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YSL Yves Saint Laurent is now Saint Laurent Paris

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Large Leather Clutch Go ahead and stock up on all those YSL logo-embossed bags because Yves Saint Laurent aint YSL no more. It was rumored earlier this week and then confirmed today by Creative Director, Hedi Slimane. The new name? Saint Laurent Paris. And on top of that, the design studio headquarters will move from Paris to Los Angeles. Why not just go all out and call it ...

Way to waste $100K – Francesca Eastwood destroys her croc Birkin bag

Today is a sad day for luxury bag lovers (cue violin music). While so many women are waiting patiently on the LONG waiting list to get a Birkin, others are busy destroying theirs. Clint Eastwood‘s daughter Francesca, known for her role on the new reality show, Mrs. Eastwood & Company (which stars his wife Dina and his two daughters), set fire to her $100,000 crocodile Birkin bag on the latest ...

Strange But True: A Chanel bag made from Beef Jerky

Look at what Lady Gaga started. Her MTV Video Music Awards outfit seemed to spark the idea of meat products worn as fashion items, like meat necklaces. I don’t eat beef jerky, let alone want to carry it in handbag form. Nancy Wu, a product design student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, crafted her ‘100% Beef Jerky’ purse, entirely out of – you guessed ...

Gasp! Lady Gaga defaces the almighty Hermes Birkin

Yes, you read that right. Lady Gaga, who LIVES for shock and awe, took a black Sharpie marker to a white Hermes Birkin, just to give a message to her Japanese fans. We can’t imagine any fans woth defacing a Birkin, but thn again, we’re not Lady Gaga. The multi-thousand dollar bag which has a 5-mile long waiting list was probably easy for Gaga to get (you know, the whole celebrity thing ...

$995 to design your own Fendi – the limited-edition Baguette Mezzo Punto

Remember when Fendi released a craft your own/do-it-yourself Fendi baguette kit? Obviously they didn’t learn from the first time and they have just released another one. This version is called the limited-edition Baguette Mezzo Punto, and it includes a canvas baguette, needle, thread and how-to charts to help you embroider the logo—so you can own your own needleoint Fendi. Because you really ...

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 ...

Fashion Inspiration Comes From Everywhere…Karl Lagerfeld on a Chanel

On Chanel‘s recent show in Paris, models walked down the runway toting handbags sporting the likeness of Karl Lagerfeld on the front, like a mask. The ‘Kaiser’ Karl is known for saying some inane things and designing some questionable things, (like the recent Chanel ‘Miami Vice’ Gun shoes) but this is the most narcissistic act of fashion ever. What do you think of these ...

Zimmermann Stud Bag

I can’t decide whether or not this Zimmermann Stud Bag bag looks like some sort of Woodstock-inspired wrecking ball, or an S&M torture device, or just a really cool bag. Honestly, it looks like it should be attached to a stick and used to swing around and beat someone with, but there’s something about it that also makes me want to swing it on my shoulder. Maybe it’s the silk ...

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. ...

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) ...

Weekly WTF??!! Michael Kors Beverly Gator Watch Clutch

I know this bag isn’t new but it was so tacky I didn’t feel compelled to write about it before. But now that I’ve introduced the Weekly WTF category on What’s Haute, I think it’s worhy to discuss. Michael Kors must be out of his mind. He’s charging $3,000 for a Seiko watch band strapped to some gator skin? The Beverly Gator Watch Clutch is one of the worst bags ...
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WTF, WTF, WTF??? A DIY Fendi Baguette

Wow. A Fendi that has left me absolutely speechless. Perhaps the folks at Fendi have been reading What’s Haute and my thoughts on their awful design so they’ve decided to leave the designing up to us. I guess a Fendi I paint myself would look a lot better than most of their recent creations, but honestly, didn’t we stop the paint-by-number activities at age five? And I thought Color-Me-Mine ...
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Barney’s Blanket Bucket Satchel

+ = When you shop at a high-end store like Barney’s, you tend to have high-end expectations, right? I would think that if Barney’s chose to create private label handbags, they’d be so fabulous you’d think they were handmade creations designed by some premier Italian designer. So when I saw this Barney’s branded creation that looks ‘inspired’ by Bert from ...
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Chloe’s Craft Project

I learned how to crochet in 5th grade in my home economics class and thought it was the coolest thing to make granny squares (yes that once was cool). But that was then, and this is 2007. Are granny squares really what’s haute right now? The Chloe Katie embroidered bag looks like a craft project you find in some old bin in your grandmother’s attic, except that this craft project costs ...
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Barney’s Baffling Bags

I’m all for uniqueness, especially in fashion. But Barney’s selection of CO-OP bags are just plain odd. I found three that were especially perplexing: Jas MB’s Limited Edition Hobo is the least expensive of the three (on sale for $339), but equally strange. Why, oh why would anyone want top handles on a hobo? Why would you even want to carry it that way? Isn’t the whole point ...
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