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Net-A-Porter Launches Exclusive Coach Classics Collection

Net-a-porter today launched Coach Classics, an exclusive collection of five handbags originally introduced by Coach in the 1970s. With the current 1970s trend on the runways, Net-a-Porter's Buying Director, Holli Rogers, says this felt like the perfect moment to bring back these iconic styles and introduce them to a new generation of women.

"Coach Classics" include the Madison Satchel, the Stewardess Bag, the Duffle, the Shoulder Purse and the Field Bag in classic Coach hues such as British tan, mahogany, navy, red and black. Prices range from $298 for the Shoulder Purse to $498 for the Field Bag.

While these aren't exactly "budget" handbags, I wanted to highlight them as an example of a time when it's permissible to splurge, especially as a gift or to commemorate a special occasion. When Coach does classic, they truly shine, and these are five gorgeous bags that won't go out of style anytime soon.

Shop it online:
Coach Classics Collection

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H&M Autumn/Winter 2011 Lookbook

It's never to soon to look ahead to fall in the fashion world, and today I'm happy to share the H&M Fall/Winter 2011 women's collection lookbook. Elegance is the operative word this season as H&M looks to the 70's - a decade with ongoing influence - played out in a distinguished palette of browns, camel, burgundies and cream and silhouettes that include longer lengths and wide trousers paired with blouses and comfortable knits.

Patterns we'll see include tweeds, florals, paisley, and checks in fabrics like flannel, suede, brocade, corduroy, Tencel and other more sustainable materials. Details like fringes, tassels, beadings and embroidery, plus fun accessories like leather gloves and a quirky hat complete the look.

Look to the models for styling cues: Grab a classic coat, tailored trousers, and a silk blouse and you'll be good to go. I absolutely love the pumpkin orange, the cloche hats and chunky knits but I'll be wearing my denim in lieu of wide-leg pants.

Click through to see all the looks.