Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shoe Hat

Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian in Paris, was a fashion designer and founder of the Schiaparelli haute-couture house. She was the author of many avant-garde fashion pieces, like the famous shoe hat, which she created in collaboration with the Spanish-Catalan artist Salvador Dalí. Maison Schiaparelli was recently revived as a classic haute-couture fashion house by the Italian fashion magnate Diego Della Valle. Their latest Fall-Winter collection was shown at the Paris Haute Couture Week in July 2017.

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Travel Bags and Accessories by La Portegna

Travel bags and accessories brand La Portegna came about because of one man's sensibility for "slow travel". For José Urrutia, the founder of La Portegna, it all began with his grandmother, who told him fascinating stories of long boat voyages to far away lands at a time when "slow travel" was the only type of travel. The objects that decorated her home spoke of things she had seen and people she had encountered and befriended along the way (among them Ernest Hemingway). Moved by his grandmother's experiences, the charismatic Spanish entrepreneur set out to create the most cherished travel bags and accessories on the market.

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Basket Bags Spell Summer Elegance

Basket bags are charming and seductive in their simplicity. Season after season, decade after decade, women are drawn to this romantic summer fashion accessory. Basket bags are typically made of a variety of plant materials and fibers like raffia, jute, sisal, wicker, and others. Most major women's fashion brands, from Balenciaga to Zara and Mango, have their own versions. That said, I like to look at smaller, independent brands, because that is where most unique and creative pieces are to be found.

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Stylish Artisan Cross Body Bags

Cross body bags by Barcelona-based designer label Beatriz Furest prove that this bag style is as versatile from the fashion point of view as it is practical. Cross body bags tend to be more elegant in design and are often made of more refined materials, because they do not need to be as rugged as messenger bags. The appeal of Beatriz Furest bags lies in the harmonious simplicity of design and the eye-caressing artisan leather finishes.

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Spanish High-End Bags: The Edit

High-end bags are not limited to a few very well-known names. Unless, of course, you regard high-end handbags as status symbols indicating that you "have arrived", as Samantha from "Sex and the City" famously said. You may or may not remember, but the episode with the uber-exclusive bag actually backfired for her. Still, what do we mean when we refer to a bag as "high-end"?

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My Enchanted Fantasy Christmas

The season inspired me to put together a list of things that would make me very happy: a fantasy Christmas list. Since we are talking fantasy, price is no object. There is only one rule: common sense has no place on a fantasy Christmas list. There is nothing common about fantasy Christmas. And that's the whole point.

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Herringbone Style at Paloma Barceló

The highlight of Paloma Barceló Fall-Winter 16-17 collection is the herringbone style pattern in burgundy, a trend color this fall. I am not one to to bet on just one color (unless it's white), but I was seduced by the contrast between sleek calfskin and the dynamic visual beat of the herringbone pattern.

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English Touch, Spanish Soul In Madrid

English touch tends to fare extremely well in Spanish fashion, often blossoming into things of remarkable beauty. The cross-channel magic was on full display in the Spring-Summer 2017 collection by Ulises Mérida, presented on September 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, which is wrapping up today.

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Malababa, My Caramel Leather Crush

Malababa, my caramel leather crush, is an artisan leather design workshop turned boutique luxury women shoes and accessories brand. The Madrid-based founders, Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, work with an expert pool of craftsmen and women to create incredibly seductive leather finishes for their pieces. I especially love Malababa's reddish-hued leather shoes and bags.

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Seville April Fair

The Fair of Seville is a big dress up party, as the city celebrates its living flamenco and gypsy heritage. It helps if you know how to dance the famous "Sevillanas" dance. Or you can just hang out and drink copious amount of wine in one of the many beautifully decorated tents ("casetas"). One of the greatest things for me is to observe the gorgeous outfits and accessories that you see the ladies wearing. In fact, I was so psyched that I came up with the "Rose of Seville" challenge.

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