New Year – New Bag
The New Year is the perfect excuse to invest in a new bag. We look at the most covetable pieces of arm candy, sure to transform any outfit.
The Satchel: Move over Mulberry Alexa. 2011 is the year of Proenza Schouler the PS1 Leather Satchel. With short handles and a detachable knotted shoulder strap, this classic bag can be worn over the shoulder or carried by the handles, to stamp every look with it-girl cool. Available in a variety of colours including Viola, Midnight and Ocean, choose Black or Smoke for year round wearability.
The Statement Clutch: Add a touch of Rock n Roll to any evening look with this Knuckle Duster clutch from Alexander Mcqueen. With gold stud detailing and its instantly recognizable clasp, this clutch is certain to transform the classic LBD with McQueen’s rebellious flair.
New Nude: Fortunately for us, Mulberry have recognised the trend for neutral shades of pearl, eggshell and ivory continuing into 2011, releasing their new Tillie Tote in Powder Beige. Crafted from ‘Sparkle Tweed’, this new addition to the Mulberry family combines subtle countryside chic with preppy city-girl cool. A number of new fixtures including rose-gold hardware and etched buckles bring a sense of luxury and add classic charm. Mixing elements of the signature Bayswater and the satchel, this bag is certain to bring both style and functionality to any wardrobe.
Colour Pop: With the colour experts Pantone announcing ‘Honeysuckle’ pink as the shade of the year, ever-chic Balenciaga released their signature city bag in ‘Grenadine’ for 2011. The soft, vintage crafted lambskin and aged brass hardware details exude effortless style and luxury. With its detachable shoulder strap and top handles, the city bag is functional and versatile, injecting a bold punch of attitude into any outfit.
The Shoulder Bag: Avoid the holiday fashion faux pas of bulky tourist backpacks and exude cool with Alexander Wang and the Brenda mini camera bag. The exterior reflects the label’s signature downtown glamour, combining vintage, washed calfskin leather with metallic nickel hardware. Also available in new Brick and Burnt Sand shades, this bag is perfect for all your essentials. At the intersection of luxury and function, this handbag is a must-buy for any jet-setting Fashionista in 2011.
Lauren Waine is a Fashion, Textile Student at Manchester University now working as a Fashion Journalist.