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23 February 2009

In an environment outside of the fashion [blogging] world, mentioning the “PS1” would cause eyebrow-raising stares from random strangers who think you must live in the Stone Age for somehow missing the fact that the Playstation 3 had already come out. But no, we are not that oblivious to the gaming/electronics!


Although I can safely say that my personal style is along the lines of girlish sophistication, something about Proenza Schouler PS1’s (Barney’s, $1,595) practical, utilitarian aesthetic draws me in. Since it’s debut, I’ve been head over heels for the bag. Perhaps it was a tiring of the same leather satchel or frame bag seen season after season or an influence of the androgynous-meets-blase-“it”-girls that caused such attraction to the bag. Or a combination of both reasons, rather. Nonetheless, throwing all rationalization on why I love the PS1 aside, this bag truly is perfect.

Even in the most unbiased perspective, the PS1’s practicality seems to appeal to a greater majority of the bag ladies, myself included. Its perfect size for holding everything from essentials to books makes the PS1 the most fabulous book bag too (save the not-so-fabulous price). With a sturdy top handle that allows the bag to be carried either hooked on the arm or held like a traditional briefcase as well as straps that convert it into a shoulder/messenger/crossbody bag, there are already multiple ways to wear it with any ensemble. I find myself inspired by how Harper Bazaar’s accessories editor, David Thielebule: remove the strap and carry it as if it were a ridiculously oversized clutch. Which is completely ingenious, I think.

I will shamelessly admit that I’ve fallen for the suede PS1 in sand; the slightly off-white, creamy gray shade is the perfect blend of rugged sophistication. I only imagine of how lovely it would look, standing out boldly against the blues of denim as I lug it around. My outfit revelation avec the PS1? A perfect lazy day look walking from campus to campus, PS1 draped nonchalantly on one shoulder. A bit inspired by Erin Wasson, I suppose. Sadly, the closest I’ve ever come to seeing the bag was a ten second encounter at Barney’s, where I rushed myself away as I knew I would either (a) ogle with my mouth agape (b) pine away, knowing I can never hold it lest it be at Barney’s under the watchful eye of Barney’s sales associates.

ps11A fitted blazer, unbuttoned and sleeves pushed up. Wrinkly is okay. Worn over a loose, slightly sheer Alexander Wang Pocket tank that has been tucked into a pair of denim shorts. Feet sipped into fringed boots from Baker’s. The only accessory? An Elizabeth & James ring. Voila.

ps1-sandI guess that would be the definition of unrequited love, then.


La C.

P.S.: Thank you, Luphia, for the “Your Blog is Fabulous” award! =] And much thanks to the fabulous Janetteria for the “Unique & Chic” Award!

56 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 February 2009 6:51 pm

    great blog. i so know the feeling of having to walk away from a bag out of fear!

  2. 23 February 2009 7:03 pm

    agreed completely. i will forever lust for the ps1 along with the vitello lux, 2.55, nightingale, and the new fendi peek a boo. sigh. only in my dreams.

  3. 23 February 2009 7:11 pm

    That is a really nice bag! Sadly for me it’s so out of my price range, as is a lot of other bags.. IN FACT I don’t own a single designer bag at all. HMMM!!!!!!

  4. 23 February 2009 7:11 pm

    i love how chic & practical it is at the same time, and that outfit would go with it so perfectly!

  5. 23 February 2009 7:13 pm

    It seems like a great day bag. My heart is still fixated on the Chanel chain strap wallet clutch.

  6. 23 February 2009 7:15 pm

    I know what its like to fall in love with a great bag(and great shoes, dresses, etc) that you just can’t buy. But then of course, I have regrets that I wish I did buy…….

  7. 23 February 2009 9:01 pm

    LOVE THAT BAG. I want I want I want. haha

  8. 23 February 2009 9:19 pm

    i want this bag, too! it’s so versatile…it’s the go to bag for every outfit.

  9. 23 February 2009 9:19 pm

    I have a PS3! And I wish I had more time to play on it. Sigh. It certainly costs less than the ps1, even if you added the cost of 20 games. I must admit, the ps1 in a non-dark colour doesn’t do it for me. I much prefer the black version. A chocolate brown would work for me to.

    But I agree with the affection you have for it. I love that slouchy look, yet so put-together but those utilitarian straps across it. It looks wonderfully functional, terribly spacious and something I certainly wouldn’t mind having.

    But after I get my Nightingale/Vivienne Westwood Ebury/Marni Balloon….*dreams*

    Haha. :p


  10. abdcforever permalink
    23 February 2009 9:32 pm

    i was srsly nvr into fashion until ur blog when i was over my friend’s house. u srsly hav amazing taste. that outfit is so perfect!

  11. thebaglady permalink
    23 February 2009 9:47 pm

    La C., I must sound like a broken record but WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING? :]

    Your description of anything is amazing. I’m pretty darn sure that even if you were writing about crap *excuse my french* I would be convinced to buy it.

    That outfit? PERFECT.

  12. 23 February 2009 10:00 pm

    I love that bag, it is very chic. I wish I had one… In my dreams.

  13. 23 February 2009 10:04 pm

    what a gorgeous bag! plus i’m kind of in love with the proenza schouler boys! the ensemble you put together is really cute

  14. 23 February 2009 10:51 pm

    I adore this bag. It is so gorgeous ! xx

  15. 23 February 2009 10:56 pm

    beautifull La C…take as long as you wish and need!! I love the bag..and I’ve actually never seen it in person sooo..I’m kind of glad because if I did, there would be some damage..and I really need to save up 😦 thank you for your lovelyyy comment, you have such a wayy with words!

    much <33,


  16. 23 February 2009 10:58 pm

    *laughs* It’s funny how one abbreviation can mean such completely different things (though I definitely prefer your definition!). This must be the closest thing I’ve come to a perfect bag in a long time… but I this is probably as close as I’ll get, since the price is waaay above my budget these days. I do wish someone would come up with a bag with 10-20 different compartments inside, so I wouldn’t have to grope around for those tiny things like my wallet or phone, and my books wouldn’t get scrunchy from being squeezed against my water bottle. Do you know if such a thing exists, darling? (since I’ve started to believe that you actually do know pretty much everything fashionable)

  17. 23 February 2009 11:07 pm

    just beautiful… *sigh*

  18. kristine permalink
    23 February 2009 11:31 pm

    i love that outfit to no end!!

  19. 24 February 2009 12:10 am

    the briefcase bag is just simply gorgeous! 🙂

  20. 24 February 2009 12:12 am

    I can relate to the “pining away”. That happened to me at a shop in Toulon, Fr. over a red bra. It was completely out of my league at the time (who could believe that a bra could be so expensive?), and so I had to drive away and leave it behind. But, my god, I still think about that bra to this day. My advise to you is: do what you must to get the bag (hock jewelry, sell your car, whatever), you’ll be glad you did in the long run. xo

  21. 24 February 2009 12:29 am

    that outfit is like, THE PERFECT OUTFIT.
    mmm great bag.

  22. 24 February 2009 12:42 am

    Oooh I loved that outfit creation! My mind totally trailed into fantasyland after reading the delectable description… Oh poverty! :~)

  23. 24 February 2009 12:59 am

    Love the outfit, but not totally digging the bag. That ring is so cool!

  24. 24 February 2009 1:21 am

    You have an amazing blog that I just started reading, but love!
    Oh Geez! I just love that bag, it is to-die for! Really. And you just put the perfect outfit that would would complement such an amazing and unique bag.

    I do want to go around saying, “I want a Ps1!” loud enough that people can hear me, just for a good laugh for myself…

  25. 24 February 2009 2:38 am

    Oh, this is exactly why I adore you.

    The bag. The outfit. The post… and hello (!) of course, the mere mention of one such Elizabeth & James ring!!!!! xxx

  26. 24 February 2009 3:41 am

    Hi there-I love your outfit choice and the bag is just divine, a lovely timeless style my dear!

  27. 24 February 2009 3:56 am

    Man, I wish things like that weren’t ridiculously out of any sort of price range I can afford. I guess that would mean it would have to be ten dollars. Oh well, I can dream.

  28. foolfashion permalink
    24 February 2009 4:20 am

    hahaha! Nice writting. The begining of the post is really witty. And the bag is really nice

  29. 24 February 2009 5:52 am

    Love love love that bag! I love the school-ish vibe it gives, and just its gorgeous ‘easiness’…

  30. 24 February 2009 7:00 am

    i want that bag please. and the outfit you made up too please. THANK YOU!

  31. rossovelvet permalink
    24 February 2009 7:30 am

    That bag made me abandon the MJ’s Stam dream…. I just love, love, love it. I adore it in yellow or electric blue… oh, love !

  32. 24 February 2009 9:59 am

    that bag is quite perfect 🙂

  33. 24 February 2009 11:19 am

    this is such a nicole richie outfit–i love it 🙂 I also adore the idea of the PS bag without the straps as an oversized clutch…genius!

  34. 24 February 2009 11:22 am

    Hi there-There is an award waiting for you on my blog, see you soon!

  35. 24 February 2009 11:41 am

    i am in love with the ps1.. too bad the price makes it far out of grasp.. but the bag would look PERFECT with that outfit.. !!!!!

  36. 24 February 2009 11:51 am

    oh my,
    I suddenly find myself wondering what posessions I can sell in order to get that bag!

  37. 24 February 2009 1:10 pm

    Mmm it really is lovely. I’d get it so dirty though 😦 Pale coloured bags do not last long with me. x

  38. 24 February 2009 1:51 pm

    I love it, it looks comfortable and chic!

  39. 24 February 2009 2:36 pm

    oh, if i were still in school, this would be mine

  40. 24 February 2009 3:00 pm

    Oh, I die for it PS bag. It is best accessories. Classy, but really fashionable. Mmmmmm!

    Thanks Ur lovely comment, La C and U deserve ( I think) this awards….

    xoxo: Janet

  41. 24 February 2009 3:45 pm

    OoHhwhhh I’m so in love with that bag too, but its SO EXCLUSIVE, the price is really saying ‘not for everyone’…I do love the colour versions more though. Hheh yeah everyone out there is wondering what’s the fuss about Play Station 1…

  42. 24 February 2009 3:53 pm

    I’m so in love with the Proenza Schouler bag.

  43. 24 February 2009 5:00 pm

    that e&j ring is exactly what i’ve been looking for!! thanks for posting it.

    and thank you so much for the birthday wishes!!! 😀



  44. 24 February 2009 6:22 pm

    I adoooore messenger bags, and the look you’ve put together is superb!
    Congrats on your awards, La C!


  45. 24 February 2009 6:39 pm

    The blazer-shorts look reminds me of Anja Rubik. I love it, it’s so classic! I think utilitarian style gives a beautiful polish to an ultra feminine look almost like being a girl is a hard skill to learn.


  46. 24 February 2009 7:17 pm

    i love the ps1, practical and cool, it’s really a perfect bag. the price, not so perfect for me!

  47. 24 February 2009 8:21 pm

    Over here in Brisbane, I see so many girls wearing shorts. I understand why , tho. It is freaking hot outside!

  48. 24 February 2009 10:01 pm

    I want the bag!! it’s beautiful….

    ♥ R

  49. 24 February 2009 10:23 pm

    oh you do make a good case for that bag. i can completely see it with that outfit. you would look so awesome! i am always lusting over crazy ornate statement bags, but i like that this one is subtle but still incredibly luxe. and thanks for your lovely comments, sweet pea! you must be busy trying to keep up with everyone who reads you…

  50. 24 February 2009 10:29 pm

    Love the suede bag!

  51. 25 February 2009 12:02 pm

    LOVE it, it’s perfect. And I it would be so great with the outfit you’ve created.

  52. 26 February 2009 5:28 pm

    I die for these bags!! One of my best friends works for Proenza and they are simply breathtaking in person!

  53. 26 February 2009 11:10 pm

    love the idea of a blazer with denim shorts! i can’t wait for it to get warm so the tights and jackets get put to bed..xx

  54. 1 March 2009 1:20 am

    It is a rugged sophistication. Well said! Unfortunately my big derriere will never make its way into a pair of shorts like that. I have to pass by some fashion moments.


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