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Must Read: Why Designer Handbags Capture Our Hearts and Wallets, Should Fashion Stop Looking to the Past?

Plus, meet the woman who's curated an Instagram of eBay's most absurd designer goods.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Why handbags capture the hearts and wallets of shoppers 
The modern-day handbag manages to accomplish a lot. For some, it's a statement piece and an instant indicator of economic status and personal style, but for others, it's a dangling symbol of practicality — a tote with which to lug the essentials around. In a piece for Business of Fashion, the former editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Alexandra Schulman, explores the psychology behind why shoppers are inclined to devote a full month's rent to a quilted leather bag with interlocking C's. {Business of Fashion}

Alexander Fury on why fashion should stop looking to the past 
Fashion has always been about change — both reflecting change and a driving it. But lately, the industry is experiencing change in its own structures, and on top of that, social platforms are altering the way we view fashion. Hence, a crop of disoriented designers have turned to the past for comfort and assurance. But, fashion critic Alexander Fury says a fixation on the past will not serve fashion in the future. In an essay he penned for Harper's Bazaar, he states: "The future of fashion rests with designers who lead rather than follow. In bold moves and upheavals. In designers who are truly free." {Harper's Bazaar}

Meet the woman who's curated an Instagram of eBay's most absurd designer goods 
Tae ln Ahn is a master curator of absurd eBay listings. During the day, she works at The Costume Institute at The Met, but by night, she's adding pictures of a rare Louis Vuitton-themed dog toy found on eBay to her Instagram account @ebaybae. And her Instagram doesn't just contain weird dog toys; Ahn scours eBay in search of all sorts of ridiculous — yet luxe — products, such as: Gucci snorkel gear, a Dolce & Gabbana radio bag, Louis Vuitton monogram boxing gloves (are these Rumble approved?) and a giant gummy hotdog. {Dazed}

Traditional apparel retailers continue to add beauty products to drive foot traffic to their stores
Just last week, Madewell started selling a range of indie beauty products. But J.Crew's cooler stepsister was not the first retailer to jump on the beauty bandwagon. In fact, a slew of chains — including Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie — have already added perfumes, face masks, toners, highlighters and more to their heavy supply of apparel and accessories as a means to drive those Millennials and Gen-Zers into stores. Apparently the youths of today care more about a dewy complexion than a chambray button-down. {WWD}

Barneys is partnering with a Hong-Kong-based sustainable fashion brand on upcycled jackets
The fashion industry wastes an estimated 92 billion tons of textiles a year. In an effort to combat this, Barneys New York and the Hong Kong-based sustainable fashion brand BYT came together for an exclusive collection of biker jackets upcycled from the industry's luxury waste — think bits of brocade and samplings of tweed. The BYT x Barneys capsule of patchworked outerwear will be sold online starting Nov. 2 and at the Barneys flagship on Nov. 3. {WWD}

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Shayne Oliver releases his Resort 2018 collection for Helmut Lang 
Back in September, Shayne Oliver debuted his Spring 2018 collection for Helmut Lang, in which he breathed a new air of cool and sexiness into the iconic label. The Hood By Air designer is back for round two with his Resort 2018 collection consisting of streetwear and menswear silhouettes, made in rich textures and washed in Helmut Lang's signature color palette of black, white and earthy neutrals. {Hypebeast}

Eckhaus Latta created its own magazine modeled after a September issue 
Downtown-cool label Eckhaus Latta exposed a pregnant woman's belly during its Spring 2018 runway show and featured real couples having sex for a campaign earlier this year. When this progressive brand has an out-of-the-box idea, it fully goes for it and its latest project did just that, but kept the nudity to a minimum. Eckhaus Latta curated a parody of a September issue — chock full of faux artist-made advertisements, contributors, columns, fashion spreads and a letter from the editor penned by Tim Blanks. {I-D}

Anya Hindmarch is entering the home fragrance market 
Luxury handbag and accessories designer Anya Hindmarch is entering the home fragrance market with three new scented candles created in partnership with perfumer Lyn Harris. Available at Anya Hindmarch flagship stores, online and at select high-end retailers (Colette, Bergdorf Goodman) on Nov. 2, the candles come packaged with humorous graphics from the Anya Hindmarch Sticker Shop. {Fashionista Inbox}

Anya Hindmarch Smells collection. Photo: Anya Hindmarch 

Anya Hindmarch Smells collection. Photo: Anya Hindmarch 

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and anti-Trump sentiments cover the December issue of Vanity Fair
Couple-of-the-moment Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, otherwise known as "J.ROD," cover one of Graydon Carter's last issues at Vanity Fair. The iconic white-haired, Trump-hating EIC is certainly going out with a bang: He's decorated the front of the magazine with bold anti-Tump lines, including "Trump and Weinstein: Two Pees in a Pod," written by none other than Carter himself. {Vanity Fair}

The December cover of "Vanity Fair." Photo: Mario Testino/"Vanity Fair"

The December cover of "Vanity Fair." Photo: Mario Testino/"Vanity Fair"

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