Mulberry Alexa: The End Of An Era?

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If the chatter on the internet is to be believed (and coupled with the fact that if you check out Mulberry’s online site you’ll only see 3 bags left), the days of the Alexa are numbered. Once the most sought-after of all bags ever made by the British accessories house during the tenure of then Creative Director Emma Hill, it was all I ever blogged about back in 2009 when it first came out, and it was all you guys ever asked about.

There was the Alexa in soft buffalo leather, which was then followed by variations in metallic leathers, tweed-embossed leather and even one which came in leopard prints. They made it big, they made it small, they made so many versions of it but nothing beat the original one in Oak leather that was priced at just GBP750 way, way, way back then.

Along the way, the IT bag became irrelevant, mainly because prices literally skyrocketed overnight after Mulberry decided that it had to aspire to be a luxurious leather house with equally eye-watering prices to match, and things took a turn for the worse, with Emma Hill’s departure happening soon after.

Today, under the tenure of current Creative Director Johnny Coca, it would make sense to discontinue the bag altogether since it a) wasn’t his creation to begin with and more likely, b) to align with his new vision for the brand. And it’s telling that the bag’s run will end soon, especially when a quick check online reveals only 3 styles left. Only the originals in Oak and Black are left and priced at GBP1100 each, with a third in woven raffia leather going for GBP1250. Nothing else is left, no mini bags, no oversized pieces, no wallets, nada, zilch, finito.

Which begs the question. While it is understandable for Mr Coca to do as he pleases since he is the one who will set the new creative direction, could it be a case of too fast, too soon? Or are you happy that it’s going to go on to bag heaven aka the deepest nether regions of your bag cupboard where all the discontinued/forgotten bags go to live out the rest of their lives? And if you have always wanted one but haven’t gotten around to buying one, would you do it now?

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CHANEL REISSUE 2.55 VIVID STITCHED FLAP BAG

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As the Beauty and The Beast song goes “Tale as old as time” so as the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag as it has a rich history behind it. An original byproduct of Coco Chanel herself, the Chanel Reissue 2.55 got its name because it was initially issued in February 1955. Fast-forward to 2016, the Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag comes in an all new makeover in Vivid Stitched design.

Now let’s go back in time and compare this modern version to its original predecessor. Looking closely, the Reissue 2.55 Vivid Stitched Flap Bag has some new element to it: the stitches are bolder and more apparent but you can still find the reissue 2.55 elements like the closure and the chain.

We are also loving its nudish pink color that looks absolutely feminine and chic. A go-to bag for the modern-day woman, you can nonchalantly walk in and out of the door with confidence knowing you are wearing a Chanel bag creation.

So what do you think?

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Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

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Famous Russian tattoo artist and Instagram star Sasha Unisex has teamed up with Estee Lauder to launch a selection of temporary tattoos for fashion chameleons, who love the idea of wearing tattoos, but never stick to one design and look. Sasha, who can be considered the originator of the watercolor tattoo craze, has her own line of temporary tattoos and even registered her eponymous brand back in 2014. This time around, she decided to reach wider masses and to give the Estee Lauder fans a chance to wear her art, launching these unique summer lines dubbed Flowers andBlack & White.

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Sasha herself stars in the lookbook of her collection, alongside models Ellen Sheidlin, Yana Kryukova and Mary Kuzmenkova, who are pictured wearing the designs from both her lines. While the Flowers collection focuses on delicate watercolor flower tattoos, the Black & White range brings in dramatic black-and-white drawings, as the name already implies. Besides flowers, the artist has used other interesting motifs in the collection, mostly illustrations of animals, including foxes, dogs, horses and bears, a theme she often uses in her art.

Bright colors and intricate designs are the key motifs Sasha uses in her art, along with subtle geometric touches, which have all been combined in her temporary tattoo collection. We see pretty bows here, blooming roses and realistic-looking leaves, unicorns and some empowering messages that might have been created with women in mind, but will definitely appeal to men too.

Tattoos represent an entire world, where art, emotions and philosophy go hand in hand, representing the wearer’s inner world and personality the best ways possible. Actually, in the modern world every other person wears at least a tiny tattoo, be that a woman or a man, a supermodel or a fashion blogger. Sasha’s tattoos let you embrace your most colorful and boldest self, and if you aren’t self-confident enough to wear them for the rest of your life, investing in her temporary designs is a good idea.

Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

The Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder tattoo collection actually uses Sasha’s most iconic tattoo sketches, letting you instantly apply your favorite design to your skin without feeling any pain, while also having the option of removing it whenever you get tired and want to embrace your own naked skin. The temporary tattoos from these lines can be purchased from Tattooyou.com and from the artist’s personal website – sashaunisex.com.

In case of buying Estee Lauder products at EsteeLauder.com from June 7 to July 7, you have the chance of getting Sasha’s temporary tattoos as a gift, when you use the promotion code SASHAUNISEX 1, and your purchase is over $70 USD.

Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

Sasha Unisex x Estee Lauder Temporary Watercolor Tattoos

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You Showed Us What’s In Your Bags on Instagram and Here are the Best Results

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We know it’s been a while since we did a #PBWIMB roundup. Luckily, that hasn’t stopped all of you from posting some gorgeous pics of your designer bags and the hidden treasures you keep inside. On that note, we’re excited to start featuring your Instagrams again.

To kick things off, we found some of of our favorite in-the-bag Instagrams of the past few months, and you can bet there’s no shortage of Chanel and Hermés. In addition to that, don’t be alarmed that the contents of those bags are just as covetable as the bags themselves.

Take a look at all the bags that made the list this week and be sure to share what’s in your bag for a chance to be featured by using the hashtag #PBWIMB!

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Anya Hindmarch Pixels Bathurst Bag

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Anya Hindmarch has proved herself exceptionally clever at creating bags that feel novel and clever without veering into childishness, and this pixel-paneled top handle might just by my favorite yet.

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THE COLORS OF THE LADY DIOR SHINY PYTHON BAGS

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A shiny shimmery treat for all of you bag lovers out there, these Colors Of The Lady Dior Shiny Python Bags are the real deal. From afar and up close, these bags look extra luxurious and extravagant. Though we are 100% sure that the price doesn’t come cheap, at least remind yourself that these are bags which are worth the splurge given the name and the craftsmanship put into creating them.

Perfect to take with you during evening galas and events, these shiny python bags from Christian Dior will give you that big and bold fashion statement. You can select from a number of colors available from their collection: one can opt to bring home the silver colored bag or the golden-toned, the pink one or the bright and lively fuchsia color.

Aside from the wide array of colors that you can choose from, we are also loving the additional trinkets of D,I,O and R. We kind of figured that these charms finish off the look of the Lady Dior Shiny Python Bags.

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