We all crave alternative handbag options to the regular Chanel, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs slung on the arms of celebs. This week Jessica Alba obliged us and showed off a messenger bag by a less-typical designer than the above-mentioned big three. The Bing Bang messenger features ruched suede, leather detailing, and a long chain in a successful color mix of black and brown, as seen above Jessica ($745, barneys.com). Steering away once again from the typical in her denim choice, Jessica chose a pair of Lofli jeans in a dark, potassium blue hue ($175, activeendeavors.com). Bless her for bringing more to our jeans and purse menus.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar kept both her hair and hemline short and sweet while out running errands-and readers took notice. You will be happy to know that her black Development dress is currently on sale, making it a perfect purchase for the final days of summer. ($179, bazaaradriatic.com) On one arm she toted around an YSL Muse bag, which retails online in black and chocolate ($1395, saksfifthavenue.com) and on her other arm she wore a gold, pyramid-studded bangle. We found one that looks exactly the same from Topshop ($16, topshop.com) and another by Stacy Lapidus that is available in gold, silver, or rose gold. ($60-$85, stacylapidus.com or Hillary Rush, 323.858.0088) For shoes similar to the ones seen on SMG, try Franco Sarto's Glossy Sandal in Platinum Lizard. ($88.95, nordstrom.com)
It's all eyes on The Hills this week-or on the clothes, rather-from Monday's GOTM with Whitney Port to today's WWSW with Audrina Patridge. For a recent expedition to Les Deux with pals LC and Lo, Audrina wore a Mara Hoffman Seersucker Jumpsuit in black ($275, revolveclothing.com). Audrina's bag is the Catena Small Duffle by Give*. ($610, shopgive.com) Other than the black-and-gold version seen above, it's also available in grey/nickel hardware, eggshell/gold hardware, and flesh/gold hardware. Her peep-toed black heels are the very affordable Seychelles World Ambassador slingback in black patent leather. ($83.95, zappos.com )
*Give donates 10% of its net profits to charity, so if you're feeling guilty about buying an expensive bag, this might calm those icky feelings.
Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is known for favoring classic shapes on the red carpet, so it's no surprise that her personal style follows these lines as well. We received queries about the black, Jackie Onassis-reminiscent dress Heigl recently wore to a lunch with friends in LA. The full-skirted frock is Club Monaco's Jaclyn Dress and is available in stores now. ($199, clubmonaco for locations) The simple dress is a perfect backdrop for her show-stopping strawberry tote, Valentino's Maison Bag. The pin-tucked shopper already has a host of celebrity devotees like Camilla Belle and Bridget Moynahan. It's available in red (as seen on Heigl), bone, and aged silver-all currently available at Neiman Marcus. ($2295-$2395, neimanmarcus.com) As for the shoes, the strappy silver sandals are Christian Louboutin's Metallic Napa Slingback in Pewter. ($770, bergdorfgoodman.com)
Picture of Katherine, courtesy of www.pacificcoastnews.com Picture of Audrina, courtesy of www.splashnews.com