Bejewelled, feathered, fanny-pack, tasselled .... No I’m not standing in the middle of a sex shop, I’m browsing the new season bags that have just landed in stores.
When it comes to arm candy my sartorial pendulum swings both ways from micro mini to big and roomy, which is just as well given that every shape and size, style and texture is here.
From iconic it-bags and sculptured works of art to big buttery slouchy styles- I love them all.
My inner magpie is drawn to the super sparkly 1920’s style wrist handle bags. Adorned with sequins or pearls - so beautiful they should be seen before and after dark. Then there are Peter Pilotto’s exquisite ring handle bags just as decadent and perfectly formed.
Spanish brand Loewe has created the picture postcard bag depicting major world cities- Paris London New York Hong Kong Madrid Shanghai Barcelona and Tokyo.
Dior and Fendi have revisited the archives. Dior’s iconic saddle bag has been reinvented in two sizes with leather, Dior Oblique canvas and embroidery.
The Fendi Baguette has re-emerged with added embellishment and neon stitching. The iconic ‘90’s bag worn under the arm and made famous by Carrie Bradshaw who corrected her mugger “BAG??? it’s a Baguette I’ll have you know!”
Chloé’s seventies inspired mini C bag comes in rich autumnal hues. The simple gold ‘C’ hardware and boxy shape will go with most outfits. The two for one styles -top handle or hands free shoulder strap brings to mind that supermarket special, the BOGOF (buy one get one free). The price tag doesn’t.
The humble rucksack has come out of the classroom and onto the backs of fashionistas, models and influencers everywhere. From chain-trimmed straps (Gucci), monogrammed (Burberry) to playfully embellished (Anya Hindmarch) they are practical, fuss free and spacious, carrying all your daily essentials.
For me, bags are the icing on the cupcake, the finish to any outfit. As Trinny Woodall says
"the designer is irrelevant it’s all about practicality, colour and texture."