Rags&Pieces

The stats:

  • Vanessa Traina: daughter of Danielle Steel, couture client extraordinaire and Christian Louboutin’s “best” client with over 6,000 pairs of his shoes
  • Sisters Samantha and Victoria also work in fashion as stylists and fashion consultants, respectively
  • Past intern at French Vogue
  • Muse, stylist and fashion consultant to A.Wang, Altuzarra, and Erdem
  • Executive Creative Director of e-commerce site The Line
  • Known for her clean, modern aesthetic

When I was younger, it was the LV Speedy that was the bag du jour. Whether you were 12 or 212, practically every female had an LV Speedy bag on her arm.

Fast forward a few years later and the LV Speedy is sparsely strewn along the arms of Yorkville’s visitors, with Longchamp’s Le Pliage heavily taking over handbag street style.

Le Pliage line was first introduced by Longchamp in 1993 and to date, it is the brand’s most popular collection. I bought my first Pliage almost a decade ago and have since bought two more. 

So why is the line so popular? First, probably because compared to other similar handbags, like the LV Neverfull, the price point for a Pliage collection bag is fairly reasonable. With bags starting at just over $100, it’s an affordable for many shoppers. Made out of nylon, the bag is also foldable which makes it ultra portable and unique amongst its competitors. The material is also super easy to clean. I know I’ve spilt things on my bag and with the quick dab of a sponge or quick swipe with a Lysol wipe and an overnight dry, the bag is basically as good as new. The other thing I love about these bags is how durable they are. I’m stunned that I’ve been able to stash my laptop, books, binders, wallets, shoes (basically my whole life) in it all at once and the bag has never failed me. Meanwhile, I’ve seen how other bags, ten times as expensive, have worn over time while mine, save for some frayed corners, has weathered time quite well. 

All in all, the bags are incredibly well designed and really functional. The craftsmanship is definitely there, so really, it’s not surprising that Longchamp Le Pliage bags are as ubiquitous as they are.

Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Longchamp decided to design a newer version called Le Pliage Héritage which is a sturdier leather take on the classic shape.

The Le Pliage Héritage line bears witness to Longchamp’s expertise with leather. Each subtle detail, like the slightly curved trompe-l’oeil flap and handles, reflects the sophistication and timeless elegance of the overall design.

For more info on the bag, check this article from New Straight Times. 

A fresh and airy pair of Valentino Rock Studs. 
Photo Cred: Style Me Pretty 

A fresh and airy pair of Valentino Rock Studs. 

Photo Cred: Style Me Pretty 

Wednesday Want: Skull Cashmere 

How could I not love something that marries two of my favourite things in the world? Obviously I’m coveting everything in their collection right now…especially with winter in our midst. What’s more? Most of their sweaters and slouchy. It’s like the designer was thinking of me when creating the brand and collections.

Images from Skull Cashmere

I gushed about the Karlito bag weeks ago and since then, models off-duty, It-girl bloggers and fashion editors have been spotted all over with their Karlito’s attached to their Hermès Kellys, Chanel boy bags, and dangling off their wrists. 

In an era where the demands on designers are so great, it’s actually astonishing to me that Kaiser Karl has never once wavered in anything he does. Saison après saison, he kills it for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous line and he’s able to create individual points of view for each of them. His ability to know what people want and to inspire hyper consumerism really is quite the gift - and I’m sure shareholders and business executives are grateful for it. The Kaiser apparently has no time for fatigue.  

Meanwhile…

Maison Martin Margiela announced the appointment of John Galliano (someone who infamously suffered from fashion fatigue) yesterday as Creative Director for the house. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier. I mean, frankly, I couldn’t really care where Galliano ended up, so long as it was back in fashion. The man is a creative genius – I’ve said it over and over again. And he finally gets to spread his artsy wings again, and at such a different house than his last, it’s definitely exciting and a shakeup for the fashion industry. 

“John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create and wish him to here find his new home.”

- Renzo Rosso, WWD

Speaking to a fashion journalist last night about the same topic, we both agreed that Galliano has been penalized and punished enough. What he said was inexcusable, but Galliano has attended rehab, befriended Jewish people, and in fact, now works for a Morrocan-Jew. 

“No one has the authority to judge anyone whatsoever. We all make mistakes and it’s part of our journey. The important thing is to know your mistakes and to learn to correct them, and I guarantee you that John Galliano has done that.”

Why I think this relationship will work is because Galliano won’t be restrained by any formal strings or by the expectations of what a garment should look like. Instead, Maison Margiela, in my mind is more about a set of ideas: renewing, recycling, and reworking fabrics. It’s about tailoring and sculpting, and about the balance between function, utility and beauty of fashion. Galliano may have been previously considered an eccentric, but after such a total cleanse in his life, I wonder if he might approach fashion with a cleaner palate as well. I know the raw talent is still there, and I’m certain that his penchant for fine craftsmanship hasn’t changed, but it will be interesting to see if any of the changes in his personal life might seep into his new professional one. If so, then in my opinion, taking on this role with Maison Margiela is a really great fit.

Other voices and perspectives about the appointment I enjoyed were from Suzy MenkesLaura Miligan, and Business of Fashion. 

Fun fact: Martin Margiela was the creative director for Hermès’ womenswear line between 1997-2003

Not all who wander are lost. 
Photo credit: Yatzer

Not all who wander are lost. 

Photo credit: Yatzer

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