Accessory Report: Spring Bags

These are the best Handbag Trends you’ll Definitely want to try this Spring!

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A Color-Block Bag

If you already have a neutral bag in your spring arsenal, you’ll need a fun color-block one to counter it. No “matchy-matchy” rules apply with color-blocking, so you can coordinate it to your outfit like Miroslava Duma and her chic Pierre Hardy—or not. It’s up to you.

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Pierre Hardy Bag 61 color-block suede clutch, $895, luisaviaroma.com

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A Structured, Ladylike Purse

A retro-chic, feminine handbag adds an element of elegance to any outfit—from jeans and a tee to a suit or dress—and is ultra versatile to take you from work to after-work cocktails.

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Divine wave bag, $30, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-TopHandleA Top-Handle Bag

 The top-handle bag will easily transition right into spring. You can’t go wrong with this style, whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features like Anne Katherine Frey’s Alexander Wang.

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Alexander Wang Rockie small cross-body satchel bag, $795, neimanmarcus.com

SpringBags-BackpackA Stylish Backpack

The backpack gets updated this year. Along with being incredibly functional, these designer backpacks look effortlessly cool. Even Karl Lagerfeld put graffiti-covered backpacks on his spring runway for Chanel.

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Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $90, karmaloop.com

SpringBags-MetallicA Metallic Clutch

A metallic dress is a must-have going-out look for spring, and the same goes for your clutch. Match it with a metallic, or mix it in with other looks, because heavy metal works with everything (Hanne Gaby Odiele agrees).

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Expressions NYC crackle envelope clutch, $38, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-CarryAllA Sophisticated Carryall Work Tote

Refresh your hold-everything work bag for the warmer season with a lighter hue and updated elements like an East-West silhouette. Classic camel is always a sure hit but a pastel bag like Milana Kruz’s Givenchy one is definitely droolworthy.

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Alberta di Canio handbag, $195, yoox.com

SpringBags-FloralA Floral-Print Clutch

A floral clutch adds extra springtime cheer to any outfit—whether you’re mixing prints like blogger Chriselle Lim (featuring this Givenchy clutch) or adding one single eye-catching accessory to a streamlined monochromatic look.

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SpringBags-Floral-2Printed stripe zip-top clutch, $48, c. wonder.com

SpringBags-PastelA Pastel Purse

Easter-egg hues are the new neutral when it comes to accessories this season. Work a pink, baby blue, or minty green one into your outfit, whether it’s a roomy satchel, an envelope clutch, or a structured bag like blogger-model Zanita Morgan’s.

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Mint Tassle Bag, $46, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-satchelA Printed Satchel

Burberry showed painted-over bags for fall, so get a jump on the trend now with a printed satchel. It’s a perfect way to sneak in some flair on an otherwise neutral, go-with-everything accessory, like Natalie Joo’s and her checked Brahmin tote.

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Marni graphic-print cross-body bag, $1,476, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-BucketA Bucket Bag

A bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. Whether it’s a minimalist drawstring creation or Alexander Wang’s lipstick-red studded number carried by model Pauline Vander Cruysse, the style will fit all your essentials and update any look.

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Faux-leather tasseled bucket bag, $30, oldnavy.com

What Spring Bags Are Your Faves?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Top Pre-Fall Collections

The pre-fall collections may not hit stores until July, but that’s no reason not to ponder what we’ll be wanting to wear. These collections are usually the most wearable, but that never stops designers from getting creative. From Thom Browne’s edgy androgynous prep, to Louis Vuitton’s fantasy ski chalet, here are the pre-fall collections that are pretty amazing.

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Michael Kors

For pre-fall, Kors has upped the luxe factor, introducing metallic brocades. Kors also stays true to his Americana roots with a dose of tailored sportswear. It’s impeccably styled: brooches and sneakers? Who knew?

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Louis Vuitton

The new direction of the Vuitton brand is promising. The pre-fall collection truly goes from day to night, featuring an array of looks for everything from après skiing to evening. Also, hello, Vuitton denim!

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Valentino

Valentino debuted their pre-fall collection with a nod to the owl. Their fine-feathered friends are introduced amongst a moody, earthy palette. The collection also includes its fair share of over the top furs and beautiful nudes.

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T by Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang’s diffusion line comes into its own with the pre-fall collection. A very neutral palette with deconstructed details is the stuff of my dreams. This collection is elevated while still staying true to its athletic roots.

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Erdem

This pre-fall collection was a stunning progression for the designer. Colorful lace, which is a signature, takes center stage amongst elegant dresses that are destined to go from the runway to the red carpet.

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Cushnie et Ochs

The Cushnie et Ochs design duo is pretty famous for perfecting the sexy dress. This season, they introduce a new element: pearls. The fresh embellishments paired with their signature silhouettes prove to be a winning combination.

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Thom Browne

Thom Browne’s collection is an adaptation of his classic preppy staples. Suiting, and a very patriotic color palette characterize this pre-fall collection. If you can’t make it through next fall without Thom Browne, you’re in luck. The collection is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.

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Jenni Kayne

Kayne puts a playful spin on pre-fall. The designer introduces a punchy floral print and keeps things nice and light, but contrasts the sweetness by mixing it with fur stoles. Have you noticed a pattern here? Get a fur scarf this season! Seriously.

Stay Stylish!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Evening Vest

Weather permitting, swap your winter coat out for a slimmer and sleeker outerwear piece: the evening vest. This little number has been spotted on fashion icons and street style favorites. Here is how to rock this statement piece!

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Camille Charrière

Pair it with: Skinny jeans and a button up

On Charrière: Sheriff&Cherry sunglasses; Zara coat and boots; T by Alexander Wang top; MiH The Bonn Jeans ($185); Sportmax bag

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Anouska Proetta Brandon

Pair it with: White separates and contrast accessories

On Brandon: Mokka London vest; Zara top; MiHThe Ellsworth Jeans ($187); GUESS by Marciano bag

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Sandra Hagelstam

Pair it with: Turtleneck and cropped trousers

On Hagelstam: Zara coat and pants; Balenciaga sweater; Marja Kurki bag; Tibi shoes

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Pair it with: Palazzo pants and t-shirt

Stockholm Street Style

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Andy Torres

Pair it with: Stylish sweatshirt and mini-skirt

On Torres: H&M Trend trench coat; Rodarte sweatshirt; & Other Stories skirt; Balenciaga boots

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Victoria Beckham

Pair it with: Jumpsuit and metal belt

On Beckham: Celine S/S 13 sleeveless coat; Cutler and Gross sunglasses; Saint Laurent Triangle Stud Belt ($673); Casadei shoes

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Natalie Suarez

Pair it with: Furry hat and bright sweater

On Suarez: W Street Casual Hat ($59); H&M vest; Paul & Joe sweater; Hudson Jeans Stark Moto Super Skinny Jeans ($245); Modern Vice Jett Studded Eyelet Boots ($550)

Say Yes to the Vest!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Gifts for the Guys

Here is the scoop on the coolest apparel, gadgets, accessories, and more that guys will be excited to get this Holiday!

guysgiftguide-mrcosmopolitan Mr. Cosmopolitan

Never afraid to experiment with his personal style, this fashion plate knows all the hidden gems worth a stop. Alexander Wang Lizard iPad Case, $239, available at Barneys New York; hello mr. Magazine, $20; A. OK Beanie, $36, available at Oak; ASSK Bisoux Sweatshirt, $125, available at V Files; Alexander McQueen Brogue Boots, $850, available at Mr. Porter.

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Back To Basics

No guy likes to shop for the basics. Give his necessities a major refresh this season with sleek new accessories, funky undergarments, and maybe a cool techie find: Shinola Runwell Chrono, $750; Ernest Alexander Bedford Overnight Bag, $465; Shipley & Halmos Highland Sock, $30; Jawbone Mini Jambox, $179.99; Mack Weldon Boxer Brief, $24; Remee Sleep Mask, $95.

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The Coin Toss
A care-free skater who also possesses intellectual, theater-critic-esque sensibilities? Opt for gifts that hone in on one of his intricacies for something he’ll actually love: Kenzo Kenyon Trainers, $366, available at Matches FashionTodd Snyder Blue Selvedge Denim, $250; Boosted Board, $1,299, available for pre-order; Belovedshirts Cat Sweatshirt, $59.99; Grand Theft Auto V, $39.99, available at AmazonTwelfth Night and Richard III, tickets available at Telecharge.

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The Pragmatist

“Practical” doesn’t have to be “boring.” In fact, sometimes those gifts that are both useful and fun are more appreciated than ones we don’t really need: Izola Launder With Care Laundry Bag, $39; Ernest Alexander Cooper British Shave Kit Bag, $110; Coin, $55, available for pre-order; Bespoken Crewneck Sweatshirt, $360 ; Le Specs Revolution Rouge, $59.95.

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The Stumper
Whether he’s tough to buy for or you’re simply puzzled when it comes to gifting the guys, cool trinkets and one-of-a-kind accessories are great conversation starters and outlets for new discoveries: Oliver Brown Cup Sets, $41.07; Kapital Skull Patch, $76.48, available at Pancho and Lefty; Miansai Brummel Hook Bracelet, $95; Iacoli & McAllister Hex Opener, $48; Occulter Black Pyramid Salt, $10; Bee Raw 9 Varietal Honey Flight, $78.
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Winter’s Warden
Sometimes it’s just too cold to do anything but binge-watch your favorite shows. And, he’ll be needing plenty of “surviving winter” essentials to help him brave the brr: Diptyque Genevrier Candle, $60; Topman Black Leather Biker Jacket, $300; Reigning Champ Fleece Hoodie, $112, available at Steven Alan; Roku Roku 3, $99.99 ; Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones, $199.95.

Give the guys a gift they will love!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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1 Oversized Coat 4 Ways

When it comes to outerwear this season, order a size up. Today’s chicest toppers are larger than life. Here are four ways to style this new menswear inspired silhouette.

Theory Elizabeth Wool-Blend Felt Coat, $675; net-a-porter.com

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Perfect attire for a crisp fall day.

 R13 Flannel Plaid Shirt, $425; farfetch.com Armani Exchange Rebel V-Neck Pima Tee, $25; armaniexchange.com Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $209; net-a-porter.com Zara Patent Leather Bluchers, $89.90; zara.com Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi, $25; neimanmarcus.com

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The ideal topper for this gray and navy date-night look.

Theyskens’ Theory Deden Dress, $495; shopbop.com Alexander Wang Tri-Fold Leather and Snakeskin Clutch, $845; mytheresa.com Giuseppe Zanotti Ester Buckled Suede Ankle Boots, $1,195; net-a-porter.com

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Layer over sweaters and your favorite pair of blue jeans for weekend dressing made easy.

A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création Wool Sweater, $190; net-a-porter.com Armani Exchange Indigo Skinny Jeans, $128; armaniexchange.com Isabel Marant Bluebel Suede Concealed Wedge Sneakers, $695; net-a-porter.com J.Crew Jeweled Felt Baseball Cap, $125; jcrew.com

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Drape over your shoulders and wear with statement boots for your next night out.

Proenza Schouler Wool Cashmere and Silk-Blend Sweater, $785; net-a-porter.com Chalayan Leather Skater Skirt, $1,775; net-a-porter.com 3.1 Phillip Lim Ora Over-the-Knee Boots, $975; barneys.com Jin Soon Metaphor Nail Lacquer, $18; nordstrom.com

Happy Styling!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Karolina Kurkova’s Summer Tips

Karolina shares her tips for assembling the perfect warm-weather look!

Karolina-skirtSkirt the Situation! Get The Look: Aryn K Short Sleeve Blouse ($62); Astr Pleated Faux Leather Skirt ($64); Deena & Ozzy Mesh Hidden Wedge ($49) in White.

Karolina-bagBag of Tricks! Get The Look: Splendid Athens Color Block Jacket ($168); Dooney & Bourke Large Tulip Shopper ($168); Tory Burch Strappy Flat Sandal ($291).

karolina-colorColor Code! Get The Look: T by Alexander Wang Silk Combo Blouse ($135) in Fiji; Joe’s Jeans Bright Color Denim Short ($32) in Tile Blue; Cole Haan Village Jeans Belt ($98) in Argento; Sam Edelman Gilda Gladiator Sandal ($90) in Soft Silver.

karolina-layerLayer Effects! Get The Look: Nasty Gal Loosen Up Knit ($58) in Ivory; Tommy Hilfiger Denim Fitted Mini Skirt ($50); Helen Yoi High-Tops ($85) in White.

Karolina-brightOn the Bright Side! Get The Look: Equipment Signature Button Down Blouse ($208); IRO Jarod Jean ($276).

Whats your Summer Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Fine China Prints

They say inspiration can come from anywhere (films, books, music), but today’s trend is derived from an unlikely source: your dining table, and more specifically, your dishware! The striking cobalt blue and white prints spotted on the Valentino and Just Cavalli runways evoke classic Delft china from the Netherlands, featuring florals or farmhouse scenes that have been popular for centuries.

ChinaPrintsJust Cavalli S/S 13: Woven Printed Top ($435) and Printed Leather Shorts ($2020)

Fine China Print Pieces

Ruffian: Toile de Jouy Blazer ($995) The toile print on this blazer adds an element of charm to a polished sleeveless shell and slim trousers. Diane von Furstenberg: Floral-Print Leather Wallet ($160) The fine china obsession hasn’t escaped accessories. This bold printed wallet is an easy way to work the trend into your repertoire. Keds: Champion Floral Sneakers ($45) in White/Blue. The classic canvas sneaker gets updated with a floral print. Slip on this pair to liven up a t-shirt and skinny blue jeans.

A few Printed Inspirations

chinaprints-valentinoValentino F/W 13: Brushed Mohair Long Sleeved Embroidered Dress With Tulip Skirt ($3980)

chinaprints-SandraHagelstamOn Sandra Hagelstam:
Zara coat; Supermuse Queen of Hearts Blouse ($89); Alexander Wang shoes.

chinaprints-JessicaStein On Jessica Stein: Supermuse dress; Acne clutch; Topshop sandals.

Are you coveting china prints?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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