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Top Ten Designer Handbags for Summer

You would not think there was a recession going on, what with the amount of spending some ladies seem to cash out on accessories. I’m talking about arm candy and the latest season’s IT handbags; from Dior’s itsy little Diorissimo must have mini bag, Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous powder blue shoulder bag, to the Swarovski encrusted Union Jack clutch bag.

You’ll see what I mean when you peruse the selection below and you might even throw caution to the wind yourself, skip paying the utilities bills and treat yourself to one of these gorgeous bits of delectable leather and ironware. I’m debating myself whether I can do without the car for a couple of months for the VB shoulder bag…. Enjoy!

Reed Krakoff – Kit Leather and Python Shoulder Bag – £2,125

Feel-good color is one of the hottest style stories for bags this season and Reed Krakoff’s fuchsia, red and bright-orange leather design fits the bill perfectly. Alternative straps make this python-trimmed piece versatile as well as on-trend, and gunmetal hardware offsets the bright palette. Buy from net-a-porter.com.

Reed Krakoff - Kit Leather and Python Shoulder Bag - £2,125

Loewe – Pink Alta Oro Structured Bag – £1,095.00

The Alta Oro bag belongs to the new Loewe Oro collection. The “oro” or “gold” colour is an emblematic colour for Loewe. Shoulder bag made from smooth calf combined with attractive shades. Its zip closure and the exterior and interior pockets make it a very practical bag. Buy from liberty.co.uk.

Loewe - Pink Alta Oro Structured Bag - £1,095.00

Chloé – Sally Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag – £1,370

Chloé’s textured-leather ‘Sally’ shoulder bag was fabulously redesigned for spring with an antique-rose hue and an extra internal compartment. This beautifully structured piece will add ladylike polish to everyday looks – carry yours for seasons to come with smart tailoring, feminine dresses and everything in between. Buy from net-a-porter.com.

Chloé - Sally Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag - £1,370

Alexander McQueen Union Jack Box Clutch – £1,095.00

Celebrate everything British the Alexander McQueen way with this Union Jack box clutch from the master of subversive style. Covered in a bubble-studded union jack, this clutch is finished with the label’s iconic skull clasp fastening with Swarovski and pearl embellishments. Buy from selfridges.com.

Alexander McQueen Union Jack Box Clutch - £1,095.00

Victoria Beckham – Mini Shoulder Bag – £725.00

Make a bold first impression with Victoria Beckham’s mini shoulder bag. Crafted in eye-catching turquoise leather, this structured style will lend every look a sunny highlight. Finished with a contrasting nude strap simply team it with vibrant dresses for the chicest colour clash. Buy from harrods.com.

Victoria Beckham - Mini Shoulder Bag - £725.00

Gucci – Tigrette Suede Shoulder Bag – £895

Crafted from sumptuous green suede, Gucci’s chain-detailed shoulder bag is a cool-luxe staple. Featuring Swarovski crystal-embellished tiger heads, this eclectic design will introduce a shot a beautiful color to sleek monochrome looks. Buy from net-a-porter.com

Gucci - Tigrette Suede Shoulder Bag - £895

Coach – Navy Classic Leather Duffle Bag – £375.00

The Duffle, first introduced in 1971, quickly became the height of chic, de rigueur for New York fashion editors and stylish women everywhere. Distinctly Coach, it’s one of five iconic designs being reissued in a limited edition collection crafted entirely in an updated version of our original Glove Tanned cowhide – lighter in weight yet with all the beauty and character of the original. Buy from liberty.co.uk.

Christian Louboutin – 20th Anniversary Artemis Plumes Python Shoulder Bag – £5,395

In honor of his 20th anniversary, Christian Louboutin held no bounds when designing the signature pieces of his special collection. The style-setting designer sends his already iconic ‘Artemis’ bag to fabulous new heights by covering the shoulder strap in a mix of rainbow feathers. The only accessory you’ll need to make a statement after dark, we love this brilliant jungle-green python piece carried against an equally bright shift for a radiant cocktail look. Buy from net-a-porter.com.

Christian Louboutin - 20th Anniversary Artemis Plumes Python Shoulder Bag - £5,395

Marc Jacobs’ – Classic Q Hillier Hobo Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag – £350

A bright carryall will add instant wow factor to your wardrobe, and we love Marc by Marc Jacobs’ cobalt ‘Hillier Hobo’ shoulder bag. Crafted from textured-leather and perfectly sized for all of your everyday essentials, it’s sure to become your work-to-weekend savior. Buy from net-a-porter.com.

Marc Jacobs' - Classic Q Hillier Hobo Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag - £350

Jimmy Choo – Xara Fringed Macramé Leather Shoulder Bag – £1,695

Designers have been inspired by global crafts this season, and Jimmy Choo’s beautifully macramé leather and suede-fringed shoulder bag is infused with the catwalk’s wanderlust spirit. A yellow and orange elaphe strap and acetate decoration add a touch of exotic color. Carry it on your shoulder to instantly focus your new-season look. Buy from net-a-porter.com.

Jimmy Choo - Xara Fringed Macramé Leather Shoulder Bag - £1,695

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