Fall is all about cozying up and feeling sexy with the one you love, even if you only just found him this season. And, like a man, a bag is a great accessory for any fall ensemble. We’ve made our fall 2012 handbag selections, and they are complete with color-blocked clutches, sophisticated totes, and hands-free crossbodies that are sure to please even the choosiest of ladies.
1. Skylar backpack by Simone Camille, $810.00
This is no ordinary school day backpack— fringe, embroidery, and embellishments take the convenience of the design to a whole other level. Style maven Nicole Richie was recently spotted with this black beauty. Carry by the handle or keep your hands free and wear it on one shoulder. Either way you’re sure to catch eyes.
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Emma Roberts was recently seen wearing this leopard print calf hair shoulder bag, and we always love her look. Animal print accents are a modern staple and Emma pulls off the pattern beautifully by keeping the rest of her outfit simple and casual. The leather and gold chain strap can be removed, transitioning the bag to a nighttime clutch with ease.
New York Fashion Week is now behind us and the verdict is in: whether you’re into the 60’s, 90’s, or any era in between, there is an inspiration point for you in many of Spring 2013’s collections. From sporty shows like rag & bone and Milly to cheeky collections nodding to Helmut Newton, Spring 2013 is filled with some fun trends.
Fashion’s two biggest influences for Spring 2013 were the 60’s and the 90’s, which carried over into the relaxed and whimsical hair on the runway. From the ubiquitous braid to sleek, deep side parts, Spring 2013 had something for every length, color, and texture.
Melissa Meyers, our founder, shares her favorite personal snaps from backstage and front row.
Now that it’s officially the end of summer, we need to start putting away all our swim suits, caftans and flip-flops. September is always a tricky month when it comes to dressing…the weather is still warm but you don’t want to walk around sporting your summer look. To make life easier, we put together some of the best transitional dressing must-haves for Fall:
Tailored Blazer by Adam, $89
Adam is known for his fabulous basics and a tailored boyfriend blazer like this one is the perfect Fall staple! The longer cut looks great with skinny jeans, leggings or shift dresses. It has a nice fit and you will never tire of the classic style. It’s hard to believe you can get this kind of quality for the price. I just purchased this blazer myself and will surely live in it. Check out my OpenSky video for more details!
Haute Hippie Draped Jersey Dress, $375
This chic jersey dress from Haute Hippie is right on trend for Fall with the burgundy color and wrap draping. It is universally flattering on all figures too! Pair with a blazer for work and ditch it at night for cocktails. A great replacement for your LWD.
Celebrities from all walks of entertainment joined in the celebration for the 20th anniversary of 13th annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event Saturday evening on July 9, 2012. The event brought out stars like designer Rebecca Minkoff, pianist Chloe Flower, news anchor Chris Wragge and Kelli Delaney, to name a few. While munching on Southern BBQ and sipping on summer cocktails by Patron, celebs also danced all night long with tunes from DJ Kiss.
All through the night, hosts Hilary Rhoda, Charlotte Ronson, Andrew Saffir, and Daniel Benedict mixed with co-founder Dini von Mueffling, Niche Media’s Samantha Yanks, as well as friends for a spectacular night.
And all was for a good cause as The Alison Gertz Foundation raised over $300,000 with the help of its 650 guests. Founded in 1992 to carry on the memory of late AIDS activist Alison Gertz, the organization aims to empower and encourage youth advocacy against HIV/AIDS with proper educational tools and community outreach.
Love Heals birthday bash was a success with the help of Patron Birthday Splash, Luna Farm Refresher, and Healing Touch and all the wonderful celebs who contributed to such a noteworthy cause.
Your handbag is where necessity meets accessory… it’s what you tote your life in! But just because it’s an essential doesn’t mean it should be an afterthought. Your purse can be a stylish statement. This season’s hottest trends aren’t limited to just your wardrobe. Check out these picks for of-the-moment handbag looks.
ROMYGOLD Biker Slash Eliza II Hobo, $675
A slouchy hobo is a great way to get the boho chic look. This slashed leather bag in on-trend yellow looks amazing when paired with a floral maxi for a music festival or casual weekend brunch. Celebs including Vanessa Hudgens, Kim Kardashian and Katharine McPhee have been spotted toting ROMYGOLD bags.
DKNY Crocodile effect leather shoulder bag, $195
We love that the animal skin trend is sticking around. Take a walk on the wild side with this structured faux croc shoulder bag. It’s the perfect size to wear cross-body, freeing up your hands for shopping or a drink!
JadeTribe Nicole Messenger Bag, $189
If you prefer your fashion has a conscience, than this ethical and all-natural messenger is for you. In eclectic tribal print fabric with cool leather tassels, this bag is perfect for sightseeing or checking out an outdoor market.
Live Worldly Argentine Neon Camila Purses – $175
Another eco-conscious and for-a-good-cause line, Live Worldly’s version of the neon satchels you’re seeing everywhere are made from organic leather and are totally on trend. A portion of proceeds from this bright satchel goes to to the Nature Conservancy to protect Argentina’s grasslands…chic AND sustainable.
Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch in Aqua, $156
No longer is clutch synonymous with evening wear. A simple, oversized clutch can be a fabulous accessory for daytime.
Mark Rebecca Minkoff Delight bag $60
Rebecca Minkoff partnered with Mark for a super stylish and affordable handbag. The studs are the perfect rocker chic detail for someone who wants to try the edgy look.
Finding the perfect bag to tote all of your “stuff,” or just important essentials can require some research. I am very particular when purchasing a new a bag because they can sometimes be quite an investment and I want to make sure I will love it for several seasons. Here are ten of my favorite picks in all price ranges–there is something for everyone from boho chic to classic elegance!
1. Lanvin Amalia Shopping Tote, BUY NOW, $1,900
I bought the Lavin Amalia shopping tote a few years ago in a metallic taupe and it is still one of my year round go-to bags. You will have and love this one forever. The price is high but definitely worth the investment.
2. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather satchel, BUY NOW, $1,595
The wildly popular Proenza Schouler PS1 bag is a modern classic. It’s a perfect every day bag and never goes out of style.
3. Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, BUY NOW, $815
I’m obsessed with the Donna leather bags from Alexander Wang. Check out the unique downtown style with all of the zipper detail, love the leopard print too!
4. Marc New York Backstage Satchel, BUY NOW, $295
This is a casual and sophisticated every day bag made with the softest of leather!
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbag, BUY NOW, $268
The MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Chain, large tote is a great option for a bag that holds everything and is also well-priced. Python is on trend for this season but if it’s not your style,
the bag comes in other colors and plain leather too!
6. Tylie Malibu Women’s Jet Set Kramer Fringe Cross Body Bag, BUY NOW, $225
This LA-style cross body bag has a back slip pocket and is available in four great colors–black, emerald, navy and tobacco.
7. Lauren Merkin Bag, BUY NOW, $195
Lauren Merkin makes beautiful clutches that are priced well for their quality. This one covers two hot trends: it’s metallic AND cobra embossed. All of her clutches come with a shoulder chain inside, which makes it easy to wear when you are at a cocktail party and need your hands.
8. Rebecca Minkoff Skull Crossbody, BUY NOW, $150
Rebecca Minkoff makes amazing bags and this adorably rebellious cross body one is ideal for holding just the essentials. It is perfect for casual days and lovers of skull accessories like me.
9. Ivanka Trump Victoria top handle satchel, BUY NOW, $150
You can really see Ivanka Trump’s taste and style here. A quintessential bag for the classic and elegant woman.
10. Aldo handbag, BUY NOW, $35
This little Aldo bag is so chic and great for when you just want to take the essentials: phone, lip gloss, cash and keys. A great transition bag, to take you from day to night.
While we are still obsessing over the amazing Spring/Summer hairstyles we saw earlier this month at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, we’re also ready to step up our hair game for this season. Luckily, PageDaily was backstage at last February’s Fall 2011 Fashion Week, too, and caught up with the best hair experts in the business who gave us all the tips, tricks and product picks you need to get flawless hair this Fall!
Size may not always matter but when it comes to hair this Fall, bigger is better. Models at Bibhu Mohapatra, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Vivienne Tam and L.A.M.B. sported dramatic updos like bird’s nest buns and retro pompadours.
Hair Care Products for the Dramatic Volume Trend:
Buy Now, L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium, $24
Buy Now, Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel, $24
Effortlessly chic textured ponytails were also a runway favorite in February. They were windswept and natural at Rodarte; low and grungy at Tibi; and polished ‘60s mod on the side at Kate Spade. This trend is perfect for Fall’s laid-back looks but can also add some attitude to a polished black dress.
Hair Care Products for the Textured Ponytail Trend:
Buy Now, Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, $22.99
Buy Now, René Furterer Vegetal Mousse, $23
Buy Now, Rsession Tools Pin-Up Girl Hair Styling Kit, $24.99
If last February’s shows were any prediction, we’ll be seeing lots of tousled, relaxed braids this Fall like the ones dressed with turbans at Mara Hoffman or the multiple strands we saw at HERCHCOVITCH; ALEXANDRE. We love that this look works best with dirty hair!
Hair Care Products for Braids with a Twist Trend:
Buy Now, Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme, $26
Buy Now, Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $13.98
We saw romantic undone curls and waves backstage at Chris Benz, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Minkoff, Vena Cava, Christian Siriano and Rebecca Taylor. You can achieve this easy-to-do look at home with a little help from a styling product like and by either curling hair with a small barrel curling iron and then brushing out or loosely braiding it and the applying heat with a blow dryer or flat iron. If it looks morning-after chic, you’re on the right track.
Hair Care Products for the Undone Curls & Waves Trend:
Buy Now, Ouidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam, $22
Buy Now, Fekkai Coiff Océanique Tousled Wave Spray, $24
Buy Now, Ted Gibson Fix It Styling Gel, $7.75
If you’re not one to go crazy styling your hair, one way to update your look this Fall is with a statement-making part. Stylists’ backstage Nicole Miller and Proenza Schouler shows created severe center parts while those at Timo Weiland and Tadashi Shoji styled defined side parts. The only tool you need is a tail comb!
Hair Care Products for the Defined Part Trend:
Buy Now, Catwalk by Tigi Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray, $28
Buy Now, Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, $15.73
Rsession Tools Runway Series Pin Point Straightening Iron, $79.99
We loved the effortless look with a new “twist” Ted Gibson created for Lela Rose: “The new braid for Spring!” We can actually do this one ourselves.
We think textured, beachy So-Cal hair like the looks created by curl expert Ouidad backstage at Timo Weiland will be an easy trend to create at home this Spring and Summer. Try a loose updo topped with a sporty backwards baseball cap.
We saw a chic, sleek pony styled by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai at Marchesa. Dress it up by wrapping a section of hair around ponytail to conceal the band.
The look at Rachel Zoe was a heavy eye with natural lips. The lipstick from her new Exude line was used on the models in Nude.
Brows are going to be huge for Spring! The models at Altuzarra sported minimal makeup but with serious brows created by MAC make-up artists. They were also responsible for the major brows backstage at Proenza Schouler and paired them with pretty flushed cheeks.
Statement-making brows were the theme backstage at Cynthia Rowley too, where Make-up Forever artists used shadow to fill them in.
Brows were a big part of the look created by Francois Nars, founder of NARS cosmetics, for the Marc Jacobs show. A strong brow was paired with major lashes and nude lips inspired by Amy Winehouse.
Sally Hansen’s natural looking Parchment Complete Salon Manicure polish was used to create the natural-looking nails backstage at one of our favorite young designers, Alexander Wang.
Poppy red nails looked fresh on the models at Jason Wu. Their nails were polished with OPI’s Monsooner or Later.
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Check out our Fashion Week Flashback: Best Beauty Tips for Fall/Winter 2011: