Friday, June 10, 2011

30 Day Handbag Challenge: Day 01 - Your Favorite Handbag

In a world full of awesome designers, endless list of supple materials and a plethora of colours and textures, it is definitely a great challenge to pick out just ONE favorite handbag. It would be easy to choose from my own collection since it's not such a huge one. It would have definitely been my trusty YSL Downtown, but I am feeling more of a dreamer today hence I will give myself a hard time and pick one from my many favourites. They don't call it a challenge for nothing.

I personally have a few favorites now from Alexander Wang to Celine, Philip Lim and Gucci but I want to save the rest for the remaining 30 days of this challenge. And so, without further delay, I shall pick none other than the Lady Dior.

This handbag is one of the best classics ever designed on the world of handbag fashion. Sure, most would probably choose a Chanel 2.55 over this one any day but that is what makes me love the Lady Dior even more - it's exclusive clientele. Not everyone relates to my lust for this bag and I like it that way coz I was never one to conform.

The fact that this handbag was named after one of the most inspiring women of our time, Princess Diana, is just a freebie.

Just have a look at the intricacy of its "Cannage" stitching, the glow of its gold / silver "D.I.O.R" hardware, the sleekness of the patent leather and the suppleness of its lambskin equal. It's intoxicating.

Each season the Lady Dior is reinterpreted to cater to latest trends and looks of the brand's collection. And every time, it still looks exceptional and exquisite - far above the rest of its peers. The latest masterpiece from the Christian Dior luxury house is the Lady Grey, a double-strap patent leather handbag in the understated shade of (you know it) grey.

Shot in London with this final photo atop the London Eye, this is the final episode of the handbag's 2011 campaign featuring French actress and singer, Marion Cotillard. She appeared in 3 other Chapters shot in Paris, Shanghai and New York.

View the latest video here.

The Lady Dior: my personal favourite and of an iconic handbag.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

30 Day Handbag Challenge

In a desperate attempt to keep my handbag obsession within sanity level, I have decided to release all this leather-induced tension in my muscles through a simple fashion rehab I found online.

A little over a million fans "Like"d the Facebook page for "30 Day Song Challenge". And while I, myself, am a lover of all things harmonic (having been dubbed as a walking lyric book by friends), I can't say the same for my want to belong.

Ergo, in the spirit of not belonging to the group of people who a) posts songs they don't actually understand but want to seem they do; b) posts songs of bands they don't actually listen to but want to seem they do; and c) posts songs of artist they don't actually recognize but want to seem they do, I am taking the rules of the said challenge and tweaking it according to my fancy instead.

Presenting, the 30 Day Handbag Challenge.

day 01 - your favorite handbag
day 02 - your least favorite handbag
day 03 - a handbag that makes you happy
day 04 - a handbag that makes you sad
day 05 - a handbag that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a handbag that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a handbag that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a handbag that you know very well
day 09 - a handbag that you can dance with
day 10 - a handbag that makes you want to sleep
day 11 - a handbag from your favorite designer
day 12 - a handbag from a designer you hate
day 13 - a handbag that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a handbag that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a handbag that describes you
day 16 - a handbag that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a handbag that you often see online
day 18 - a handbag that you wish saw online
day 19 - a handbag from your favorite season's collection
day 20 - a handbag that you look at when you’re angry
day 21 - a handbag that you look at when you’re happy
day 22 - a handbag that you look at when you’re sad
day 23 - a handbag that you want to see at your wedding
day 24 - a handbag that you want to see at your funeral
day 25 - a handbag that makes you laugh
day 26 - a handbag that you can pair with any outfit
day 27 - a handbag that you wish you can pair with any outfit
day 28 - a handbag that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a handbag from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite handbag at this time last year

There might not be as many handbags in the world as there are songs but any lover of fashionable carriers can name 30 handbags with their eyes closed. Ladies and Gents, welcome to rehab.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Covetting: Celine Luggage Tote

Some people call Phoebe Philo a genius. What with her transforming French luxury fashion house Céline from a second league brand into a front runner, especially after its unfortunate dip since Michael Kors. But when I saw the Luggage Tote, I don't think she deserves to be called a genius. For me, she is a Visionary.

The simple aesthetics, spacious compartment and sturdy form of this lush-leather beauty adds up to one handbag that can only be described in one word: timeless. The small hot-stamped logo in gold completes the look of the bag perfectly. It is a sophisticated and elegant way of putting the artist's signature on a masterpiece without making it seem like it's screaming "Look at me! Look at me!" (Yes, dear Monogrammed LV, I am talking to you).

With the use of suede, leather, and texture pattern stamps, the versions of this handbag has caught the attention of many Hollywood A-list stars and top supermodels. I am no A-lister nor am I a top model but boy, do I wish I were one now (more than ever) if it would mean I'd have enough money - $2850 to be exact - to get one of these... or two... or three.