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Haute or not: Marc Jacobs Spotted Teddies shearling hobo bag

What’s up with all these strange furry bags this season? We recently showed you the Louis Vuitton Pulsion Lockit in sheepskin that looked like leftovers from a stuffed animal factory, and recently we came across this Marc Jacobs Spotted Teddies shearling hobo bag that also looks like a toy gone wrong. MJ is the Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton, so it makes sense that this similar hideousness ...

Balmain drops the ball on its handbag collection

For all their drool-worthy blazers, jeans and shoes, Balmain really dropped the ball when it came to their introductory line of handbags. For a brand that is all about edge, we were expecting something waaaay edgier than this: Net-a-Porter offers three Balmain handbag styles: the Balmain Leo Swarovski crystal bag, Balmain original leather fringed bag and the Balmain punk suede studded bag, and all ...

Haute or Not: the Foley + Corinna Bar Clutch

I would think that the brand behind the iconic “City Tote” would come up with something better than this. The Foley + Corinna Bar Clutch looks like a flat black lunch bag with a gold majorette baton as a handle. Really, Foley + Corinna? Is this the best you could come up with? There’s no real design here; the bag looks cheap and highly impractical. I mean really, what can you put ...

Lindsay Lohan with the Alexander Wang Denim Leather Donna Hobo

What is it with all these 80’s/90’s trends making a comeback? I lived through the 80’s and 90’s, proudly wore the bad fashions, and then promptly disposed of them afterward. Now, designers are determined to dredge up the ugly past by bringing back neon, hammer pants and now stonewashed denim! more…  Read More →

Even Pauric Sweeney Has Bad Days…

Although Pauric Sweeney remains a design ‘golden boy’ in my eyes, I couldn’t let this atrocity of a handbag pass. I know the 80’s have been making a strong comeback lately but that doesn’t mean we need to adopt ALL of the trends. more…  Read More →

Haute or Not: D&G Dolce & Gabbana ‘Waikiki Jenna’ Shoulder Bag

I seriously thought the end of the fall/winter 2008/2009 fashion season would be the end of fugly bags. I was wrong. Maybe my expectations were too high but I’ve been seeing so many beautiful spring bags lately that I just wasn’t expecting something so odd looking. The D&G Dolce & Gabbana ‘Waikiki Jenna’ Shoulder Bag has one plus since it’s in my fave color, pink, ...

Fendi Multicolored Patch Baguette

Fendi‘s back at it. Creating fugly bags, that is. The latest piece of Fendi fug is this Multicolored Patch Baguette. Is it a bag or a ransom note? Or is it colored chalk on a chalkboard? I’m really not sure. What I am sure of is that it is hideous. Fendi seems to do hideous pretty well. It’s like they don’t even care about design anymore – they just keep using the same ...
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Versace ‘Kiss Print’ Shopper

Just last week I applauded Versace for re-building its brand, by toning down the tacky and designing more mature and chic handbags and accessories. It appears I spoke too soon. I just came across the most tacky Versace item I have seen in a while – the Versace ‘Kiss Print’ Shopper. As much as the original Versace Kiss Crocodile Shopper was a beauty, the print version is absolutely horrid. ...
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Gustto Metallic Vando Bag

I’m usually a huge fan of Gustto but every now and then they create a bag that makes me shake my head. No, Gustto! What is this? It looks like some sort of strange carrying contraption. The odd straps on the Gustto Metallic Vando Bag look like tentacles, as if aliens descended on Earth and invaded Gustto’s design studio. I always find it odd when a bag’s handles are bigger than the ...
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Miu Miu Cutout Bowling bag

Don’t you just hate when designers take things literally? Just because it is called a ‘bowling bag’ doesn’t mean it should really look like one! This has to be the first time I’ve been disappointed with a Miu Miu handbag. Usually I find them stunning, though incredibly simple, but still beautifully crafted and designed. But this hideous creation looks like something you ...
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Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Girl Bow Bag

If this isn’t the most ridiculous bag I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Girl Bow Bag manages to be both idiotic and impractical. All it is, really, is a bow with a chain strapped to it and called a bag. There are double zipper closures at the main openings which are practically miniscule, and the bow has tacky tulle overlaying the metallic body. ...

Celebrity bag spotting: Jessica Simpson with the Gucci Boston bag

It’s a shame when you can’t tell the difference between a luxury bag and a cheap, celebrity-licensed brand but that’s really not my fault. It’s Gucci’s fault for designing a bag so hideous. I’m sure anyone would have guessed this bag was from the Jessica Simpson accessory collection and not the new Gucci ‘Babouska’ Large Boston Bag. The tomato-red leather, ...

Fake Handbags Are Never in Fashion…

No this is not another post about Louis Vuitton bags. This is about spending your time and energy on creative pursuits only to have someone come in and steal your work. Just like fake, knockoff handbags, plagiarism is never in fashion. Lately I’ve discovered that other ‘bloggers’ – and I use that term loosely, as real bloggers, editors and journalists understand the writing ...
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Mulberry Milton Shoulder Bag

Mulberry is one of those handbag brands that seems to pride itself on classic luxury. So when I came across the Milton shoulder bag on Net-a-Porter‘s website, I was baffled. Are fingerprinted handbags the new ‘It’ bags? The Milton looks like the leather was handled before the paint was dry, or someone put their greasy fingers on the front of the bag. It does have some redeeming qualities: 1) ...

Fashion Inspiration Comes From Everywhere: Jean Paul Gaultier

I never thought I’d see the day I put John Paul Gaultier on a ‘Not Haute’ list. But designing a women’s clutch inspired by men’s boxing shorts? That’s not haute. Every time I look at this clutch I feel like pulling out my boxing gloves and hitting the speedbag. Ok, he gets points for creativity but really, what woman wants to carry her stuff around in a pair of ...
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