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Fashion Week Handbags: Louis Vuitton Fall 2011

It’s been a full month since all of the fashion week festivities started,
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Vuitton is not a handbag company that I normally look to for my own purchases because of my personal preference toward bags without logos,
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Fergie Still Loves Her Saint Laurent Bag

Here’s Fergie toting her trusty Saint Laurent Ligne Y Tote around Santa Monica. As you can see, she is still heavily pregnant. Thankfully, she’s staying out of her signature platform pumps and trekking around town in a pair of comfy Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro sneakers. (There’s further evidence that old school high-tops are making a comeback over on TalkShoes.) You can pick up Fergie’s Saint Laurent bag at Nordstrom for $2,
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We saw Fergie with this bag a few months ago, before we even knew what to call it. As you can see, it bears a striking resemblance to the insanely popular Yves Saint Laurent Cabas ChYc Tote. (Amanda outlined the differences between the two bags in this post from January.) Popular sentiment still leans towards the Yves Saint Laurent version,
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Coach Suede Beaded Tote

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Valentino Rose Vertigo Shopper

If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, then you know we’ve covered the Valentino Rose Vertigo Shopper in the past. I gave it a rave back then in a shade of Barbie pink, and I thought it was worth a revisit for fall.

We don’t normally revisit bags, but this bag demonstrates better than any other bag I can think of how the change of a color can change a bag’s entire look. In hot pink, the bag was like something Elle Woods would wear in Legally Blonde flamboyant, over-the-top,
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Do we still have love for the Chloe Paddington?

In all honesty, the Chloe Paddington is probably why I’m here today. It was the first designer handbag to totally capture my attention when I started to become interested in bags circa 2005, and although I never had the funds to buy one back then, I searched eBay daily, hoping for a good deal on my elusive cream-colored Paddy. And I wasn’t the only one that caught the Paddington fever fashion magazines dubbed it the fastest-selling bag in history and our Purse Forum, then in its infancy, talked non-stop of ways to acquire one.

And now, approximately four years later, I saw a Paddington on Nordstrom‘s website today and it got me thinking how does the purse world feel about this historic handbag a few years down the road from its peak popularity?

When I look at it,
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A Look Back at Balenciaga is Greatest Handbag Hits

With the surprising news yesterday morning that Balenciaga would be parting ways with Nicholas Ghesquiere, its creative director for 15 years and a man widely considered to be among the most talented (if not the most talented) designers in the entire industry, it seemed only fair that we look back on Ghesquiere’s inimitable legacy at the French house. Ghesquiere’s influence on the entirety of fashion is undeniable (the Balenciaga Did It First Tumblr is a pretty damning roundup of how other major designers have borrowed, both subtly and not-so-subtly, from Ghesquiere’s body of work), but naturally,
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The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bags,
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9 Of course, we’ll start at the beginning: The Balenciaga Flat Brass Classique is the bag that started it all. Images of these bags from back in the day are almost impossible to come by, but here’s a personal photo from one of our Forum members who’s lucky enough to own an original. Another enthusiast (and still-frequent carrier) of the flat brass design? Kate Moss.

9 Even though the bags started out in black and brown, brights have been a Balenciaga staple since shortly thereafter. Long before it was fashionable, Balenciaga turned out bags in every shade from bubblegum pink to sunflower yellow, and the particularly good colors quickly became tough to find and profitable to flip on sites like eBay. Of them all,
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9 Another place that Balenciaga was ahead of the handbag curve? Prints. They’re commonplace now, but when the Balenciaga Floral City Bag came out in 2008, it seemed untenably bold. The bags didn’t sell all that well back then, but that’s the curse of being able to see the future like Ghesquiere apparently can. He was ready for it before we caught up.

9 The bold stripes of the Balenciage Damask Courier from 2006 were a little easier to take, even back then – this bag wasn’t just a favorite of Nicole Richie’s, but of bag buyers in general.

9 If nothing else (and there is plenty else), the legacy of Ghesquiere at Balenciaga is one of thinking forward. The holographic leather trend for Resort and Spring 2013 that feels incredibly modern and cool and fresh for designer accessories? Balenciaga did a matte croc version way back in 2009.

9 A couple of years ago, Balenciaga started adding its Motorcycle Bag details to a series of straw hobos and totes for warmer weather. The greatest result of that idea? The beachy, luxe Balenciaga Panier Tote.

9 Just by looking at the picture, I bet you can guess what I’ll say about the Balenciaga Lune Tote. Yes, it came years before the Celine Luggage Tote, and it has much the same feel – modern, but with a few old-world details. The gussets flare, too, if you want them to.

9 The only bag I ever regretted selling was my Balenciaga Holiday 2005 Pewter First Bag. I eBayed it back when I was still in college, and if I had it now, I’d never let it go. The metallics from Fall 2004 and Holiday 2005 were a big hit among Bal fans.

9 And of course, my personal favorite: My Balenciaga Giant Day Bag in violet from Spring 2007, from my What’s In Her Bag feature. I’ve likely logged more hours with this bag on my shoulder than any in my collection, and the colors on the front and back are mismatched enough to prove it.

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Handbag Amnesty: Help Raise Money for Cancer Research

Cancer. Unfortunately,
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The Handbag Amnesty, however, is not just about celebrities. and Cancer Research UK are also asking members of the public to donate a handbag that is still in good condition to their local Cancer Research UK shop. Good handbags always sell like hot cakes in Cancer Research UK’s nationwide chain of charity shops.

Paul Farthing, Director of High Value Relationships at Cancer Research UK, says: ‘We’re delighted to be working with to launch Handbag Amnesty… We also hope that by encouraging supporters to donate their own favorite handbag, and other unwanted quality items to our shops, we will be able to raise even more to help beat cancer.’

As previously mentioned, it is unfortunate, but too many of us have felt the effects of cancer. Below you will find some of our favorite celebrity donated handbags. Visit Handbag Amnesty for a complete list of bags up for auction as well as more information on how you can help out! Who knows,
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Sharon Osbourne donated Louis Vuitton.

Like mother, like daughter, Kelly Osbourne also donated a cream handbag this time a fabulous clutch by Marc Jacobs.

America Ferrera donated two gorgeous Botkier bags.

Lauren Conrad donated a bag she teamed with Linea Pella on,
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And of course, that means Heidi Montag donated a bag. She donated a bag from her own line, Heidiwood.

The fabulous Julie Benz donated a fantastic and chic Bunny clutch.

Kate Bosworth donated Mulberry.

Keira Knightley donated a handbag as classy as she is, Prada.

You all know what fans Megs and I are of Rebecca Minkoff. We were thrilled to see that Scarlett Johansson donated a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

Maggie Gyllenhaal donated this colorful Missoni.

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Get a closer look at Mulberry Fall 2012 with Moda Operandi is presale

Without a doubt, Mulberry had one of the very best handbag collections of the Fall 2012 show season. The brand featured more purses than ever on its runway, and the results were excellent most of you seemed to find at least a couple options that you’d like to add to your collection,
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Check out the bag and coat I im craving from Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013

I always look forward to Rebecca Minkoff’s runway show. Since Minkoff first took to Fashion Week,
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While I’d be thrilled to wear anything from Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013,
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Nina Ricci Calf Tote

I don’t care how hip or insider-y or snobby the Nina Ricci brand has become since handing of the design help to Olivier Theyskens in 2006, I’m not paying $2,700 for the Nina Ricci Calf Tote.

Every fashionista has a line of price ridiculousness which they cannot force themselves to cross,
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But because of the easy shape and commonly used material,
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