The New York shopping experience is never dull. These days the stakes are high and the creative juices are in higher gear, Well most of the time. More about that..
Take a look and let us know which bags you would rate a 5 star...
Balenciaga is having fun. Graffiti bags or city shoppers? The look is hip and funky, though certainly not inexpensive. Nothing ladylike here.
Day or night Dolce Gabbana knows how to play. Feel like Cinderella with your carriage? Feel like playing your cards, do it right with this bag. Or just go for glamour. These bags are like nothing you have ever seen. A for imagination.
And then there is Celine. Quiet chic. A luxury statement that whispers. If you are a fan, get your bag now. Serious cool clout.
The fashion professional celebrates the all American luxury of Mark Cross. The New York based iconic brand that mixes the classic with the subversive.
Fendi is just plain inspiring. The heritage of humor and craftsmanship is outstanding. And as we venture into the logo wars...who dreamed up this dreamy F Bear?
Chanel balances the classic with the creative. Fancy a Chanel tennis racket and it's own bag. It's yours. Dior is working with Niki de Saint Phalle's many wonderful images for an spiritual take one luxe. And Vuitton? Always the best.
And what more needs to be said about Gucci.....Hold on to your heads, so many more bags coming.
And a call out for personality and point of view. Merci M. Louboutin for the dog friendly bag. And Stella McCartney leads the way with sustainability, Just as Margiela leads with an ironic Grand Slam, bag, mask and neck roll to ease your travel pain.
New York City shopping tours can help you find this Off White statement, if that's what you are looking for. It's up to you. Who wins?
Nothing looks fresher than whites and light neutrals. Add a pop to your look.
Forget the never after Labor Day or before Memorial Day dictum. That's old. White any time of the year is cool.
First step- add a bag. Play it against black, neutrals or color.
You can't go wrong with Azzedine's take on a bucket bag. And Valentino has updated the ever so hot Rock Stud with tonal namesake studs. Marni mixes white with contrast color. The leather woven to look like a sweater knit gives this shopper a one of a kind look.
A Chloe classic in suede spans the seasons. But the soft clutch from Celine is a must have. Phoebe-Philes need to stock up, her last Celine show bowed in Paris this month. Stylists and fashion pros alike are not necessarily looking forward to the new Hedi Celine.
How about a white suitcase? A weekender will take you everywhere.
Add texture with your shoes - a shiny patent Balenciaga bootie or a soft furry clog from Mr Maier look outstanding with a wide variety of looks.
Go tough- D2 gives strutting an artful turn, while Givenchy shows you how to kick it.
White sneakers can be nothing new- but the special edition NYC Valentinos or the Rocha pretty pearly kicks are a nice change from the aggressive Dad models.
Add an Alaia to your look for a couture finishing touch. Feminine and tough.
And of course white clothes are seasonless . Vintage whites, a perfect white shirt from LV, or a boho dress. Go for the unique stores and one of a kind looks.
Shopping in New York is always inspirational-from Soho to Fifth Avenue.
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Barbara Hodes is the owner of New York City Private Shopping Tour.