Crystal Clear

It’s the absence of color that has taken the runway by storm this fashion season. The best footwear and handbag designers are using this crystal clear trend to project a mix of elegance and sophistication with stylish and innovative shapes and sizes. While slight hints of color are employed to make a shoe pop and handbags stand out, it is the lack of color that make these accessories a hit for spring. Not to mention, it offers a versatility that allows for easy pairings with almost anything in your closet.

This season shoes will have you floating in air, or at least look like it, according to top fashion houses like Givenchy. Footwear has long been a focus on the runway during fashion week, and this year was no exception. The runways were paved with a plethora of sky-high stilettos and eye popping pumps. But how exactly do you rock the crystal clear trend? That’s easy! Effortlessly shift from day to night with a sophisticated oxford, highlighting stylish cut outs and invisible side paneling, or take that little black dress to the next level sporting see through pumps with invisible straps from Michael Kors. Pair it with a clear tote from Fendi or translucent crystal-like clutch from Gucci.

Gucci's New Line of Eco-Chic Leather Handbags

Italian design house, Gucci, has teamed up with the Green Carpet Challenge (an organization created by Colin Firth's wife, Livia) and Rainforest Alliance-certified cattle ranches in the Brazilian Amazon to help fight deforestation. The leather handbag industry greatly contributes to deforestation with three-fourths of deforestation being cause by cattle ranching and therefore, leather goods. Gucci, the first line of leather products to be involved in such a project, wants to preserve the rainforests of Brazil without compromising the quality of their products.

Yiliy: Handbags for the Modern Woman

Yilin Chen, the mastermind behind Yiliy, was born and raised in Taipei and Montreal and had a successful career in the art world as the chief designer for a New York based handbag line. In 2011, she debuted her inaugural line of handbags under the label Yiliy. Yiliy bags are both functional and elegant and come in a vast array of styles. The Yiliy Fall/Winter 2012 line has great bags for the modern woman. From over-sized clutches to backpacks, Yiliy supplies handbags for every type of woman out there. We've selected six of our fave bags to carry with you into Fall.

Club Monaco & Tommy Ton Collaborate on Handbag Collection

Street style "fashiontographer" and Jak and Jil blogger, takes his creative eye to the next level by collaborating with Club Monaco. Tommy's precise eye for anything that screams fashion and Club Monaco's flawless aesthetic makes this collaboration superb! These limited edition bags were featured on attendees during NYFW in a subtle manner --making them even more appealing. The women's messenger and men's backpack retail for $198-$225 (, but will not be for sale until March 19th. The bags will be available in select locations including the 20th Street Club Monaco store in NYC and exclusively through Tommy Ton.

Killer Deal: 75% off Thakoon Moto Satchel

We love handbags. Especially expensive, "investment piece" handbags. And this Thakoon Moto satchel is no exception. Get your F/W wardrobe started with this black, leather flap front satchel with buckle magnetic closure, removable shoulder strap and adjustable braided strap.

Reduced from $1,555 to just $399 (oh, we did the math!), this is one serious deal and definitely won't last.

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Designer Spotlight: Rocco e Dante

Tara Sauvage, founder and head designer for the handbag label Rocco e Dante, has combined her extensive design talents, technical skills, and European design aesthetic to create a very noteworthy line of luxury bags. Tara personally tests each one of her handbag designs to make sure it can withstand the challenges of everyday life yet can still look great while doing so. The typical Rocco e Dante customer is a trendy, urban girl who needs a handbag that is both functional and sophisticated. Aside from designing for her personal line, Tara works as a freelance designer for other luxury good companies.

Hot Handbags Under $100

Great style doesn't always have to cost an arm and a leg. Companies like H&M and TopShop have proven that! With a little research and patience, you can find the latest trends in quality materials at great prices.

Handbags are notoriously expensive. They're what we like to call "investment pieces." Normally you can expect to pay several hundred dollars (if not thousands) for a quality, designer handbag. But what about those who don't have the funds to drop 10 benjamins for one handbag? We have you covered! Our eyes are ALWAYS peeled for a great deal --because nothing is more satisfying than having a full closet AND a full bank account.

Killer Deal: 50% off Milly Raffia Shoulder Bag

Get this hot little Milly bag for 50% off! Normally $345, now just $172.50

From Net-a-porter:

Milly's gold chain-trimmed black raffia shoulder bag is a timeless day-to-evening accessory. Wear it with color-pop shorts and statement sandals for a sophisticated new-season look.