Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam
Opening hours: 3.50-12.50 EUR
Tickets: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
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About the founders
During a visit to England one antique bag took the heart and constant attention of Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Throughout the years they collected 5000 bags and first had
an exhibition at their home in Amstelveen in 1996. The collection moved to its current place, a house that is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2007. Their daughter, Sigrid Ivo is the director of the museum and the museum is often mentioned as one of the best fashion related ones on Earth.

The collection
The exhibition starts with the oldest bags from the 5th century and by explaining the methods how bags were made and used in the past centuries. Did you know people started making bags back then because their clothes didn’t have any pockets? It moves through time, materials and fashion as well until we reach our current days.
Let me just mention of couple of names from the haute couture collection: Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, DKNY, Gucci, Hermés, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.
It also contains bags that used to belong to celebrities: the bag Madonna wore to Evita’s premiere, Sophia Loren’s, Julia Robert’s and Lady Gaga’s bag, Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala Dalí’s bag, Hillary Clinton’s, Margaret Thatcher’s and some of royal families.

The museum shop 
If you take a look at Tripadvisor and other sources you will find that this museum shop has been named the best one in Amsterdam. But why is it so special compared to the one in the Van Gogh Museum for example? Because it is impossible not to find the perfect bag there for yourself. This September the newest collection of Valentino was also on sale. Hard to be strong when so much useful (!!) beauty is surrounding you…
Anyway, you can also take a look back at the bags by buying a book containing stories and photos of the whole collection.

During the visit you can design a handbag for yourself. Here is the one I made while feeling very creative and empowered standing next to a red Chanel bag. Am I a born designer or what?!

My bag

 

 

Best of Emmys dresses 2018

Emmy Award goes to people in the American television industry. The first Emmy statuette (a woman with wings holding an atom) was given in 1949 to Shirley Dinsdale. The person who received the most Emmys is Julia Louis Dreyfus with 11 wins and 24 nominations.
On 17th September the 70th Emmys took place in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost and the whole event was flooded with celebrities. Here you can find this year’s list of wins and nominees.

Let’s take a look at what people wore to the red carpet.

Vanessa Hudgens certainly found her version of the little black dress that was designed by SemSem. The huge bow makes it look very chic and dramatic.

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The full look at the @netflix Emmy’s party!

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You can never go wrong with Chanel. Penélope Cruz looked like a modern princess.

Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke was showing of her amazing figure in Dior.

Gossip Girl has never looked more classy. Kristen Bell wore a white Nicole Chavez dress with diamonds.

Dakota Fanning chose a simple and elegant dress from Dior.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s beautiful and talented actress, Madeline Brewer wore a dress from Brock Collection with stunning Bvlgari earrings.

Taraji P. Henson’s dress was inspired by nature and was designed by Giambattista Valli.

Stranger Things’ Max, Sadie Sink look liked a 21st century angel wearing Custom Hiraeth Dress. It was designed by Academy Award nominee, Rooney Mara.

Zac Posen proved that it is never enough of tulle and attended the event with Joey King.

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Underneath the purple rain ☔️ @zacposen

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Style icons III.: Sarah Jessica Parker

”Follow your instincts and do not let other peoples opinion of you become your opinion of yourself.”

Sarah Jessica Parker is most famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Curly hair, a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, cigarette in one hand and Cosmopolitan in the other. She was the first IT girl on television and she won 4 Golden Globes in the Best Lead Actress in a Television Series category.
After the show has ended she appeared mostly in romantic comedies such as Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey, All Roads Lead to Rome and Did You Hear About the Morgans with Hugh Grant.
She released 5 fragrances and the SJP shoe collection.

Reading has never been this fashionable.

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is talking with so many of you about books, sharing titles and supporting writers, booksellers and our libraries. I've been a devoted reader since I was a little girl so I'm particularly thrilled to introduce a stunning debut novel, A PLACE FOR US, by a new and powerful American voice, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Our first for #SJPforHogarth. US readers can pre-order now to redeem a special bonus gift. The link with information is in my bio. To all those dedicated international readers, stay tuned. We'll have more information for you very soon. This book is a gift for its fortunate readers and I'm so excited to imagine it in readers hands or on their stacks. Any questions, ask away!!! X, SJ​

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Simple, elegant and feminine.

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@bravoandy always leaves me laughing. X, SJ

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If you thought pink can never work with purple, you were wrong.

A glamorous shoe can spice even the most simple outfit.

This year’s Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination’. SJP wore a gold nativity scene as a headpiece and a dress designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

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This is now. X, Sj

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The headpiece obsession started actually in 2015 at the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Met Gala. It was designed by Philip Treacy and she wore a dress she collaborated on with h&m.

On this year’s Golden Globes she supported the ‘Time’s Up’ movement by wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress.

To the Golden Globes in 2017 she wore Vera Wang that has certain Princess Leia vibes.

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Many hands. Many masters. I'm on my way. X, Sj

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SJP is one of the New York City Ballet’s board of directors and she attends all of the Fall Galas in the last 7 years. In 2015 she wore a Zuhair Murad dress with Cartier jewelry.

And for the ending let’s take a look at beautiful shoes of the SJP collection. They exist in all the colours of the rainbow so everyone can find the perfect match.

My fashion dreams

When I go shopping or pack for a vacation I always make lists not to forget anything. And sometimes I make lists of things that I truly wish for. Just like other fashion enthusiasts I have fabulous things in my imaginary closet. But what are the most desired things I want to own or do that are related to fashion?

First of course I once would love to go to the Fashion Week in Paris.

I would love to wear an haute couture dress such as this one from Dior…:

… and wear the perfect Manolo Blahnik’s to the dress:

There is never enough of shoes, bags and accessories, so I would have a pair of shoes from Hungarian designer, Reka Vago:

I would love to have quality luggage from Louis Vuitton:

I would love to have a classic Burberry scarf…:

… a Birkin Bag from Hermés…:

… a tweed jacket from Chanel…:

… and the perfect black dress from Givenchy:

This list may seem to much or just a cliché, but I think there shouldn’t be excuses for what we wish to wear, because it expresses who we really are.

 

Style icons II.: Blake Lively

“You can’t really go wrong as long as you are true to yourself.” /Blake Lively/

Blake Lively became famous around 2006 after appearing in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and playing the role of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. A role that she played for 6 years and Serena’s name became a synonym to IT girl. Later on she played in the Green Lantern movie where she met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds. They have two beautiful daughters, James and Inez. The last three years have been very busy for Blake but she played the main role in The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, All I See Is You, A Simple Favor and debuted in her first Woody Allen film, Café Society.
Blake uses her fame to protect children and put an end to child pornography and sex trafficking.

Pregnant and powerful. The actress chose to wear this Frozen inspired Versace dress to at Cannes in 2016…

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Let It Glo

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…with this beautifully detailed handpiece. Blake takes a time to consider her accessories.

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Not a footprint to be seen…

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There isn’t many women who can rock green leopard trousers but Blake certainly can! This white blouse shows off her flawless back.

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🌈💄🌈 mom’s night out

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Is that you, Cinderella? She also this dress to the 2016’s Cannes Film Festival. The dress was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

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👠 (throwback)

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She attended Cinema Con this year by wearing a Sonia Rykiel designed suit jacket and Christian Louboution shoes.

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…Who wore it better?

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She manages to dress comfortable, elegant and feminine at the same time even outside red carpet events.

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…Honey badger don’t give a damn.

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The actress wore this magnificient Versace dress for this year’s Met Gala. The dress took 600 hours to make!

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Winter is coming 🏰🐉❄️🐺🏰

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But this wasn’t Blake’s first Versace creation on the Met Gala. She also wear a phoenix inspired golden one in 2017.

And details again. Clutch with matching nails and rings.

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Subtlety is my forte.

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She decided to support her husband on the Deadpool 2 premier by wearing the superhero’s red&black costume colours. The dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

Propagating her newest film, A Simple Favor, where she portrais a very classy lady.

Style icons I.: Emma Watson

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’ /Emma Watson/

Although everybody associates Emma Watson immediately with Harry Potter, she has became so much more than a child actress.
She was born in 1990 in Paris but was raised in England. She got the iconic role of Hermione Granger in 1999. After the series she played in The Bling Ring, The Perks of being a wallflower, The circle and most recently Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She made sure that Belle herself was an inventor in the movie, not just her father.
She graduated from Brown University in 2014 and now has a degree in English literature.
In the last 4 years she focused on being a feminist activist and became an ambassador for UN Women, the HeForShe campaign and even has time to set up the Our shared shelf website for encouraging people to read more.
She worked with Burberry, Lancome and took part in the People Tree’s 2010 fall collection.

In the Met Gala of 2016 Emma wore a Calvin Klein dress that was made from recycled plastic bottles.

Emma always makes sure to choose her clothes according to the brands’ main purpose. Fairtrade and the environment are very important for her.

She likes wearing the classic black and white combo for red carpet events.

Serious and pretty at the same time.

Oxford shoes look fabulous on a British girl.

Emma wants to send a message with her choice of clothes.