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September 12, 2006—BagTrends went backstage prior to the
Betsey Johnson show and we
couldn’t help stopping one of our favorite style gurus, Robert Verdi, to get
his take on Spring/Summer 2007.
BagTrends: So, what trends have developed, thus far?
Robert Verdi: Well, it’s a pivotal season. I think it’s the first
season that we’re seeing a new silhouette. There’s a volume change
happening in clothing that started in fall and for spring we are seeing
the full evolution. It’s a volume change and it’s not tight and it’s not
loose. It’s about dramatic promotions. It’s about the difference in
these two concepts living together. So, you’ll see the pairing of full
poet’s sleeves, but then a narrow pant leg. It’s all about loose
juxtaposed with tight.
BT: What about length?
RV: Short, shorts and short skirts are still hot.
BT: How unfortunate!
RV: For the leggy girls it’s great.
BT: What about dresses?
RV: Oh, it’s the shift dress. Every girl needs a shift dress
coming up. And it’s not the classic stiff shift of the 60’s. It’s an
almost sack style that skims the body and it’s hitting at the mid thigh.
SIDE NOTE: Yours truly wore a shift-like dress today, which
skimmed the body hitting me mid thigh!!!
BT: Have any colors been popping out more than others?
RV: There’s a lot of mustards. Also a little bit of pink. Colors
haven’t committed holey this season …
BT note: The gorgeous Bobbie Thomas interrupts our interview to
whisper “Don’t listen to him.”
BT: You really are this silly together! (Then, we all have a
little laugh and Robert continues.)
RV: There’s dulled-down mustards, these quite, muddy mustards.
Also, dull pinks and muted green..
September 11th, 2006—With so much emphasis
on clothing, runways, and
celebrities, it's easy to forget about an essential ingredient of
fashion: accessories. That's why we're thankful for the
Accessories Exhibit—located in the lobby
of the tents at Bryant Park—for showcasing a
stellar collection of handbags, shoes, and jewelry. After all, what's a
fashionista without a fabulous bag? Check out some highlights from the
Accessories Exhibit Kickoff, which featured designers—in
the flesh —showcasing their latest spring
goodies. - Niki Khindri
Susan Farber Collection handbags: Farber's gorgeous handbags have
been toted by A-List celebs like Debra Messing, Sharon Stone, and even
the ladies of Desperate Housewives. At the Exhibit, Susan shows
off her favorite styles, including a gorgeous cream patent leather
bow-clutch (also shown in red), and a glamorous Mongolian fur shoulder
bag. To find her designs for yourself, visit
Susan Rapp Handbags: A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Susan
Rapp's ladylike handbags are inspired by the delicate femininity of
Kentucky Derby fashion. Paired with a tea-time dress, wrist-length
gloves, and wide-brimmed hat, these bags are perfect for a day at the
races. For more info, visit
Bagteria USA: The ultimate statement of luxury, Bagteria's
exquisite vintage-style handbags, designed by Asian designer Nancy Go,
are hand-crafted using vintage beads, antique fabrics, and precious
materials like Mother of Pearl, Swarovski crystals, and ostrich leather.
Previously sold exclusively in Europe, these limited-edition bags can
now be found in the U.S.; for more information, visit
PLANK: Plank, designed by Doreen Hing, originally started as a
yoga accessories line, but now includes a complementary handbag and
small leather goods collection (pictured here: faux-pony hair wristlet
clutch and purse from the Vedanta series). These cute, practical purses
come in bright, cheerful colors designed to capture the vitality of the
yogi lifestyle. For more information, visit
Hayden-Harnett: At the Exhibit, I chatted with Toni and Ben of the
handbag line Hayden-Harnett (which happens to be one of my personal
faves). For spring, they debuted gorgeous leather bags in earth-tone
colors. I also got a sneak peak at the Fall line, which includes bags in
leather and tweed; small leather goods like wallets, coin purses and
necklaces; leather keychains-slash-purse ornaments in funky shapes like
mushrooms and owls; and a jewelry line, including a fabulous black
leather cutout necklace, which Toni modeled herself.For more info, visit
The Bagisto: Phillip Bloch
The Bag: a beige traveling bag made by Jas. M. B, purchased in
Why it’s bag-a-licious: it’s all about the zippers and stitching
– he has it in three other colors!
Why he’s at the tents: for the love of fashion and to chat with
The Bagista: Tracey Stern, shoe designer and owner of Salon Tea
The Bag: Calvin Klein
Why it’s bag-a-licious: the exotic skin and geometric design –
it’s swinging 60’s with a modern twist.
Why she’s at the tents: to see Luca Luca’s fashion show.
Patricia Field, exiting Sass
and Bide, looking fabulous as always.
Phillip Bloch, sitting front and center at
DVF. - Michelle Finkelshteyn
Molly Sims and a shady Nicky Hilton mesmerized by the
DVF show. - Michelle
Thanks for keeping the shades off Mr. Robert Verdi, seen at the
DVF show. - Michelle
Mischa Barton trying to exit the
Jenni Kayne show. - Michelle Finkelshteyn
I spotted Jared Leto at the
Jenni Kayne show, and I have one thing to say: What happened to you?
- Michelle Finkelshteyn
Ivana "wife #1" Trump at the
Marc Bouwer show with her gentleman friend. - Michelle
Fashion Week draws some of New York's chic-est, decked out in their most
fabulous attire and fiercest bags. Young, old, male, and female, these
trend setters prove that fashion never goes out of style. - Niki
Fashionistas Lisa Miller (left) and Maria Del Greco lounging in the
Accessories exhibit. Here's Maria's bag - yes, she designed it!!
These three hotties could have passed for runway models.
Rayna, a Junior Marketing Editor for Saks 5th Avenue, carrying a
Goyard bag. And FYI - everyone is carrying a Goyard bag. And why not,
between shoes changes, make-up and all the swag, every bagista knows
that function and style can be happy together...
These budding fashionistas prove it's never too soon to flaunt your own
sense of style.- Niki Khindri
September 9, 2006—Fashion Week SWAG (aka gift bags)
is overwhelming and sometimes a gal just doesn’t know what to do with so
many scarves. Day two and two scarves later (one from Fiandaca and
another from Nicole Miller), I wanted to see what the fashionistas did
with theirs. I spotted bagistas using scarves as handbag accents – loved
it! There was also a gal that made a nice belt. Nora Ruth, sister of
Colombian-based designer, Diego Valencia, turned her Nicole Miller scarf
into a fabulous dress. If this was a Project Runway challenge, Tim Gunn
would have to agree that Nicole really made it work!
September 8, 2006—Bobbie
Thomas’ face always looks flawless. She was shooting a segment for the
inside the Bryant Park Tents and I couldn’t help but notice how insanely
gorgeous her makeup looks. Then, I spotted her makeup artist and just had to
pick his brain. Here’s what Ricardo Ferrise had to share about
makeup, Bobbie and beauty.
BT: What's your secret?
Ricardo Ferrise: I use a lot of Nars. It’s my favorite brand. I do a
lot of layering on Bobbie with pretty colors blended glamorously. Bobbi’s
also a fan of
gloMinerals and I use their foundation on her. It has a great
BT: It can’t hurt that you have an amazing canvas to begin with (i.e.
RF: She has a gorgeous face and gorgeous features. We like to play up
the cheeks and do a lot of gloss and shine on the lips. But, you always want
to keep a balance. Too much gloss looks greasy and not enough looks flat.
BT: Quick, I have 5 minutes to be camera ready. What should I do?
RF: Apply a nice bronzer to the apples of your cheeks. Put some gloss
on your lips, even a clear gloss. Finally, mascara the shit out of your
eyes. Oh, and don’t forget to curl those lashes! –
September 8, 2006—Hm, that looks like an
Bruckner bag on the left. Wonder where she got it?
What will they wear next? Stay tuned...