From the Valley to the Upper East Side: Kelly Rutherford’s Obsession for Hermès

It’s a hot hot summer in New York: the cast of Gossip Girl is back at filming the third series of the show, and the Net goes crazy for Blair and Serena’s outfits. I haven’t been able to spot a pic of Kelly Rutherford on the set, probably because she has just had her second baby (Helena Grace) and is not ready to go back to work yet. In any case, though looking forward to having her back in action, I’d like to speak in depth about what seems to be a true obsession for her – Hermès bags and accessories. I have already noted she named her first son after the French maison, but now I can honestly say she’s a Hermès collector [1].

black

The most classic Hermès bag is the Kelly, named after Princess Grace of Monaco, a timeless example of luxury. Kelly owns two Kelly bags, one of which is black, made of Barenia leather, with gold hardware. Kelly has been using it since 2005. From the pics above, it is clear the bag is perfect with a formal/cocktail dress.


kelly black

While pregnant with her son, Kelly paired the bag with an informal outfit (a simple dove grey jacket, a plain white tee and jeans). Even in this case, the bag is perfect and adds a chic touch to the rest.

chaine

How cute is she in this pic, with her baby bump so visible? In this case, she didn’t only have a Hermès bag, she also wore a Hermès silver bracelet – Chaine d’Ancre GM – a chain with toggle closure.

parchemin

She owns a Kelly in Parchemin, a great neutral colour. This bag is made of Barenia leather and has gold hardware. From the pics above we can see she uses this Kelly in any occasion, even while playing with her son, and it always looks so good. Kelly sported these two styles in several episodes of Gossip Girl, so I think she used her own bags for the show. The same can be said for the stunning Birkin bag in Cognac ostrich leather she often totes in the tv series.

birkin cognac

The first outfit is flawless, so effortlessly elegant: in 2007 she arrived at a charity event wearing a grey wool dress, the aforesaid Birkin bag, other Hermès accessories and brown shoes. The Birkin is lovely with a chiffon printed blouse, white miniskirt and embellished flat sandals, and is perfect with jeans, plain tees, a jacket and flat patent Mary-Janes.

kelly belt

The first outfit is completed by a Hermès Kelly belt in brown leather (this style is hard to find) and a Medor watch at the wrist.

birkin etaupe

One of Kelly’s favourite Hermès bags is a Birkin. Through the years, she has been spotted with it several times. The Birkin is made of Togo leather (the colour is Etoupe) and has palladium hardware. I love the outfits she has in the pics above – a satin leopard-printed dress and red coat, in the other pic a satin flower-printed dress. I really admire her because she always looks simple and refined, even during her pregnancy.

 

birkin etaupe2

Here is the Birkin with two casual outfits. The pic on the left has been taken very recently, just after giving birth to her daughter (sigh, she looks so slim!): she is wearing white jeans and a breton striped shirt. The second outfit is all about neutrals – jeans, a dove grey long-sleeved t-shirt and a flowing scarf; she also chose a pair of Tod’s white loafers.

birkin etoupe

She toted this amazing bag on the set of Gossip Girl, too. The pic above was taken during the filming of the 23rd episode of the second season, The Wrath of Con.  The white and cream coat and the long grey scarf make the outfit so elegant! In this case she also wore the Medor watch.

picotin

Being a collector, Kelly owns other Hermès bags, such as this Picotin in light brown. I love the bucket shape of this bag.

evelyn

Another great Hermès bag she has is the Evelyne in Etoupe. This is a classic bag, but unfortunately it hasn’t been spotted on many celebrities. It’s a very comfortable bag, with a long shoulder strap and the iconic H perforated on the front.

cdc

Apart from the Medor watch, she also owns an essential piece in any Hermès collection, a Collier de Chien cuff bracelet. She actually owns two bracelets, one in white leather with silver hardware, and one in light pink leather with gold hardware. I own just one Hermès piece (a silk scarf – Jardins d’Andalousie), but one of my dreams is to own a Collier de Chien bracelet, because I love cuff bracelets.

cape cod

Apart from the Medor watch, she also owns a Cape Cod watch in white leather. I love this feature of many Hermès accessories – you have to wrap them twice around your wrist or waist.

couverture

Last but not least, here is a precious goodie: Kelly has been spotted on the set of Gossip Girl holding an Ulysse agenda in Togo leather (the colour is Gold), a true symbol of understated refinement. I’ve posted the full-figure pic, because she’s also wearing a pair of Roger Vivier Belle Vivier flats, gorgeous!

I’ve really tried hard not to gush over the pics coming from the set of my favourite tv show, but I can’t resist: any time I see some new candids, I just drool over the gorgeous outfits and accessories of S and B [2], but what I’m really looking forward to is admiring the new outfits Kelly/Lily will sport in the new episodes. I’m sure Eric Daman has lots of Hermès in store for her.

[1] Here I wrote about the Hermès bags and accessories she had worn in the first two seasons of Gossip Girl.

[2] Like any other female fan of Gossip Girl, I have an insane passion for Chuck Bass, so I couldn’t help but admiring his outfit in this pic. Hey, but what happened to Blair’s hair? I hate this bland hairstyle, I want soft waves and Jennifer Behr sparkling headbands back!

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14 comments

  1. Per quanto mi riguarda, l’oggetto del desiderio in assoluto in fatto di borse è la Birkin. Per me è LA BORSA, quando hai una Birkin non hai più bisogno di nient’altro (almeno per i comuni esseri umani!) ma da anni sogno di comprare una Evelyne! Un po’ per il nome -ma va?!?- ma anche perchè credo sia bella, pratica, funzionale e poi costa relativamente ‘poco’ paragonadola alla Birkin o ad una Kelly…
    Tra l’altro, se non erro, ha due tracolle: quella lunga e una corta per portarla sottobraccio! Più comoda e funzionale di così ;))

    1. Anche a me un tempo la Birkin piaceva tanto, ma ora ho decisamente cambiato idea. Al di là del fatto che non potrò mai comprarne una, è come se abbia perso la sua aura di intoccabilità. Rimane beninteso una borsa stra-esclusiva, eppure la si vede praticamente al braccio di chiunque abbia un minimo di notorietà. Tutta questa visibilità me l’ha fatta un po’ scendere nella scala delle borse che preferisco.
      Potendo scegliere tra le due, prenderei la Evelyne, se non altro perchè la ha tracolla, visto che mi sono stancata delle borse da portare solo a braccio.
      Ah, prima o poi, dovessi prenderla quando avrò 60 anni, mi voglio togliere la soddisfazione di comprare una 2.55 🙂

    1. Yes! It will be out on 14th September 2009. I cannot wait!!! Blair’s new hairstyle is hideous, shapeless and messy, I really hate it. Lily’s hairstyle, on the other hand, has always been pure perfection. That simple bun is so chic.

  2. Eccomi,
    speravo di trovare qui da te qualche spunto per non pensare agli outifit della 3 serie,ma mi sbagliavo,non cerchi sicuramente di calmare la mia insana curiosità!…(grazie anche per questo).

    Soltanto un appunto;(come la penso in quanto a Hermes bags già lo sai) lo stile Blair,(pensavo che non avrei mai scritto una cosa del genere),mi stà a tratti lasciando perplessa,anche Serena mi pare un pò troppo Zoe style,ma fortunatamente c’è Chuck,che si stà avvicinado sempre di più alla perfezione .

    A.

  3. Confermo: Blair sembra invecchiata di colpo, non so se questo coincida con qualche evento particolare (o magari lei si sente presa dal ruolo di fidanzata di cotanto manager), ma non approvo affatto. E’ come se tutta la sua esuberanza sia stata prosciugata, e quell’orrenda pettinatura ne è l’esempio più evidente. Non ho nemmeno parole per Serena, perchè se le vedo addosso un altro bandage dress di Leger, giuro che mi metto a urlare ;P La sua virata verso uno stile più bohemienne si potrebbe spiegare con il fatto che ora frequenta la Brown University, un’università non proprio conservatrice.

  4. Tu hai trovato tutte plausibili giustificazioni,e spero che poi di puntata in puntata ci potremo ricredere,ma in effetti per ora la sensazione è un pò triste,anche se continuo a gioire per i baci sul set della nostra coppia preferita,e se non vedo l’ora di scoprire di quali sorprendenti,romantiche sorprese sarà capace Mr Bass.
    Ma se dovessi parlare per esempio di quello sciatto outfit arancione (gonna fantasia+camicia),o di quell’abito Elie tahari completo di treccine affogate nel gel…Blair rivogliamo perle,cerchietti e stile!.

    A.

    1. L’abito in lamè fiorato di Elie Tahari era di un brutto mai visto. Sì, spero anche io che ci sia qualcosa di interessante in serbo per noi spettatori, altrimenti la tristezza dilagherà ulteriormente…E speriamo pure che Mr Bass continui a brindare stappando bottiglie di Dom Perignon d’annata 😉

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