Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lefashionista <3 Handbags! Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Tulina Handbags - Leaf Tote
Tulina Leaf Tote, $348.00
Tulina Handbags - Leaf Clutch
Tulina Leaf Clutch, $228.00

These uber cute bags from Tulina whisk me back to chilly autumn days and make me wish it were October all over again! The unique shapes and buttery leather are enough to catch my attention, but the leaf detail is what makes these bags special.

The leaf tote features multi functional pockets inside to keep everything together, and the clutch is available in both brown and black and has an antique handle and zipper and magnetic closures.

Love these looks, but can't wait for the fall months? This clutch by Socoley is hot year round:

Socoley - Clutch
Socoley Clutch, $360.00

This clutch also converts into a wristlet and has a pocket inside for your blackberry or cell. But if you are looking for the cutest and most versatile bag for going out, check out Le Petit Mini Bag from Lucia Bella:

Lucia Bella, Le Petit Mini Bag, $96.00

Whatever your taste, check out LeFashionista's unique handbags and clutches...we've got your bag!

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Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Fender Bunny

Fender Bunny Burnin Love Bag White - $688

These are the most imaginative, badass bags we have ever found and the artwork on them is simply amazing! The hand painted designs on Fender Bunny bags are each a work of art unto themselves. Burnin’ Love in White has a heart aflame, surrounded by two roses, which are sewn on to the bag. This is a smokin’ handbag which will get lots of attention.


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Kooba Natasha Bag

Kooba Natasha Bag - $625

Patent leather convertible tote with tonal stitching, quilted shoulder straps, extended tab top and turnlock closures.


Sole Searching Shoe Designer to Watch: Scorah Pattullo

Scorah Pattullo started out as a London shoe boutique opened by Johnnie Pattullo, an ex-model and actor, and Frances Scorah, a former buying director at French Connection. But with the help of Danish designer Rikke Hjelde (formerly at Alexander McQueen) they've launched an incredibly cool range of classic-looking shoes with a twist—from lace-up pumps to velvet platform sandals. Their buckle-down shoe booties in glittery star-printed suede and soft winter-white leather are currently setting our hearts aflutter. And we're not the only ones taking note: Marios Schwab (who scooped the Best New Designer title at the British Fashion Awards) tapped Scorah Pattullo to create the shoes for his spring collection.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Drew Does Designer Black, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Drew Barrymore
Drew in Givenchy (source)

Drew Barrymore
Drew in Calvin Klein (source)

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

Do we see a trend here? Now in her 30's, Miss. Barrymore is looking better than ever in designer black ensembles. A far cry from her wild child days of the 90's, Drew is really focusing on clean lines, great accessories and age appropriate hair and makeup. Remember this?

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Drew, circa 1995 on Letterman

Yeah, we were trying to forget too. Could it be the influence of rocker beau Fabrizio (of The Strokes)? Could it just be Drew finally honing in on New York chic? Or are her days of quickie marriages and bad fashion choices far behind her as a sign of her being...well, a grown up, serious actress? You decide. Either way, major props Drew. We are loving the new look.

Wanna steal Drew's look, Lefashionista style? Then may we suggest:

Misile Saint Laurent Street Dress, on sale $180.00

April Star Davis, A57 Necklace, $120.00

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Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Shelly Litvak

Shelly Litvak Small Whipstitch Tote with Snake & Skull Cream
- $1,250

This tote's boxy shape is made casual by virtue of its buttery soft slouchy leather. In a gorgeous cream hue, this bag features leather seam stitching, tie closure, and a snakeskin skull patch adorning the outside.


Friday, January 26, 2007

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Banned from the Catwalk - The On-going Debate [Lucky.maven]

Designer Profile: Freddy&Ma [Omiru]

Trend Alert - Metallics Are Hot for Spring 2007 [Shopaholics Anonymous]

Incoming: Orange Bags! [FabSugar]

Spring Fashion 2007 “it” List - They Say [The It Lists]

haute-couture skincare - [I HEART LUXE]

Nicole Kidman in car accident - [Lepaparazzi]

Death Hippie Apparel Line

Each shirt is hand-treated after printing so no two shirts are alike. We've sought out the finest cotton and colors for our designs. The Tees are soft, thin and very comfortable.

As seen on cast of VH-1's Best Week Ever and is worn my Jared Leto, Billy Bob Thornton, Elijah Wood, Brody Jenner to name a few.

Our top-picks

L'Imagine - $69

Seen recently worn by Jared Leto!
The original! First of the line. Graphics of a large grey dragon and two intertwined lions with wings and logo.

Redspot - $59

Light blue shirt with graphics of foliage overlayed by fine white Indian patterned line drawing with skull in center. Orange twig pattern. Hand applied darker blue wash beneath graphics.

Neckline - $69

A favorite. Chocolate color with distressed black pattern running around a small eagle and skull design overlayed with handwriting (supplied by a famous tragic female rockstar who shall remain nameless!) Darker chocolate dyed under graphics to enhance the art. With all these layers of graphics, you would think you would feel the ink on the shirt, you would be wrong.

Fall $69

Light blue shirt with graphics of foliage overlayed by fine white Indian patterned line drawing with skull in center. Orange twig pattern. Hand applied darker blue wash beneath graphics.


From Runway to eBay find of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana Butterfly Bra Dress

Demi Moore's Infamous Dolce & Gabbana Butterfly Bra Dress - $345

Lace yourself into one of Dolce's Most Wanted dresses ever - worn by Demi Moore and countless other celebrities, this is the MUST-HAVE denim version that is by far the most coveted and impossible to find!

Every It Girl and A-Lister from Demi Moore to Kelly Preston to Jade Jagger flaunted herself in one of these - and this is Demi's chic black-indigo version so you can wear it everywhere from Friday clubbing to Sunday brunch!

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Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Jano by Anja Flint Morgan Bag

Jano by Anja Flint Morgan Bag Brown - $763

For a big bag with lots of style, you have to have this new Morgan Bag. Matte gold hardware gives it a special edge and white stitching makes it look a bit more classic.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Loyd Maish Large Hobo

This enormous bucket bag is large enough to carry all your daily essentials and then some! Roomy, but not lacking at all in style.

Loyd Maish Large Hobo Camel - $1,150


I Must Have these Shoes by Isabella Fiore

With a playful spirit and artistic feminine touches, Isabella Fiore captures the latest trends while maintaining a timeless appeal. The bold, instantly recognizable desgins are adored by the shoe-obsessed everywhere.

Isabella Fiore - Dina Woven Leather Sandal $325

Woven and smooth leather
Antiqued brass hardware
Smooth leather strap across vamp
Woven multi-color leather ankle strap crisscrosses vamp, buckles at side

Isabella Fiore - Nouveau Wedge $325

Smooth leather with woven canvas trim
Ruched bow at vamp
Wraparound ankle strap with buckle
Leather wedge with intricate laser-etched lace pattern


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

So Ready for Summer, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

New York Couture, Lace Shorts, $80.00

New York Couture Gaucho Pants, $60.00

Geftaki Gemstone One Piece Suit, $194.00
(available in Sailor and Creamsicle)

This blah winter weather has me so ready for summer...luckily, LeFashionista has some new fun playclothes to ring in that warm weather. However, these styles are not your run-of-the-mill, "Yeah, I got it at Urban Outfitters/Target/Old Navy" pieces.

Get your short shorts on with New York Couture's one of a kind Lace Layered Shorts. Available in size S/M in a variety of color combinations (Turquoise with Green Lace, Baby Blue with Light Pink Lace, you name it, they have a color combo for you.) We also love New York Couture's Gaucho Pants in a variety of vintage patterns.

The truly daring fashionista will love Geftaki's one piece Gemstone swimsuit, available in Sailor and Creamsicle colors. One part Sofia Loren retro-chic, one part new age fashionista.

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Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Kooba Ada in Terraine

Kooba Ada in Terraine
Was $654 Now $516

This beautiful oversized leather tote is perfect to wear everyday! Tarnished studs decorate the leather extending around the bag.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mom Stakes Her Claim in the Fashion Industry

Emiliana Set - $86

Stay at home mom of two turned her love of fashion into an independent clothing label for children.

For Immediate Release~January 22, 2007 ---When Lisa Bacon became pregnant with her daughter in 2005; she was determined to find unique clothing for her soon to be little one. “I had wanted a girl for the longest time and I was already prepared to spoil her rotten from the beginning” says Lisa.

After venturing into a local children’s boutique, she recalls her initial shock “I was floored when I saw the prices. I was a stay at home mom and we were living on a single income. There was no way I could afford spending $100 or more on a single outfit.”

She went home disappointed and pondering. She refused to let the idea of unique clothing for her daughter be a dream and after a few days an idea hit her. Why not make clothing for her daughter instead? She had learned to sew from her Grandmother when she was younger. For their anniversary, she talked her husband into buying her a sewing machine and she soon started producing beautiful one of a kind pieces custom made just for her daughter. What Lisa didn’t count on was all the attention that she would get when she took her daughter out in public. “I thought my designs were cute but I never imagined that they would be received the way that they were, it was amazing!” Lisa remembers.

Lisa’s mom urged her to put several designs online and in December 05, she started listing her designs for sale on eBay, an online auction site. That was the official beginning of Bella Fiore Couture.

She continued her success on eBay until in October 2006; she launched her own web site for Bella Fiore Couture. “I was so excited to have a place of my own where I could sell my designs straight to the public” recalls Lisa.

What began as a custom wardrobe for her daughter soon grew into an entire children’s clothing label. She continues to care for her children, design and sew all from home. The best part is I can work in my pj’s and get away with it!” jokes Lisa. She often works after her children have gone to bed or while her little one is sleeping during the day. “My husband is a huge support for me and helps out wherever he can. I love the fact that I can have my own company and still take time to watch The Upside Down Show with my little girl during the day and be there when my son gets off the bus every afternoon.”

Lisa’s designs are a mix of vintage influence with modern fabrics. Her most recent collection, which debuted on January 19, 2007, is a vintage inspiration of The Hamptons in NY. “It is very Vintage Beach meets The Hamptons….very simple but very chic and perfect for little girls. I strive to create clothing kids can really wear and not have to worry about messing them up. I stay away from all the ruffles and frills, I want every piece to be easy to clean and care for.” Lisa recently said when asked about the collection and her clothing label.

Bianca Set - $106

You can find her collections at

Since launching her site, Lisa has also added a unique assortment of baby gear and accessories to her store. You can also find hair bows and jewelry created by other Mom designers to coordinate with her newest collection.

Luscious Handbag find of the Day: Kooba Sloane Large Tote

Kooba Sloane Large Tote
Was $645 Now $516

Roomy and practical, this gorgeous Sloane Large Tote by Kooba is just the right size for shopping or traveling.


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