In the early 1970s, accessories designer Carlos Falchi was just another boy from Brazil living in New York City. Then he landed a job at the legendary New York hangout Max’s Kansas City, and his unconventional home-sewn handbags caught the attention of cool kids Mick Jagger and Tina Turner. Today, Falchi’s design studio on New York City’s W. 39th Street still hand-produces minimalist clutch purses, oversize hobo and tote bags, and deconstructed satchels from exotic alligator, crocodile, and python skins and premium leathers. As vivid and colorful as their rock-and-roll forebears, Falchi’s quintessentially New York bags are popular with celebs such as Madonna and Jessica Simpson, and even had a cameo in <i>Sex and the City</i>.
Leave it to Shiona Turini, Cosmopolitan’s perfectly chic Fashion Market Director, to know how to edit — a skill that comes in handy when carrying an oversized daytime clutch, AKA spring’s It bag. “When I carry a clutch for day, I only pack items that matter,” she tells us. “Not only are they practical and chic, they also help us edit out the millions of unnecessary items we drag around with us all day.” Pair a metallic envelope with a crop top for a right-this-minute look like Shiona’s, or snap one up from the sale below to nail your own version of her street style star look in an instant.
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Thanks to the surge of street style buzz at Fashion Week, a new set of muses have emerged. Editors from the world’s glossiest magazines and sites are setting the tone (and the trends) for your wardrobe this fall. Get inspired and hit the scene in classic pieces — silk jumpsuits and blouses, colorful coats, and the perfect black pant — punched up with wow-factor accessories: Think daring statement necklaces, vibrant exotic-skin totes, and bold, menswear-inspired watches.
Don't miss out on ladylike satchels, graphic-print totes, and more in-demand carryalls.