sample sale | kooba + hayden-harnett | 07.17.13 – 07.19.13

when:
wednesday (07.17) – friday (07.19): 10 am – 7 pm

where:
ahq showroom
10 west 33rd street
suite 306
new york, ny 10001

didn’t realize kooba and hayden-harnett were sister brands. i have a wallet from brooklyn-based hayden-harnett that’s nearly 6 years old and in near-perfect condition…which is great, but to be honest…i kind of wish it had fallen apart by now so i could justify getting another one.

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parallel universes

prada is such a fun brand.  they’ve teamed up with illustrator vahram muratyan, famous for his blog-turned-book paris vs. new york (which has been on my wish list i might add), to promote their spring/summer 2012 collection in something called “parallel universes”.

parallel universes is a virtual road paved with prada 2012 spring/summer men’s and women’s accessories, which highlights through rapid and intuitive movements two parallel universes that meet under the auspices of prada style.

for the campaign, a microsite was launched yesterday and prada’s really trying to improve its digital presence (the site’s mobile-optimized).  muratyan’s illustrations are animated as gif’s and juxtaposed with photos of the actual products each image features.

visit the microsite.  this one’s my favorite:

driving the prada pyramide bag while throwing shade in dixie sunglasses

dixie sunglasses

pyramide bag

mm...saffiano skyscraper...drool...

dixie again

teddy sunglasses

 

my picks from jason wu for target

well done, target…another designer collection i can get excited about.  in other related news, target is getting rid of their go international collection. i’m really loving the ads so far.  jason wu’s inspiration for the collection is this black cat named “milu”…isn’t she so mischievous?

ok, i could’ve sworn i saw a better scan of this yesterday but this is all i can find now…sorry.

here are the pieces i like so far:

navy poplin dress, $39.99

white sheer blouse with ribbon, $34.99; black circle skirt, $29.99

cream flared dress with belt, $59.99

black lace clutch, $29.99

cream front-flap straw bag, $39.99

milu black cat scarf, $19.99

navy wheel scarf, $19.99

to see the rest of the first look of the collection, with pricing, check out new york magazine’s the cut.  and keep your eyes peeled for when the collection hits stores february 5th.

jason wu shot to fame at the young age of 29 when first lady michelle obama wore one of his gowns for her husband’s inauguration ball.

adult books

business of fashion came out with their list of this season’s top 10 fashion films.  it’s no surprise that lanvin’s made #1.  but i really enjoyed this one from olympia le-tan as directed by spike jonze called “mourir aupres de toi”:

i think i need me one of these book cover clutches.  it reminds me of jillian tamaki’s covers for penguin that i posted about before.

that’s some naughty thread!

to watch the others, see bof’s original post.

warehouse sale | isabel marant | 8.25.11 – 8.26.11

when
thursday (8.25): 10 am – 4 pm
friday (8.26): 10 am – 3 pm

where
cooper building
860 s. los angeles street
suite 1100
los angeles, ca 90014

also including etoile and jerome dreyfuss accessories.  cash and credit card only.

fanny pack come back

one of fashion’s most dreaded accessories is making a come back.  in 2011, there have been many popping up from different fashion houses, including hermes and diane von furstenberg.

i know that most people probably hate them, but i’m one of the people who love them and think that it can be possible for them to look good.  i’m also one of the people who like uggs so maybe i have bad taste…but to each his own, right?

the term “fanny pack” has become associated with the bulky nylon packs tourists wear so now they’re being called a variety of different names: belt bag, waist bag, bum bag, hip pack, etc. (and you can substitute bag for pack or pouch and end up with even more options).  i prefer the term belt bag or waist bag myself.  i got my first (fashionable) waist bag from coach in 2006 i think and i’ve been a converted fan since.  i take mine  pretty much anytime i travel anywhere.  people who despise them say that they’ll use the more fashionable cross-body bag (which is also making a big come back), and while i like cross-body bags too, they still put weight on your shoulder and throw your balance/spine off.  with waist bags (aka fanny packs), the weight is evenly distributed and because it’s around your waist/hips, it really doesn’t feel that heavy.  it does sort of make me feel like a mule with a saddle bag though.  part of the reason it’s less heavy is also because they typically are rather small and can’t hold too much, which is perfect for traveling.  when i’m traveling, i probably don’t need all my keys (house and car)…i pretty much only need my money, some id, and my phone.  and because it’s kept close to my body, it’s also harder for it to get snatched or pick pocketed in more seedy areas.  i love them!

in fact, i love mine and use mine so much that it’s looking pretty nasty and i’ve been wanting to replace it for a while.  the jacquard fabric has been darkened all over the back from dye transfer (a casualty of dark denim).  to be honest, i still have a lot of life left in mine but i want something shiny and new.  i’m also not a fan of monogram, which is what mine is.  so i’m on the hunt for a new one.

perhaps the moment the waist bag stopped being a fashion faux pas was when stylist patricia field dressed sarah jessica parker in gucci’s version in “sex & the city”, making it probably the most popular/purchased one (i have a friend with one and have seen countless fakes in asia):

better view of the gucci belt bag

even celebrities are wearing them!

rihanna in louis vuitton

and here’s one of my favorite bloggers, jane aldrige (sea of shoes), wearing one:

there are many out there–and even more on the way–but these are some of my personal favorites:

left: hermes, right: pucci

top left: hermes, top right: pucci, bottom: diane von furstenberg

i really like hermes’ take but would prefer it to be more boxy.  the flat, thin envelope-like pouch seems like it’d look terrible if you actually put anything inside it besides papers.  and for $4,700, it better at least be functional!

that’s what makes the michael by michael kors hamilton belt bag so perfect!  it has all the elements i like from hermes’ version with the depth i desire.

and with a retail price of $128 it’s much more in line with my budget.  unfortunately, this is from last year and although i’ve looked, i haven’t been able to find it anywhere.  i found a black one on ebay but i like the luggage brown color so much more.  when it was on sale, i think it sold for around $60–what a bummer!

i think the catwalk purse belt from jaeger london’s pretty cute too.  it also comes in navy, red, and green.

and diane von furstenberg has several different ones in her collection; more than what’s pictured below.

i’m partial to the elaine from dvf:

but i think the winner is the chloe marcie bum bag in tan:

i ordered it on a whim (and have already returned it) and fell in love with it.  i can’t afford to spare $570 at the moment so i’ll be waiting for the friends & family sale that should be happening later next month.  i was hoping to have the bag in time for when i go to chicago and new york but if it means saving over $100, i don’t mind waiting.