I have had the same pair of black Prada sunglasses for about three years now and boy have they served me well. Too well. They seem to be nearly indestructible. They have been dropped directly onto the cobblestone pavement of roughly 87 European cities (and Tokyo). I’ve sat on them. I’ve stepped on them. I’ve accidentally popped the lenses out more times than I can count. I’ve shoved them mercilessly into various handbags, backpacks, suitcases, glove compartments, airport security bins and shopping bags. Yet they remain unscathed and unscratched. How? Personally, I’m beginning to wonder if Prada’s eye wear license holder doesn’t construct the frames and lenses out of some crazy space-age material purchased in bulk from NASA.
But I’ll show you what’s on my shopping list the minute my faithful Pradas go on to that great duty free shop in the sky…
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I have always wanted a pair of aviator-inspired shades and I think these by Louis Vuitton ($450) are just about perfect. Is it too early to start a Christmas list?
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.
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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.
In memory of late designer/artist Stephen Sprouse, Marc Jacobs has masterminded another collection of inspired accessories and ready-to-wear. While I’m not a fan of the grafitti bags (I didn’t like them the first time when Jacobs and Sprouse collaborated in 2001 either – one of the very very few times Marc has failed to flip my switch), I think this rose motif, shown here on the iconic Speedy 30 ($1,310) and also available on the Neverfull MM ($1,360), is really lovely.
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Admittedly, I prefer my Louis Vuitton in the simple and classic Monogram or Damier. In fact, my two favorite LV bags are my Speedy 30 Damier and my Neverfull GM Monogram and I like them just the way they are. But I recognize the power of a limited edition, not to mention commemorative, design. And I recognize the power of Marc Jacobs.
Fashionistas everywhere are scrambling to get their hands on a piece of this fashion history. Last week, both the Louis Vuitton website and eLuxury were sold out of the bags, but eLuxury seems to have been replenished as of this morning. And local ladies, take note: I was at the LV boutique at Saks in Triangle Town Center yesterday and they have them in stock. So get on over there on your lunch break and snap one up if you are so inclined. (And maybe pick up a Neverfull MM Damier just for me while you’re at it?)