Prada is the undisputed master of minimalism in fashion. Armani, Jil Sander or Celine might have made their names or comeback with minimalism but fashion would have had a totally different look today should Miuccia Prada had not sent her signature looks down runway back in the 90s. Then again, Prada is also the master of breaking her own rules. After seasons of minimalism in fashion, it is time for something elaborated and more colorful. The resort 2014 collection from Prada focuses on ramage motif prints in colors that are somehow, but not really and typically resort or summer. Prada is clearly one of my favorite designers ever so she could never do any wrong. However, any bias aside, even just by the merits of this leather goods collection itself against any standard, other houses will have a hard time catching up for Resort 2014. If you love the Saffiano leather, one of these bags is the one to collect. Price starts from EUR1,750.
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This Tom Ford bag, named after Jennifer Aniston, also happens to be the subject of allegedly racial base controversy involving Oprah and a Sales Assistant (SA) in a Swiss luxury purveyor. While it was not the first time Oprah had run into similar incident (with Hermes in Paris a few years back) and that the shop had profusely apologized , it is nice to see such cases being brought to public by someone as powerful as Oprah. Admittedly, sometimes, SAs in luxury shops do have unbearable attitude, regardless of what their motives are. Having said that, there is also a fair share of exemplary SAs in luxury good stores whose attention, good service and good attitude know no bounds. One of my favorite SA of all time is Ms Elena in the Dior store in Florence, Italy.
All that aside, this Tom Ford Jennifer bag is a gorgeous and highly useful bag. Not only that the bag is chic and unique, the different compartments and the extendability of it makes it a perfect daily and travel bag. While Tom Ford is well known for his fondness of black, he does not shy away from hot shades like this one. The Tom Ford Jennifer is available in size Mini from USD1,790, small from USD2,750 and medium from USD2,990.
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I first saw this bag in grey in Bottega Changi Airport about two weeks ago and almost bought it on the spot. The bag is everything I like in a bag: Lightweight, understated yet gorgeous, well compartmentalized, made entirely of buttery soft leather and lined with suede and finally, comes with a detachable shoulder strap that is both of perfect length for shoulder or cross-body. I went back to a Bottega store the next day and to my surprise, the bag somehow looks a little smaller than I would like it to be now. At 15″, the bag looks more like a pure ladies’ handbag. If only this bag comes in 16.5″, it would have been my newest bag. Price is USD2,680 at Neiman Marcus.
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The Givenchy Bambi print was unexpected and took everyone by surprise when it first came out. It was also quirky and edgy, both attributes of which fashion should embody. The Bambi print tote bag brought me back from my bag comma back in September. It has gone on to become the most sought after fashion animal character after the Kenzo tiger craze earlier this year and is now on everything from bag to T-shirt and scarves. This clutch is priced at SGD2,515 including shipment to Singapore via Luisaviaroma.com.
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Every season, Chanel releases a few exceptional pieces of accessories that blurs the line between a bag and art piece. Think of it as the Couture of bags! The Chanel Lego clutch was a big hit last season and sold out everywhere despite its SGD14,000 price tag. For this season, the clutch is made in Chanel iconic perfume bottle shape. There is no news on how much this clutch will be priced yet but my estimation is roughly about the price of the Lego clutch.
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It is a tall order to find anything else as appealing as any Valentino bag now. The label continues churning out Rockstud bags that redefine elegance and classic pieces in a way never seen before. This cool relatively non-chalant messenger is perfect for holiday and shopping season like the one coming up soon. Price is USD2,295.
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The first big gun from Stuart Vevers for Coach is the Borough bag. Admittedly, the bag has all the makings of a great bag. The bag has 5 compartments in total, three of them are zipper compartment with the other two in between. Although not entirely avant-garde, the Borough dares to be unconventional by Coach standard. Having said that and with all due respect to the merits of the bag, I still think that it was an undeniably good move to send this bag to Sarah Jessica Parker before it was made available for sale and had her photographed using it. Only a few fashion icons out there now that could flip a fortune of a brand with a few photos and SJP is surely one. The price for the Borough in Singapore starts from SGD995.
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