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Haute or Not: the Jimmy Choo Celeste Rainbow Clutch

I never thought of rainbows as fashionable past the age of 8. That’s when I gave up my rainbow-tailed My Little Ponys, rainbow detailed pink tops, and Rainbow Brite dolls and lunchboxes. So I was a bit disturbed when I first saw this Jimmy Choo Celeste rainbow clutch Rainbow snakeskin??? I mean, really? more…  Read More →

Bulga Mini Marquis Satchel

I typically have nothing negative to say about Bulga – I really love their bags. But this Mini Marquis Satchel had me scratching my head. I get it – it’s supposed to be tie-dye, but really it just looks dirty. more…  Read More →

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 ...

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, ...

Is See by Chloé Innovative or Have They Lost Their Minds?

The key to standing out as a designer is really to just create pieces that make people talk. Of course, they must be wearable too. So when I first spotted this See by Chloé Patent cutout shoulder bag, it definitely grabbed my attention. I couldn’t help but stare, click away, and then revisit it again. I’m drawn to it even though it looks like someone took a hole puncher to yellow patent ...
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Haute or Not: the Zambos & Siega Umbrella Purse

It seems like every handbag designer’s mantra these days is ‘fashion meets function’. So knowing that I shouldn’t have been taken aback when I first saw this Zambos & Siega Umbrella Purse. The bag itself is a plain, boxy satchel made of wrinkled patent leather. And yes, it’s practical. There’s always that one day when it rains and you left your umbrella at home ...

Haute or Not: the See by Chloé Medium Slouchy Hobo

I try to give Chloé the benefit of the doubt, I really do. But then they design amazingly tacky bags like this See by Chloé Medium slouchy hobo. The black slouchy lambskin hobo bag with is nothing special really, but I could deal with it if it weren’t for that circular leather logo tag hanging from the front pocket. What is that and why is it there? Is it a zipper pull gone wrong? It looks ...
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Haute or Not: the Marni Triangle Slouchy Hobo

I’m loving maroon/red/burgundy colored bags for the fall and winter. The rich, deep red hues add a nice burst of color but not so bright that it looks harsh. At first glance, I was taken with this Marni Triangle slouchy hobo. When viewed from the side, the bag has some appeal with its gathered side seams and brick red colored leather. But straight on, the bag is a bit strange. The triangle shape ...
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Haute or Not: Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Connie Hobo Bag

Design is like a form of art where everyone has a different point of view, and what could be viewed as a masterpiece by some could also be viewed as an amateur attempt by others. And it’s a shame because most artists and designers mean well and produce lots of ‘hits’, but every now and then there’s a huge ‘miss’. Like this Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Connie Hobo ...
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Haute or Not: The D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Lily Patent Leather Satchel in Combo

D&G is the more casual, fun line of Dolce & Gabbana so this bag definitely fits the brand, but the D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Lily Patent Leather Satchel in Combo is hit or miss. At first glance it’s definitely interesting. The brown leather satchel is simple and basic but the surprise is the row of seven multicolored zippers making up the opening of the bag. Green, blue, purple, ...
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Haute or Not: Maloles Andrea Clutch

Have you ever visited the art museum and saw a piece of art (or maybe even a few) that made you question the artist’s thinking but you were drawn to it anyway? It’s that way sometimes in fashion too – you see a canvas of colors that you just don’t get but there’s something about it that you still admire. Like this Maloles Andrea Clutch . It screams hideousness but still ...
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Haute or Not: Botkier Morgan Satchel

Botkier has been on top of the handbag game for years. But I’m not sure how I feel about this fringed Botkier Morgan Satchel. The pros: I love the rich purple color which is returning for this fall. The shape is unique, the long handles are incredibly practical and the top rounded zip is cute! The single center pleat is a nice added touch. BUT…what’s up with the fringe? The bag looks ...
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Haute or Not: MARC by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Shorty

I was never a Marc Jacobs girl. I just couldn’t get into the Quilted Stam bags and turnlock totes. But the MARC by Marc Jacobs line is another story. The handbags are quirky and kooky, much like the designer, but I kinda like them. MJ’s Dr. Q Shorty lookes a bit like a squashed pink croissant with top handles but there’s something about it that makes me keep staring. The dual handles ...
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Haute or Not: Louis Vuitton / Comme des Garçons ‘Speedy’

Image: Louis Vuitton It looks like LV is going to dominate the Haute or Not posts for a while. Fresh off the heels of its collaboration with Takashi Murakami, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons to design a limited-edition collection of six handbags with the signature Louis Vuitton monogram canvas. In my opinion, most of the bags are nothing special ...

Haute or Not: Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Speedy 35

As much as I love Louis Vuitton, I have to say enough is enough! The hideousness that was the camouflage fashion trend was over long, long ago. So why do designers insist on bringing it back to the masses and why do celebrities think it’s ok to wear on the red carpet? This limited edition (thank goodness!) Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Speedy 35 satchel was designed by Takashi Murakami just ...
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