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Save Steal Splurge: the Red Crossbody Bag

When you’re looking to add a new handbag to your collection, the natural inclination is probably to go black or neutral. But take a look at the bags you’re using: they’re probably black or brown. So instead of adding another one to your closet, go bold and choose a bright red bag. We’ve gathered together three of our favorites, which are small enough to swing around on your errands (or to take to a theme park — the ultimate test for any crossbody) and still chic enough to wear when you’re grabbing a drink or two.

After all, that’s what you want those hands free for, right?

Save: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sally Crossbody ($198)

Steal: Tory Burch Robinson Mini Bag ($325)

Splurge: Valentino Embossed Oval Leather Crossbody ($1,975)

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It Takes Two: Our Favorite Fall Cape Jackets

When you hear about hybrids, you’re probably thinking about Priuses, not ponchos. But the fashion world is obsessed with an outerwear mashup that brings together your run-of-the-mill coat with something pretty extraordinary: a cape. No, we’re not talking Frozen-style floor-sweeping princess capes, think more along the lines of Goop at the Oscars, only a little more wearable.

Championed by street-style stars, fashion designers like Rachel Roy and Diane von Furstenberg and more, the cape jacket is an easy way to amp up your style and stay warm. Plus, you’ve got access to your hands €” which most capes and ponchos are sorely laking in. So cozy up to your favorite holiday latte, check those names off your list and get yourself one of these stunners.

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Monday Muse: Saint Laurent’s L.A. Groupies go Gaga for Parisian Couture

Saint Laurent Spring 2015

Whatever your thoughts on Saint Laurent’s direction under the leadership of Hedi Slimane, there’s no denying two things: street style stars love the designer’s glittery Mary Janes and chelsea boots and the cash registers are ringing loud and clear. There’s one more thing that’s undeniable — Slimane’s obsessed with L.A. culture and every collection that he’s shown (for both the label’s menswear collections and women’s collections) has drawn from the rock ‘n roll culture that developed here during the ’70s. But now with the disco decade pinging all over the fashion world, Slimane’s Saint Laurent moved the trend forward. The Spring 2015 collection brought glam rock to the forefront with plenty of luxe detailing, metallic finishes and platform shoes that’ll have those sparkling Mary Janes green with envy.

Saint Laurent Spring 2015

Past Saint Laurent collections have been inspired by the ladies of Laurel Canyon and the rock stars that frequented the stage at the Viper Room, but this season, Slimane honed in on disco dancing and the over-the-top style of singers and their groupies. There were plenty of the brand’s new signatures, including leggy models wearing black stockings, truncated shapes that meant short shorts and cropped jackets and the long lean lines that Slimane carried over from his time at the helm of Dior Homme. But the L.A. girl, dressed in her up-to-there shorts and her tiny leather jacket never tries too hard, so while it might look like some of the items Slimane showed could have been picked up at the Goodwill or Salvation Army, they were embellished to the nines.

There were embroidered velvet capes that drew on the house’s couture roots and the mixed-media platform boots, which combined leather, metallic skins and velvet, definitely looked expensive (and are sure to be when they hit shelves).

Saint Laurent Spring 2015

The Sunset Strip came together with the Rive Gauche with prints of cherries, abstracted flowers and stars pulled right from Hollywood Boulevard. Suede patchwork jackets and fluttery dresses stood out against all-black outfits and flashes of sequins made even the most weary fashion editor (Saint Laurent shows in Paris, the last stop of Fashion Month), seemed to get a glint in their eye when a micro mini or shrunken blazer passed with a hint of crimson. It was those details that reminded everyone that they weren’t at a rock concert, but at the presentation of a label with access to the best embroiderers, fabric printers and more. The girls looked ready to rock, their couture-level embroideries and studded platforms looked like they’d survive even the pushiest mosh pits.

The finale shined in true (new) Saint Laurent style, with allover metallic mini dresses, a few fashion turbans — this was the ’70s, after all — short leather outfits and not a single gown to be seen. It seems that the Saint Laurent groupie isn’t into red carpets, but she’s sure to be the center of attention at all of the afterparties.

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