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Happy New Year! My fashion resolutions

There are certain resolutions I make every year – most of which I’ve detailed over on my personal blog – but this year I want to give things a bit of a fashion spin by resolving to do more with …

Tue, Jan 4, 2011, 12:30


There are certain resolutions I make every year – most of which I’ve detailed over on my personal blog – but this year I want to give things a bit of a fashion spin by resolving to do more with myself, sartorially speaking.

First up ? I resolve to invest in a really good handbag. I’m the lucky owner of several Diane von Furstenberg bags, which I love (gifts from my sister who, again, luckily for me, works for DVF), but this year I’ve decided to invest in some kind of classic, workwear-appropriate handbag. If I were the really traditional type, I would go for the 2.55 by Chanel - which will never age – but its €1,800 price tag and the fact that it’s a little too classy for my liking. It is, that said, a thing of beauty.

So now that we’ve ruled out the stalwart of every celebrity’s closet – do you remember the good old days, when Mischa Barton used to get snapped here, there and everywhere with her 2.55? – let’s move on. The other obvious choice might be the Alexa by Mulberry, which was, without a doubt, 2010′s it-bag.

I read an interview with Chung once, in Vogue I think, where she was a “guest columnist” and waxed lyrical about all things, uh, yeah I can’t remember because it was so thrilling and well written (miaow!). Anyway, the point is, Chung said that she, betimes, just “forgets” to eat because she’s so darned busy. I think photograph 3 is evidence of the same. I once forgot to eat my dinner, and remembered at 9.30pm, and was so delighted that I had actually forgotten to eat that I called my sister so we could celebrate. That’s how rare it is for me, and how f**ked up our society is (why is that worth bragging about?!).

Anyway the Alexa is out – I love it in pictures but have taken a trip to Mulberry to see it in the flesh, and the brown is just a little too . . . shiny. Plus, if it was 2010′s it-bag, surely it’s going to be 2011′s not-it-bag.

Which means I’m moving onto Proenza Schouler‘s amazing PS1. This has it all: buttery-soft leather, a satchel shape, a long strap and the ability to make everyone who sees it jealous of my fashionability and, oh yes, wealth. Because this baby costs a whopping £1,575 – and that’s if you manage to trick Net-a-Porter‘s currency calculator into sticking with sterling.

Yves Saint Laurent is quite the iconic designer, and the house’s recent bag designs have been no exception to the rule. The Muse bag quickly gained it-bag status with the celebrity fashion followers, but the Muse Two is set to follow in its footsteps. It’s even nicer in real life than in photographs; the leather is softer, and the bag itself slouches nicely from handles and the centre. Really, it’s a lot less boxy than it appears – but again, perhaps a bit out of my price range at roughly $1,200 (which, in euro, probably translates to around €1,500).

Lastly, I could return to Mulberry for a moment: to the brand new Tillie, the iconic design house’s S/S 2011 must-have. Do I love it? I’m not sure. Do I want the next must-have? I don’t think so. But I do like it, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that Cosmopolitan, of all magazines, told me that it’s the bag “to have” for 2011.

What’s the conclusion?! I’m going to invest, but I’m not sure what in – or when, as first on my list is finding a cheap secondhand car that doesn’t make me ashamed to be seen driving it (what can I say? I’m a hopeless snob!). Check back tomorrow for some more new year’s fashion resolutions – and vote for Fash Mob as Ireland’s Top Fashion Blog!

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