I Want – Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Bag

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

I was smack dab in the middle of ogling Chanel’s Fall 2016 collection when I ran into this beauty, the Issey Miyake Bao Bao Crystal Shoulder Bag. Isn’t it fascinating? It must be EVERYTHING if it made me stop looking a Chanel. This is, as most things are on my “I Want” list, completely unattainable, but a girl can dream, right?…

 

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Look 2 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

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Just like the Bao Bao bags, Issey Miyake’s apparel frequently conforms and transforms into dramatic shapes. The Issey Miyake Geometric Jacket.

Issey Miyake, in addition to producing my favorite perfume, is the most innovative fashion designer alive. The Bao Bao line has been around for a sixteen years and I am ashamed to say that this is my first time seeing one. I really like how the bags transform to accomodate whatever is in your bag be it a file or a bag of oranges, after all, the concept is “shapes by chance.”

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Rock series Crossbody SS16 in Matte  Light Grey – $805.

I want the Crossbody so bad I can taste it…

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Prism Series Tote in Aurora SS16 – $925

This gorgeous creature is from the Prism series and I want you to look at the details; the bag is made out of small triangles that are placed on top of mesh fabric. It is so architectural and futuristic. I’m completely in love. Triangles placed on mesh makes this concept so transformative.

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Bao Bao Platinum Tote SS16 – $1,295.

 

But not as in love as I am with the Platinum; it reflects like a mirror, so eye-catching, a total hater instigator.  Check out the incredible Bao Bao bags from Issey Miyake.

 

 

 

 

 

I Want: Michael Kors’ Floral Mary Janes

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First of all, I loved, loved, loved, Michael Kor’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I am so stunned and surprised by some of the elements he incorporated into the current trends, that my mindset for the couture shows is completely blown. I’m not a pink girl, but I NEED that pink and white mink coat. What I couldn’t get over is the floral Mary Jane’s in black and white, and black and army green. I’ll take them both.

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Kors who rejects the label “Pre-Fall” and prefers to use “Transeasonal” because it’s less limiting, says he approaches design this way: “She’s got to fall in love.” Mission accomplished.

I Want -Blackbird And The Snow Gold And Diamond Celestial Earrings

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14k yellow gold and diamond earrings, $4,020, at Fragments, New York,

Aren’t they heavenly? These absolutely stunning yellow gold and diamond celestial earrings by Blackbird And The Snow are subtle enough for day and eye-catching enough for night. I found these beauties on W magazine online and I gasped when I saw how much were, but upon research, I found Blackbird And The Snow is designed and owned by fellow Coloradoan, Boulder jewelry designer and recording artist Marie-Juliette Bird.

Bird’s ability to incorporate pre-industrial artisanal techniques with unique metals and stone cuts to create delicate, yet innovatively modern cerebral pieces suddenly justifies the $4,000 price tag. The crescent moon and stars makes me want to lay down and dream about how badly I want these earrings.

 

 

I Want – Jacqueline Quinn’s Gabrielle Clutch

Doesn’t this clutch look like a patchwork of ice cubes? I saw it on InStyle and thought this clutch is the very definition of a perfect summer evening accessory”. I like it because it can be interpreted as whimsical or elegant because of the embellished mirrored squares.

Evening Purses – Jacqueline Quinn Boutique.

StylEnigma’s Facebook Style Maker – Items

These are some of the 100 items in the Style Maker  that you can use to create your own fashion sets on StylEnigma’s Facebook page. Come on over and give it a try. It’s addictive!

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 3: Peep Toe Peep Show

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 3: Peep Toe Peep Show
Martin Grant’s “Dana” dress is made for peep toe pumps; the higher the better. While it is natural to stick with the navy, white, and gold colors in the dress, it is perfectly OK to kick it up a notch or two by introducing other colors into the mix. As you can see, I used a lot of red. I was feeling patriotic, and I have a lot of red shoes that have not made recent appearances.
Martin Grant leather dress / rsvp heels / Gucci open toe pumps, $595 / Alexander McQueen open toe pumps / Giuseppe Zanotti leather pumps / Promise Shoes red high heel shoes / Peeptoe shoes, $23 / Giuseppe Zanotti peeptoe shoes, $730 / Abbey Dawn platform high heel pumps

Hermès Soie Cool Bag

Hermès Soie Cool Bag

Speaking of Hermès, a new handbag has arrived just in time for spring at Hermès stores nationwide. The Sac Soie Cool is made of silk and leather; not to hard, not too soft. I have to say, it is gorgeous. The silk portion of the bag is made from one of two Hermès classic scarves, the Brides de Gala or the Carré en Cravate. The drawstring bag looks elegant, colorful, and carefree. Unlike the Hermes crocodile shirt for men that cost $100,000 after taxes, the Soie Cool handbag is reasonably priced at $2,050.

Photo: Courtesy of Elle.com

The Regal and the Rebellious – Chanel and the Diamond

“If I have chosen the diamond, it is because it represents, in its density, the greatest value in the smallest volume.”

~ Gabrielle Chanel ~

I have always been a Chanel fan. I have my crushes, but in the end, if given a choice, I will always choose Chanel because the style is timeless and trendsetting. It started with a handbag, the black caviar leather handbag with the gold chain straps to be exact, a gift from my now ex husband. I opened the bag several times the first few days to look at it, too afraid to touch it because I could not believe I actually owned a Chanel. Through the years I have had the privilege of owning several Chanel accessories, but I wasn’t that interested in the clothing until I had the opportunity to see Chanel clothing up close. It was then that I began to see how easily I could make it work with my style.

I was admiring Burberry’s new handbag “The Blaze” online at Vogue UK, when I came across a snippet about a short film called “Chanel and the Diamond”, which was  about Coco Chanel’s legendary fine jewelry exhibit the “Bijoux de Diamants” in 1932. The film was the third installment from a series titled Inside Chanel, which highlights pivotal innovations from the House of Chanel.

 Coco, a.k.a. Gabrielle had a tendency to think outside the box and make her own rules. When she was commissioned by diamond merchants to rejuvenate a weakened diamond industry, she created a lavish diamond and platinum jewelry collection, and when I say created, I mean she performed a complete overhaul that revolutionized the way jewelry was made and worn forever.

 Apparently, reinventing the wheel was not what the male dominated world of  diamond merchandising had in mind when they hired the talented fashion and jewelry designer, and they were even less impressed that the “Bijoux de Diamants” was shown in her Paris apartment on mannequins, instead of cradled in velvet and encased behind glass domes in a boutique. Perhaps they should have been more specific.

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

 The “Bijoux de Diamants” was Coco’s one and only fine jewelry show, and her audacity was talked about for some time. Chanel recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of the exhibit with a stunning fine jewelry collection,  “The 1932 Collection”  that is inspired by the original collection. The invitation only festivities took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where Chanel decked guests enjoyed dinner and a viewing of both collections.

It’s amazing that 80 years later, Coco’s classic style, whether it be clothing or accessories, is still relevant, inspirational, and on trend.

 

For more insight on the timeless magic of Chanel, watch the other installments of Inside CHANEL series.