Lauren Moffatt for Lauren Merkin Margot Bag

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Lauren Merkin Margot Bag

It occurred to me the other day that Lauren Merkin hasn’t really been in the spotlight lately. I remember loving her simple clutches that were easy on the eyes and on the bank account. Styles like the Tatum and Eve were everywhere, from red carpet to street style. Then the novelty wore off. As much as I love a classic envelope clutch, it just sort of got old after awhile. So I moved on to other things and haven’t paid much attention since. Then I saw this Lauren Merkin Margot Bag and my interest in this designer was suddenly rekindled.

Lauren Merkin is no stranger to embossed leather and this bag has a combination of lizard embossed and smooth calfskin. But that isn’t what caught my attention. The bright kelly green is what drew me in first. Who doesn’t love a fun color like kelly green? It looks gorgeous next to the contrasting cream too. The color isn’t the only thing I like about this bag though. The cutout pattern on the flap really calls to me. This is going to sound silly, but the green triangles remind me of cute little trees. And, oddly, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You know, that feeling of “nature” without it actually being a woodsy looking piece. The fact that this is a shoulder bag and not a clutch is special too. Lauren Merkin is known for clutches, but this designer does produce some shoulder bags as well. This bag isn’t big, but I think it would be cute for those casual days when you don’t need to carry a lot.

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Look for Less: Grey Fur Bucket Bags

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Grey Fur Bucket Bags

Despite the fact that yesterday was the hottest day of 2014 so far in New York City, we are now post-Labor Day, which means it’s our duty, as fashion writers, to push both you and ourselves as quickly into fall dressing as humanly possible. What better way to do that than with fur? Specifically, we’re going to examine these two fur bucket bags in our latest edition of The Look for Less.

Fur is one of those situations where the quality of material used is immediately apparent, and that means it’s not terribly difficult to figure out that the Ralph Lauren Shearling Bucket Bag is the more expensive option here. I’d love to own a pillow made out of this bag’s fur, but based on the price of the bag, that’s not an option.

The Elizabeth & James bag is similar in both color and structure, but the fur used is different. Not only is this kind of curly lamb less expensive, but it has a less precious look to it; this is a decidedly casual bag that adds texture to an outfit without overpowering the other pieces, while the Ralph Lauren version is definitely a statement piece unto itself. The prices certain reflect those aesthetic differences.

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Friday Morning Pretty: Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bags

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Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Blue

Fashion is a complicated topic, for sure. It sits at the intersection of art and commerce, of high and low culture, of aesthetic and functional design. Sometimes, though, when something is beautiful enough, fashion feels incredibly simple; it’s just about owning something beautiful. That’s what it felt like when I first set eyes on the Ralph Lauren Alligator Soft Ricky Bags.

Handbag lovers are all well familiar with the Birkin-reminiscent Ricky by now, as well as with all kinds of exotics, but something about these bags stands out. Perhaps its the color choices, which are all soft, powdery pastels that give the alligator an almost porcelain quality. Its an extra element of delicacy to an already fragile material, and it’s easy to get the idea of the kind of women who would potentially carry one of these. Suffice it to say that her life probably doesn’t suck.

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Blue

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Grey

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Bag

Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Alligator Purple

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