If you only buy one bag this summer, make it a straw bag. The trend started last year, and came back stronger than ever in 2019. Gucci is even featuring them at their Montauk pop-up next month. The bags come in all sizes and shapes, and in every price point. Designers have take the concept and made hundreds of variations on a theme. The bags are authentic and natural. Grass, banana leaves, raffia, rush, rattan, willow, cane, and palm are only some of the materials used to make straw bags. They are produced all around the world, hence the many different materials.The one from Gucci above is a softly woven pattern with a leather handle, and the GG logo.
Chanel has many different models, including a clever double bag. The outer bag is PVC, with a leather handle and bottom, with a knit raffia pouch with a logo chain drawstring. The contrast of plastic, leather and straw is amusing. The straw lunch bag worn cross-body is a more iconic Chanel look, but charming none the less.
In addition to the bag in the lead photo, Gucci works many different materials into bags, both casual and structured. The bags to the left are hand crocheted using different colors of raffia. The elegant bags on the right are extremely structured bags, with leather flaps, and chain logo hardware. These straw bags go to the office, indeed.
Valentino also makes straw bags. There two share a casual shape, but are very different. The macrame bag is made by knotting plant fibers. The macrame is framed in leather, and sports a large Valentino logo. If you want a more delicate tote, choose the tightly woven straw bag on the left. It's clean and decorated with a gold chain motif.
Looking for something slightly more casual? Rachel Comey's straw and leather bag is very citified. The leather is hand-laced onto the bag with straw threads. The Chloe basket straw bag looks great with the signature print fabric pouch worked into the leather closure. This bag says Chloe boho in a big way. Either of these bags would add a snappy cool-girl touch to your outfits.
Sacai, the label from the Japanese designer Chitose Abe, has just started producing bags. These straw bags are clean and cool, with the labels name embroidered on the side of the bag. Worked with leather these are very clean and summerfied city bags.
Straw bags have meant beach bags for decades. The new beach bags are often presented with cheeky quotes on the side. Your opinion is your weapon. Even the more classic beach bags get a design upgrade with rows of fringe to decorate them. And the smaller straw bags in the bright colors are even good for carrying around the city.
These straw bags are embroidered and embellished. They are slightly more structured and could hang out in the city as well as going to the beach. The green leaf embroidery is done in raffia as well, making the entire bag natural. The vintage inspired embroidery on the right is also done with raffia. The small round bag has beads worked into the straw.
There are summer straw bags all over the city at all price points. Just like the luxury market, there are a ton of great options available, A fisherman-like cross-body bag is simple and casual. A straw bag trimmed in white leather says summer loud and clear. These are go-to-work bags that can also go out to dinner.
A straw clutch bag is a fun way to wear straw bags. Neat, clean and discrete. Take a look at the table full of novelty straw bags. No two are alike. The mix of shapes and materials shows how versatile straw is as a creative medium. Since they are made in so many countries, with so many different techniques, the bags all have different personalities.
These straw bags are more formal. Pink straw bags are pretty, especially when framed in metal. And leather trimmed straw bags are given a lift by mixing in more colors and shapes. Constructed bags are an incoming trend that has staying power. When you add some straw into the mix, you give the bag a summer vibe.
There are so many different shapes and kinds of straw bags for sale in New York, Caning is used to make bags, and some designers add decorative self applique to the bags. Finding it hard to choose which one you might want? Well, at least the price point is lower than an all leather bag. Perhaps you can indulge yourself in a few of them?
Straw bags have been around forever. Chic vintage bags abound all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. 40's style bags look chic with leather trim. And the hats are amazing as well. A cool briefcase bag is an unusual shape and will look great with more minimal looks.
The vintage straw beach bag is a perennial favorite. These two have naif embroideries. The checked one to the rear adds texture with the interesting background. I love the ombre backpack trimmed with leather, Both bags are boho, and unlike any of the newer bags.
Straw bags can even be downright silly. This bucket bag trimmed in feathers will certainly stand out anywhere you choose to take it.
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White is a summer trend you want to own now. It's true, white has become a year round color. White tops and dresses, boots, bags and jeans are a go to staple year round. This summer designers have treated all sorts of clothing cut in white with a a more decorative, textural take. Using all sorts of laces, embroidery, eyelets, pleats and tucks, they have created so many different looks that should be added to your wardrobe. Count on Valentino to do some of the dreamiest dresses around. A structured lace dress, or an embroidered kaftan, or a mod inspired mini dress. Designers of all stripes have taken the trend and put their stamp on it.
The eyelet dress from Zadig and Voltaire on the left has a sporty feel, the eyelet adds the bit of edgy romance that speaks summer. It's chic and snappy. Sea goes in a different direction. This dress is more boho in spirit. Delicate details include lace and cut work embroidery finished off with delicate pin tucks. Put this on and you will float away.
The design of the dresses are very diverse. A detail may be the same on two garments, but the styles are completely different. The cool girl dress on the left has a beach vibe. The ruffle super short sleeve exaggerates a deep armhole look. The eyelet garment on the right has a ruffle neck and shoulder, and is very buttoned up, using delicate ball buttons. It verges on prim. but the handkerchief hem and embroidered details sweeten the look.
Here are some more examples of the many moods of white dressing. I love the fresh look of dresses trimmed with contrast embroideries or belted with a tough black belt.. And as you see on the rack on the right, these white dresses are romantic.
Dolce and Gabbana have a sure hand with white dresses. The tiered, shaped peasant dress on the left is accented with placed cut out eyelet embroidery. I love the nipped waist that is created with smocking. Want a sportier look? Try the sundress of the right. That too has a generous touch of eyelet cut work embroidery placed on the skirt .
I promise you, suits are having a comeback. And updated looks of the suit are especially important. Stella McCartney deftly adds cut work eyelet to soften up a jacket. Don't you love the look of a short suit? It's so clean and fresh. It's the change of proportion that sets it apart.
Other jackets look clean in white, but they have interesting details. The Zadig jacket on the left is super cool. The diagonal fringe trim absolutely makes the jacket. And should you want a safari jacket, how about this piece in eyelet trimmed with canvas pockets?
Zimmerman is a very hot Australian label, and rightly so. The crisp white shirt is done with a very intricate combination of appliques and lace. The contrast of the sporty shirt and the feminine fabric is key. Lace also makes great shrugs that double as blouses. This one is done in an very open lever lace.
The contrast between the delicate romantic white Victorian inspired blouse with the ruffle sleeve and the cut out embroidery and the Bash sporty eyelet camp shirt is interesting. Which look would you choose? Seeing eyelet and lace in such two different looks proves it is a trend.
The Maje white blouse and dress is echoed in the same pieces in blue. The lace is a nice heavy guipure lace. This is a lace with a lot of body, that gives the pieces substance. The white shirt from Isabel Marant has a tatted lace shoulder inset on a gauzy fabric. The feel is bohoThe techniques are very different, and so are the looks.
Zimmerman offers a white organdy shirt covered in appliques and lace, as well as a mini pleated bell sleeve shirt. Both will look amazing with with a printed skirt or pant. White eyelet blouses on the right can work with prints for a dressier look or work with jeans for a more casual take.
A clean white blouse with puffed sleeves is on trend with the lace up front. It also pays homage to St Laurent vintage styles. Work it with a white bag. The gauzy boho white blouses styled with puffy sleeves or off the shoulder are the new updated basics for everyday style.
Trust Sacai to upend the trend by doing a white asymmetric shirt trimmed with a lace cascade. A thoroughly modern take on a white lace shirt. While the Valentino white lace blouse and dress, and the red skirt with the white lace trim are are elegant and chic. There is lace everywhere.
How do you want to wear lace? No 21 does a spliced lace sweater mix. Sporty or femme? Or both at once. The Off-White eyelet denim jeans and jacket are street style luxe. Must have pieces for the summer.
White lace and embroidery have been around for ages. These vintage white pieces are spot on this season. If you are a vintage lover, you could buy on of these, or maybe some of the vintage inspired pieces from the contemporary designers shown above. If vintage isn't your thing, then there are so many modern pieces in stores now. Why not try this white lace Rose Assoulin blouse. It's super chic and so today. Lace, eyelet, embroidery, cut work, Pick your favorite, and go for it.
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