May 31, 2013

Posted by in Dress for Success

Top Ten Purse Trends for Spring/Summer! Inspired by Kate Spade, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs and More!

Separating from my go-to purse was literally an emotional detachment.  We experienced so many things together!  Shopping in New York City, enjoying the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, working on television sets for rock star fashion shows – my old purse was like my best friend!  But when warmer weather hit, I had an insatiable desire to carry a new partner, with similar traits to my ex purse – something with spunk, functionality and a lively finish.  So I headed over to Macy’s at Water Tower Place in Chicago and cupid shot me.  After scanning nearly the entire store, I found a silver and gold studded safari bag by Steve Madden.  Thirst quenched, thank you very much!  It was definitely time to breathe new life into my handbag wardrobe, is it that time for you dahling?

See the picture of my purse divorce, including my new bag, at the end of this post!

New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2013 runways exploded with a full spectrum of arm candy to satisfy your money-bag mood.  From retro and reptilian to transparent and teeny tiny – just about every purse-onality is fiercely represented this year.  As you’ll see, Kate Spade took a nostalgic approach, while Jason Wu opted for an unconventional silhouette with the circle bag.  Ralph Lauren, Bottega Veneta and Tory Burch each found inspiration in fringe details, while Rachel Zoe brought back a piece many thought would never return – the 1990’s fanny pack!  Here’s a look at some of my favorite trends!

TREND 1: RETRO

1 Retro-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013   Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

2 Retro-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013 Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

3 Retro-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 2: FRINGE

4 Fringe-Ralph-Lauren-Spring-2013

Ralph Lauren, Spring/Summer 2013

5 Fringe-Bottega-Spring-2013

Bottega Veneta, Spring/Summer 2013

6 Tory Burch-Spring-2013

Tory Burch, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 3: TRANSPARENT

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Gucci, Spring/Summer 2013

8 See Through-Burberry-Spring-2013

Burberry, Spring/Summer 2013

9 See Through-Marc by Marc Jacobs-Spring-2013

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 4: BASKET WEAVING

10 Basket Weaving-Dolce-Gabbana-Spring-2013

Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2013

11 Basket Weaving-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013

Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

12 Basket Weaving-Kate Spade-Spring-2013

Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 5: MODERN FANNY PACK

13 Rachel-Zoe-Spring-2013

Rachel Zoe, Spring/Summer 2013

14 Rachel-Zoe-Spring-2013

Rachel Zoe, Spring/Summer 2013

15 Rachel-Zoe-Spring-2013 2

Rachel Zoe, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 6: REPTILIAN PRINTS

Phillip Lim at New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 Collections

3.1 Philip Lim, Spring/Summer 2013

17 Reptilian Prints-Yigal-Azrouel-Spring-2013

Yigal Azrouel, Spring/Summer 2013

18 Reptilian Prints-Michael-Kors-Spring-2013

Michael Kors, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 7: OVERSIZED CLUTCHES
19 Oversized Clutches-Jasper-Conran-Spring-2013

Jasper Conran, Spring/Summer 2013

20 Oversized Clutches-Narciso-Rodriguez-Spring-2013

Narciso Rodriguez, Spring/Summer 2013

21 Oversized Clutches-Top Shop-Spring 2013

Topshop, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 8: CIRCLE BAGS

22 Circle Bags-Jason-Wu-Spring-2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

23-Circle Bags-Jason-Wu-Spring-2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

24 Circle Bags-Jason-Wu-Spring-2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 9: COLOR-BLOCKING
25 Color Blocking-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013

Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

26 Color Blocking-Michael-Kors-Spring-2013

Michael Kors, Spring/Summer 2013

27 Color Blocking-Kate-Spade-Spring-2013

Kate Spade, Spring/Summer 2013

TREND 10: TEENY-TINY BAGS

28 - Fendi Spring 2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

29 Tiny Purses-Oscar-de-la-Renta-Spring-2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

30 Tiny Purses-Jason-Wu-Spring-2013

Jason Wu, Spring/Summer 2013

 NEW SEASON, NEW PURSE

New Season New Purse

With a closet full of handbags, there’s always one that steals your heart.  I’m a firm believer in cleaning out our closets as often as possible to make room for the new, like my new classic handbag.  So long old buddie!  We had a blast together!  May you live forever through this purse post!  Do you have a bag that you can’t seem to live without?

Thank you for sharing the inspiration with friends!  Let’s stay connected.

Love,

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