Reed Krakoff: The Bionic Man Bionic Crossbody Bag

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Reed Krakoff Academy Bionic Crossbody Bag

Now that Reed Krakoff is free of his consuming Coach duties, I am confident his line will continue on as a strong contender in the snob world. He already has all the A-listers on his side, and he will likely gain a few more with this deliciously laid-back addition. I’m loving this new style, even though it’s not quite as versatile as I would like it to be. The straps are actually too short to go crossbody (try and it will end up hovering above your waist). A frustrating missing touch, but the Academy Bionic still makes for a great shoulder bag. With clean cutouts, it capitalizes on a sporty vibe and they keep it lightweight in appearance – and literally lightweight on the shoulder. The straps furthers the casual feel, but thanks to a touch of functional hardware bling and Reed’s refined perspective, there is enough polish overall to pack on the appeal.ReedKrakoff_Bionic_Bags

Did you hear the news? Reed Krakoff is in a binding agreement to buy his eponymous brand from Coach, where he resided until just recently as president and creative director for 16 years. I am completely for this! Reed has succeeded in luxury, while Coach has not. Given the choice, trust I would spend my thousand bucks on Reed, not on Coach (even if I could get more bags for my money). I have a feeling most purveyors of luxury fashion will agree with me.
Needless to say, I have a few Reed Krakoff bags but not a single Coach in my bag collection. I know it has been pretty much the same stuff, since Reed designed both and both brands are made at Coach factories. But the designs are very different. Luxury isn’t just about the goods. It’s also about perception, and Coach is and will forever be “entry-level” in my eyes, even if they hired Jean Paul Gaultier to design. Coach ought to stick to what they are: affordable “designer” bags.
Krakoff’s new Bionic collection goes to show he is making the right decision stepping away from Coach and focusing on his namesake vision. His modern-day classics – the Atlantique and the Boxer – are revived with screens of perforated leather. Lush suede on supple calfskin lends to dimension to black on black, and the restrained color palette (or lack thereof, rather) makes the message clear: Reed means business.

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Gigi Hadid walks the runway at Tommy Hilfiger's fall-winter 2016 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru /
Gigi Hadid walks the runway at Tommy Hilfiger’s fall-winter 2016 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru /

The Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Models list has been unveiled, and no surprise that social media superstars stars are taking over. But is Gisele Bundchen who tops the list for the 14th consecutive year in a row, making an impressive $30.5 million with lucrative deals like Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Pantene. Number 2 is Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima who raked in $10.5 million with VS, Maybelline and IWC Watches contracts. And two of the top models of the moment, Kendall Jenner andGigi Hadid (a first timer) also land on the list at number 3 and number 5 respectively. Other first-timers on the list include Barbara Palvin, Jasmine Tookes, Taylor Hill and Lily Aldridge. See the full Highest-Paid Models list below.

1. Gisele Bündchen $30.5 million
2. Adriana Lima $10.5 million
3. Karlie Kloss $10 million
3. Kendall Jenner $10 million
5. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley $9 million
5. Gigi Hadid $9 million
7. Cara Delevingne $8.5 million
8. Candice Swanepoel $7 million
8. Liu Wen $7 million
10. Miranda Kerr $6 million
11. Lara Stone $5.5 million
11. Natalia Vodianova $5.5 million
13. Kate Moss $5 million
13. Alessandro Ambrosio $5 million
13. Doutzen Kroes $5 million
15. Joan Smalls $4.5 million
17. Jasmine Tookes $4 million
17. Barbara Palvin $4 million
17. Taylor Hill $4 million
17. Lily Aldridge $4 million

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Designer Aurora James with Brother Vellies sandals at the Designer Showcase during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience 2015. Photo: Getty Images
In a short span of time, Aurora James has turned brand  into a budding fashion force(alongside Gypsy Sport and Jonathan Simkhai) and joining the  class of 2018. 

Well, when the fashion industry takes note of you, it's only a matter of time before Zara does, too.

Brother Vellies' furry sandals have become a signature; the is made of nubuck and fox fur.  Polyester and synthetic fur, which at $59.90, costs just a fraction of the original.  

More than the design, though, Zara's copycat sandal surely doesn't include any of the ethically produced components of the original. "Stolen from Africa," James notes in her Instagram of Zara's sandal, referring to Brother Vellies' commitment to responsible sourcing. The brand's shoes are made from sustainable materials and handcrafted by artisans in Kenya, South Africa and Morocco. The Dhara was made in Ethiopia. 

Attempting to reproduce runway hits is nothing new for Zara, but lately it seems like the fast fashion brand is hitting new lows. Just last month, who took to Instagram to prove Zara's pins and patches were blatant rip-offs of their own designs. Between small, social-media based artists and ethical brands like Brother Vellies, it seems like few designs are safe from Zara's reach.


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Mini Totes: Make Mine a Mini!

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Alexander McQueen Padlock Small Leather Tote: This is for those who can’t leave home without their iPads. It’s big enough to carry your tech, but small enough to prevent unnecessary over-packing. 
Mini Totes
Look who’s back! Mirrored-leather, high-shine and unapologetic, has returned to the scene, and I definitely need to get in on the glossy action, especially when it’s done this right. Reflective silver can easily go the way of a disco inferno – be wary of construction when it comes to this fickle leather; one wrong move and you’ve gotten something cheap and tacky that should be left on the retro dance floor. Or it can addictive enough to have you saying, “mirror, mirror,” all day long.
You can always count on the meticulous Jil Sander to introduce an element of perfection. Their take most certainly belongs in the elite latter category. A jolt of silver like this is not something you want to mess with too much. A simple shape, like this sporty, duffel-inspired tote style, and low-impact details, like a detachable shoulder strap and a single tag for punctuation, are all it takes to bring on the wow factor in spades. Shine on and on all season with this mirrored winner. 
Pair with: Out of the gym and worthy of the runway: contrast gleaming texture against Valentino’s couture-worthy sneakers of yellow lace, olive suede, and a jolt of pink. 
Sometimes it’s okay to play favorites – at least when bags are involved! Tell us which is your favorite this week in the poll below. First up is a certain Saint Laurent that’s quickly becoming a celebrity favorite. 
Yesterday I got the tiniest, most adorable micro bag from Tod’s, and since then, my mini obsession has gone off the charts. In that way, bags are like cats. Sure, you love them when they’re fully-grown, but they’re even cuter when they’re tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Small totes are also a lot easier to handle than their hefty counterparts, and give you that push you need to pare down for summer. Do we really need three lip-glosses every time we leave the house? Well…maybe, but I’ll let you be the judge!
Reed Krakoff Boxer Mini Leather Tote: Miniaturized versions of a structured tote this well-known are guaranteed to make your friends ooh and aah, especially in sweet baby blue. 
Diane von Furstenberg On the Go Mini Leather Tote: The name says it all – “On the Go!” Now that’s it warming up outside, you don’t want to get gross and sweaty trying to carry a 30-lb. bag. 
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano Baby Mini Leather Tote: The smaller the tote, the easier it is to get away with bright colors like this juicy neon orange. 

Victoria Beckham Mini Triangle Soft Leather Tote Bag: Who better to design a petite bag than a petite Snob like VB? 

Celebrity Bag Roundup

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7 Fresh Outfit Ideas You'll Want to Steal From Instagram


  • You'll want to rock these looks ASAP — Who What Wear
  • Serena Williams showed up on the red carpet in a sexy neon bra — HuffPost Style
  • Singer Yuna Zarai on her insanely beautiful headscarf collection — InStyle
  • Google reveals which trends are in and out, according to search — Glamour
  • Summer velvet is hot, literally — Racked
  • A playlist to go with some end-of-Summer street style — Man Repeller
  • Jewelry-styling hacks you haven't thought of before — SheFinds
  • This hat knows when someone's looking at it — The Cut

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7 Fall Weekend Escapes To Beat The End-Of-Summer Blues


Somehow, summer will come to its final conclusion next weekend, and yet we already feel like it never happened. The perfect tans we had planned were replaced by pale skin which shivered in the office A/C, the rooftop cocktails we planned to consume were drunk instead while watchingStranger Things from bed, and the many trips we intended to take were lost to the wedding weekends of friends and family. Rather than be bummed about summer’s impossibly premature end, however, we thought it might be prudent to plan at least one fall getaway ASAP in order to give ourselves something to look forward to as temperatures dip. Here, seven getaways, at least one of which should be quick, easy and cheap from wherever you live (especially with airfares at an all-time low).breakfast6_02

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City may just be the it destination du jour. If you're looking for some of the world's best food, art and culture within a stone's throw of the American south, this, the largest metropolitan area in the US, is your best bet.

What To Do: Stay at the Downtown Mexico hotel, eat at Quintonil, visit the largest private art collection in Latin America, shop the La Merced market, visit the ruins at Tenochtitlan and sample mezcal at La Clandestina. If you happen to be in town for Day of the Dead celebrations in early November, we suggest you plan to attend the festivities in San Andres Mixquic, a small community in the southeast part of the city.

Temperatures (October): High, 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Low, 50.

Getting There: Flights from Dallas are just 2.5 hours in duration, and will cost you around $  for weekends in October (if booked now).

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