The time has come: American designer brands have emerged as power players in the bag world. Once the strict territory of Chanel, Gucci and Chloe, names like Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler have joined the ranks, earning themselves true It-bag status. I love attending New York Fashion Week, when these soon-to-be-sought-after bags come down the runway, my heart beats with excitement like a girl on a first date with the boy she’s been crushing on. If you think about it, attending shows and visiting designers backstage is very similar to dates! I fret over what I’m going to wear, I blush when they tell me I look amazing, and I get a kiss on the cheek before they send me off. Luckily, I don’t have to commit to just one crush. Yup, I’m calling it: I’m now dating half of NYFW designers, whether they know it or not. This season, more than a few bags have my heart a pitter-patter. Especially Derek Lam‘s gorgeous python bags in a sweet floral print(above). Juxtaposing the ultimate girly trademark against seductive python skin is sweet yet dangerous, a combo Derek-lovin’ girls like me can’t resist. Add the Proenza Schouler sporty leather bowler and Victoria Beckham‘s ladylike, tri-toned shoulder bag to the mix, and I’m set for the season. Here, the current best from my Big Apple faves, from the bold (see zebra-stripes a la Marc Jacobs and cherry-red from Diane von Furstenberg) to the sleek and streetwise (Theyskens’ Theory and Rebecca Minkoff nailed it):
Derek Lam Printed Python Francis Clutch in White at DerekLam.com for $1,650
Derek Lam Printed Python Francis Clutch in Black at Barneys New York for $1,650
Theyskens’ Theory Willa Bag at Barneys New York for $790
Leather bowler bag at Proenza Schouler
3.1 Phillip LIm Pashli Messenger at Barneys New York for $750
Victoria Beckham Tri-tone Leather Shoulder Bag at Net-a-Porter for $3150
Marc Jacobs Large Single at Marc Jacobs for $1995
Rebecca Minkoff Studded Wallet on a Chain at ShopBop for $225.
Tory Burch Small Haircalf Frame Bag at ShopBop for $695.
Milly Emerson Small Tote at ShopBop for $398.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Katie Bracelet Snake Medium Day Box Bag at ShopBop for $598.
Diane von Furstenberg Drew Statchel at ShopBop for $495.