|At Versace, Stilettos + Free-Motion Quilting + Naked = Sexy!|
|Sneaky Peaky from Versace -- Keep Reading!|
A few weeks ago I spent several hours going through the entire South Park Mall, looking at every single handbag in just about every store, and (to the despair of many a defeated salesperson) I could not find a single bag that fit what I wanted for the summer. I didn't want the hassle of having to switch handbags depending on my outfit and my plans for the day; that doesn't work for me. I typically don't even know what I'm wearing until 5 minutes before I leave the house, and I'm lucky to make it out the door with shoes on my feet! So I wanted a handbag that was neutral or at least versatile, but not boring; something that straddled the fence between casual and dressier days, something that didn't have anyone's logo plastered all over it, and something fun and unique that I would not see tons of other women carrying around this summer. I wanted it to be big enough for my wallet, checkbook, keys, and clunky sunglasses case, but not so big that I could overload it to the point of throwing my back out. Now, is this too much to ask of a handbag?
|Floral Python Bag from Jimmy Choo, $4,695|
This bag is my absolute favorite. It's the Biker Multi Floral Python from Jimmy Choo, yours for just $4,695... The floral print superimposed on natural python has a fun, fresh, contemporary feel -- I'm getting a very Parisian vibe here. I wear a lot of solid clothing rather than prints, so this would actually work with more of my wardrobe than you'd expect. Here's a closeup:
|Fun Luxe from Jimmy Choo|
As you've probably noticed, python is a Big Deal Trend right now, and every line seems to be using some of it. Not just in fashion, either -- interior designer Mary McDonald has a gorgeous python print linen fabric in her collection for F. Schumacher & Co.:
|F. Schumacher Park Avenue Python in Greige, 100% Linen, $196 per yard|
After the Jimmy Choo, my second-favorite python bags are these lovelies from Gucci:
|Gucci Multi Python Tote, $3,500|
|Multi Python Tote on Model -- Why Are These Bags So BIG?!|
|Gucci Jackie Malachite Green Python, $3,800 -- Pantone's Color of the Year|
|Gucci Jackie Warm Sand Python, $5,990 -- Love the Tassels|
Just in case you're thinking that these are outrageously expensive handbags, let's look at a REALLY expensive handbag next:
|Gucci Soft Stirrup Bag in Crocodile, $29,900|
|Crocodile Bag with Model -- These Bags Are All TOO BIG!|
What's with this supersized handbag thing, anyway? Is it a purse, or a giant diaper bag?
If you're looking for something smaller than a bowling bag, check out this lovely from Fendi:
|Fendi Embroidered Leather Baguette, $2,450|
Meanwhile, last but certainly not least, the folks at Versace have obviously been snooping around at the quilt shows:
|Versace Vanitas Soft Quilted Tote, $2,295|
It looks like someone has been practicing free-motion quilting designs on the Vanitas Soft Quilted Tote, doesn't it? Chanel has been doing quilted leather forever (along with scores of imitators), but I've never seen THIS kind of quilting on a handbag before! Hmmm... I don't think I know anyone who does free-motion quilting on leather. It would have to be really lightweight, smooth glove leather, NOT the upholstery stuff, and I'd need to work out the right needle and stitch length to get good definition for the quilting designs without perforating the leather... I've never felt the urge to sew a handbag before, but this would be a really fun idea to play with.
|Versace's Inspiration: Free-Motion Quilt Doodling by Rebecca|
|Oryany Whitney Bag, $325|
It's not as exciting as the Versace or the Jimmy Choo, but the much lower price point doesn't cut into my fabric shopping budget!