Over the past few years, there has been a rise in affordable designer handbags. Most of the It bags that you see all over your Instagram feeds all fall in the $300 to $600 bracket. And the bags that are selling the fastest all have one thing in common: a croc-effect finish. Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, said at her F/W 18 trends presentation that this trend is only going to get bigger this fall and that the key is that it photographs well.
“Lots of contemporary brands are working this into their collections but it still feels super premium,” says Aiken. “It’s something you’d have and treasure for a long time.” Staud’s croc-effect Bissett bag always sells out very quickly, and Rejina Pyo‘s and Nanushka‘s bags are all in a luxurious soft brown croc-effect leather.
Style Notes: Lisa Aiken previews one of the best upcoming bags of the season—an oversize croc-effect tote from Nanushka.
Style Notes: We told you croc effect is photogenic. This Nanushka belt bag looks just as tempting as the pancakes.
Every week there seems to be a new Instagram pose, from Barbie feet to the Baby Giraffe, but the latest is a little more extreme. Instagrammers in Russia are challenging each other to lay on the ground face down at the foot of an airplane, using the hashtag #FallingStars2018. Model Natasha Poly and Lena Perminova have taken part, lying down on the runway next to their private jets. The hashtag is currently featuring more private jets than budget airlines, but perhaps this will take off and will be coming to a Ryanair staircase near you. Just when you thought selfie sticks were irritating enough…
It doesn’t appear like this challenge is for charity, rather is a new way to show off your luxury holidays on Instagram. It’s not only planes that are the backdrop to this challenge, as others are now lying in front of yachts and sports cars. Fashion campaigns have previously featured models “playing dead,” as designers such as Jimmy Choo, Victoria Beckham and Marc Jacobs have previously had ads with models lying on the ground in this similar controversial pose—a fad that, of course, generates negative responses and often a confused consumer.
Keep scrolling to see the #FallingStars2018 challenge, and remember: Don’t replicate this at home.
If you can believe it, the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona came out 10 years ago on August 15, 2008. Although the storyline about Americans traveling abroad to Europe for the summer and the romance that follows was enough to draw me in, the outfits are what I’m personally invested in. 10 years later, and I still remember those easy summer outfits that made me want to pack my suitcase and hop on a plane to Barcelona myself.
While Scarlett Johansson’s character is dressed in normcore basics like T-shirts and jeans, Penélope Cruz—who plays the fiery ex-wife in the movie—has a collection of satin nightgowns and gauzy cotton dresses on heavy rotation. Add sultry waves and unexpected hats, and you get the unforgettable outfits that still inspire me today. Ahead I’m breaking down the reason style moments from the film had such a big impact on me.
Not to call you out or anything, but unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that the ’90s have come back with quite the bang this year. Beyond the resurgence of ’90s fashion and everything that goes with it, extreme nostalgia for the celebrities that thrived during that time is back as well. The aesthetic back then was a very specific one, and if you ask the founder of our new favorite Instagram account, they’d 100% agree. Meet @90sanxiety—the poppin’ Instagram account our editors are currently crushing over.
Follow this account for chic throwback imagery of everyone’s favorite ’90s movies and TV shows, never-before-seen fashion moments, and of course, pictures of celebrities from the ’90s that will have you *shook.* While scrolling through @90sanxiety (something I do on a daily basis), I came across so many old photos of celebrities from the beloved decade that had me doing triple takes. Okay, so maybe they aren’t completely unrecognizable, but the following images definitely had me second-guessing who was who and left me flabbergasted at how different some of today’s entertainment icons looked back in the day.
Here to share a little bit about @90sanxiety is the founder of the account (who wishes to remain anonymous). Now sit back and relax as you get the inside scoop on one of the best ’90s Instagram accounts out there while scrolling through throwback celebrity gold.
What originally inspired you to create this account?
The account was created out of my love for fashion. Looking for a new creative outlet and an endless pursuit of stuff I think is cool. I took inspiration from accounts that came before mine like @90ssupermodelsdaily (inactive sadly), @90scigarettes, and @90smilk. I wanted to create more of a reference point to that specific time period, a balance of curating an aesthetic and documenting the pop culture of a historical decade. I was too young to fully experience the ’90s but close enough that I feel connected to that time.
When the account originally gained momentum, I was like, okay now this is real. I tend to be obsessive with things I am interested in and, at times, even get anxious about posting, so that’s where the name comes from. Also, you’ll notice that my account never has content outside of the 1990s—another reason it’s entirely anonymous. My personal life definitely influences what I post, but it’s not connected in any way.
The account is extremely successful—what’s your secret?
I think the account’s success was definitely hinged on timing. The content had just started gaining popularity, and I had a different take. I desperately try to show everyone unseen or uncommon images or at the very least, different angles/originals of models and celebrities who were major influencers during that time period and for the most part still are. I think that is what attracts people. Also, I owe a lot to the celebrities/influencers who followed and supported early on that really helped with exposure; thank you Kim K., Cara D., Bella H., Cindy C., Emily R., and to @virgomood for forever keeping me inspired!
What’s your take on all the ’90s hype that’s going on right now?
Although fashion trends have a tendency to be cyclical, the 1990s hits that perfect sweet spot right now across so many demographics—adults or younger adults who lived during that time period and even a nostalgic younger generation with access to more information about the ’90s than ever before. Who doesn’t get a little nineties anxiety?