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A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of PORTERO.com
A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.
Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.
B is for Birkin bags
Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. PORTERO.com is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.
C is for Chanel
Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel jewelry.
There’s nothing I love quite as much as a red carpet, and three trends definitely stood out from the rest at this year’s Emmys: Sparkles, Ravishing Red and Form-Fitting Fishtails. Let’s take a closer look at my absolute favorites of the night!
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I am admittedly a sucker for sequins, but I absolutely loved Martha Plimpton in burgundy Zac Posen, Evan Rachel Wood in black Elie Saab and Julie Bowen in a patterned Oscar de la Renta. All three gowns fit like a dream, and none of the women went overboard with accessories — definitely the trick to keeping sequins sophisticated.
For some reason, the red carpet must have been a major inspiration for this awards show — and not all of them did the daring shade right. These three, however, hit a home run for me. Kerry Washington went shimmery and sheer in Zuhair Murad, Sofia Vergara was all curves in Vera Wang and Nina Dobrev was old school movie star in Donna Karan. Nina, for me, won the night by choosing two metallic accents that didn’t compete with each other.
Lastly, three ladies in form-fitting fishtails really pulled off memorable ensembles. Julia Stiles was feminine and flirty in lace Georges Hobeika Couture, Christine Baranski was elegant and sophisticated in Zac Posen and Kelly Osbourne showed off her silhouette in J. Mendel. I like how this look can be interpreted for all sizes and ages: Christine’s cap sleeves and deep-v neckline is just the right amount of skin for a woman of a certain age.
Want to get your own red-carpet worthy look? A clutch from celeb-favorite Judith Leiber always does the trick!
Eva Longoria Parker has been seen all over Hollywood rocking her Adriana Castro “Annie” lizard clutch. I particularly like that she shows us just how versatile the bag is–it looks just as good with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a structured dress for evening. This goes to show you that exotic skins can often act as a neutral even though they are essentially one big pattern.
Want to try the same look with a lizard clutch? Here are a few of our absolute favorites:
LAMBERTSON TRUEX Brown Lizard Minaudiere with Silver Hardware
JUDITH LEIBER Vintage Spotted Olive & Black Lizard Rock n Roll Studded Clutch Evening Bag
BOTTEGA VENETA Black Lizard & Suede Ruffle Evening Clutch Bag
First image via People.com
Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite celebs–I so admire her ability to be herself, at all times, even when her look or style may be unpopular. That’s why I love her ensemble at last night’s Nylon + Express August Denim Issue Party in West Hollywood–she chose a $25 vintage dress picked up at an Austin shop.
I’m a sucker for anything sequined, and the slightly slouchy shape is more sophisticated than a skintight mini. Want to check out some of our favorite vintage pieces right now? Here’s our three favorite shimmery accessories:
Ciner Vintage Cognac and Grey Crystal Swirl Pin. This would look great as a hair accessory (pinned next to a chic chignon) or pinned on a simple clutch for evening.
Judith Leiber Rare Vintage Pale Lilac Velvet & Crystal Evening Clutch. Just a touch of sparkle makes this bag extra special.
Vintage Italian Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet. This extra-wide bracelet is the only accessory you need with a little black dress.
Image via CocoPerez
I was excited to read in today’s WWD that there’s a soon-to-be-released biography of handbag maven Judith Leiber. You probably know all about her gorgeous, bejeweled and exotic skin handbags, but you might not know that the 88-year-old designer is also a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.
In “No More Bagatelles: Telling the Story of Handbag Genius Judith Leiber & Modernist Artist Gerson Leiber”, Jeffrey Sussman explores Leiber’s early life and the start of her company, as well as the relationship with her husband, Garson. It’s perfect timing for the self-published book–the designer is being honored with a retrospective this week at NYC’s Bergdorf Goodman (and later at Neiman Marcus in Dallas and Houston) featuring an exhibit of some of her most iconic bags.
Catch Leiber in person at the Bergdorf flagship this Friday, October 23, or shop our collection of her spectacular handbags and accessories now!