I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best photographers in the fashion industry, and one of my favorites is none other than my dear, dear friend Lee Oliveira. All you need to look to are his multiple titles to understand the breadth of his talent. As a stylist, art director, photographer, and contributor to the New York Times, Lee is the man behind so many of the beautiful images we rip out of magazines, save to our Pinterest boards, and share with fellow fashion lovers.
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The buckle: It’s one of those details that alternates between existing for purely functional reasons (read: to keep your belongings from flying out of your bag) and strictly decorative purposes (hefty hardware, anyone?). The best buckles do a bit of both: They hold it all together and they polish up and punctuate an otherwise unfinished bag. Here, my favorite buckles of the moment...
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With buds blooming and birds chirping, spring is the freshest season, so it’s only natural that it makes us yearn for a fresh crop of pieces to revive our wardrobes. I like to shake up some of my old favorites with instantly beloved new additions, as seen on this outfit. Denim skirts are the style du jour, and Dior’s embroidered A-line is just the right amount of pretty, especially paired with my trusty Prada platforms in royal purple suede, off-the-shoulder Johanna Ortiz top (nobody does puffed sleeves and ruffles like the Colombian designer), and Are You Am I Lilou choker, by blogger-turned-designer Rumi Neely.
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By now, many of you have thought about who you will vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and while that is most certainly a civic duty to embrace, the race has obviously gotten tense. Give yourself a quick break from the fray by voting on something a little more fun: the best celebrity look of the week. Each woman carried a great bag, but all were styled differently – some glammed up and some more casually...
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Or should the question be, “What’s in the rest of the bag?” Because when the strap is all you notice, it might seem like the strap is all that matters. Not quite, although a strap can make – or break – a bag. Success lies in the perfect balance. When your bag’s strap is striking, its body needs to be neutral and measured, not too much of anything, so the spotlight remains where it should. Then again, it can’t be too much of nothing, either. I’m not interested in boring bags! Here, straps with the right stuff and bags to match...
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