January 2012

Louis Vuitton - Artsy handbag

For many women, owning your first Louis Vuitton bag is a rite of passage; a signal you’ve arrived. But perhaps what it really says about you is that you’re a woman who appreciates the quality and the craftsmanship that goes into creating a timeless bag, one that you’ll carry confidently for years.

Louis Vuitton - Artsy bag handle

The braided handle on the Artsy bag is handmade of calfskin leather; it takes one craftsman 3 hours to complete.

Just shopping for a Louis Vuitton bag is a unique experience in itself. Louis Vuitton does not wholesale; so visiting a Louis Vuitton boutique is the only way you can physically pick up a bag, conduct the all important “pocket inspection”, caress the leather, smell the leather, ( oh, c’mon, you know you will ) and cradle it in your arms as you envision yourself owning it.

Luckily for us, the Louis Vuitton boutique in Scottsdale Fashion Square is home to a vast array of covetable bags, shoes, travel cases and accessories worthy of an afternoon field trip.

This week, we set out to discover what’s new, and covetable, in the luxurious world of Louis Vuitton…

These are some of the new bags in the Epi line, the original leather line made of calfskin leather. They’re water-proof, scratch-proof and for the first time in 18 years, they’ve been re-invented in bright new colors called the Rainbow Collection.

Louis Vuitton - Alma handbags

New Alma handbags, from left to right in carmin, cacao and indigo

The Epi line of zippy wallets…

Louis Vuitton - Epi - Zippy wallets

 

Louis Vuitton - EPI - Wallets,card cases

More colors from the Epi Rainbow Collection in wallets and card cases

Next, two drop-dead gorgeous bags in off-white patent leather, the Brea, on the left and the Bellflower cross-body bag. If you speak french, the color is blanc corail. They’re ravishing in any language…

Louis Vuitton - Brea handbag

For the ultimate in Louis luxury, the L handbag in Mahina leather features the trademark Vuitton monogram, which is laser cut into the leather. The color pictured below is Sandy: it’s available in other colors, including taupe, black and gris pearle, which is a light slate blue.

Louis Vuitton - L handbag - Mahina

And last, the hugely popular Alma and Sherwood bags in that delicious black cherry shade, which is called amarante.

Louis Vuitton Alma, Sherwood handbags in amarante

For more information on any of these luscious Louis bags, you can call the Scottsdale store directly at 480-946-2415. Lynne Harper is the Store Manager and she is just delightful. It’s a friendly place: VIC specialist Stacy Gilbert is very knowledgeable about all the items shown here; she took lots of time educating me on the details of each one of these amazing bags.

And p.s…wait till you see the new shoes !

 

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On the final day of the Spring 2012 Couture shows, designer Jean Paul Gaultier paid tribute to Amy Winehouse with a captivating collection she would have loved. Models walked the runway with their hair styled in sky-high beehives, complete with beauty marks and wing-tipped eyeliner. Model Paolla Rahmier sauntered out with a cigarette in her hand and then stamped it out at the end of the runway !

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It was irreverent and rebellious and beautiful, as only Jean Paul Gaultier can do.

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There were 12 couture collections in all this year: Armani, Dior, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli were some of the most notable among them.

But this collection was truly unique and a fitting tribute to a singer who’s talent and style captivated us from the beginning until the tragic end.

We read a lot about where designers find their inspirations for their designs. But an entire 70- piece couture collection devoted to the style of a bright young talent like Amy Winehouse can really only be called a work of passion. I think it’s brilliant.

How about you ?

 

( All images via Style.com )

 

 

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Will Scottsdale Fashion Week return ?

January 25, 2012

On Monday, we brought you the news that Scottsdale Fashion Week had officially been cancelled for this year. Jim Scott, Scottsdale Fashion Week’s Director talked with us about what went wrong – and his plans for the future. He’s optimistic the show will go on…   SF: You had plans in place to re-vamp Scottsdale [...]

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Scottsdale Fashion Week cancelled for 2012

January 23, 2012

Scottsdale Fashion Week will not be held this year, and although they have yet to release an official statement, we have been in contact with one of the board members and were told via e-mail earlier today, “Unfortunately, it has been cancelled for the year. We were not able to make it happen in this [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: The return of Versace couture !

January 23, 2012

Donatella Versace kicked off Couture Fashion Week in Paris with the label’s first collection in 8 years. “Versace’s woman is sculptured, conscious of her body, and has a taste for futurism. And I always have in mind the celebrities,” Donatella told reporters. It’s a good thing, too, since the couture collections aren’t exactly cheap, with [...]

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Kate Spade: Hyped on stripes !

January 21, 2012

It’s always fun to see what Kate Spade’s got in store for us. In 2011, her “Live Colorfully” campaign highlighted a new color each month on her site and in stores, but for 2012, she’ll be featuring a new print and she’s kicking it off with stripes ! The Kate Spade store at Scottsdale Fashion [...]

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Orange Crush: New shoes and bags that pop !

January 19, 2012

Fashion’s marquee labels are spicing up their accessory lines with shoes and bags in zesty orange. New styles from Chanel, Prada, and Fendi are in stores now. From casual to cocktail – there’s a full menu of styles to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites ! Prada Chanel Bottega Veneta Fendi DVF [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

January 17, 2012

Photographer Brigitte Lacombe flew to London at Ms. William’s request to shoot dressing room portraits as Michelle was transformed into Marilyn for the movie “My week with Marilyn”. They’re all quite lovely: you can see the rest at Nowness.com.  

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Golden Globe fashion: The good, the bad, the WTH…

January 16, 2012

As far as awards shows go, the Golden Globes is always one of the most entertaining. In its less formal setting, the celebs seem more relaxed and they’re drinking. Some of them are downright loosey-goosey by the end of the night, which makes for some fine entertainment in itself. But of course, we’re all glued [...]

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Brighten up your wardrobe with today’s featured trend: Hot pink and orange !

January 15, 2012

Two of the hottest colors for spring, hot pink and orange have launched a full-scale color assault. But together, they’re a knock-out combination to add some life to your wardrobe now !         All items featured from Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hot, hot, hot !

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