This with that: Agent Provocateur and Prada

Agent Provocateur Leopard Print Calf Hair Driving Gloves, $500 via Net-a-Porter. Calfskin Prada bag, $2500 via Neiman Marcus.

Good news: Megs and I are back in Manhattan! Bad news: we’re still getting back up to speed, so things will be a bit slow today and then back to normal tomorrow, and hopefully readers who were affected by the hurricane are on their way to getting back on track as well. For now though, I’d like to spend a moment talking about my aversion to black bags.

Black, as a color, is one of my favorites. It always has been, even during childhood when most girls fawned over pink; when everyone else in my first grade class had a pair of white Keds, I had black ones. But now, because I wear a lot of black clothes, wearing black accessories and shoes feels really…boring. Even a black bag as beautiful and functional as thePrada tote bag in calfskinI can’t get into my wardrobe without a good game plan to spice it up. I think theAgent Provocateur Leopard Print Calf Hair Driving Gloveswould do the trick for fall.

For some reason, I took one look at these drool-worthy driving gloves and couldn’t think of anything other than: “These need a black bag, immediately!” The key word is “hand”, of course. The look of red leather and leopard against a black background only works if the rear is close, so bums and handbags are out. But with a bag worn on the elbow or in the hand, the whole look harkens back to a time when women wore gloves as glamorous accessories, not just protection from the cold. It’s veryMad men, very Hitchcock, and I love it. I bought the gloves through Net-a-Porter for $500 and the bag through Neiman Marcus for $2,500.