All the Sunglasses You Need for Coachella

We’ve already covered the clothes, bags, and shoes you’ll need to enjoy the desert escapades that Coachella has to offer. Up next? Sunglasses. They’re essential in the desert sun for a few reasons:

1) Protection from the sun
2) Protection from the eyes of security
3) Disguising any lack of sleep
4) Disguising any other… altered states
5) Because they look great

Our favorites range from desert sunset reflecting beauties, to brights, to the glitter filled, to the odd pair that may or may not trip out some of your friends (what is that tiny leopard doing on your face, anyway?) Check ’em out above, then click the links below to shop.

Top row from left: Fendi two tone sunglasses; Markus Lupfer glittered acetate sunglasses; The Row Plas sunglasses; Second row from left: Cutler and Gross metal frame sunglasses; Victoria Beckham aviators; Barton Perreira sunglasses; Third row from left: Illesteva sunglasses; Miu Miu glitter acetate sunglasses; Dita Liberty sunglasses; Fourth row from left: Le Specs acetate sunglasses; Anna-Karin Karlsson cat eye sunglasses; Finlay sunglasses + clip on; Bottom row from left: Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses; Stella McCartney sunglasses; Dior reflected sunglasses

The #NYFW Trend You’ll Want to Pet and Hold Tight Right Now

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At more than three it’s officially a trend, and it didn’t take more than a day or two of shows for the fur stole to crop up as the accessory du jour.

Long, luxurious, nonchalant, and warm. What’s not to love? Jason WuCreatures of the WindRodebjer, and Ohne Titel would all seem to agree that throwing one over your shoulder is the way to cozy up for fall.

We love the elegance of it, and are particularly enamored with the fun to be had as well (see: Creatures of the Wind’s spangled options, and Ohne Titel’s CMYK-colored swathes.) + Rodebjer added pockets. Pockets are always a good idea.

Ohne Titel: 

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Photos: @ohnetitelny on Instagram 

Jason Wu:

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Rodebjer:

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Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

Creatures of the Wind:

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Ashley Olsen Could Be Your Next Professor of Handbag Design

Do you dream of designing but realize that shoes and bags have all the fun and dresses and pants and shirts are kinda whatever? (JK… kinda). If so, College for Creative Studies (CCS), in Detroit, in partnership with Shinola, also of Detroit, has the program for you. Like, for real, if I were at all artistically inclined, I would apply now.

Beginning in fall 2015, the college of art and design will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in Fashion Accessories Design. It’s rarer than you think; though there are many excellent design programs, not many focus on accessories.

It’s silly, really: accessories represent a major global industry segment ($51 billion annually in the US alone) that is currently underserved academically.

If you’re old, don’t worry, this just means to ready yourself for an impressive and growing new batch of offerings from the future graduates: handbags, leather goods, accessories hardware, and footwear.

“Shinola is committed to the design, development and manufacturing of leather goods at scale inthe US and is proud to partner with CCS to offer the first Fashion Accessories Design program in the Midwest,” said Tom Kartsotis of Shinola.

Shinola will provide scholarships to ensure that the most talented students can attend this program as the incoming class, and provide opportunities for first-hand industry experience and guidance to all students in the program. The program will provide a thorough education ranging from education in design, technology, and research to prepare graduates to final product manufacturing and distribution. They also seek to teach crucial topics like trends forecasting and market research.

As any good fashion incubator should, the program will be supported and advised by the CFDA. In addition, the Fashion Accessories Design program is supported by an Advisory Council that represents a broadcross-section of industry professionals.

The Advisory Council is pretty damn impressive:

  • Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed Projects and Lauren Pierce Atelier
  • Linda Dresner, LINDA DRESNER
  • Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection
  • Jen Guarino, Shinola
  • Heather Joyce-Velez, Target.com
  • Tom Kartsotis, Shinola
  • Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group

For more information, check this outttt. P.S. If ever you have a class taught by Ashley Olsen, please call me.

Get More Than You Bargained for with Miranda July’s New Bag

To be honest, I spend a lot of time thinking about the “curation” of the perfect bag. Given the responsibilities my job includes, I often find myself away from any kind of desk for hours on end, and, try as I might, somehow never quite have the bandaid/granola bar/Tylenol I need when I need it.

With The Miranda bag, a limited edition collaboration between Miranda July and  WELCOMECOMPANIONS, which debuted last night at Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles, some of the stress is eliminated thanks to a host of items Miranda has curated for you herself. The selection is a combination of the obviously practical and dramatically whimsical (a description many of us might apply to July and her work). These items range from a secret pocket for a $20 bill, because “robbers will never take the time to find it,” and an almond pocket–because of course–“always keep almonds on you, even just one could save you from a total low blood sugar spiral/crash/freakout” to Miranda’s multipurpose cards, available separately for $22. Example: “Let’s be honest, the conversation we are having right now is not that interesting for either of us. I suggest we shake hands and go find other people to talk to.” Sure, the bag is a casual $1725, but carrying Miranda July’s signature wit and of course preparedness (the bag also contains homeopathic stress remedies)—is obviously priceless.

One Part Paris, One Part California for Your Face

Today marks the first day you can mix your Parisian and Californian sensibilities in one perfect pair of shades.

Though Garrett Leight’s glasses are usually unisex, the L.A. eyewear designer’s new collaboration with Parisian shoe designer Amélie Pichard brings three unapologetically feminine styles inspired by three famous women. Available today on garrettleight.com, they’re described as such: “Grace, a bold frame with cool blue lenses inspired by Grace Jones, Juliette, a flirty tortoise frame with soft green lenses inspired by Juliette Lewis, and Pamela, a lively beige frame with gold lenses, appropriately named after Pamela Anderson.”

So, who’s it gonna be?

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Images courtesy of Garrett Leight

Furry Fendi Bracelets and Karen Gallo Haircalf Booties: Get Furr’d Up, Part 3

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Fall: we’re two days in.

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here… for a quite cheeky pink fuzzy Fendi bag and cozy Reek Krakoff pumps, click here… And keep an eye out for new looks all week.

We’re really into these sleek, bottle green haircalf booties by designer Karen Gallo. And that Fendi bangle? I mean…

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Anni wears silk top and leather shorts by Karolyn Pho, druzy and fur cuff by Fendi, and haircalf booties by Karen Gallo. Karen Gallo shoes available on the Spring app and through the designer’s website.

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Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

A Fuzzy Fendi Bag and Reed Krakoff Pumps: Get Furr’d Up, Part 2

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Well, it’s officially fall.

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here. Keep an eye out for new looks all week.

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Anni wears a felt crop top by LINIE, lambskin gauchos by Veronica Beard, Reed Krakoff ankle wrap fur Atlas heels, and carries a Fendi Petite 3jours candy pink shearling strap bag.

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Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Get Furr’d Up for Early Fall: Coach Creepers and Fendi Bag, Part 1

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Tomorrow marks the official start of a cooler new season, and with the slight chill we’re granted access to the cozier parts of our closet.

Before the weather gets too harsh we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

Keep an eye out for new looks all week.

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Anni wears jeans by Acne, top by CG, tri-color By The Way fur bag by Fendi, and shearling shoes by Coach.

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Mary Katrantzou Debuts Bags At LFW

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Everyone’s favorite British transplant by way of Greece has moved beyond her signature architectural, futuristic prints, and launched her first bags this season.

The collection’s signature is called the MVK, a tribute to Katrantzou’s parents. It’s a boxy bag reminiscent of the currently chic vintage camera cases thrift store junkies like to hoard. Of course, even though the camera bag is somewhat foundational (perfect for everyday urban adventures), many of the bags fully, and more dramatically retain Katrantzou’s signature wit and whimsy.

“I wanted to turn my interest in photographic prints on its head and look at the apparatus used to take those photographs instead,” Katrantzou says. “I hope that the MVK bag will become a staple Mary Katrantzou accessory.” It goes from over-the-shoulder to clutch, as Katrantzou wanted to keep it functional. Every element of the bag’s design thoughtfully echoes the signs and symbols (graphic circles, squares, and triangles) used in the larger collection, as well as the shoes, made by Gianvito Rossi.

One MVK coming my way, pretty please!?

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