A positive side effect of the bleak economic situation is the well-deserved death of the "it" bag. Fashionistas with any sense have finally come to their senses about paying 10s of thou$and$ for something like a new, exotic-skin Birkin (despicably, Hermes even farms crocodiles in Australia for the sole purpose of turning them into handbags). Scaling back on overinflated bags also leaves room in the budget for something far better...more shoes! So bag the herd mentality, and invest instead in cute sandals like this lipstick red pair by Robert Clergerie: they're well-made, easy to walk in, and most importantly, scream French Girl chic.
- Lesley Scott