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10 Woven Bags For A Relaxed Look This Summer

10 Woven Bags For A Relaxed Look This Summer

When we think of woven bags, a free-spirited summer comes to mind. And this summer, the designers stepped it up and created some very luxurious and original takes on the trend. The beauty of a well designed woven bag is that you can either match it to a Bohemian day look or dress it up for an effortless summer-y evening look.

On the highest end you have, of course, the classic Bettoga Veneta Intrecciato, but it no longer has to be the classic basket weave. Diane Von Furstenberg offers a woven chain-link leather hobo bag that has a very interesting texture and feel to it and Stella McCartney produced her classic Falabella tote out of chunky woven cotton-blend fabric.

We'll begin with ...

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Accessories Close-Up

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Accessories Close-Up

The new Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 collection provides plenty of accessories to choose from. Perhaps what will become an It item is the Paris - New York oversize python tote in navy,red and white. For evening we have small leather, embroidered or bejeweled pochettes. Necklaces, bracelets and belts were big - made of black pearls, crystal and enamel. All this richness was contrasted by simple black shoes, either pumps or basket-weave oxfords.

Alexander Berardi for Jessica Jensen Spring 2011 Handbags

Alexander Berardi for Jessica Jensen Spring 2011 Handbags

A few months ago Alexander Berardi sent his Spring 2011 collection down the NY Fashion Week runway. Models trotted down the runway in breezy, light as air dresses, tunics and rompers. All in neutral colors and nautical prints. The bags and clutches that some of the models held - you couldn't miss. Those were a collaboration between Alexander Berardi and accessories designer Jessica Jensen.

The Alexander Berardi for Jessica Jensen handbags, just as Berardi's Spring 2011 collection, are weekend-at-the-beach ready. Also in neutral colors, with hand-woven intrecciato and removable silk bows, the handbags are sure to complement perfectly any summer wardrobe.

The line retails at a rather decent price range of $398 – $1498 (considering we're talking goatskin and lambskin here) and ...

Most Treasured Vintage Gucci Handbags To Be Auctioned Off

Most Treasured Vintage Gucci Handbags To Be Auctioned Off

Back in January, Christie's and Gucci started the Gucci Collector project. The auction house invited people around the world to get their vintage Gucci handbag gems appraised for free. Out of over 600 bags most precious 30 were chosen.

This 30-piece vintage Gucci handbags collection will go on sale as part of Christie's annual Fashion Through The Ages sale on December 2. The handbags date as far back as far as late fifties and the starting bids will range from $975 to $4,870.

This is not the last we'll be seeing these rare vintage Gucci bags. As part of the Gucci Collector project Gucci bought back some of those pieces and will be displaying them in the Gucci museum opening ...

Love Magazine Remakes Classic ‘Pliage’ Bag For Longchamp Fall 2010

Love Magazine Remakes Classic ‘Pliage’ Bag For Longchamp Fall 2010

Katie Grand, editor of Love magazine, collaborated with Longchamp to create a limited edition remake of Longchamp's classic Pliage bag. Grand chose to use beige canvas and pink leather handles. The bag of course bears Love magazine's logo.

The limited edition Love X Longchamp Le Pliage bag retails for $175 (excl. VAT) at Collete Paris (they do international shipping).

Focus: Lanvin For H&M Accessories and Shoes

Focus: Lanvin For H&M Accessories and Shoes

While most of the clothes in the collection look luxurious and expensive (Alex Perry reference for the Aussies) the jewelry simply can't keep up. I suppose attempting to recreate Lanvin's jewelry in plastic and ribbon was too much of a stretch.

But I sure as hell will be fighting for those sunglasses!

And yes, it seems to be a Lanvin For H&M day today.

Gallery after the jump.

Sang A Spring 2011 Bags Presentation: Fish Leather And Exotic Skins

Sang A Spring 2011 Bags Presentation: Fish Leather And Exotic Skins

I popped in for Sang A Spring 2011 handbags presentation at the CFDA fashion incubator (Times Square is tolerable during morning hours!) last week. Sang A uses a lot of exotic skins (her water snake bag was featured in WWD alongside Bottega Veneta and Chanel last year), but what I like about her is that she doesn't rely on the leather texture alone, rather she creates great contemporary bags that just happen to be made of exotic skins.

More photos and details after the jump.

Helmut Lang Handbags Debut For Spring 2011

Helmut Lang Handbags Debut For Spring 2011

Each season, the Austrian label Helmut Lang brings into the world a collection of minimal chic silhouettes through draped jersey and linens in muted neutral color palette. For Spring 2011, Nicole and Michael Colovos added a handbags collection in that same Helmut Lang spirit.

In tones of black, olive, beige and one popping red we get totes and clutches, each for different occasion. Be it the textured snake-skin clutch or the chunky shoulder bag, they are all going into my must-have list.

Prada And Miu Miu Handbags To Be Sold At Bloomingdales

Prada And Miu Miu Handbags To Be Sold At Bloomingdales

Although both Prada and Bloomingdale’s are keeping this project hush-hush, WWD learned that Prada And Miu Miu handbags will be joining Bloomingdale’s already huge designer handbags assortment. Just in time for Christmas.

As part of Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street handbag department makeover, two in-store boutiques, Miu Miu and Prada, are being added and are currently under construction.

So get that credit card balance under control before visiting Bloomies for some Christmas shopping!

Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Ad Campaign

Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Ad Campaign

Back in 2009 Sofia Coppola and Louis Vuitton collaborated on a small capsule collection and this year the new collection is even bigger and better. The bags are available in more sizes, colors and textures.

Loving the classic feel of the collection. Coppola is the epitome of chic, isn't she?