When the bag is this good, it is about time success follows. The D-Cube shopping bag is available in two sizes – small (31.5cm) and medium (35cm). Price is USD1,765 and USD1,925 for small and medium, respectively.
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The genius Mr Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton made at least two bags I really really want. Look at how luscious those bags are in the buttery soft leather, lined and trimmed with none other than the house’s iconic Monogram Canvas. These babies will hit retail only early next year. I estimate the prices will run around USD5,000.
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The world of fashion has finally put the past behind and embraced the return of John Galliano to the scene. John Galliano has joined Maison Martin Margiela as its Creative Director, officially ending his 3-year hiatus. I am as excited as I was when I first heard the news of Hedi Slimane moving to Saint Laurent and Nicolas Ghesquiere moving to Louis Vuitton so before we see what Maison Martin Margiela looks like under John Galliano, let’s have a look back to the best bags John did when he was in Dior.
1. Dior Saddle
Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, only this Dior Saddle bag could pose some serious competition against the almighty Fendi Baguette. The undisputed fashion Queen of that era, Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City carried only either a variation of Fendi Baguette or the Dior Saddle bag. Just like the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle bag was made in hundreds of variations, making it a highly coveted and collectible item. I hope Dior will bring this baby back one day.
2. Dior Granville
One of the staple collections in Dior bag universe, the first Dior Granville bag was created under John Galliano’s tenure. The Granville is an anti-thesis to the iconic Lady Dior which is more structured and refine while the original Granville is more slouchy and industrialist.
3. Dior Babe
This bag is named by Anna Wintour who helped get Galliano the Dior job to begin with. Although it did not become a massive commercial success, it remains one of the sleekest and memorable bags ever created by Galliano for Dior.
4. Dior Karenina
I remember thinking to myself “how huggable!” when I first saw this puffy bag. It was quite a hit with celebrities when this bag first came out and quite pricey too!
5. Dior Rasta
Dior did have its wacky yet successful moment with Rasta. I remember how crazy everyone was with this collection, from celebrities to my cousins wanting a piece of Rasta bag collection.
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When one of the coolest men alive got into a traditional trunk maker workshop, we often do not know what to expect (I mean really, how often does that happen nowadays anyway?). But Pharell clearly paid attention when he was in it because by drawing inspiration from Moynat old trunks and label featuring a train (or locomotive), the collaboration yields a capsule collection that would absolutely make me a happy man when I own it.
The capsule collection consists of scarves which design could easily be mistaken as one of those from Givenchy. It also consists of a train shaped clutch made of wood and a clutch masterpiece made of Plexiglass that is going to be priced around EUR10,000. I find myself most excited over the zip pouches that are available in 7 different color combos, two sizes ( 23.5 cm x 17.5 cm for PM and 34 cm x 24 cm for GM) and made of full leather and leather cut-outs. The pouch will be priced at EUR400 for size small and EUR550 for the bigger one. Zip pouches or clutches like this have enjoyed tremendous popularity thanks for Givenchy ones that have gone mainstream and very popular. This Moynat piece has a child-like touch on one side and timeless simplicity appeal, literally on its other side; Duality that I find truly irresistible.
Moynat x Pharrell Williams collection will be available in Moynat stores from 20 October 2014.
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Just when you thought that the Vuitton Petite Malle could not get any cuter and more desirable, here is the Petite Malle Bubble, made entirely in Louis Vuitton signature Epi leather and available in three irresistible colors – black, bubble gum pink and peppermint. The bag was first seen on the Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 runway and is a definitive hit when it hits the stores next month. Price is estimated to be SGD12,100.
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