Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rochas Borsa Rose Tote: Flawless!

Price: 1,065.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue (Pre-Order)

Bagopedia's Rating: 5 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: This is such a beautiful tote! The nude and turquoise color calfskin are so brilliantly combined- the hottest nude color and the color from the 60's. The stitches are flawlessly put together inside out. It doesn't seem to need the lining because the finish is so clean- especially around the handle areas. This bag is flawless!

See more photos on the details:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HERMES Steeple Tote: My good investment

Price: $2,700.00

Where to Buy: HERMES stores,

Who carries it: Katie Holmes,

Bagopeida's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Yes you do pay the HERMES price for this canvas tote, but only HERMES can make a canvas tote that can stand up straightly without any support. Hackberry wood in "whip" style handles are very special but not easy to carry. However, they do stand up and easy to crab. The bag itself is beautiful without lining.

Bagopedia purchased this tote early this summer and has been using it everyday for the pool. I don't remember any bags that I own I use them everyday. It is an expensive bag but it doesn't cost more than other bags considered how much I use it. When I get tired of this tote, I can sell it for a good price if I need to.

See how Katie Holmes carries it:

Monday, August 29, 2011

FENDI Metallic Calfskin Evening Bag: Hot like a fireplace

Price: $1,285.00

Where to Buy: Nordstrom,

Who Carries it: LeAnn Rimes,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3.5 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: If you are finding this bag interesting, you are in the right territory. Gold color is big this fall/winter. Gold color in metallic finish is even hotter. Even though Bagopedia thinks this bag has longer life after this winter. Optional strap is a handy thing. Either as a clutch or a shoulder bag will get you through this winter warmly. Price tag? Not so crazy about it.

See how LeAnn Rimes carries it:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Helmut Lang Styx Large Shearling Folding Clutch: My First Fur Piece

Price $495.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Accessories are getting really fancy this coming fall. Fur, Python, Shearling, and crocodile patterns are all in this category. Bagopedia starts to look for pieces to add to my winter wardrobe. I'd love to add some fancy items to my collection. So I think I will start with small accessories.

Bagopedia has a wardrobe that has all simple lines, single colors (Almost all black). I don't want to get a large fur bags which I think I am carrying a cat or a poodle. Some small pieces will make me feel more comfortable to start.

This Helmut Lang clutch is a perfect item to get: It is a small piece. The price is reasonable from a great fashion house. I don't want to get a fur bag that cots thousand dollars and later find it hard to work with. I think this clutch says: "I know fashion,and I am not a victim."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Messenger: A simpler PS1

Price: $750.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Dark Green is the "IT' color for the coming fall. It mixes well with dark red, purple, or dark orange. The bag has a solid look and Phillip Lim's signature side zippers. Bagopedia really likes it because it looks like a simple Proenza Schouler PS1 bag with a lighter price tag. It has the right elements but doesn't take away the look. It goes with my Burberry military coat and Hunter boots.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cole Haan Chrustie Street Claire Mini Satchel: "Safe" is its name

Price: $448.00

Where to Buy: Cole Haan Stores,

Who Carries it: Kristin Cavallari,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Companies spend a lot of money on branding. So when you hear a company's name, certain words will just come to your head. For example: Polo to me means American. BV means woven.

When I hear Cole Haan, "Safe" comes in my head. I can prove my thought through this bag- safe design, safe size, safe color, and safe price. You can't go wrong with this bag. It's like investments: some people can take more risks than others. Not every woman can afford expensive bags. Or they choose not to spend a lot of money on their handbags. A safe bag at an affordable price tag and can last long time is good enough.

Bagopedia starts to wonder why I still use really old style cell phone.

See how Kristin Cavallari carries this bag:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bottega Veneta Frayed Women Veneta Hobo: It goes two ways

Price: $2,480.00

Where to Buy: Bergdorf Goodman,

Bagopedia's Rating: Depends on who you are

Bagopedia's Comment: It goes either way: if you are stylish and can handle this hobo, it will look amazing. Otherwise: it looks like a really old hobo your grandmother didn't throw away.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Valentino Aphrodite Leather Bow Bag: Lost in Translation

Price: $1,845.00

Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus,

Who Carries it: Leighton Meester,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopeida's Comment: Signature Valentino Bow, Nappa leather, elegant frame, Shiny gold hardware- all the beautiful elements in one.

Not a bag for work, nor for dinner, nor for the gym... Can anybody tell me where I can carry this bag after spending almost $2,000? Valentino is an Italian Fashion House and the symbol of elegance. However, the beautiful Italian tone doesn't translate into my daily routine.

See how Leighton Meester carries this bag in green on the set of the Gossip Girl:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Alexander Wang Metallic Devere Shoulder Bag: What the hell...?

Price: $855.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: This is a cute bag which looks like a chick. It has the right elements for this fall/winter- the metallic look and rabbit tail zipper pulls Bagopedia believes that Alexander Wang's bags are inspired by birds. However, a cute chick can grow up. Sometimes a chick becomes a beautiful swan. But most of the time, a chick becomes an ugly duck. Bagopedia believes that next year you will pull this bag out of your closet and say: "What the hell...?"

Monday, August 15, 2011

See By Chloe Carmen Ostrich-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag: It takes a bag to know the fall is coming

Price: $495.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Who Carries it: Zoe Saldana,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: The color isn't the only season Bagopedia likes about this bag. The school look- a short handle with long strap, the ostrich effect, the price, and the antique metal piece all make this bag work.

Mulberry and Miu Miu make similar bag for double of the prices. Twill lining is not what Bagopedia loves. But for the price tag, Bagopeia can accept it.

Deep and rich colors start to show as soon as the heat weaves are gone. Fall vegetable colors seem to be big this coming fall such as eggplants, dark green, pumpkin, squash, and rich red.

Photo below shows how Avatar's Zoe Saldana carries this bag. She wears a Bird by Juicy Couture Jumpsuit ($430) and Ann Taylor sandals ($198)- a total of $1,123.00 to create the "IT" look of the fall.

Friday, August 12, 2011

VERSACE Baroque-Print Leather Trim Felt Bag: You can turn back time

Price: $995.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: This bag reminds Bagopeida when I was little. The only love I had for fashion was for Versace. I would save money just for buying Versace. After Gianni's death, Versace went for a different direction that was apart of my tastes. Recently, Lady GAGA wears a lot of vintage Versace pieces designed by Gianni. That makes real Verace come back.

Versace is making the real Versace again which makes me really happy. That is what Versace should be. Bagopedia loves this bag. It is so Versace! It is nice to put inside your day bag and take it out as an evening bag. You can leave your day bag in your office or car and take it out for a cocktail or dinner.

Life gets a little bit fancier and nice to see real Versace.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Green Bags
Cambridge Satchel, £74.00,

Balenciaga Papier A4, $1,345.00, Baryney's New York

FENDI Selleria Shopping Bag, $1,650.00, Barney's New York

3.1 Phillip Lim Nashiki Neoprene and Leather Clutch, $175.00, Net-A-Porter

Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Satchel, $1,595.00, Net-A-Porter
Mulberry Taylor Oversized Leather Satchel: Green is the new black

Price: $1,500.00

Where to Buy: Net-A-Porter,

Who Carries it: Blake Lively,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: It looks like Green is the current "IT" color. Bagopedia has been looking for a strong color bag to contribute my "Color-Blocking" look. I have also been looking for a perfect Mulberry bag. I love to have a Mulberry bag that gives a business-casual look. I think I will end up getting this bag. It goes nicely with pink, purple, yellow, and orange.

See how Blake Lively carries it on the "Gossip Girl" Set:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tory Burch Tallis Mini Messenger: You are what you carry

Price: $365.00

Where to Buy: Bloomingdales,

Who carries it: Amy Adams,

Bagopedia's Rating: 1 Bag (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Bagopedia really does believe "You are what you carry". A bag can be just practical. A bag can be a status symbol. A bag can be a weapon. It depends on how you look at your bags. If you chose this bag, you really just need something to carry your stuff.

See how Amy Adams wears it:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Proenza Schlouer PS1 Keep All Large Leather: PS1's ugly sister

Price: $1,350.00

Where to Buy: Barney's New York,

Who Carries it: Anja Rubik

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Fashion houses love to abuse their iconic bags to stimulate sales until the bag is ruined. Balenciaga did it to its Motorcycle bags. This time Proenza Schouler takes its iconic PS1 bag and makes it into a keep all tote. Personally, Bagopedia thinks the bag looks fine. But if you compare this tote to its original PS1, this bag totally loses the PS1's cool look. Also, the handles are too long. Even more, the flap makes the bag impossible to use it. Ideally, you put all you need in the front pocket and put the extra inside the bag. For Bagopedia, I think a keep-all bag should have an easier access.

See how Model Anja Rubik carries this bag:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Chloe Sally Python Clutch: A quality-oriented solid clutch

Price: $1,895.00

Where to Buy: Bergdorf Goodman,

Who Carries it: Cameron Diaz,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopeida's Comment: Bagopeida is glad to acknowledge that some fashion houses are still wiling to provide great quality and detail-oriented bags in this profit-oriented market. You can tell some bags now are less solid when you carry them.

Bagopeida loves that this bag uses metal frame instead of leather frames. The metal frames make this bag solid. The metal frames stretch the python to the most beautiful expansion. When you have a good piece of leather, let it shine itself.

See how Cameron Diaz carried it to the Teen Choice Awards 2011:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Reed Krakoff GYM Bag I: A Juicy Green Apple

Price: $890.00

Where to Buy:

Who Carries it: January Jones,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: President and Creative Director of Coach, Reed Krakoff brand was launched by Coach in 2010. Krakoff offers amazing design with very affordable prices.

Bagopedia loves Krakoff's Boxer bag. The GYM I bag is my second love. The GYM I has a soft nappa shell in grass green (or many other colors) with black nickel hardware. For sure Bagopedia won't use it as a GYM bag. Maybe I will carry it for a while then use it as a GYM bag.

See how beautiful January Jones carries it:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

HERMES Garden Party: An HERMES Lover's Must-Have

Price: $1,525.00 PM

Where to Buy: HERMES stores,

Who Carries it: Reese Witherspoon,

Bagopedia's Rating: 4 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: If you are thinking of collecting HERMES bags, this is the bag for your first step. HERMES bags are known for its timeless design and staying in their values. Bagopedia got this bag a couple of years ago. It costed less than $1,000 USD. The price goes up from time to time.

This bag is roomy without lining. People might find it hard to use because it doesn't have any pockets. Bagopedia uses it as an extra tote for my summer weekends' aways. I use it for extra clothes, towels, bathing suits, sweaters, scarves... I don't use it all the time, but it is nice to have it. You can choose creme, grey, or black. I prefer the grey one because it doesn't get dirty easily.

See how Reese Witherspoon carries it:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FENDI Colorblock Chameleon Satchel: Mission Completed

Price: $2,420.00 and Up

Where to Buy: FENDI Stores,

Who Carries it: Kylie Minogues,

Bagopedia's Rating: 3 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Colorblocking is the key to the look now. Many companies make colorblocking handbags and clothes. Bagopedia likes this bag. What I like about this bag is even though it is busy- FENDI curve + colorblocking + stitching in the front + different materils + two large metal logos, and super thick handles, it looks like a complete piece. It tells you what a good design is and how FENDI can put different materials and colors together well.

The only thing I don't like about this bag is its name: The Chameleon. I've got the idea that the bag has many combinations of colors and materials, but the bag doesn't change colors. I have seen YSL and CHANEL made bags that change colors themselves. I will call that Chameleon.

See how Kylie Minogues carries it @ HK Airport:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Tote: A Balenciaga look-alike

Price: $250.00

Where to Buy: Amazon,

Who Carries it: Emma Roberts,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: It is quite often you see a bag that looks like another one. Sometimes the bag just reminds you of another bag. But sometimes they look too similar. Bagopedia isn't sure how much is "look-alike" or how much is a copy. When I saw this Rebecca Minkoff tote, I immediately thought it looks like the Balenciaga tote (Below). The corner leather design, the fringe, the studs, and the stripes.

Did they know the bag they made looks like something has already existed?

See how Emma Roberts carries it:

Left: Jason Wu Miss Wu Mini Bag, $1,395.00
Right: Alexander McQueen Wicca Medium Shoulder Bag, $1,380.00
Both: Saks Fifth Avenue

Jason or Alex?

Being a really lazy woman this summer wearing casual clothes and running between my house and my pool, Bagopedia decides to go for a little dressy and fancy this coming fall and winter. I really like the look of small hard-shelled leather shoulder bag. They go well with skirt suit types. They remind me of the flight attendant look of the 60's. I filtered all small shoulder bags and finalized 2 bags- Alex and Jason. Both have hard shells with smooth leather and great details. The prices are almost the same as well.

So... Do I go for the bag from a young talented American designer who is famous for his "Lady-like"look or a British legend who was famous for his "cutting-edge" look?

See photo below showing Diane Kruger carrying Jason Wu and Emma Watson carrying Alex:

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Row Day Luxe Tote: Minimum design with a maximum price tag

Price: $5,400.00

Where to Buy: Pre-Order at Barney's,

Who Carries it: Olsen Sisters,

Bagopedia's Rating: 2 Bags (Out of 5)

Bagopedia's Comment: Selling for $5,400.00, this tote is priced higher than Louis Vuitton and CHANEL. It is @ HERMES price range. Do Olsen sisters created this company so they can sell merchandise to themselves?

See Ashley Olsen carries this bag in crocodile version: