Nothing says ‘I’m a Fashionista’ more than what is dangling from your arm. Forget cheap fake copies, we are talking the real deal here from timeless classics to contemporary modern fashion, the new it bags have landed. Whether your predilection is for a teeny clutch with sparkles or a full on leather shopper, the new scope of it bags have something for everyone. Cost wise yes they are expensive, but a true fashion addict will know that a fabulous bag will lift the most dreary outfit and take it to a whole new level. And other fashionistas will also know that you are carrying a statement piece; they are not just bags! So where do I start? With the designers of course.
Chanel epitomises high end fashion and their new Chanel Boy Bag range start at around £1,500 and were inspired by the hunters bag that Coco Chanel used to carry. Named it after her one true love in her life – Boy Capel, the bags come in a variety of neutral shades from black to grey, while the range has everything from totes, clutches and chain-strap shoulder bags. The collection will hit Chanel stores in September and it seems to have a fresh new take on the classic design, complete with the usual signature chain handles and lock-close. Available from www.net-a-porter.com
What can you say about Mulberry? Their classic English designs are seen on celebrities world wide and for good reason. The new Mulberry Birds Nest Croc Nappa Leather from the Carter range is priced at £995 and has minimal metalware on the exterior, a twisted leather and chain double handle for a more luxurious feel. The structured shape with a mock croc finish has a new double lock front plaque which lays glamourously against the super soft leather finish with a modish yet retro feel to the overall bag. Available from www.mulberry.com
If you want a beautifully simple uncomplicated shopper then look no further than Anya Hindmarch’s Nevis Raw Leather Tote at £550. In buttersoft leather, the ginger version is bang on trend for autumn but we have featured this gorgeous naturelle colour. Stash your essentials in this roomy carryall which is crafted from velvet smooth calfskin. Featuring double top handles, two outside open pockets and one inside zip pocket with a suede lining. Available from www.anyahindmarch.com
The Jimmy Choo Catherine Bag at £1,395 is named after the French film noir actress Catherine Deneveuve. I love the boxy feel to this bag with its retro leopard print flap on the front. The slim and beautifully filled top handle drops to a soft rectangular shape with a top zip and snapped pockets on each side. The bag features a panel or flap pocket on the side featuring a rectangular quilted motif with a zig-zag stitch, framed out in luggage stitched leather. Available from www.jimmychoo.com Remember, an it bag is for life, not just for Christmas…..