Showing posts with label Birkin bag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birkin bag. Show all posts


Luxury Style: Mixing Dressy with Casual

How to mix authentic, timeless luxury with casual looks. 

In every outfit I style, I'm inspired to include texture, juxtaposition, bling, pop of color, and a fab bag. 

1. Texture

I used a lot of layers and texture in styling these pieces together. 

The raised texture of the vintage Etro chocolate velvet vest, set against a flat white cotton blouse, and a draped vintage Hermes silk scarf gives a multidimensional effect. 

Then, instead of stopping there, I opened the gold buttons at the vest to show the gold hardware of vintage Hermes H leather belt

See a couple more examples of how iconic women of fashion, Sophia Loren & Victoria Beckham, have used the same style.

The famous Italian actress, style icon, and beauty queen, Sophia Loren chose to accessorize with an Hermes Scarf for a more vintage look. 

For a modern look, Victoria BeckhamEnglish businesswoman, fashion designer, model and singer, also known as Posh Spice, added BOTH a scarf and Hermes Red 35cm Birkin to tie together her fabulous hip luxury style. 

2. Juxtaposition

When choosing to wear velvet and silk, most people consider the fabrics more appropriate for dressier or holiday occasions. 

I liked the juxtaposition of pairing the dressy, velvet vest, with silk Hermes Scarf and casual jeans. 

Taking a nod from the men, using the vest and men's size Rolex, while pairing it with dainty diamond bangles like these white or yellow gold Love Bracelets from Cartier, or these two, a diamond and sapphire yellow gold, & the Etoil bangle bracelet, 18K Gold Diamond from Tiffany.  

3. Bling

A little bling is always a good thing in my book. 

The flash of the men's Vintage Daytona Yellow Gold Rolex mixed with Cartier and Diamond bangles (see above) are the perfect bling for to pair with jeans, making this a laid back, juxtaposed mix of luxurious and casual look, perfect for either men or women. 

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, businesswoman, television host and actress. 

She is probably best known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

I liked her best in her appearances on my cult-favorite show, Friends

She epitomizes femininity yet chose to wear a men's size, yellow gold Daytona.
The most famous star to wear the Rolex Daytona is cool guy Paul Newman, the one who made it famous.
 In 2008, upon Paul Newman's passing, California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said:

"Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy who men wanted to be like and women adored. He was an American icon, a brilliant actor, a Renaissance man and a generous but modest philanthropist. He entertained millions in some of Hollywood's most memorable roles ever, and he brightened the lives of many more, especially seriously ill children, through his charitable works. Paul was one of a kind. The beloved film star will be missed by a world of fans and admirers."

4 & 5. Pop of Color / Fab Bag

I chose Red as my pop of color. You can see it here in the bag, as well as the bit of red showing in the scarf. 

I'm not alone, either. 

Stylish American actress, film producer and former fashion model, Katherine Heigl,  chose a 35cm Hermes Red Birkin as her pop of color and fab bag, all in one. 

She show's here you can keep it simple, and still incorporate multiple rules into the same piece. 


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Named after the actress, singer and style icon - Jane Birkin.  This is the most coveted bag due to its exclusivity.  Worn mostly by top celebrities, the Birkin can range from 7,000 to over $150,000.  At The Vintage Contessa, we keep many Birkins in stock - to see our current selection visit our website.

Originally called Sac à dépêches, it was later named after Grace Kelly.  The Kelly is a little more formal than the Birkin and worn by just as many celebrities.  View our current selection of Kelly Bags on our website. 

The Hermes Constance was designed back in 1959 and named after the designers daughter.  It has recently made a comeback due to its versatility.  The Constance can be worn long or short and was most notably a favorite of Jackie O.  These days you can see it on the arms of young hollywood starlets. View our current selection on our website.

Designed in 1978 and name after the Head of the Hermes Riding Department, The Evelyne was meant to carry equestrian accessories.  These days it is worn by celebrities as a chic carry-all.  The crossbody style makes it more casual, while the leather keeps it luxurious.  View our collection of Hermes Evelynes on our website.


Welcome to Miami

Recently The Vintage Contessa went to Florida for the Miami Beach Antique Show, besides seeing gorgeous jewels and selling fabulous handbags, there was also plenty to take in.  From shopping on Lincoln Avenue to dining at some of the hottest places on the Beach.  Miami was definitely a successful and inspirational trip. 


Street Style Icon | Olivia Palermo

It is no secret that socialite, model and designer Olivia Palermo has amazing style.  A mixture of Classic and Downtown Chic, Olivia is frequently snapped on the streets of New York looking as perfect as ever. I especially love how she always manages to rock her Birkin with even the most casual outfits.  She definitely favors her Black and Gold Birkins the most.


Celebrities Boasting Birkins

If there is ever a bag that screams luxury and wealth, the Hermes Birkin resides at the top of the handbag food chain. Ranging anywhere from $9,000 to $150,000, celebrities known for their keen eye for style are often seen using these iconic bags on a regular basis. Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Victoria Beckham have all been spotted carrying it.
Victoria Beckham reigns "Queen of the Birkin" who is rumored to own a Birkin for almost every outfit in her closet! We'd love to see her closet...

Victoria Beckham with Birkins

Victoria Beckham with Red Birkin

Kim Kardashian is also said to have an enormous collection of these Hermes handbags. 

Kim Kardashian with Brown Birkin

Kim Kardashian with Birkin

Along with her sisters, Khloe....

Khloe Kardashian with Yellow Hermes Birkin

...and Kourtney.

Kourtney Kardashian with Orange Hermes Birkin

Even Katie Holmes trotts around NYC with her black Birkin, a color that will go with ANY outfit. 

Katie Holmes with her Black Hermes Birkin

We love Heidi Klum's bright color choice. It's the perfect accessory for any neutral-colored ensemble. 

Heidi Klum with Hermes Birkin

You know you've made it big in Hollywood if a Birkin is your go-to bag for everyday use.