is having a ridiculously amazing Black Friday sale running from Nov 25-27, 2009. Enter code SSENSEBF at checkout and receive a 30% discount on products storewide – no exclusions! That means the Alexander Wang Rocco Mini Duffle
is 30% off. Erin Wasson x RVCA
is 30% off. Even Canada Goose
jackets are 30% off. I’m going out of my mind trying to decide on a winter jacket to replace my TNA parka that mysteriously disappeared into thin air. And I’m desperately attempting to ignore the rest of the store, because there are too many fabulous brands and so little money. SSENSE has begun stocking so many amazing lines over the past year – Elizabeth and James, Helmut Lang, Rick Owens Lilies, McQ by Alexander McQueen and so many more – that I’m completely overwhelmed by the well-edited selection and the generous offer of 30% off storewide. Do note the return/exchange policy
though – all sales are final on items discounted 30% or more.
EDIT: It seems Canada Goose has been pulled from the sale, likely per manufacturer’s request. SSENSE is honouring CG orders made before the pull though, so I’m feeling rather lucky! This is why it pays to be up at 4am debating the merits of one parka over another with oneself.
While I’m often quick to make judgments, I like to think I have an open mind, so I’ve been revisiting the Alexander Wang Coco/Rocco bag since my snarky condemnation of it yesterday. With T coming to the bag’s defense and undeniable style icons like Rihanna and MK Olsen sporting the duffel, I had to take a second look.
After reviewing countless photos of the bag on celebs (actresses, singers and bloggers alike), I’ve come to a conclusion. I get it – the instantaneous rocker chic feel it gives to any outfit, the thick, pebbled leather that makes you want to touch it, the so-right-now studs. Seeing the bag in such a range of ensembles, I can understand its appeal much more than I did yesterday. Have I completely done a 360 though? No. While I now get why this studded duffel is on so many women’s want lists, it still won’t be making mine anytime soon. Donning a leather jacket is about as rocker chic as this Backseat Styler gets. Besides, I need to be saving my $850 for my $2k Acne jeans fund. Ha!
Alexander Wang has had quite a year, winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for 2008 and continuing to have his collections extremely well-received at New York Fashion Week. He hasn’t made a misstep yet and can seemingly do no wrong. Take the Rocco bag for instance. The designer reports that during his Spring 2010 collection trunk show at Barneys yesterday, the Madison Avenue flagship’s entire Spring 2010 handbag order sold out to pre-buys before a single bag ever even hit the floor. This must be one fabulous bag collection if it’s selling out like that, right? And yet one look at the Rocco and I feel completely underwhelmed. Why are Manhattanites scrambling to get their hands on a purse that looks to me like an overrated leather duffle bag? I fail to see the appeal. Sure, this could be one of those times when I’m just not able to see the potential (i.e. as I freely admitted re: the Chloé lace-up wedge boots yesterday)…but I don’t think so. My theory is that New York fashion mavens all want to be seen with NYC’s favourite fashion prodigy’s newest creation on their arm, regardless of what it actually looks like. What do you think – is the Rocco the next It bag, or is its success the result of a bunch of unwarranted hype?
Annex: The bag certainly does have a simple shape, yet I can understand why people are going wild over it. Besides its shape the bag possesses a number of features that are appealing: 1) it is black; 2) the unique, heavy texture of the leather compensates for the pared down design; 3) the leather appears supple and urges one (me) to touch it; 4) the studded bottom conforms to the current insatiable demand for anything studded; 5) it is the perfect shape for a pillow.
The beautiful blogger Hanneli Mustaparta
was seen carrying the Coco bag during Fashion Month:
Joris Bruring via Hanneli.com
Annex x 2: Some good points T, especially about the texture of the leather, which I can most certainly appreciate. And of course I can understand the current craze for all things studded – not that I’m so into it. But overall I remain unconvinced. I do, however, love Hanneli’s umbrella.