Straw Poll

Raffia bags are the annual stalwarts of summer, but now they have traded up: sleek incarnations now carry the day – not only on the beach but in the boardroom, too.

Below are my favorites, just click on the highlighted description to get yours delivered to your doorstep. A welcome distraction during quarantine times.

LoL, Sandra

GG Marmont large leather-trimmed raffia tote by Gucci
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Nolita small leather-trimmed raffia shoulder bagicon by Saint Laurent

The Rockstud leather-trimmed raffia clutchicon by Valentino

 Panier small textured leather-trimmed straw tote by Prada


iconEscape leather-trimmed straw tote by Valentino


iconEspadrille large fringed raffia toteicon by Altuzarra

Medium leather-trimmed woven raffia toteicon by Loewe

The Studio Basket woven raffia tote by Salvatore Ferragamo


iconLecky leather-trimmed raffia shoulder bag by Isabel Marant

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iconPhotos: Courtesy of the Brands / Net-à-Porter
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Say It Loud

Celebrate upcoming Women’s International Day on March 8, 2020 in style and shop these limited edition T-shirts and clutch bags in support of Women for Women International, a charity that helps females affected by war across the globe. It’s a great way to support your sisterhood while looking absolutely stylish and unique.

International Women’s Day appliquéd embroidered canvas clutch by Olympia Le-Tan
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100% of the profits (sale price of the product less operational and landing costs, including transportation fees, customs, duties, taxes, insurance, currency conversion, crating, handling and payment fees) from the sale of this product will go to charity.

TO SHOP THE LIMITED EDITION PIECES, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands – via Net-à-Porter
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The Pencil Chat – A Jewel Bag

Here comes a new must-have for all fashion and art lovers. A Lanvin master piece, the Pencil bag reinterprets Lanvin’s heritage by highlighting difference. Its sculptural handle, shaped as a cat, is inspired by Jeanne Lanvin’s cat andirons, imagined by the artist Armand Rateau in 1920. So beautiful – an object of desire.

TO SHOP LANVIN ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE – to pre-order the new must-have bags, click HERE please.

LoL, Sandra

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Burberry Reveals Its Latest B Series Release

Burberry launches its latest B Series as part of the series of monthly product drops designed by the fashion house’s Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci.

The Robin, a small black structured bag in smooth Italian-tanned leather with our signature Thomas Burberry Monogram clasp, will be available 17 February from 12 noon GMT exclusively through Burberry’s Instagram, LINE and Kakao platforms for 24 hours and from 5pm CST on Burberry’s WeChat platform for 24 hours.

The bag will debut today at the upcoming F/W 2020 show at 5pm GMT in London.
The next B Series will be available on 17 March 2020. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Burberry

Bags, Shoes and Accessories Trends S/S 2020

After this week’s post about the 20 most important runway trends, you know that we will be wearing tropical prints, bermuda shorts or gypsy dresses. But what about our shoes, bags and accessories? The fashionable additions to the season’s best outfits have an equally polished attitude. A lot is to stay from the F/W 2019 season, such as chain necklaces, single earrings, head scarves, belts and platforms. Furthermore, the runways were mastered by XXL bags, Mary Janes, and vibrant sunglasses that complemented the looks. On the new side of things, I spotted rope belts and hats on many runways.

Enjoy this season’s unbridled fun and catch up on the season’s most covetable accessories below.

LoL, Sandra

The single most popular material of the entire season was humble raffia, plant-derived, biodegradable, promising that your new It bag will have less of an environmental impact.

If there’s one accessible trend to cop next season, it’s the rope belt – at least you can find one at your local hardware store.

Gold buckles, set with rhinestones, embellished with animals as lucky charms, belts play an important role. If you are among the fashion-forward, opt for colorful choices.

Flower pins elevate every summer look to new heights.

This summer, brighten up your wardrobe with sunny shades of yellow and green, or an unexpected shade of blue.

Dust off your silk scarf collection for the next season, as they were worn around the head on several runways.

When it comes to choose your new bag, think big and soft. Many beautiful XXL editions large enough to fit all of your life’s belongings.

This season, chains get bigger and bigger.

Earrings are going solo next season. Just look for a statement-making piece enough to stand on its own.

Hoop earrings never really left, but get ready to see them multiply in size next season.

Hats make a grand comeback and guarantee that all eyes are on you.

With the preppy trend all over the runways, loafers were seen modernized in different shapes.

Thanks to Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee for making strong square toes, the decade’s most experimental shoe silhouette are trending more than ever.

Another trend thanks to Daniel Lee, chain accents are a must for your summer footwear, consider them built-in anklets for your shoes.

Sunglasses come in all shapes with a focus on major color, enjoy those new fantastical shades in every hue under the sun.

If sneakers have lost their luster on the runways, ever-practical platform and flatform sandals have emerged as fanciful and comfortable alternatives.

The classic Mary Jane pumps have taken a backseat over the last decade, now they are making their comeback in bold, whimsical, and playful designs.

From espadrilles to sexy sandals, lace-up shoes are the move come spring and summer. If you really want to be trendy, lace them up right over your pants to be ahead of the fashion tribe.

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

VHS & Chill

Love love love this! Let’s go back to the future this summer and get one of those amazing retro accessories from Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2020 collection. Spotted on the runway, there were bags modeled after VHS cassettes and cases.

Not sure if you are familiar with the DVD’s predecessor – VHS, I definitely am. It was all the rage when I was a kid, finally we were able to tape our favorite TV shows. My mum still has her basement filled with a gazillions of this tapes. Quiet a sentimental memory.

The Louis Vuitton S/S 2020 Video Tape Clutch with its faux magnetic tape strip is my favorite and will range around €4200. Obviously Nicolas Ghesquière will be watching «The Backpack is Back» next season as this is written on the cassette sticker with DIY scrawl. Another quite interesting model is the matching tote bag that looks like a shelf with stacked VHS cassettes. Also a wallet will be part of the collection.

It is not the first time a VHS cassette was the style inspiration for a bag. In 2017, Forever 21, that filed for bankruptcy last year, launched a funny clutch for the price of € 25 with the sticker saying «VHS or Chill». Still, I prefer the Louis Vuitton one…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton and Forever 21

Dior Lady Art #4

A timeless icon, the Lady Dior never ceases to reinvent itself, like today’s woman. For the fourth edition of Dior Lady Art, eleven artists from around the world have participated in the game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior as a unique piece of art.

Below you can explore the amazing eleven artists and their breathtaking designs. Honestly, I love every single bag… true pieces of art!

LoL, Sandra

LADY DIOR ART BAG, JOANA VASCONCELOS

Joana Vasconcelos delivers a resolutely futuristic ode to love with her interpretation of the Lady Dior, featuring a beating heart illuminated by 300 LEDs.

€5000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, KOHEI NAWA

Like bubbling magma, Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa’s kinetic creations for Dior Lady Art change in function of temperature and light. 

€6000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, WANG GUANGLE

Inspired by his ‘Coffin Paint’ series, Chinese conceptual artist Wang Guangle creates relief effects and textured movement in rainbow stripes on leather for Dior Lady Art.

€5500

LADY DIOR ART BAG, RINA BANERJEE

Sculptor Rina Banerjee transforms the Lady Dior into a spiritual message evoking universal peace. Her designs bring together organic materials to create a “cabinet of curiosities” for the fourth edition of Lady Dior Art.

€10.000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, JIA LEE

Korean painter Jia Lee transforms the Lady Dior into a pristine canvas imbued with her poetic, emotional vision of nature.

€6000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, RAQIB SHAW

The melancholic beauty of London-based Indian artist Raqib Shaw’s imaginary paradise is transposed onto leather and embellished with dazzling enamel charms for Lady Dior Art. 

€7000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, EDUARDO TERRAZAS

Eduardo Terrazas offers up a precious tribute to Christian Dior, who dreamed of being an architect before becoming a couturier. The Mexican architect drew on Amerindian folk art techniques for his intricate, graphic reinterpretation of the Lady Dior.

€ 4000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, ATHI-PATRA RUGA

African artist Athi-Patra Ruga explores society through the prism of art, crafts and pop culture. In this video, see how he transformed the Lady Dior into a self-portrait, with a spectacular play of embroidery and textured beading.

€12.000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, MARIA NEPOMUCENO

Evoking the joyful atmosphere of Carnival, Brazil-born artist Maria Nepomuceno painstakingly embroidered a heady mix of flowers and mouths on her sensual creation for Lady Dior Art. 

€ 8000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, MICKALENE THOMAS

For Lady Dior Art, American artist Mickalene Thomas creates a graphic landscape evoking Monet’s garden at Giverny. Take a closer look at her vibrant collage and discover how she conceived this dazzling patchwork of embroidered leather and intricate beadwork.

€14.000

LADY DIOR ART BAG, MARGUERITE HUMEAU

French contemporary artist Marguerite Humeau merges hi-tech and tradition with her 3D-printed interpretation of the Lady Dior for her sensual, wave-like work.

€5500

Photos: © Dior

It’s My Year

To celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2020, which falls on January 25th, Alberta Ferretti presents «It’s My Year», a small capsule collection dedicated to the Year of the Rat. The icon of this collection is the famous, fun mouse character, Topo Gigio®, that was created in the late 1950s in Italy by Maria Perego and that became a worldwide phenomenon, with the help of «The Ed Sullivan Show

Maria Perego with the mouse puppet Topo Gigio in 1961

TO SHOP THE ALBERTA FERRETTI CAPSULE COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti and © Mondadori, via Getty Images
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Match Your Clutch to Your Holidays

Adored by the literary-loving fashion elite, French brand Olympia Le-Tan re-imagines classic book covers and transforms them into artisanal clutches and accessories. It can take skilled artisans up to 300 hours to embroider and appliqué one of those numbered limited edition styles. From the painstaking hand embroidery to the Liberty-print lining, every detail is carefully considered. For Resort 2020, Olympia Le-Tan seeked inspiration from glamorous holiday destinations.

Where are you off to this winter?

LoL, Sandra

St. Barths Voyage appliquéd embroidered canvas clutch
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St. Moritz Voyage appliquéd embroidered canvas clutch
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Hamptons felt-appliquéd canvas clutch


Gstaad appliquéd embroidered canvas clutch


iconCôte D’ Azur appliquéd embroidered canvas clutch

Photos: Courtesy of Olympia Le-Tan
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Magpie Bags

Bags that add extra sparkle – a dream for thieving magpies. High octane glamour is 100% in and this party season crystals are absolutely trending. From subtle jewel-embellished accents, architectural pieces, to fully crystallised mini shoppers, designers have been experimenting with sparkle and it couldn’t have dropped in a better season.

For the day, combine your crystal dream on the more androgynous side – think jeans with an oversized roll neck and a crystal shopper, or masculine tailoring with a sparkly architectural piece. Opposites can attract, you know.

LoL, Sandra

Callie crystal-embellished suede shoulder bag by Jimmy Choo


iconCrystal-embellished metallic satin clutchicon by Versace

Cher fringed metallic beaded shoulder bag by Loeffler Randall

Spider faux pearl and crystal-embellished satin clutchicon by Alexander McQueen

Postal medium embellished leather tote by Loewe


iconWangloc Fortune Cookie crystal-embellished leather tote by Alexander Wang


iconZeenat embellished velvet clutch by Mae Cassidy


iconCielo crystal-embellished silver-tone tote by Rosantica
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Sweetie glittered acrylic clutch by Jimmy Choo
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands