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Wanted

I’m in the market for a black bag with gold hardware.  I’m very peculiar about the specs though.  I really want to be able to wear it comfortably on my shoulder.  And it must, must, must be easy to get in and out of.  (Watch yourself, Paddington.)

Unfortunately, that takes a couple of beautiful bags out of the running.  The Jimmy Choo Ramona is a stunner for sure, but the strap over the top opening makes it a no-go for me.  I just can’t be bothered with fumbling around trying to get stuff out of the way just to get in my bag.  And I can almost guarantee you that that piece would constantly be floating around flipped backwards because I won’t take the time to properly fasten it every time I use the bag.

The Kooba Jacinda is also out because of the shoulder straps.  I have the Jacinda in an ivory-ish color and it’s got just enough of a drop to wear on the shoulder but it’s a bit tight and the straps are sewn in such a way that it’s almost constantly slipping off. 

So I think I might have narrowed it down to these two:

The Rebecca Minkoff Devote ($630) is a serious contender.  It meets both of my requirements with an adjustable strap that allows for up to an 11 inch drop and an easy top snap closure.  Ain’t she a beaut’?

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Another option is the  Zoe bag by Coach ($498).  It has a generous 14 inch drop and a simple zip closure.  This is classic Coach styling…

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

Image courtesy of Coach

 These two bags are very different.  One’s a little bit country club and one’s a little bit rock and roll.  One’s front row at Fashion Week and one’s front row at the Junior League monthly meeting.  One’s Carrie and one’s Charlotte.  Me?  Well, I guess I’m a little bit of all those things.  

Decisions, decisions…

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Bag Yourself a Bendel

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Henri Bendel.  So it’s no wonder I immediately took a liking to this lovely bag ($395) featuring an off-kilter version of their iconic stripes.  

Image courtesy of Henri Bendel

Image courtesy of Henri Bendel

At 14 inches across and nearly 12 inches tall, it’s big enough to fit your essentials for a weekend away but since I’ve been known to lug around purses that could just about double as laundry bags (cue the Chloe Edith and the LV Neverfull GM and the MbMJ Totally Turnlock Faridah), I’d probably use this as a regular ol’ day bag.  Especially in my London days…  Toss in a book for the tube, an umbrella and an A-Z street guide (every Londoner’s BFF) on top of all the usual suspects – makeup pouch, sunnies, phone, mints and wallet and suddenly my Neverfull was… well… nearly full.  So I think I could certainly make use of every square inch of available space in this tote.

The Bendel bag features gold tone hardware and python trim for an extra-luxe feel.  Not that you need it when you’ve already got the Bendel stripes on your side.

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Trend: Nautical

Continuing on with the spring 2009 trend reports…  Another key look for this season will be nautical.  If you’re searching for a big way to buy into the trend, look no further than this gorgeous dress by Chloe ($2,185).  

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

It’s a beautiful piece with staying power since it doesn’t scream “In the Navy!”  The stripes bring the trend home but the uneven lines and slightly distressed fabric will keep it relevant for years to come.

If you want a more literal interpretation, go for this nautical striped sweater by Burberry ($225).  

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Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

I would pair this with a dark trouser jean for a crisp, clean look or with a dark skinny or straight leg jean for a more relaxed feel. (Stay away from a bootcut or you’ll wind up looking mumsy.)

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Trend: Gladiator Sandals (yes, still)

 Well, it looks like gladiator sandals are here to stay for at least one more summer. So be glad if you purchased an investment pair last year, like Yves St. Laurent or Giuseppe Zanotti, both of whom did stunning versions. And if you didn’t, don’t fret! There are plenty of new styles to choose from.

Photo Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

Photo Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

 

 

 

Consider these two-toned half-metallic beauties from Miu Miu ($445).  They also come in a gold and tan combination in a version that wraps slightly higher up the ankle ($585).  Both available from Net-A-Porter.com.

 

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

 

 

 

 

Or if you prefer a touch of prep in your step, go for the Fendi B Buckle sandal in patent leather with tortoiseshell detail ($605).  Available from Net-A-Porter.com.

 

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.com

 

 

 

If you’re feeling bold, try these from See by Chloe ($295).  They’ll crossover very nicely into the 2009 nautical trend as well.

 

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Photo Courtesy of ninewest.com

 

 

 

 

 

If those are a little too rich for your wallet, check out this version by Nine West ($79).  The Ruffian is available in either natural or black leather and will certainly hold its own against its designer counterparts.

 

 

And just so you all know, it’s killing me to write about sandals when we’re potentially facing single digit temps at the end of this week.  But such is the fashion machine…  Bryant Park is showing sailor shorts and halter tops while the Fashion Week attendees are breathing icicles and stamping their Choos to keep warm.

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