PurseBlog Asks: What’s Your Go-To Party Bag?

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I’m not a big clutch person. First of all, I have the giant version of the iPhone, and it doesn’t fit in most of the really dainty, jewelry-like evening bags out there. Second, that dumb phone is usually in my hand anyway, and holding it and a hand-held bag is just a hassle—I’ll inevitably drop one of them, and if I’m at a party, I’m likely also juggling a drink or some kind of snack on a tiny napkin, if not both. The logistics of the whole enterprise just don’t work out.

A few years back, Mansur Gavriel sent me a gold-lined version of the Mini Mini Bucket Bag when it came out, but it took my a while to find its One True Purpose, so it mostly hung on a hook on the back of my bedroom door, waiting for its moment. While trying to get out the door to a friend’s wedding a while back, I spotted it and had an idea. I don’t usually use leather shoulder bags for formal events, but this one’s small size and glitzy peekaboo interior made it feel party-appropriate, so I threw my phone, keys and card case inside. They fit perfectly, with room for plenty more, and I wondered why the idea hadn’t occurred to me earlier.

I’ve taken the tiniest bucket bag along with me to basically every book party, birthday dinner and opening night since then, and it’s always worked out great—it’s hands-free, unobtrusive and incredibly lightweight. In this season of abundant festivities, it seems more than worth recommending. You can pick up one of your own for $395 via Mansur Gavriel.

So now we want to hear from you: when you’re going to a party, which of your bags do you take along with you?

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RAY-BAN HITS THE ROAD FOR ‘DESTINATION EVERYWHERE’ CAMPAIGN

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Soo Joo Park stars in Ray-Ban's Destination Everywhere 2018 campaign
Soo Joo Park stars in Ray-Ban’s ‘Destination Everywhere’ 2018 campaign

Steven Klein heads to the open road for Ray-Ban’s 2018 campaign called, ‘Destination Everywhere’. Models Soo Joo Park, Constanze Saemann, Markel Williams and Austin Kellogg pose in the desert wearing the eyewear brand’s signature styles. The quartet go on a road trip rocking The Marshal, Wayfarer Blaze, Aviator Evolve and Hexagonal shades. With each protagonist chasing their dream, the sun-drenched shots and accompanying film channel cinematic vibes.

Related: Joan Smalls & Karen Elson Go for a Ride in Tom Ford’s Spring 2018 Campaign

RAY-BAN ‘DESTINATION EVERYWHERE’ 2018 CAMPAIGN

Constanze Saemann fronts Ray-Ban 2018 Destination Everywhere campaign
Constanze Saemann fronts Ray-Ban 2018 ‘Destination Everywhere’ campaign

It’s about freedom and letting go,” says Steven Klein. “Living in turbulent times, one of the things that evokes that for many people is a road trip. This campaign represents that no matter what hardships come your way, you can be an individual, go on your own path and experience fun, optimism, creativity, love… everybody’s looking for their own personal freedom.”

Steven Klein photographs Ray-Ban 2018 'Destination Everywhere' campaign
Steven Klein photographs Ray-Ban 2018 ‘Destination Everywhere’ campaign
Ray-Ban taps Markel Williams for 2018 Destination Everywhere Campaign
Ray-Ban taps Markel Williams for 2018 ‘Destination Everywhere’ Campaign

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POOL DAZE: 7 FESTIVAL LOOKS FROM REVOLVE

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REVOLVE pool festival season fashion
Discover REVOLVE’s pool styles for festival season

When it comes to festival season, looking for poolside fashion is an absolute must. Luckily, REVOLVE offers plenty of inspiration with a recent trend guide. The lineup includes one-piece swimsuits, printed bikinis and lightweight coverups. Strappy sandals, straw bags and statement sunglasses also take the spotlight. Choose from top brands such as Tularosa, Lovers + Friends and RAYE for festival season. See some of our favorites from the new arrivals below, and shop more at REVOLVE.com.

Related: Get Ready for Festival Season With REVOLVE’s Exclusive Styles

REVOLVE POOL FESTIVAL SEASON LOOKS

lolli swim x REVOLVE Rain Top $115 and Shine Bottom $99
lolli swim x REVOLVE ‘Rain’ Top $115 and ‘Shine’ Bottom $99
Embrace stripes in a colorful bikini set featuring a button embellished top and high-waist bottoms.
RAEN Figurative Sunglasses $150
RAEN ‘Figurative’ Sunglasses $150
Channel retro vibes in a cat-eye frame with green lenses.
Lovers + Friends I Got You Top $78 and I Got You Bottom $78
Lovers + Friends ‘I Got You’ Top $78 and ‘I Got You’ Bottom $78
Look red-hot in a crochet bikini top paired with side tie closures.
Tularosa Daisy One Piece Swimsuit $118
Tularosa ‘Daisy’ One Piece Swimsuit $118
A mustard yellow one-piece swimsuit includes a ruffle trim as well as tie closures at the shoulder.
L*SPACE Beach Weekend Bag $79
L*SPACE Beach Weekend Bag $79
Made of 100% straw, this circular bag features an open top with fringed tassels.
Indah Sha Na Na Maxi Dress $220
Indah ‘Sha Na Na’ Maxi Dress $220
An unlined maxi dress makes the perfect poolside cover up with an asymmetric hemline.
RAYE Bonnie Slide Sandal $128
RAYE ‘Bonnie’ Slide Sandal $128
Slide into summer with this slip-on sandal featuring a multi-colored knotted upper.

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Chanel Reverses Course, Says Online Sales Aren’t Coming Anytime Soon

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In 2015, we reported some exciting news: Chanel had publicly declared its intention to launch online sales of some of its fashion pieces. At the time, Chanel’s president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky said that the brand was testing methods to launch e-commerce on its website (beyond the cosmetics, fragrance and sunglasses it already sells there), and that shoppers could look forward to it as early as Fall 2016. Obviously that has yet to happen, and now the same Chanel executive has reversed course, according to a report by Business of Fashion.

BOF reports that at a Vogue conference in Paris this week, Pavlovsky told the audience that Chanel has no plans to launch further online retail categories. “If you give everything to everyone straight away, I think you lose that exclusivity. I’m not saying we won’t try it one day, but if we do it will be because we’ll really think there’s some added value,” he said. That’s pretty unambiguous: if you had dreams of ordering a brand new Chanel bag online, straight to your door, that’s just not going to be possible.

This announcement comes on the heels of just the opposite from one of Chanel’s competitors: Céline recently launched its Spring 2018 collection with e-commerce in France, as well as a promise to US shoppers that online sales would be coming in the new year. Céline is an LVMH brand, though, and its parent company has long embraced online shopping. Chanel, on the other hand, is privately owned instead of managed by a conglomerate, which means it has fewer people it needs to please with its business decisions.

And by all indications, lack of online sales hasn’t slowed Chanel down in recent seasons. The brand doesn’t release sales figures, but based on what we can see from the outside—things like celebrity support and difficulty finding the most popular bags in stock in stores—it seems like the brand has little to worry about in the realm of consumer interest.

If you’d still rather buy online than in a store, the internet does allow you some alternatives, so long as you’re okay with buying pre-owned bags. Earlier this year, we put together a guide to all your best options for doing just that.

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BOUTIQUE 1 ADDS NEW DESIGNERS TO ITS LUXURY FASHION RANGE

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Boutique 1 takes the fashion scene by surprise yet again by adding to its appealing clothing collections a set of young, talented designers, who give a new sense of meaning to the words style, femininity and class. The store has come to fashion lovers’ attention for a while now, thanks to the versatile, trending nature, and unconventional style its offers can be characterized by, but with extended luxury fashion purchase opportunities, now you have the chance to discover even more amazing, one-of-a-kind elements. If you are wondering who these new designers are, and how they can help you upgrade your fashion game, keep reading:

ALESSANDRA RICH – FASHION COLLECTION FOR THE EMPOWERED WOMAN

Starting shyly in the industry, but managing to grow in popularity at a fast pace and to become an internationally recognized brand, Alessandra Rich follows a strong, self-assured feminine design pattern that catches from the first glance the attention of anyone who knows and loves fashion. The designer’s contemporary approach to women’s clothing makes her such an important figure in the fashion industry. Although her signature piece is known to be a long, flowy dress with particular aesthetics, the brand also incorporates elements that can be easily worn to formal events or business affairs, by combining elegance with class and femininity. Being dressed in one of Rich’s pieces will truly make you feel like a modern, empowered woman.

BORGO DE NOR AND HER BOHEMIAN PLAYFULNESS

Promoting femininity and style as a powerful, artistic and individualistic force, Borgo de Nor shows her eclectic backgrounds in her designs, and as claimed by the designer, the brand’s creations focus on mixing comfort with aesthetical appeal. While the colors and patterns used are ones that maintain romantic vibes, Borgo de Nor’s designs are suitable for any silhouette, addressing versatility and tailored-fit styles. Once you check out a few of this brand’s fashion creations, you will be able to characterize the items as bohemian and romantic, while still noticing their luxurious side. Once you try out a Borgo de Nor piece, you will most certainly fall in love with it.

CAFTANII’S POWERFUL DESIGNS NOW AVAILABLE AT BOUTIQUE 1

Discussing about the role of power dressing among women when being interviewed, and promoting a feminine approach towards fashion design, those behind Caftanii have managed to get more than enough attention in the industry, while being relatively new on the market. While the brands’ clothes can be somewhat unconventional, they follow a line that ensures a flattering fit on all body shapes, and the attentive chosen materials only contribute to the quality of the pieces even further. This luxury brand has been started by the talented twins, Ginevra and Ludovica Fagioli, and its limited collection is caftan inspired. As you will be able to see while checking Boutique 1’ Caftanii clothes, the designers use only top quality materials and accessories, starting from Italian linen jean and up to golden stitching, which has already become a signature for Caftanii.

HOLIDAY PARIS AND THE QUEST FOR COMFORT

When it comes to fashion, embracing comfort should be one of your priorities. Being feminine and stylish doesn’t have to mean you should compromise on convenience and level of comfort, and the brand Holiday Paris functions exactly under these principles. The designers have created an appealing clothing collection that holds pieces ideal for everyday wear, giving street style for women a new meaning. While each clothing element created by this brand has that luxurious feel to it, being designed out of qualitative fabrics, the items you can buy from Holiday Paris are also reasonably priced. Nowadays, you have the chance to purchase stylish clothes at appealing prices and Holiday Paris is the perfect example. Check what Boutique 1 includes in its offers from this contemporary brand and you will conclude for yourself that sweatshirts have never been this stylish.

IENKI IENKI – OUTERWEAR WITH A TWIST

Revolutionizing outerwear, you have never seen coats and jackets with such an interesting, unconventional design than those presented to you by Ienki Ienki. Being established by Dimitriy Ievenko, a designer of Ukrainian origins, this brand encompasses innovative elements for outdoor wear of exceptional quality. With a fashion-forward perspective on things, the designer’s creations have round shapes, this being the signature of the brand, and include feminine touches through their nipped in waists. Besides the obvious eye-catching design of the elements, Ienki Ienki has also become widely known for the precise attention the brand has towards quality fabrics.

Redefine and refine your style by incorporating a few of these amazing creators’ fashion elements in your wardrobe. With designs that follow the latest trends, color combinations that exuberate youth and freshness, and a keen eye for style authenticity and uniqueness, these designers continue to bring to the table clothes that never fail to impress. Whether you dress in one of Ienki Ienki’s oversized, pyramid  quilted shell down coats, or put on an Alessandra Rich polka dot dress, you can leave your house knowing you will be a remarkable appearance, a fashion inspiration that will most definitely stand out.

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2018 BEAUTY TREND HACKS: LOOK BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET

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Classic Fringes, Frosted tips, Wavy brows, Ombre lips. There are iconic beauty trends every year and this 2018 you can be part of the trends everyone is talking about. We all want to know what the year will bring for beauty trends, whether you are a beauty guru with the perfect contour guide or an amateur artist who loves experimenting with your own look. Trying out the new creations which have found their way onto the red carpet can not only be fun and exciting, but can no doubt make you feel like a celebrity yourself. Explore the beauty trends on everyone’s lips without the premium price tag.


SUBTLE SHINE & SHIMMER

This year the sparkled and glitter are getting a revamp, with subtle shimmer and shine taking the stage. From gloss to shadow, shine and shimmer make up adds a hint of glamour without going over the top. London Fashion Week saw gloss and shine emerge as a prevalent trend, and appears to be the next evolution in highlighting and contouring too. However, adding some shine to your makeup bag doesn’t have to cost a fortune, with NYX Professional Makeup Shimmer Eyeshadow Pigments for just £5.50 from boots.

GET THE FRESH-FACED LOOK

This year we are starting to see the disappearance of caked on foundation and the emergence of the “natural look”. Not only on the outside but the inside too, as more people are preparing to get makeup which causes less harm both environmentally and physically, with many brands being exposed for containing harsh chemicals and parabens. Ethical, organic and chemical free makeup brands are not only hard to find but can be pricey too, so try exploring the exciting world of voucher code shoppingand find brands such as Neals Yard Remedies, The Body Shop and Green People at a fraction of the usual price.

HOTTEST HAIR MUST HAVES

Statement hair was iconic for the 2018 London Fashion Week, with Vogue exploring the prevalent braids, ponytails and eccentric cuts. Although cutting your own hair isn’t advisable, there are a few key ways to save on styles such as the volumous ponytail and romantic French braids. With a huge range of YouTube videos dedicated to teaching everyone from beginner to expert, giving it a go on your own is a great way to save on the cost of a stylish do. Save on keeping your hair looking just right with homemade hairspray and avoid all the hidden chemicals in common brands.

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR

With celebrities such as Adele sporting the “Splash of Colour” trend with a bright and bold lipstick, this beauty trend is sure to stay for 2018. Whether it’s bright red lips or bright pink nails, adding a bold colour to a natural beauty look has been a favourite trend throughout the last year, and It thankfully doesn’t show any signs of disappearing any time soon. However, although the celebs were rocking this beauty trend at the Brit Awards, you don’t need to have a celeb salary to add some colour to your look. With shops such as Fragrance Direct offering bold lipsticks from just £2.50 plus multi-buy savings, you can add a hint of colour for much less.

The top beauty trends for 2018 incorporate natural beauty with subtle shimmers and cleansers with bold statement elements such as eccentric hair and splashes of primary colour. Gaining inspiration from London Fashion Week and celebrity styles on the red carpet, you can experiment with your look and get the fresh faced, iconic style at a fraction of the usual price. Alternatively, you can ignore all the trends and look however you want and probably save a fortune; but where’s the fun in that?

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