It has been said that an ‘it bag’ is only an ‘it bag’ if you’re unlikely to ever own one. Characterised by exclusivity, celebrity and exorbitant price tags, ‘it bags’ were first introduced in the mid 1980s, and by the early 1990s small bags emblazoned with corporate designer logos were the accessories in fashion-conscious circles. Glossy advertising campaigns, glamorous brand ambassadors and celebrity style icons, including Lady Diana, encouraged power-dressing executives with high disposable incomes to snap up these luxury wares.
In critique of this phenomenon, Italian designer Franco Moschino produced a series of handbags that parodied the trend for conspicuous consumption. Among them were witty works such as the Steam Iron Handbag (Ferro da Stiro), using white lacquered and metallic silvered leather. Marrying humour and irreverence, Moschino’s surreal visual puns satirised the fashion industry, couture conventions and consumerism. Yet they also drew attention to the social politics of the period, critiquing the stereotypical female clotheshorse and articulating the less glamorous reality that, despite their careers, women remain enslaved to the domestic realm in ways that men do not. Combining luxury with eccentricity, this handbag is an extraordinary example of Moschino’s wit and talent.
Photographed as part of The Exhibit Camp: Notes on Fashion, on View Through September 8th, 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
While I was at Christies Auction House a few months back to check out the George Michael Art Collection, I decided to poke around a bit to see what other goodies they had ready to go on the block, and that is when I spotted this cute little Hermes bag with a face and arms, which I discovered is called a Kelly Doll Bag. The Kelly Doll is a take on the classic Hermes Kelly bag, but with little arms, legs, and a smiling face. The bag’s turnlock closure serves as the nose, and the arms are moveable, so you can even pose your doll bag if you’d like! Specifically designed for the SOGO department store opening in Hong Kong, these tiny bags measure just 6″ W x 5.5″ H x 2.5″ and are so rare that they can only be found at auction. Selling prices range from $25,000 to over $100,000!
You can read more about bags like this one at This Link.
I stopped into the Aldo accessories boutique yesterday afternoon after scoring a serious shoe bargain next door at Century 21, and just fell in love with this glittery pink handbag shaped like a pair of luscious lips! This beautiful bag is compact, yet roomy enough to hold a decent amount of your crap — besides just a smart phone and wallet — and it also includes a slender shoulder strap for hot cross-body action. OMG so cute. Get yours at Aldo, located at 470 Broadway (and other locations – Google them!) in Manhattan, or buy it online for $45.00 at This Link!
Paco Rabanne was first known as an accessories designer and his work was regularly featured in the pages of magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. This bag was likely made after the designer has started his clothing line. It shows how his idea of “futuristic armor” was translated into an eye-catching accessory
One evening last summer, I was at The Odeon on West Broadway for my friend Robin‘s Birthday dinner, when I spotted this lovely Pink Handgbag and matching Cosmo, sitting on the bar. And now, it is immortalized on this blog!
I was at the Architectural Digest Design Show a few weeks ago, cutting through one booth on the way to another booth, when I noticed that someone had left this totally sick Fuchsia Pink Crocodile Hermes Bag completely unattended — which is insane, because regardless of what’s inside it, this bag alone is worth as much as a car. But what caught my attention even more than the bag’s awesome pinkness, was this hilarious caricature of designer-god Karl Lagerfeld, rendered in vinyl and rabbit fur, and hanging from the purse’s strap by a key ring.
Splash Out Melly is the official name of this smart clutch bag designed by Kate Spade. Made of Hologram PVC and engraved with the Kate Spade New York signature, this fierce clutch has a frame closure (14-karat light gold-plated hardware) with Shark Fin bauble and optional chain shoulder strap that folds inside the bag. Features one interior slide pocket with detail that reads: “Beware of Sharks.” We love it.