must-have designer handbag blog

Month: July 2010

Kim Kardashian carries a Hermès Birkin

It looks like Kim Kardashian has bought a new Hermès Birkin, this time in a distinct olive shade. Though I think the handbag is perfect for the current season, I can’t see that it’ll last too long seeing it’s not really a classic colour.

Obviously Kim doesn’t think too much of it as she discarded her boots in it after leaving the salon! What do you think of her new Birkin?

Vanessa Hudgens carries the J.J. Winters Hornback Leather Bag

Vanessa Hudgens completes her black tee and leopard-print pants ensemble with the J.J. Winters Hornback Leather bag. Although it seems to suit Vanessa’s own style well, I’m not too keen on the oversized bag, I prefer the simple, well structured bags. With the zip-lined straps, textured leather and multicolored studs it’s hardly an understated choice.

You can pre-order Vanessa’s Hornback Leather bag on Boutique to You for $450.

Image via J.J. Winters

Celebs love the Céline Luggage Tote

I’ve been dying to post about the beautiful Céline handbags ever since I started this blog, so it’s great to see that not one but two of the bags becoming this seasons must-haves! The first being the Classic Box Bag, a popular choice during the fall/winter shows earlier this year and now the Céline Luggage bag.

Mary-Kate Olsen was the first to be spotted with an all-black version back in March and more recently Lily Allen with a cobalt blue shade and Leighton Meester, in character as Blair Waldorf for Gossip Girl with navy and white style. All pictured are either spring or summer 2010 but there’ll be a range of new colours available soon as part of the fall/winter collections.

The Luggage bag is available in four different sizes – mini, small, medium and large. To give you an idea Mary-Kate is carrying the smallest version which starts at around £1600. Available from most Céline boutiques and Barneys NYC.

Images via Celine, Gossip Girl Fan and Olsen Obsessive

Whitney Port carries a new Muse

I’ve lost count of the number of celebrities who’ve been spotted with the Yves Saint Laurent Muse handbag so it’s nice to see someone carrying an alternative to the standard leather, even if they are wearing it with leggings and flip-flops.

Whitney Port was spotted leaving a salon with the oversized, classic Muse bag in a crocodile embossed, patent leather. I can’t say that I see why she’s considered a style icon, even for a trip to the salon her ensemble seems quite mediocre, her Muse looking a bit out-of-place.

The Yves Saint Lauren Muse handbag starts at around $1,550 for the classic leather.

Images via YSL

Christian Serratos carries the Stella McCartney Falabella

I’m not quite sure who Christian Serratos is but she was spotted in LA wearing quite a cute outfit and carrying the distinctive Stella McCartney Falabella bag. You might recognise it as Sophia Bush is a fan of the sandy-coloured Falabella Lantern, which although is a slightly different style, features the same chain detail.

Available in either faux suede or python, the tote features silver chain-embellishment for an urban, contemporary look. I like that how whenever you sling it on it’s able to add edge to even the most plain outfits, yet it also works with the more formal ensembles. If this didn’t have a huge price tag of $1,095 this would be a definite purchase, perhaps around half the price at $500?

If you’re interested in Christian’s Stella McCartney handbag you can purchase it from Bergdorf Goodman for $1,095, though it’s available at most department stores for a similar price.

Jessica Szohr carries the Zadig & Voltaire Pouch Ottawa

Or should it be ‘Vanessa carries the Pouch Ottawa’ seeing as she’s on the GG set?

I love this Zadig & Voltaire messenger, with the woven detail on the straps and line of fringe it’s perfect for Vanessa’s boho chic style. Being 36x36cm it’s also roomy enough for all her college books – she’s still at NYU, right? I haven’t watched Gossip Girl in about two years so feel free to comment if I’m completely off the mark.

The bag is actually on sale now on the e-store and is available for a reasonable €175.00 – after all, it is Vanessa carrying the bag.

ASOS A/W 2010 Handbags

A quick look at some of the more affordable options available from ASOS this autumn/winter, courtesy of Marie Claire. I still can’t fathom the idea of an all shearling bag!

Helen Flanagan carries a Hermès Birkin

Coronation Street must pay well! Helen Flanagan was showing off her new cream Hermès Birkin when out in London yesterday. Seeing as the bag starts at around £6000 I’m wondering if this is a gift from her footballer boyfriend?

After seeing one these bags up close during my visit to Italy I’m not surprised they’re so coveted as Hermès has such great attention to detail. However I’m not too keen on Helen’s choice of colour particularly with the matching dress, it makes her outfit look a bit drab.

Leighton Meester carries the Derek Lam Star Quilted Blanche Bag

Leighton Meester was on the set of Gossip Girl carrying the Derek Lam Blanche handbag yesterday in NYC. The spacious bucket bag features both a leather chain and detachable shoulder strap, which Leighton chose to use to suit her casual ensemble. I think the stars on the quilted leather work well in a giving the bag a more contemporary look, making it a perfect addition to her shirt and cargo pants.

You can purchase Leighton’s (or Blair’s?) Derek Lam handbag with 50% off on Shopbop for $795.

The designer handbags of The Saturdays

The Saturdays, sans Una and Frankie, were spotted leaving Radio 1 a few days ago carrying some great designer bags. I love how they all choose different designers to suit their own style, as well as choosing the more distinctive and iconic models.

Mollie King carries a white version of the classic Mulberry Bayswater handbag, though I usually prefer darker shades I think the white gives the bag a more modern look. The Bayswater is available on the Mulberry online store for £750.

Rochelle Wiseman was photographed with the Lanvin Amalia, opting to carry it as a top handle rather than as a shoulder bag. I love the style of the Lanvin handbags as they have just enough room and lots of cute details on the shoulder strap, it’s no wonder the Happy and the Amalia are becoming increasingly popular.

You can purchase a Lanvin Amalia in cream similar to Rochelle’s at Zoe for $1,995.

It’s no surprise as to which bag Vanessa White was carrying – her favourite Louis Vuitton Alma in Monogram Vernis pomme d’amour. I’m not usually too keen on the Alma model but seeing Vanessa’s red Vernis, it’s growing on me. You wouldn’t think it but she manages to work well with all her outfits, despite being so bright.

The Alma MM is available to purchase from most Louis Vuitton boutiques for £1,260, full specs on the website.

Images via The Saturdays Daily, Zoe, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry