I never thought a flat bag would appeal to me. After all, structure and interesting details are both literally and figuratively what give an accessory depth. But after lugging one heavy bag after another dangling with silly nonsense, I found myself seeking a sleek bag that packs well, is easy to store, and won’t cause my shoulders to slump in awkward discomfort for the summer. Conveniently enough, Guillaume Henry had exactly the same idea in mind. His latest design for the House ofNina Ricci, the Irrisor tote, is about as simple and clean as a bag can get. And lightweight to boot. Elongated handles and shape with slightly curved edges, the classic tote gets a modern yet feminine update. In comparison to fur balls, eye balls, and monsters (all of which I still adore), this is a pleasantly sophisticated alternative. But is it practical? Mais, oui! I tested out all three sizes of Nina Ricci’s new shape and discovered endless possibilities for the most versatile tote of the season. Here’s how I’ll be carrying each size…
The lightweight medium size fits my iPhone and MacBook perfectly. It’s like a laptop sleeve with handles. There’s also an interior pocket so that my iPhone won’t get scratched banging on the MacBook (Yes, I think about these things). Dimensions: 12″ w x 15” h. From $850 and up here..
The small size just begs to be taken out on the town on casual summer nights when your crystal-embellished hard case clutch feels awkward. Walking into a party with a brightly colored flat bag swinging on your arm or shoulder shows that you’re cocktail savvy, a quality that gives you the ability to roam around with rosé and hors d’oeuvres in hand all night (both of which are essentials, of course). More about styling this bag in Part Deux this weekend. Dimensions: 10″ w x 13″ h. From $690 and up.
For Weekends or Travel
I love the large size! Thanks to a hidden gusset on the bottom that allows the bag to expand, this weekender holds everything you actually need without any of the bulk. I recently took it to the movies after a day by the pool; I had a change of clothes for my son, my trusty Hermés cashmere shawl (it’s always freezing indoors during the summer months), and multiple snacks – because I am Chinese and in case of emergency, never leave the house without enough food for two. Dimensions: 16” w x 15” h. From $1150 and up.
See more Nina Ricci Irrisor Bags at Barneys New York.
I have my laptop in the medium size day tote, can you tell? I went to lunch like this, excused myself to the ladies’ room to respond to an urgent issue that the iPhone could not handle, and no one was the wiser. In case you’re wondering, I am wearing Rosie Assoulin top, House of Holland jeans, and the London denim platform sandals from Michael Kors (sorry it’s sold out).
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Unleash your fury with some Louis Vuitton Queen of Hearts shoes in tow! This collection is whimsical and quirky as it could get – we love how the label is so keen about the details, we forgot that this ain’t Wonderland! Before you go down any further into the Rabbit Hole of Shoes (we can dream, right?), you have to see what these babies have in store for you.
Queen of Hearts Monogram Infrarouge Ankle Boot
Size: 10cm/4 inch heel
Price: $1780 USD
This boot is definitely a showstopper – a grand design, marvelous print, attention to detail, what more could you ask for? This piece features the Monogram Infrarouge print, which was first seen during the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The black and red combination had us sold! It has a diamond shaped heel (inspired by a Monogram flower) and metallic cutouts which are brought to life by metallic leather. Yes. This is the boot of your dreams.
Queen of Hearts Glazed Calf Leather Ankle Boot
Size: 10cm/4 inch heel
Price: $2110 USD
This glazed calf leather variation shares a lot of similarities with the Monogram Infrarouge, but if you’re more of the colored leather type of shoe lover (not so heavy on the Monograms, eh?), you will love this piece. Both varieties have a padded insock with crisscross pattern for enhanced comfort. There’s no reason to go out there in pain – comfort is not an issue with these babies!
Queen of Hearts Sandals
Size: 1cm heel
Price: €780 EUR
The Queen of Hearts Sandals are flaming hot right now! This sandal in cracked metallic leather and suede baby goat leather is perfect for both casual affairs and date nights. Who says you gotta stick with the heels? Our point, exactly. LV maximizes style without sacrificing comfort, so you’re covered!Louis Vuitton
It's an interesting time to be in the ultra-luxury business because no one really knows where the top of the market is. In a climate when a pre-owned Birkin can break records by selling at auction for well into the six figures, there's a seemingly insatiable thirst for novelty and rarity among the world's super rich.
There are relatively few brands in a position to sate that thirst, but those who can have been publicly offering ever more exotics over the past few seasons. The most notable exotic push in recent memory, though, is the one Louis Vuitton is making right now, and many of the bags have recently become available for perusal, including price information, on the brand's website. That is a shift in course in and of itself; for years, the brand kept its most expensive bags off general consumer radar.
Doing more top-tier leather goods has been a stated goal of LV's for some time now, and the bags below seem to represent the logical extreme of that strategy. They range in prices from a little over $7,000 to $50,000, with several priced above $40,000. If you had that much to spend on a bag, would these make your list?