Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Bag Edition

“It is a known fact that a woman do carry an evening bag at dinner time.” Now this famous quote from the now iconic documentary Paris Is Burning holds more truth than people think. However, the quote should be interpreted by the fact that any outfit always feels a little more complete once you add a stunning bag to it. The perfect bag also has the ability to boost one’s confidence and mood. Allowing the wearer to express their personal style with a bag of their choosing. And for that reason, we here at Novella feel that choosing the perfect bag for that perfect someone is always a great gift giving choice for the holiday season. However, choosing the right bag can sometimes be extremely hard and with so many bags and personalities out there, having a guide on what to get is often very helpful and time-saving.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Bag: $33.90

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As fashion grows and progresses, so does the need to use it as a form of self-expression. Unlike the conventional bags most people are used to seeing. Today’s purses are no longer about functionality and stand more as a test of creative integrity and self-expression. One big trend that really encompasses this idea is the mini bag, while it may not be the most functional bag to its size, this Forever 21 mini faux patent leather bag is all about visual appeal rather than functionality. Sure you may not be able to fit everything in there. But this bag does hold its own perfectly fine as a party bag or evening bag. And its punchy mix of fire engine red and shiny metal hardware give this bag an edgy 80s personality that’s been all the rage the past few years.

Chanel Boy Bag: $7175.00

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The Chanel Boy Bag may be the bag to end all bags. With its iconic silhouette and chain strap. The Boy bag has become synonymous with Paris upper echelon. However, with a name like Chanel on the bag, the cost is automatically going to be quite astronomical for a purse. But its the quality of materials and craftsmanship that really makes this bag an extra special gift. Rather than purchasing your special someone a regular black Chanel Boy bag. Opt for this glittery sequined version. Which mixes the perfect amount of after-dark glamour with the conventional look of an all black bag.

Zara Knotted Bucket Bag: $49.90

Photo: Zara

Zara has a long-standing reputation for creating fashionable high-quality clothing and accessories that merge the high fashion appeal of the runway with functional everyday attire. This simple black shoulder bag is the perfect for someone who’s always on the go. It’s roomy design and thick strap are bound to last for those who can’t help but carry everything but the kitchen sink with them. What sets this bag apart from regular leather totes is its fresh design. The bag itself is very architectural. With the knotted straps creating a very angular silhouette that compliments the triangular shape of the bag.

Maison Margiela Patchwork Pouch: $2660.00

Photo: Maison Margiela

For those who want something more interesting than the average bag, Maison Margiela created this unconventional clutch. Utilizing the brand’s love for deconstruction. The clutch is decorated with pieces of Margiela staple patterns and fabrics. Creating an entirely unique look for those daring enough to wear it. Another interesting aspect of the bag is its shape. Rather than opting for a traditional square or rectangle clutch. The brand created an exaggerated and extremely elongated rectangle clutch that breaks the boundaries of what bags and clutches should look like. While this may not be the most functional option on the list, it does stand alone as a very interesting statement piece.

Aldo Wenang Light Blue Women’s Crossbody: $70.00

Photo: Aldo

These days bags can be whatever you’d like them to be and often, the more colourful and fun they are, the better. This fairytale Aldo bag brings the punch of colour many are looking for in the new year. The pastel colour scheme and embroidery is fun and playful without being juvenile. Which is often a very important thing for the purse aficionado on your holiday gift list. What makes this bag really special is how all of the colours and hardware work perfectly together. Rather than being jarring, the bag compliments itself. Especially the blue to pink gradient that makes of the colour of the bag.

Accessories Trend Report Spring 2018: Next Season’s Most Coveted Items!

Next season’s accessories came with a fun surprise! Colours, patterns, and textures dominated the accessories game on the runway. Differing from the norm, accessories told their own story this season. You could almost say that this season’s group of bags, jewels, hats, and shoe could easily be stand-alone collections in and of themselves. Able to carry out a cohesive and impressive story all on their own.

The Printed Pop Bag

Printed bags had the biggest impact on the runway for Spring. Prints, florals, and plaids all came crashing onto many of the worlds biggest brand’s accessories. Transforming the functional bag into an outstanding showpiece that could pump up any outfit in your closet. Milan seemed to take the trend to the most extreme by putting jarring patterns on simplistic bags. Giving a graphic edge to standard silhouettes. At Prada, bags were strewn with graphic comic strip style prints that took gave each bag its own unique story. Adding a special element to each purse that walked the runway. Over at Marni, adorable square bags were splashed with bright plaids. Creating an interesting, almost vintage take on the modern box bag. Paris seemed to prefer a more subtle take on the printed bag. Opting for more elegantly and less graphic prints than Milan did. At Valentino, models walked the runway in the brand’s staple rockstud bags. However, the bag seemed to be painted with gorgeous floral motifs. Giving the bag a double identity, soft vs hard, elegant, yet edgy.

The Peek-a-boo See-through Shoe

This season’s footwear took a surprisingly fun turn for spring. Last season’s love for the chunky heel continued as expected, however, this season’s chunky heel came with an unexpected translucent friend. For Spring, Parisian fashion houses Chanel and Balmain both put their models in interesting and super clear cap toes PVC boots. The boots themselves have an air rain time high fashion chic about them, but they’re grounded with the strong pops of neutral black and white. Giving the boots a more elegant, rather than childish look. Over in New York, Prabal Gurung sported an interesting pair of mules that used a sheer mesh and clear heel combo, rather than using PVC. Giving the shoe a more reasonable and breathable appeal for the summer.

The Epic Chandelier Earring

Chandelier earrings may have become passe in the last decade. However, the glimmering throwbacks are back in a big way! In Paris and Milan, oversized earrings packed a very big punch. At Saint Laurent, giant jewelled chandeliers took on a mod feel with big rectangular sparklers, making the earing look more like bedazzled frames ready to frame a royal masterpiece. Over in Milan, both Dolce & Gabanna and Gucci used pearls, gold, and gems to create a modern take on Renaissance royalty, giving Elizabeth the 1st a run for her money.

The Theatrical Straw Hat

This season’s straw summer hat get an exciting upgrade. What started with Gucci’s huge sunhat and Jacquemus Provencal hats has grown into one of the biggest and most interesting accessory trends of the season. At Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, the straw hat took a more vagabond like look aesthetic. Resembling something more cartoonish, which fits in perfectly with the outlandish and forward thinking appeal that’s been associated with Westwood for years. At Jacquemus, the straw sunhat took on its most extreme form yet. With proportions resembling something straight out of a French romance movie. The romantic movement of the hat perfectly mirrored the sensual feel of the collection. Over in Milano, Missoni caught wind of the trend and added its 0wn interesting flair. Creating a more windswept and cutting-edge sunhat that screams Missoni.

 

Vanessa Paradis: From Baby Star to Fashion Icon

There is no beauty like hers. 30 years after the beginning of her career Vanessa Paradis continues to impress the public. Singer, model, actress, and fashion icon, Paradis remains one of the favorite celebrities in France.

How could we describe her style? In the late ’80s, people discovered a 14-year-old “lolita” with a cute voice and a pretty face. Paradis singing “Joe le taxi” in a white crop top and a pair of jeans was far from the elegant woman she is now but it captivated people in the music and the fashion industry.

In 1991 she became the face of the Coco for Chanel perfume. Since then, she stayed close to the Maison de Haute Couture and then became Karl Lagerfeld’s muse.

In 1994, she met Johnny Depp and their love story helped her garner international recognition. Growing up, she continued to captivate us thanks to her style and her mesmerizing beauty.

Paradis doesn’t need tricks to shine and that’s why we love her. She is the perfect mix between a romantic bohemian and a boyish girl. Really elegant and feminine on the red carpet wearing long dresses, white and nude colors, her hair and makeup remind those she wore as a teenager — her looks are always clean, no bling bling or extravagant outfits.

In her personal life, she likes wearing casual outfits but styles them up with androgynous pieces. We usually see her in washed denim, white t-shirts, and blazers. Like Karl Lagerfeld said: “What’s impressive about Vanessa is not what she does but the way she does it.”… and we agree!

The Face That Launched 1000 Ships: Fashion’s Greatest Muses

Designers and the fashion houses they’ve been entrusted with are expected to draw inspirations from hundreds of different people, places, and things every year. However, sometimes it’s a model, rather than a celebrity or place, who brings a designer their inspiration. In the last 15 years there has been a huge influx of model muses capturing the eyes of a designer and essentially becoming the face of a brand, encompassing everything the brand should be from brand and accessories to the overall look.

Mariacarla Boscono x Givenchy

Ricardo Tisci has had many muses over the span of his career. Yet none were as recognizable as Mariacarla Boscono was during Tisci’s tenure at Givenchy. Though there were different models working for Tisci at Givenchy, none of them really embodied the rebellious and strong willed nature that Tisci injected into the historic brand. The Italian supermodel’s unique beauty and fiery editorial style was a perfect match for the brutal and razor-sharp re-imagining of Givenchy. And with a career that started with the brand in 2008, Boscono has consecutively walked and worked for the brand for almost 10 years.

Freja Beha Erichsen x Chanel

When someone thinks of the quintessential Chanel girl, they may think of movie stars like Kiera Knightley and Cara Delevigne. However, the true face of Chanel throughout the 2000s was undoubtedly Freja Beha Erichsen. The cool, calm, and collected ‘it’ girl defined the Chanel image that Karl Lagerfeld created for the new millennium, having walked every show during the mid-2000s, including opening and closing many of them. But, with her heavy wispy bangs framing her stunning face, Freja’s real presence was felt in campaigns, clad in Chanel and oozing high fashion cool girl glamour.

Abbey Lee x Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein built a brand on edginess, sexiness, and an all-American cool. And with that comes the need for a model who encompasses the same things. Luckily, Austrailian beauty Abbey Lee came along and captured the eye of casting directors at Calvin Klein. The pixie faced beauty embodied the cool good-girl-gone-bad image that Calvin Klein wanted to become. Lee started her career with the brand in 2008, which continues until today with her recent campaign for the brand include 2017s Calvin Klein by Appointment campaign and 2016s Calvin Klein global campaign, making her a go to model for any of Calvin Klein’s editorials and campaigns.

Natasha Poly x Vogue Paris

When it comes to Natasha Poly: there is nothing the fashion superwoman can’t do. Having a career that spans over a decade has brought Ms. Poly up to the rank of super model stardom. And with it comes countless campaigns, editorials, runway shows, and beyond. However, no client has been more loyal to Natasha’s brand then Vogue Paris. The iconic publication began its relationship with the model when she debuted in 2004. Since then, Natasha Poly has consecutively been on either the covers and/or in editorials within the magazine. But Vogue Paris isn’t the only publication in love with her. Vogue Russia and Vogue Japan have also had long standing relationships with Natasha.

Georgia May Jagger x Rimmel London

What happens when your mother is a famous super model and your father is a rock god? Well, you carve out your own niche and dominate the British fashion and cosmetics industry. Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of fashion legend Jerry Hall and rock music legend, Mick Jagger. However, Jagger would not be left in the shadows of her parents. And this definitely wasn’t the case when she landed a deal with cosmetics giant Rimmel London, which catapulted her into the fashion world’s spotlight. Since 2010, Georgia May has been the face of everything from mascara to lipstick for the cosmetics brand, making her one of the single most recognizable faces in contemporary fashion today.

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Iconic Moments in Fashion: The Greatest Runways Ever Made!

Unlike today’s sleek and modern, no-nonsense runways, the world of high fashion runways has always had a sense of extravagance woven throughout.  Every time fashion month rolled around. The fashion world’s largest and most important houses scooped up their immense production budgets and created entirely new worlds for their clients and guests to immerse themselves in. Unfortunately, the era of full-on runway productions has almost entirely come to an end, with only a few of fashion’s powerhouse labels attempting to stick to the old grandiose way of presenting clothing. For this list, shows were picked based on visual impact, as well as aesthetic appeal. And no brand could have more than one entry, even though some of the brands on the list have multiple major motion picture-esque runway shows under their belt.

Louis Vuitton Spring – Summer 2012

Imagine a fairytale theme park. Where the fairest and most delicate of the fair folk frolic and play. Sugar spun in ever colourful is eaten by the handful and the sky glows with stains of baby pink and powder blue. The clouds float about like baby chicks among a candy coloured sky. It’s a princess’s dream world where anything magical is bound to happen. Nothing is impossible and even dream really does come true. And behind the roller coasters, Ferris wheel, and swings lies the grandest of carousels. Horses galloping, frozen in time coated in pastels and glitter. Swirling softly with it organ and mirrors creating an entirely new world separate from the one around it. That’s the beauty of Marc Jacobs‘ genius runway set for Louis Vuitton ss 2012. Taking something as normal as a childhood carousel ride and creating a completely different world.

Alexander McQueen Spring – Summer 1998

The name may conjure up images of something a little displeasing, but Alexander McQueen‘s Golden Shower is the first real example of the achievements that can be made in runway set design. This show was intirely based on pure innovation. Never before had there been a runway show so complex, intriguing and down right dangerous. Models had to strut down a clear plexi glass runway batherd in an artificual rain shower while riotous music pounded the audience and golden yellow lights flashed above. Creating the the perfect fashion thunderstorm that encompassed the anarchy that is Alexander McQueen.

Chanel Spring – Summer 2013

The house of Chanel is eponymous with everything extravagant and expensive, and never has that been more of a visible statement than under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld. His runway shows are the embodiment of extravagance; dreams made real through the handiwork and gargantuan production budget backing Chanel. For spring 2013, Karl had an entire wind turbine field built inside the now famous Palais Royale. Guests were treated to the sight of a solar panel floor gleaming under the lights as massive wind turbines spun overhead. Models weaved around the giant turbines in a glorious cacophony of fashion. Because in Karl’s world, nothing is unattainable and that goes for the quintessential Chanel woman as well.

Dior Fall – Winter 2007

John Galliano has never been one to shy away from sheer theatrical excess and for Christian Dior’s anniversary, the fashion virtuoso created a landscape that was one part Salvador Dali dream, one part castle garden, and another part art museum. Imagine every single bit of inspiration that went into a Dior Couture collections culminating in a massive runway, zig-zagging between various arches, rooms and sets. The runway painted a perfect picture of what goes on in Monsieur Galliano’s head during his creative process. It really was a living breathing midsummer’s night dream. 

Dolce & Gabbana Spring – Summer 2007

Who knew an elevator and plexiglass stairs could create one of the most visually stunning runway shows in the history of runway itself. Dolce & Gabbana are no strangers to creating the most overly extreme runway shows during their mid 2000’s hayday. But it was spring 2007 that set the strandard for what at D&G show should be. As the glass stairs ride out of the ground, the mid 2000’s ice queens descending, with supermodel Snejana Onopka leading the pack in an all out onslaught of sheer fashion. The clear runway completely matched the pvc element of the show and filled the room with “I dont give a damn” attitude that Dolce & Gabanna was known for.

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