These Colorful, Poppy Handbags Are The New It Bags


Alfeya Valrina's bags were everywhere during Fashion Month

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In our eyes, Fashion Month serves two purposes: one, to give us a peek into the next season's trends via the runway, and two, to show us what's hot right now, via the impeccable street style spotted outside of show venues.

Amidst the sea of stylish Fashion Month show-goers this season, in addition to one popular jacket, there was a very distinct trend seen in every city: poppy, candy-colored—sometimes hand-painted—mini bags, carried by the coolest of street style darlings. And all of them were the work of a fashion industry newcomer: Indonesian accessories designer Alfeya Valrina.

Alfeya Valrina got her start in fashion after moving to the U.S. to study at FIT in New York City and FIDM in Los Angeles. After graduating last year, the 24-year-old designer moved back to her home country and launched her namesake label—and it's taking off, fast.

The daughter of a fashion designer, she grew up obsessed with handbags. "When I was little, my mother used to travel a lot," she tells me. "She would bring home unique shapes of handbags that she found during her travels. I remember, as a child, going to school with a bright-colored backpack and lunchbox—that made me so happy." She went on to co-design a collection with her mother at the age of eight, modeling it with her friends at her birthday party.

While these childhood influences are apparent in Valrina's current collections, she didn't know that a line of her own would be in the cards. After a short stint in business school, she realized it was fashion that she wanted to study, "and the rest is history." Though she originally studied apparel design in college, she moved over to accessories after noticing the sculptural elements of her work. She also spent time working for Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Venessa Arizaga and even designed her own line while studying (which was once sold at NYLON's e-commerce store!).

Once she realized handbags were her calling, Alfeya Valrina, the label, was born. And the result? A colorful line of bags that, while minimalist in design, pack a serious punch. From hot pink leather to emerald green suede to plenty of neon PVC, Valrina's bags are for the girl that wants to be noticed.

However, there's more to admire about Valrina's bags than their style. Now that she's back based in her home country, she wanted to make sure that her brand was making a positive impact within her community. That's why she employs local artisans in Jakarta to create her handmade bags, not only providing jobs but also employing fair labor practices. She also makes sure her materials are both ethically sourced and local. She strives to keep her bags in an accessible price range. The majority of styles range from $200 to $250, with a handful of pieces available between $75 and $150.

Valrina plans to keep her focus on handbags but wants to hone her sustainable practices and source more conscious materials and packaging. She also hopes her business grows enough to allow her to work with artisans based in different parts of Indonesia. As she studied footwear design at FIT, she also hopes to, one day, expand into the footwear category (and, um, we're really excited for that).

Alfeya Valrina is currently carried at Theory of Gala and Sincerely, Tommy in New York City and Journal Standard Japan and Cityshop Tokyo in Japan—and soon, we're sure, many more boutiques. In the meantime, you can shop her full collection at

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.