A true “It” bag always has its special place within fashion history.
Inspired by the overnight case created for Grace Kelly in the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Rear Window,” the Grace box bag continues to evoke the original design created and is one of the “stars” of the current Mark Cross collections.
Designed with a top handle, the handbag has adjustable and detachable leather shoulder straps. Ranging in size, color, texture and hardware, the bags and travel collection are made in the original factory in Italy as they were decades ago and are inspired by the archives and then reinterpreted for today’s customers.
Recently, starlets such as Lady Gaga, Allison Williams and Leighton Meester and several others have been gracing their outfits with the luxury bag design.
As a woman, one of the sexiest things about getting dressed is the confidence she exudes. It’s not about how revealing a garment is that makes her come across as sexy - although revealing as much as she wishes is optional. But, sexiness can be conveyed with savvy subtlety with a simple peep of the shoulder. However, if you really want to ‘wow’ onlookers, a hot pair of over-the-knee boots will most certainly do the trick. Speaking of which, stylish celeb starlets such as Model Emily Ratajkowski and actress Kerry Washington both know the power of a pair of red boots. When you add a red hot knee boot into the mix, the outfit is suddenly on fire! Red over-the-knee boots are sizzling this Fall, and luckily anyone’s soles can be on fire, no matter the budget.
For Fall, the coat on the fashionable minds of women is the puffer coat. From the runways of Versace to the fast fashion retail brand H&M - the puffer coat is definitely a ‘big deal’ this season. However, it should be noted that although the puffer is receiving major love for 2017 - it has been a worthy buy for decades.
The originator of the puffer coat, Eddie Bauer, caught hyperthermia while on a fishing trip. Following his trip, Bauer was set on designing a protective coat that wouldn’t soak up moisture or weigh the wearer down. So in 1936, he patented the first puffer called the Skyline which was insulated with feathers and a quilted outer shell.
Camping is one thing, but what about the dainty woman of leisure? Thankfully fashion designer Charles James created an evening version of the puffer. In 1937, his design made of silk was presented on the runway.
Fast forward to 1980, and yet another version of the puffer style was born. The Sleeping Bag coat, created by designer Norma Kamali came about during an ‘aha moment’ while on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Kamali wrapped herself in a sleeping bag to use the bathroom and in the midst of doing so imagined ‘what if’ the sleeping bag had sleeves. The rest is history! To this day, the Norma Kamali sleeping bag is still a coveted fashion must have.
The big chill is just around the corner and puffer season is fast approaching! So if you’re thinking about investing in the classic coat for your winter wardrobe, check out my suggestions in the slideshow, for various body types.