GIVENCHY Spring 2011 Studded Backpack

I LOVE my new backpack!!!!!!!!!

Just got it in the mail today.

I’ve wanted one since the first one came out. But this one is even better. At least I think so.

It was so hard to get one. You couldn’t even bid on one on eBay before a bitch outbid you at the last second. Then I had this lengthy correspondence with a guy who had one but had to jump through all these hoops to get the money to him. Anyways, it was a nightmare.

But then I found this one through eBay but paid full price and sidestepped the bidding war.

Isn’t it BOOOTIFUL?

So happy right now.

Til next time guys:)

Givenchy Pre-Fall 2012 Lookbook

It’s no secret that I’m crazy for Givenchy (who isn’t?) and this collection is just another reason why Givenchy is becoming the most-watched house out there by men and women alike.

It features the same design elements of previous collections like the shark-tooth lanyards from the women’s line, marine-inspired elements, tons of leather, cut-outs, men’s earrings, the ever-present sandals, street-wear, the infamous rottweiler, stars, and the color green. The blue is also a nice touch, a color which I haven’t seen at Givenchy before.

I love that they used Simone Nobili. The lookbook also features Willy Cartier but I thought he looked a bit awkward in the looks. While Simone was perfectly suited to the urban backdrop and masculine styling.

I know it’s been covered by everyone and their mother but this is my take on it.

Here are my favorites:

I’ll either get the sweater or the t-shirt version, depending on price and availability.

I love the cut-outs in this sweater.

This army jacket is MAJOR. I love the pure-white fur hood.

Okay, one Givenchy post done. Two more to go.

Good job, Riccardo.

The 35K Croc Backpack

The Row Crocodile Backpack

This beauty is part of the debut collection of bags from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s super-luxe line, The Row. And like the clothes, consisting of high end basics for everyday life, the bags themselves are very minimal. And the bag above retails for $35,000 USD.

At prices like that, I’m sure these bags will remain exclusive and highly sought after. Like Hermes Birkins and Kellys, these are statement bags. They say, “I’m super RICH, deal with it.”

In fashion, over-the-top prices are the norm. So 35k for a backpack is just  another among a sea of like-priced items. Crocodile is notorious for being crazy expensive. They only use the underside of the crocodile, the belly, and only can use the part of the hide that’s unblemished. Then treat it with god-knows how many chemicals to get it super soft, a precise color and gloss. And then cut out the raw pieces of the bag by hand and handsew it all together.

And that’s what goes into the price of the 35k bag.

There’s no point in complaining and wondering why a bag costs so damn much. Get over it. I can’t afford it and I’m sure few can. It’s part of the prestige.

But it won’t stop me from coveting it. It’s so damn beautiful.

Here’s Ashley toting a version of the bag:

Photo credit: Olsens Anonymous

It’s not black, it’s a dark ecru. So I’m guessing it’s either an exclusive or a prototype. Gawd, I’m so jealous. GAH!!!!!!

It’s even been criticized on Fashion Police! The show’s one of my many guilty pleasures and I adore Joan Rivers. They dogged on the bag but I love it anyway.

I have to say this though, the bags seem familiar. Basically, they look like bags I’ve seen the girls carry. Particularly Ashley Olsen. She’s been seen carrying this vintage Fendi Croc tote for years.

It’s obvious where they got their inspiration from.

The bag is said to retail for $9,000 USD.

And The Row top handle totes remind me of Prada’s Saffiano totes.

Regardless, the bags are gorgeous and their origins are just as beautiful.