I was standing on line at a convenience store, and in front of me stood a fair brunette with extensions. Hanging from her shoulder was the iconic Louis Vuitton Speed 30, with its golden zipper open. Genuine or not, she reached into it and pulled out a Michael Kors wallet in a checkerboard pattern.
An interesting juxtaposition that actually works really well from a visual standpoint, may have a non-initiate in the world of fashion asking, “Who copied who?”
The beige and brown Damier canvas pattern on Louis Vuitton’s iconic monograms was conceived by Mr Vuitton himself in 1888 to deter imitations. Fast forward about 100 years, enter Mr Michael Kors, who has not hesitated to adopt and adapt the design for his purposes. By now, whatever trademark or copyright LVMH may have had on the design, would have long expired.
For Mr Kors, the adaptation works, because it makes the design accessible. Although, the preference is for Louis Vuitton, because of its high-luxury brand. Or, as Ivy-League student Rihanna said “it’s more upscale.”
Browsing Louis Vuitton’s website looking for the bags section is like a treasure hunt. Click “women”, but no “handbangs!” Is it under “accessories?!” No, “ready-to-wear!? No, No, can’t be. “Leather Goods,” then. And, then another menu pops up:
“Small Leather Goods;”
Was that really all necessary?!
The damier canvas patterns are found under “Monogram Icons,” under “Hand Bags”
On Michael Kors’s website, bags are listed directly in the rather tacky looking primary menu. And, there are lots of them – a prodigious amount of them.
Kate Spade, known for all things pretty and adorable, recently rolled out its Fall 2013 Beau handbag to much acclaim at its stores nationwide. This new “Qt” bag features a large and prominent Kate Spade signature bow on your standard tote. It comes in a variety of colors for outfits of all types, styles, and demeanors. And, the Kate Spade brand is playing this up with the tag line “a girl can never have too many beaus”. Walking along 5th Avenue in the Flat-iron district of New York City, between 20th and 21st Street, the Kate Spades store is layered and enlivened with the Beau bag, in all its variations. Chances are it won’t be too hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Although the concept of the bag is really “Qt”, yet it seems something is somewhat amiss. It’s a little hard to put one’s finger on it, but it could simply be that with the bow as the center-piece, maybe it should have been a bit more elaborate or … elegant? Maybe the lines on the bow could have been a bit less angular and more rounded. Although, given that the bow doubles as a flat pocket, it was probably just practical not to have rounded edges and corners so your precious items don’t slip out. The Beau bag, made of cowhide, has a soft and smooth exterior finish. However, maybe the bow could have been enhanced a bit with a little differentiation in texture like a suede, which would also add a tactile bonus to its visual appeal …. Maybe. Obviously, it’s a really “Qt” bag, especially this red-wine colored version with an alligator skin texture. Kate Spade launched the new bag, which is really called “The 2nd Avenue Beau Bag”, with other clever tag lines like: “her beau looked even more attractive holding a bouquet of flowers,” … and, “she took coffee breaks with her beau perhaps a little more often than she should”. Witty and amusing, Kate Spade seems to be addressing preppy and independent minded city slickers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KohEgSO87Dw
The other day, Aimee Song of songofstyle.com hosted a meet-and-greet in Soho, New York City.
On display at the venue were some rather “Qt” accessories.
Beginning with the bright-orange leather handbag with beaded-dimples that conveys passionate luxury.
To match our beaded luxury bag would be these coral-beads necklace, that express a mouthful.
At the meet-and-greet Aimee was gracious and graceful. What a “Qt”.
This young lady had on the Qt-est outfit in all of Herald Square in New York City, on this balmy summer afternoon. Walking with her friend looking for a restaurant for a post Macy’s repartee, she’s decked out in a cut-out scarlet dress enhanced by lovely horizontal stripes that give hint of an ethnic flair. Her comfortable yet “Qt” outfit over those flip-flops sets her apart from the glamourous city.
The dress’s top appears to be a styled after a waist coat, and comes together with the skirt at the waist with aid of an elastic band that enhances the feminine figure.
Adorned by a dazzlingly dress, our dashing damsel did well to choose a quiet white and neutral colored Michael Kors handbag to complement her casual yet amorous look.
The Nygard fashion store found around the corner from Times Square in New York City, usually filled with bright lights, neon signs and LED displays, had similarly vivid hand bags on display.
The glittery store, usually filled with racks and piles of comfortable looking outfits, was already geared up for the summer. Lace, sleeveless, white and yellow tops and outfits, all emblematic of summer, were prominently displayed.
As seems to be widely evident, the color of choice for the summer appears to be white. And yellow, just like any summer always brings a happy disposition.
Nygard, a Canadian fashion brand, manufacturer and supplier, was founded by the flamboyant Peter Nygard, who’s not without controversy. With a slogan like “where fashion meets technology” it’s no wonder the Nygard store is almost as brightly lit as the displays at Times Square.
In an environment with a bit of a “stiff upper lip” and masculine undertones, albeit congenial, these outfits from Kate Spade on display at Princeton, thrive with “Qt” glamour. With hem lines above the knee, they are alluring and disarming.
With bursts of color, the sleeveless dresses and elegant handbags are seductive and feminine. The ruffled oval-neck-line, which comes with a button, takes the french navy blue and white gingham dress to a place between elegance and charm. It’s also made of a little spandex, which adds a level of defined bounciness.
For a evening out on the adjoining neighborhood to Princeton, teeming with little hole in the wall cafes, restaurants and ice-cream bars with sweet and melodious live music, Kate Spade adds to the ambiance with their selection of “happy feet”.
Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2013 collection has been making the rounds through the fashion magazines. Taking inspiration from Iberia or arguably “south of the border”, the theme seems to resonate with Flamenco in all it’s flair.
The flaming-red evening dresses and gowns topped off with vaquero hats, and berets over gold-encrusted bolero jackets conjure images of a passionate adventure to the land of the matadors.
Technology meets couture in this exquisite Ralph Lauren tote. The leather has been laser-cut into a basket-frame with “RL” scripting. Adorned with a “Qt” tassel that adds imagery of a bull’s tail, it connects with the Iberian theme. In that glaring red color and neutral lining, it’s sure to garner attention. Olé!
These hand bags and clutches seen at the P. Luca 4 Barami store on 7th Avenue btw 36th and 37th street, all have very unique qualities that gives that “Qt” appeal.
The deep yellow hand bag with the leather strands has a western feel, that conjures images of a cow girl. The glittering and round-shaped neck of the arm-hold adds a bit of sophistication to soften the look a bit.
The multi-colored clutch really stands out because of its well textured patterning, which makes it an alluring item that’s not boring.
Orange and it’s derivative shades are the new pink. Wanna add some “Qt” to your outfit? Add the peach-orange clutch with shades to match.
P. Luca is a sub-brand of Barami, started by Barami’s daughters. The daughters seemed to have added a youthful edge based on the uniqueness and individuality found in a young generation.
It’s 1969 again at GAP.
Back in 1969, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was uttered as mankind fist stepped outside our beautiful earth. Also, the music festival of all time happened at Woodstock. All in all, the summer of 1969 was epic and one for the ages.
With their new stylish, and colorful selection of skinny jeans that taper at the legs for a flattering and slimmer look, Gap may simply be wishing you an epic summer with their new line of 1969 Skinny Jeans.
“Good luck and god-speed” in picking the right color.
Three outfits was all this little hole-in-the wall could fit in its display window. Called Pookie and Sebastian, it is located between 75th and 76th Streets on the upper west side of Manhattan. It is one of five Pookie and Sebastian Stores in New York City.
There was the wide-neck, loose-fit and short-sleeve knit sweater with the golden hue. The golden colored hand bag under the arm-pit is in perfect harmony with the casual feel of the outfit, amplified by the skinny jeans.
The sleeveless white dress in the corner, with its dynamic strands and gold-ish waist bands seems both out of the raging 20s and at the same time would fit nicely into the fashionable closet of a roman debutante. It’s got that breezy feel to it, in part created by the strands it’s covered in. It’s a unique dress for that unique look.
The last outfit was a silken-sleeveless top with a faux-fur collar. This outfit and the romanesque 20s dress were in sync with the decor of the display window, which was feathery, flowery and airy.
Good shoes, they say, “will take you good places”. And when they are covered in crystals, there’s probably no better place than a wedding.
Shoe Chic II in Englewood, NJ has an assortment of bridal and evening wear shoes and platforms that are covered in crystals to complete your glamorous look.
The peep toe platforms are especially “Qt”. Cinderella’s godmother would have no issue’s shopping here.
Red in general makes a bold statement. However, the message is so much clearer, when your hand bag is red and your dressing is a bit demure and less loud.
At Kumkang in Palisades Park, NJ there were these colorful handbags and clutch wallets. One of the handbags came with quite a “Qt” handle.