[Trend Report] Handbags for “Juntos En La Mañana”

Every woman loves to be at the forefront and express their style in different ways. An inexpensive way to change or add personality to any wardrobe is with accessories and handbags . The most common colors that are usually seen in purses are red, gray and dark tones, but the trends for this spring/summer ’16 season are vivid and bright colors.

Hues of cobalt blue, cherry red, or any a vibrant color is the easiest way to style a basic and simple outfit. The best part? These trends are offered in all kinds of shapes and sizes you can imagine. Since purses come in different styles: minis, hobo bags, clutches and oversized, this means that every woman can find something practical, to her taste and style.

In the beginning of 20th century the art and fashion movement began to go very hand in hand,  thus the evolution of the handbag came with it. However, the emancipation of women was the most influential factor in the evolution of purses. Women were evolving and developing in the work force, which meant they became more mobile and needed their handbag to meet a growing variety of practical needs.

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This led to diverse variety of purses for specific occasions, such as leather briefcases for the office, practical  everyday handbags, as well as bags for traveling. Stylish pocketbooks with metal details and clutches for evening use.

Fashion houses and brands have become more important in recent years and thus have emerged the most exclusive handbag designers. The most recognized designers in the world for these types of bags and leather work  include Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga and Givenchy, these handbags can cost thousands of dollars for an exclusive model, this is the elusive “It Bag”.

For fashion houses like Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Donna Karan and Dolce & Gabbana, the handbag has become an important accessory that evolves with the seasons. In the past, designing a bag could remain unchanged for a undetermined period of time, these days it has become a component that changes constantly.

These trends come exclusively from the most important runways from around the world such as Paris , Milan, New York and Puerto Rico. But how can we afford these exclusive handbags in such exorbitant prices? We can also get styles at affordable rates. These purses are known as the “Ready to Wear” line of different designer brands; these are high quality products that are mass produced for the general market.

The fashion world is taking advantage of technology trends and creating handbags with accessibility for electronics and smart devices. These are usually more portable for girls who prefer to carry only what is necessary .

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Cellphone Bag

If you prefer a style that you can carry at the elbow or simply carry by its straps, a short handle handbag is one of the most popular styles of the season. In this same category we can place the  “tote” bag , with its short handles and is oversized style, it can transition from casual to elegant.

[L to R] Short Handle + Tote Bag

[L to R] Short Handle + Tote Bag

The cube style purse, also known as the “bucket bag”, its inspired by its simple form. Usually this has gathered detailing and  tends to be asymmetrically, these have evolved with its stylization.

Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag

If handbags for cell phones have become one of the most popular trends of the season, the camera bag is not far behind. This gives a touch of nostalgia to any bohemian or ultra modern style.

Camera Bag

Camera Bag

The “cross body” or “messenger bag” lets you keep your hands accesible, but always on trend. The girl who appreciates this side shoulder style tends to lead an active life and is at the forefront .

Crossbody Bag

Crossbody Bag

The “Clutch” or evening bag is one to be worn with elegance and panache. Above all with this purse we create the perfect ensemble. This handbag gives us the opportunity to express ourselves in a very unique way. Evening events in long dresses or gowns tend to be more conservative and sober. This handbag usually comes with details in rhinestones, dark shades and classic designs. But for the daring woman , there are varieties from floral to skull form.

Clutch

Clutch

The “It Bag” which many woman dream to have as part of their wardrobe; this designer handbag is a classic piece with a unique, exclusive and easily recognizable design.  These purses tend to have a waiting list for its customers.

[L to R] Jennifer Lopez with a Chanel 2.55, Victoria Beckham with a Hermes Birkin Bag and Sarah Jessica Parker with a Givenchy Bettina.

[L to R] Jennifer Lopez with a Chanel 2.55, Victoria Beckham with a Hermes Birkin Bag and Sarah Jessica Parker with a Givenchy Bettina.

For the girl who prefers to use handbags that are sustainable. These are made of recycled materials, wood, leather and vegan materials. The immense variety of these bags let you transitions with styles for everyday use as well as evening options.

Vegan Handbags

Even now we have the alternative to complement our handbags with accessories where we can express our style and personality even more . Tassel details with rhinestones, metal buckles and furry details add character to any bag.

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Accessories

Remember, a handbag part of your self expression and style. So when choosing, have fun and express your personality.

Check out my fashion segment on  WAPA TV & WAPA America: [Dime que usas y te dire quien eres] Carteras: Parte 1 & [Dime que usas y te dire quien eres] Carteras: Parte 2.

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[Runway] Top 5 Menswear Shows F/W ’16

“Fashion reflects. It responds to its environment. Check the headlines, there’s darkness at the edge of town, and protection against that darkness is critical,” wrote Tim Blanks in London at the beginning of the Autumn/Winter 2016 menswear season. Indeed, designers’ pre-occupation with our troubled and uncertain times set the prevailing mood of the season.

The threat of widespread war, a global refugee crisis, a shaky global economy, the continued rise of religious extremism, increasing inequality and the spectre of ecological horrors — these strands of sadness and worry appeared in ways big and small on catwalks across London, Milan and Paris.

Largely, designers fell into two camps. There were those who offered protection, sometimes drawing on miltary themes. And there were others, who, like in 1930s Berlin, sought solace in pure escapism, which sometimes took a hyper-decorative even bacchanalian bent. Despite such a troubling context, a number of designers showed their prodigious skill, reflecting the times we live in with unfettered and powerful creativity.

 1. Raf Simons – designed by Raf Simons

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Raf Simons presentation stepped fearlessly through David Lynch’s nightmarish mirror of apple-pie Americana. Nightmares and Dreams he called it, and it was a brilliant, disturbing descent into a world where imperfections ruled, where youthful idealism had been literally destroyed, where the woods were dark and full of danger.

2. Dries Van Noten – designed by Dries Van Noten

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For his collections, Van Noten has the deep reservoir of his own past to draw on, and he revisited it persuasively. The oversized 1940s-style suits were a reminder that, of all the designers who ever drew inspiration from David Bowie, his fandom was the most convincing.

3. Alexander McQueen – designed by Sarah Burton

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Historicism, romance and science: these were always ingredients in the heady McQueen stew, and it was reassuring to see them make such a strong comeback after Spring’s irresolute offering. The silhouettes were clear and classic, with the incontrovertible masculine edge only a military influence can bring: suits single- and double-breasted suits, trenches, greatcoats, a regimental-red cadet’s jacket.There were plenty of darkly alluring flourishes, like the band of chiffon that edged a soft-shouldered coat, the tulle-shrouded moths embroidered tone on tone on a pinstripe suit, or the silver chain harness of crosses and pearls that anchored a white silk tunic.

4. Louis Vuitton  – designed by Kim Jones

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The collection had an undertow of dark allure, ably assisted by its lushly sombre colour palette and its striking casting. Many of the models looked like they could have been White Russian princelings in another life, washing up in Paris on a wave of revolution at home. They had clothes and accessories to match: dandy tailoring, languid jersey overcoats, and trench-coats belted with fur, ravishing shearlings, silver necklaces, and a whole history-book of Jade Jagger designed charms studding the silk scarves that wrapped their throats. Jones’ Paris was romantic, infused with the spirit of the artists, aesthetes and aristocrats in exile who fed the city’s creative fervour over the past century. The ghost of Cocteau hovered in the scribbles on silk shirts. The artful use of old trunk stamps as new branding was a reminder of the romance of travel that has always been LV’s calling card.

5. Ermenegildo Zegna – designed by Stefano Pilati

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Stefano Pilati’s signatures were on parade this season at Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. His knack for defusing formality, for instance, most obvious with the broken suit, but he’ll also attach a drawstring waist to a pair of pinstripe trousers. Playing with volumes, as with trousers whose bagginess was spotlighted by deep pleats. The Zegna mills showed form with muted but plush jacquards, woven in patterns that were reminiscent of mosaics and tapestries. They were carried over into the footwear, micro-perforated in swirling patterns. But at the same time, there’d be a quilted bomber in recycled polyester, a reminder of the house’s facility with fabric technology. Elegance is a constant.

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[Exhibit] Global Fashion Capitals at The Museum at F.I.T

The globalization of fashion has given rise to new fashion cities that now annually host hundreds of fashion weeks around the world. Each city’s cultural identity and particular economic, political, and social circumstances combine to elevate its designers to international attention. Global Fashion Capitals explores the history of the established fashion capitals—Paris, New York, Milan, and London—and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities.

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The exhibition opens with a digital style map that geographically locates the fashion capitals and showcases their latest runway and street style photographs. Global Fashion Capitals continues city-by-city, starting with Paris, the birthplace of haute couture, represented by designs from Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and the emerging couturier, Bouchra Jarrar.

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London captured international attention with “youthquake” fashions during the 1960s. Provocative designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen established London as a creative fashion hub during the decades since.

When selecting which emerging fashion capitals to include in the exhibition, the curators considered a number of indicators to show that a city’s fashion scene is growing. All the featured cities are home to forward-thinking designers who have achieved domestic success and attracted international interest. They also hold fashion weeks attended by international press and fashion buyers.

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Several factors drive the development of a city’s fashion scene—politics, economics, and government support among them. For example, Johannesburg fashion blossomed during the post-apartheid era, led by designers such as Nkhensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie. Current events in Ukraine have ignited the creativity of designers such as Anton Belinskiy, who staged a photoshoot amid Kiev’s street protests.

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China’s economic growth over the last decade created consumer demand for international fashion, developing into support for successful domestic designers, such as Shanghai’s Masha Ma. Nigeria’s economy, the largest in Africa, supports Lagos’ developing fashion industry and the growing international reach of brands like Maki Oh and Lisa Folwaiyo. The governments of Copenhagen and Seoul actively fund and promote their fashion industries.

Global Fashion Capitals is organized by Ariele Elia, assistant curator of costume and textiles, and Elizabeth Way, curatorial assistant, The Museum at FIT.

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