Kate Spade Mines Asian Imagery for Its Fall 2014 Accessories

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Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Bags

It seems as though, with every passing season, extremely literal accessories become more and more popular among luxury customers. If you’ve got Charlotte Olympia tastes on a contemporary budget (or if you just don’t want to shell out huge bucks for a piece that’s more novelty than wardrobe-staple), you’ll want to check out the Kate Spade Hello Tokyo line, new for Fall 2014, which finds its inspiration exactly where you’d expect.

As always, the lines between aesthetic homage, cultural appropriation and offensive stereotyping are incredibly thin; although the geishas-and-sushi stuff seems more than a little on the nose to me, the totally adorable cat minaudiere, for example, manages to be totally adorable without resorting to the lowest-hanging fruit of Japanese cultural imagery. Check out some pieces from the collection below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Look for Less: Grey Fur Bucket Bags

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Grey Fur Bucket Bags

Despite the fact that yesterday was the hottest day of 2014 so far in New York City, we are now post-Labor Day, which means it’s our duty, as fashion writers, to push both you and ourselves as quickly into fall dressing as humanly possible. What better way to do that than with fur? Specifically, we’re going to examine these two fur bucket bags in our latest edition of The Look for Less.

Fur is one of those situations where the quality of material used is immediately apparent, and that means it’s not terribly difficult to figure out that the Ralph Lauren Shearling Bucket Bag is the more expensive option here. I’d love to own a pillow made out of this bag’s fur, but based on the price of the bag, that’s not an option.

The Elizabeth & James bag is similar in both color and structure, but the fur used is different. Not only is this kind of curly lamb less expensive, but it has a less precious look to it; this is a decidedly casual bag that adds texture to an outfit without overpowering the other pieces, while the Ralph Lauren version is definitely a statement piece unto itself. The prices certain reflect those aesthetic differences.

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Bag of the Week: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

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Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Bag: Tory Burch Embellished Tassel Minaudiere

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Embellished clutches can get ridiculously expensive very quickly, and this reasonably priced option from a brand not generally known for bags like this one is absolutely perfect for all your fall events.

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Moschino Embellished a Sweatshirt With an Actual Handbag

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Moschino Handbag Hoodie

In the world of Jeremy Scott’s Moschino, nothing is ever what it actually is. That motorcycle jacket? It’s a handbag, or maybe a backpack. Those red and yellow arches are not actually a McDonald’s advertisement. That bag that looks like a Chanel suit and has the handles of a Chanel handbag? Chanel didn’t produce any part of it. Now, Moschino has taken a handbag and draped it around the neck of a basic black hoodie, because why not.

Although the full complement of goods from Scott’s first collection for the brand has yet to arrive in stores, it’s already a commercial success; the exceedingly commercial, aggressively referential bags, accessories and clothes largely disappear from retailers shortly after they become available, and celebrities (especially musicians, who tend to be the splashiest dressers on the star spectrum) have taken to the clothes like ducks to water.

This hoodie plays with the bag-as-status-symbol trope by attaching it front-and-center to a relatively average, oversized black hoodie; the bag’s gleaming gold nameplate is exposed for all to see, no side view required.

Because the bag is probably heavy on its own (let alone with stuff inside it), the wearer can detach it and carry it like a normal shoulder bag once the visual gag has been noticed and appreciated by onlookers. If you lack the three grand to drop on a gag piece, you’re in luck: you can wear virtually any handbag around your neck and get exactly the same is-this-person-okay look from those around you.

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Shoe of the Week: Giuseppe Zanotti Mentally Prepares Us For Fall

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Giuseppe Zanotti Booties

Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Booties

Why They’re the Shoes of the Week: While we are all sad to leave summer behind, cutout booties are a must for the start of September. We can thank Giuseppe Zanottifor these jewel-toned booties to help make the transition into fall more pleasurable!

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Zoe Kravitz and Cara Delevingne Stroll Soho in Alexander Wang and Chanel Shoes

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Zoe Kravitz Alexander Wang Sara Sandals Cara Delevingne Chanel Sneakers

Here’s Zoe Kravitz and Cara Delevingne, doing a little shopping together in Soho. They could almost pass for your run-of-the-mill Brooklyn hipsters, if not for all the Chanel and the paparazzi cameras. Zoe is wearing a pair of black leather Alexander Wang Sara Sandals, and Cara’s wearing Chanel Sneakers. (The brand is a big fan of Cara.) Chanel is only available from Chanel boutiques of course, but Zoe’s sandals are currently on sale for $319 at farfetch.com(down from $639).

Zoe Kravitz is, of course, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. She’s also an actress with a pretty impressive IMDB resume. (Fun fact: she once dated Michael Fassbender. Jealous?) She isn’t extremely recognizable here, with her hat and giant shades, but practically anyone could pick Cara Delevingne out of a crowd at this point. She has one of the most memorable faces in the modeling biz.

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