Day 5: Alexander Wang "Marion" Sling Mini Bags

A little late on this one today, but it's a damn good one. My friend Christine--an amazing graphic designer who has created entire looks for the likes of Smashbox Cosmetics and Kate Somerville--had an enviable sling bag with her on a night out that I immediately (without having seen the design before) recognized it as an Alexander Wang piece. Wang's Marion Mini Sling Bag is chic, classic bag that with the rhodium details still retains Alexander's signature edge.

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I was a huge fan of Alexander Wang's stud-bottomed Rocco bag, but the actual portability had mixed reviews. Holding Rocco myself, it had a surprisingly heavy weight despire the small size due to the solid metal spikes. Knowing how much I like to cram into my bags, I couldn't go through with a purchase despite being as lusty as a bar wench for it. Even though it came with an across-the-body strap, it was certainly a shoulder killer.

Side note: Rhodium is a silvery-white, durable metal that is related to platinum. I came to know the material because the high-end store I worked at as a salesperson in college (I was unceremoniously "let go" for sitting down once) used to sell giant fake cubic zirconia wedding rings. For about $100, women with actual giant diamond and platinum wedding rings would buy the CZ/rhodium ones to wear when they travel in case the rings were lost or the women robbed. Funny how that works?
But with the Marion bag, it's the perfect size for a night out to dinner, dancing and then some. You can fit a wallet, car keys, phone, some cosmetics and maybe a few other necessities in it--which is great weight-wise and cutting down on purse clutter (big problem for  me).
At $650, the Marion bag is on the cheaper end of the spectrum for Alexander Wang bags, and is simple enough carry from season to season. Plus, there are different colors and materials to match anyone you're shopping for: Emerald lambskin (sold out in all the places I could find); royal blue leather, black ostrich print leather, black lambskinazure leather and if you act fast, the butterscotch/rhodium color is on sale for practically half-off for $389 at

Anyone would be lucky to recieve one of these mini babies for the holidays!

Rising Model: Aymeline Valade Goes Punk for Interview Magazine

A face hard to forget, Parisian model Aymeline Valade is making a huge splash since suddenly popping up in Balenciaga's spring 2011 runway show. Recently she was selected to star in Alexander Wang's highly coveted "image pieces" i.e. ad campaigns. Craig McDean, who shot Wang's campaign, shot this color popping 90's punk-come-Hackers spread for the latest issue of Interview. Valade might just be the next incarnation of frequently tomboy'd model Freja Beha. Her strong facial features allows her to oscillate unemcumbered between hyper feminine and hyper masculine looks. I don't think Freja could've pulled off this shoot as powerfully as Valade does, though I'm sure a video of the shoot would look just SO laughably awkward. But really, what shoot isn't kind of absurd in it's making?

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